Every Book I Read- September 2021

Another month has gone by and it’s finally spooky season!

Let’s be honest, it’s been spooky season since September 1st, some of us (the Hubs) have just been in denial.

On to the books I read!

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

Mary Jekyll and other daughters of monsters team up with Holmes and Watson to bring down a secret society of scientists. I just found this to be okay. 3 stars.

Forgotten in Death by J.D. Robb

I finally got to this one! A homeless woman is found dead in the dumpster of a construction site and another body is found in an adjacent construction site. Eve and Roarke must do what they do to solve both murders. I really enjoyed this, the 53rd book in this series. I’m probably biased towards the books cause I’ve been reading them for twenty years, but I gave it 4 stars.

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

The first in a series about Mercy Thompson, a mechanic who just so happens to be a werecoyote surrounded by werewolves, vampires and fae. I love this series. It’s fast paced and fun to read. 5 stars.

The Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn

The story of Rohan, a prince of the desert, and Sioned a Sunrunner. It’s grand, it’s epic. And I love every minute of it. Oh, and it’s available on Kindle for $2.99. 5 Stars.

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

The story of Wallace, who realizes he’s dead when he sees his body at his own funeral. I reviewed this heart warming story and couldn’t help but give it 5 stars. A new favorite book.

The Hike by Drew Magary

The story of a man who goes for a hike. And that’s pretty much when everything goes wrong in the most crazy and fantastical of ways. I did not like this book at all and DNF’d. Which is a shame, because I really enjoyed my last read by the author, The Postmortal. 1 Star.

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Mercy owes a vampire a favor, and he calls to collect. This is the sequel to Moon Called, the first book in the series. And, as always with these books, I thoroughly enjoyed it! 5 stars!

Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

The third in the Mercy Thompson series. When her mentor and former boss, Zee, asks for her help, Mercy doesn’t hesitate to give it. Of course this leads to all kinds of trouble. Naturally, I loved this book and gave it 5 stars.

Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

The fourth in the Mercy Thompson series. Mercy goes to help her friend Amanda with a ghost. Of course, things go horribly wrong. I really enjoyed reading this. Ghost stories with a twist are always fun. 5 stars.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

This is the story of a woman’s journey from childhood to her coming of age in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. This story has great reviews, but I just didn’t like the writing style of this graphic novel. It didn’t land with me. I DNF’d it. 1 star.

I did okay with my TBR. I’m still working on The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan. I have about 8 hours left in the audiobook. And I started The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson, but starting a big, epic fantasy while I was in the middle of one and had just finished another didn’t really appeal to me. So I’m going to save that one for November. I am determined to read it this fall!

So, now comes one of my favorite parts, the stats!


As always, adventurous (8 books) were my most common mood, follow closely by mysterious (4 books) and emotional (also 4 books).


Since I read ten books, the pace stats kinda speaks for themselves. You know, if stats could speak.

Page Number

I wasn’t surprised by these stats. Chugging through those 4 Mercy Thompson books really edged the stats one way, for sure.


I read a lot of fantasy last month. Big shocker there. That’s usually all I read.

Star Rating

Don’t act surprised by all those 5 star ratings. You know I give those out like Halloween candy.

Average Pages

Storygraph added a new stat this month, how many pages you read between which days. I don’t think this is entirely accurate, but I like seeing it all laid out like this.

I have to say it was a great reading month, with ten books read! I hope I can keep up this momentum!

A Small TBR

I know I said I wasn’t going to do it anymore, but I’m going to do it. There are a few books I want to read to celebrate Pride month. Maybe you’ll find one that you want to read too!

Also, I’m not gonna run myself ragged trying to read all of these. If I don’t finish this list, I will not be ashamed!

How Y’all Doing? by Leslie Jordan

When actor Leslie Jordan learned he had “gone viral,” he had no idea what that meant or how much his life was about to change. On Instagram, his uproarious videos have entertained millions and have made him a global celebrity. Now, he brings his bon vivance to the page with this collection of intimate and sassy essays.

Bursting with color and life, dripping with his puckish Southern charm, How Y’all Doing? is Leslie doing what Leslie does best: telling stories that make us laugh and lift our spirits even in the darkest days. Whether he’s writing about his brush with a group of ruffians in a West Hollywood Starbucks, or an unexpected phone call from legendary Hollywood start Debbie Reynolds, Leslie infuses each story with his fresh and saucy humor and pure heart.

Oh my word! I restarted my audible subscription for this book. I’m a sucker for memoirs where the author narrates it. Who doesn’t love Leslie Jordan at this point?

The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood

Csorwe does—she will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice.

But on the day of her foretold death, a powerful mage offers her a new fate. Leave with him, and live. Turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, a spy, an assassin—the wizard’s loyal sword. Topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of power.

But Csorwe will soon learn—gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due.

I bought this last year and just haven’t gotten to it yet. I’m hoping to get to it this month!

Lost In the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into the light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road…

Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, asks for Wendy’s help to rescue the missing kids. But, in order to find them, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.

I pre-ordered this one cause I like Cemetery Boys so much. Here’s hoping I like it just as much. It would be nice to have another author whose works I collect.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead nonsense.

Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as arcane revenants. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy.

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.

Of course, some things are better left dead.

Another book I’ve had since last year and just never got around to reading. Here’s hoping!

Well, there you have it. The 4 books I’m wanting to read this month. Not a long list, but it works for me. Send good vibes my way that I can get to all of them!