September/October Wrap-Up & November TBR // A bump after smooth sailing

Greetings readers!

It has been a while since I’ve wrapped anything up! September and October were incredibly busy months for me! I had lots going on, in terms of reading and school which really brought down the hammer on me. And while another hammer is coming soon…I am very excited to see what books I can get to this month!

So let’s get started!

What Rendz Read!

September (1st-15th) Wrap-Up

The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson (5/5) Review
Ciel by Sophie Labelle [ARC] (4/5) Review
The Wedding Date Disaster by Avery Flynn (DNF) Review
Fable by Adrienne Young [e-ARC] (5/5) Review
Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz [ARC] (4.5/5) Review + Fan Art!

Latinx Heritage Month Wrap-Up

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (5/5) Review
Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez (5/5) Review
You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria (5/5) Review
Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro (4/5) Review
Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (5/5) Review
Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera (4/5) Review
Lush Money by Angelina M. Lopez (DNF) Review
Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno (5/5) Review

October (16th-31st) Wrap-Up

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi (4.5/5) RTC
A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey (4/5) Review + Fan Art
Holiday Home Run by Priscilla Oliveras (3/5) Review
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade (4/5) Review
The Sky Weaver by Kristin Ciccarelli Rating and Review to come

Highlight Book(s): Wow I read so many books these past weeks it’s so hard to choose!!! But if I must: The Barren Grounds, Furia and Don’t Date Rosa Santos are the top top top!

Lowliest Book(s): Two DNFs really disappointed me: The Wedding Date Disaster and Lush Money were just not good. I wish I could get that time back….oop, I said what I said!

The Haul

Let me tell you all lovely people. THE BOOK MAIL HAS BEEN STRONG THESE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS AND I AM VERY HAPPY!

Publisher Sent

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

The Ikessar Falcon by K.S. Villoso
Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Charming as a Verb by Ben Phillipe
The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Fat Chance Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado

Giveaway Wins

Tender is the Flesh by Augustina Bazterrica
Like Home by Luoisa Onomé

Other Going-Ons

Recreating Silvia Moreno-Garcia Covers with my Sisters

Oh the things I do for my love of books and oh the things my sisters do to please me! But anyways, please enjoy the following images!

Certain Dark Things ft. The Eldest Sister, M (yup that’s her face in there 😂)
The Beautiful Ones ft. The Middle Sister, K (fun fact: she donned her quinceañera dress for this silhouette)
Mexican Gothic ft. The Youngest Sister, aka Rendz (I’m wearing the only red dress I own!)

An Amazing Latinx Heritage Month

Oh my wonderful friends, I had so much fun during LHM this year! Not only did I read a ton of amazing books (though not all the ones I had originally planned), I had so much fun participating in the LHM BookFest prompts on blog and on Instagram! I had to be really brave for some of these posts XD, but it was so worth it!

It was an incredible 30 days, and I cannot wait for next year! Here are some special posts I made!

Happy Latinx Heritage Month!! | We are celebrating all the books!! Day 1 of #LHMBookFest!

Latinx Food in Books | I don’t cook, I don’t clean, but let me tell you…all about these delicious books!

If You Liked this Telenovela, You’d Love this Book| Reminiscing on the ole’ days!

I Figured I’d Up My Love for SMG on Insta

I had already written a blog post on my love for SMG, but I decided to take it to Instagram too and it was a hit! I love getting people onto my band wagon!

The Beautiful Ones & Untamed Shore Paperback Cover Reveal

This came as a total surprise to me and both were only a week apart! I must say that I love both of them so much! I plan on doing a full comparison soon because I do love them BUT I STILL HAVE THOUGHTS. For now I will leave you with these stunning covers and remind you to pick them up in the new year!

Posts Of the Month

You Should read Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s work and here’s why | A stan account’s mission

A Golden Fury | Blog Tour Excerpt // New Historical Fantasy sure to make our shelves even more magical!

A Touch of Death | Review // A Post-Apocalyptic Quest

TBR

TBR

People I really have no idea what I’m doing this month! Seriously, it’s already halfway through. I took a rather unannounced hiatus from blog because school got intense and it is getting even more intense as we near the end of the semester!

That being said I still have to get some reading done so here is what I propose to you all!

Pine Island Home by Penny Horvath
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Crow Rider by Kalyn Josephson
Historically Inaccurate by Shay Bravo

Joining in on Indig-a-thon late, but maybe enough to get a bingo!
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Pemmican Wars: A Girl Called Echo by Katherena Vernetto
Surviving the City: Vol 1. Tasha Spillett
Those Who Run in the Sky by Aviaq Johnston
Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice

Will I be getting to all of this with only half a month left? No. I just feel like giving myself some choices for these next two weeks. I feel a slump coming on, but that is not an option so I hope to find something to love this month!


Let me know what you think! What have you read this month? What books did you get? What books are you looking forward to reading!

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Happy reading!

~ Rendz


4 thoughts on “September/October Wrap-Up & November TBR // A bump after smooth sailing

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  1. This is such an excellent wrap-up and so many good reads! I’m in a bit of a reading slump while participating in IndigAThon so it may just mean I have my December reads already picked out (also because my library’s still closed so I can’t pick up my holds).

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