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Fangirl Friday: Best of the Decade, September Edition

Last year, I saw a great bunch of posts about what book bloggers were reading the year before, and it got me curious. What was I reading this time last year—and the year before that, and the year before that? Never one to do things halfway, here’s everything I read during every September of 2010-2020—and which ones come out on top!

[Click for January’s, February’s, March’s, April’s, May’s, June’s, July’s, and August’s!]



New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

Oof, September 2020 was an absolute reading slump! And Dead in the Family was the book that broke the slump, so I’m giving that the win.



Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan

Reread or not, you cannot see the size of Heavenly Fire and wonder why I only read three books that month! That being said, one of them was Season of the Witch, the novel companion to The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina–which reminds me of all the good spooky vibes that leak through the end of September. Even if it wasn’t a genuinely excellent book (which it is), I’d give it the win for the seasonal aesthetic alone.



How to be Famous by Caitlin Moran
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

God, I love these books. Equally–but because Famous was the non-reread, I’m giving that the win.



Here I was, wondering why September is such a consistently slow reading month, and now I understand: for five years, over two degrees, it was the month I started uni and had a bunch of uni stuff sucking up my reading time. In September 2017, as well as uni, I had a five-month-old puppy. No wonder I didn’t read anything at all–I was probably too scared to get a book out in front of her in case she chewed it apart!



The Governess: The Little Female Academy by Sarah Fielding
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

Backing up my previous statement, both books from September 2016 were uni reads. And look, this is a fangirl blog–I’m not in the practice of saying anything negative on it–but I will make an exception for Governess, because you’d be better off not reading at all than reading that. Otranto wins by deserved default.



Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw Everything by E. Lockhart
United We Spy by Ally Carter
A Gallagher Wedding by Ally Carter
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

There are a lot of strong candidates here (this is the year I started uni, and I was clearly trying to cram in as much non-uni reading as possible), but the winner makes me long to reread all its fluffy angst and the entire series before it: Isla!



An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Winner by default! I still love this title.



Heist Society by Ally Carter

Even if there had been a full list this month (this was also a year I started a non-uni course of education, so I’m not surprised there isn’t a full list), it would’ve been hard-pressed to top Heist. It’s perfect from start to finish.


Apparently I’m missing 2012 and 2011 (can you tell I hadn’t started tracking my reading on Goodreads, and gave up back-tracking it?), so moving to…



Graceling by Kristin Cashore

This would’ve been another automatic win! September is a bookish month that’s small but mighty.


So which September book takes the top prize as my Ultimate September Read?

Drum roll…

Isla and the Happily Ever After!

I could’ve given it to How to Build a Girl, but that is a reread, so it doesn’t seem fair; I could’ve given it to Season of the Witch, but that’s me jumping the Halloween gun; I very nearly gave it to Heist Society, but ultimately, I could not ignore the romantic in me swooning very loudly for Isla.


Do you agree? Which of these would be your favourite–or what’s your favourite ever September read?

(October’s best coming soon!)

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