September 2021 Wrap-Up

I know, I know. It happened again, I disappeared. For over a month. And I’m really sorry. School started and I was back to studying and homework. I’m gonna try to stick to a schedule. I did get to read a bit though so . . . scroll down to read about that.

Fiction

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

I was kind of disappointed. I went into this one with high expectations, because, well duh, it’s a Karen M. McManus mystery. The first half was pretty slow, and there wasn’t enough mystery and suspense. Thankfully, the second half was much more fast-paced and actually had the characters start solving the mystery.

And honestly? Even after the whole scheme was revealed, it seemed lackluster. The family drama was probably my favorite part of the book. I also really enjoyed the flashbacks to Allison’s POV.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

When I saw that the protagonist was described as “Female Jack Sparrow” I knew I had to pick this up. I wasn’t disappointed.

Super fast paced with a badass main character. Alosa was ruthless but still really feminine. The author found a balance between the two that is pretty hard to do.

The romance went a little too fast for me. Where’s the slowburn? Alosa immediately singled out Riden from the others and kept talking about how he was attractive. It annoyed me a lot because this book is supposed to be enemies to lovers.

But in the end, it’s just a fun pirate book. Maybe a bit cliche, but entertaining nonetheless.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

This was more ehh for me. The plot was really repetitive and the romance just frustrated me. It’s the most annoying thing in the world when the love interests are arguing and you know that everything would be fixed if they just were honest and talked to each other.

However. Alosa’s female crew having such a big part in this book just warmed my heart. The family dynamics were so sweet.

Overall, a decent sequel. I enjoyed the first one a lot more though.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Yes, another book about pirates. I was just in a mood for the sea since it’s starting to get colder outside.

This was a pretty simple standalone fantasy. Pretty basic characters but a slow-burn, angsty, enemies to lovers romance that I loved.

I’ll admit, at the beginning of this book I hated Lira. I’m okay with badass and sometimes cruel characters, but Lira was so blood-thirsty I just couldn’t root for her. And also, after she turned into a human, her arrogance annoyed me so much.

But putting that aside, the plot was really interesting and wove together well. Everything came together in the end.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

I don’t usually like books set in a short time frame, because it usually means insta love and bland characters. However, this really impressed me.

The characters themselves were really well developed but I think the book would have improved if Neil also had a POV.

This was such good enemies to lovers (and yeah, another enemies to lovers book. I think this is number 4 of the month?). Rowan and Neil has such good banter and they were never outright cruel to each other.

So yeah. This was really good.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

SUCH AN AMAZING BOOK. I had really low expectations for this one, considering the 3.70 average rating on Goodreads and the fact that is a debut.

But it was just so good. I love Jack, and Kate and Jillian and Franny so freaking much. Jack’s parents should honestly be given an award for being so understanding. The time travel element was so well thought out and blended into the story so nicely.

I recommend this to literally everyone.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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~October Goals~

  • Read at least 6 books
  • Do more blog-hopping
  • Post at least 4 times
  • Exercise more

Movies/Documentaries

Badla (2019)

Dude. How was this so good? Badla was amazing. The plot twists, the characters, the acting, the suspense. I loved everything about this. It’s definitely a favorite. Even if you don’t speak Hindi (subtitles are your best friend), I highly recommend this one.

Chakde India (2007)

Another favorite. I loved this! Amazing acting, and even though I am seriously terrible at sports, I really liked the field hockey element. Also, the feminism in this was amazing. Shah Rukh Khan’s character’s speech was so freaking fantastic, I loved it (Another one I recommend.)

Kapoor & Sons (2016)

Kar Gay Chull is a banging song, you can’t convince me otherwise. This was so fun! I really loved it. The ending of this movie made me bawl (which my sister made fun of me for.) Next time I watch this, I’m doing it by myself.

Music

  • Champagne Problems by Taylor Swift
  • Don’t Blame Me by Taylor Swift
  • No Body, No Crime by Taylor Swift
  • Brutal by Olivia Rodrigo

I didn’t get to do much blog-hopping this month.

How were you guys the past couple weeks? Have you read any of these books? Leave your thoughts on this post in the comments below!

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26 thoughts on “September 2021 Wrap-Up”

  1. Ah, I am sorry The Cousins didn’t work so well for you, but you should try her other books, they are pretty good! I loved Today, Tonight Tomorrow as well!
    And all the three movies you’ve mentioned- I like em too!

    Great post!

    P.S.- Are you an Indian?

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  2. Ahh I know that disappearing thing (happens with me too), but at least you read sooo manyy amazing books though some didn’t work well with you!😂
    Karen McManus’ books are my fav. Yeah not all of them are so up to the mark, but the others are just over the top!
    And oh my gawd, the moviesss youu watched😭
    I justttt LOVVVVED Badla and have watched 3 times until now even though I know the suspense and the end😂😂 but its an absolute favorite of mine too!💫
    Chake de India? Uhm, hello, Shah Rukh Khan’s the best!🌻 Like, yeah, his latest movies since Fan and all are not sooo good like his old movies – like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, DDLJ and K3G which were just true heaven🥺
    And Kapoor & Sans? Ehh it was a okay-okay for me. The songs and Sid and Alia are a hit but the storyline issss a bit not-so-intriguing but overall its 6/10!
    It was nice to know that you had a well-spent month regardless of school and homework! Hope you have a greatt Octoberr🤍

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    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one 😫 I’ve only read 2 of her books so far, One of Us is Lying and The Cousins but I’m hoping to read more soon!
      FDOSJHKGF BADLA WAS SO GOOD. Oh my god, literally the definition of suspense.
      Chak de India!!!! I haven’t watched too many of Shah Rukh Khan’s movies but I really want to after this.
      Aww sorry you didn’t love Kapoor & Sons 😦 I definitely agree with you about the songs and Sid and Alia though. (Do you have any bollywood movie recs?)

      Thanks so much, Siya! Have an awesome October!

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      1. I have sooooo manyy recs😭 because I watch sooo manyy movies😭
        Uh okay….
        Veer Zaara
        Jab We Met
        Lootera
        Kal Ho Naa Ho
        Love Aaj Kal (2009 version)
        Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
        Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani
        Andhadhun
        Dil Toh Pagal Hai
        Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
        Dear Zindagi
        Student Of The Year
        Parineeta
        Mardaani (1 & 2)
        Pink
        Baazigar
        Bell Bottom
        Kesari
        Article 15
        Chhichhore
        Wake Up Sid

        Okay, I have seen more than these but I guess for now this is aaaa lot😂😂😂
        Hope you enjoyyy themm! Do tell me what you think after watching!🤍

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  3. It’s amazing to see you back Ritz!! ❤️ Don’t worry about disappearing, I also haven’t posted in months because of school 😭 But I’m really happy to hear you had a good reading month!! I’m SO EXCITED that you loved Opposite of Always—I’ve been meaning to read that book forever!! 😍

    Great wrap-up Ritz!! Hope you have a lovely October 🥰

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  4. Ahhh, Ritz, I’m so glad to see you back!!! I’ve missed your posts so much! Ah, yes, school, ugh, I completely relate. Offline has started for us too, and it takes up so much more time. But glad to see you’ve had a great reading month! So many 4 stars, I’m jealous! To kill a kingdom and daughter of the pirate king have both been on my TBR for so long and I’ve literally been seeing them everywhere!
    Ooh, I need to check out these Hindi movies too (Badla sounds good!)
    Also have you watched Mission Mangal? I don’t watch Hindi movies very often, but I love Mission Mangal so much, it’s my favorite and I’ve watched it 10 times I think since it’s release in 2019? It’s really good!

    Great wrap up, Ritz! Hope you have an amazing October! And good luck with school!

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      1. ❤️❤️
        AHH, THEN I AM SO GLAD TO MEET A FELLOW FAN!!! Who are your characters (I know this is an unfair question since all of them are so good, but yes)?? And what are your favorite scenes??

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        1. I love everyone, but my fav character is probably Kritika. I can’t think of any scenes off of the top of my head except the ending one (the one where everyone’s clapping and taking pics of them) and the one where they’re giving their office a makeover lol. How about you?

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  5. I read Today Tonight Tomorrow earlier this year and also loved it! I’m usually also not a fan of books set within 24 hours but this one kept me rooting for the characters 🥰 Good luck with your October goals & I hope you have a great month!

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