Books I Plan to Read in September, ft. Raybearer, You Deserve Each Other, & More!

I’m posting something low-effort because school is killing me, look away.

I’m sure you’ve had enough of me complaining about school, so I’ll spare you the excuses! Today I’m just gonna list a few books I plan to read in the rest of September. I am 0% certain that I’ll manage to finish all of these before the month ends, but a girl can dream. (Also, I need to step up my reading game because The Starless Sea put me behind on my reading challenge. 🙃 I’m sure you’re judging me for not just lowering it but I’m too competitive for that okay.)

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

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I’ve already started this, and the writing is incredible and the worldbuilding is fascinating so far! I wasn’t interested in it at first because YA fantasies, especially debuts, disappoint me more often than not. Plus, the synopsis honestly wasn’t that eye-catching. However, I’ve heard SUCH amazing things about it. All the reviews for it are glowing, as in this is a new favorite and it’s so well-written glowing. I’m so excited to read it and see if I love it as much as everyone else!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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I read this LGBT classic years ago, and I didn’t like it. But I think I just wasn’t at the age to “get” it. Now I’m the same age as the main characters, and I’m holding out hope that I’ll love it as much as everyone does. Maybe I’ll even form a personal connection with it like so many people have, but I’m not holding out too much hope because I rarely do. :((

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

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I don’t usually read romance (I think I’ve realized in the past year that it isn’t the genre for me?), but I’ve heard amazing things about this one, especially from Vee and Ilsa. It’s apparently a fun, serotonin-inducing hate to love! Also I find the concept of fiances turned enemies finding their way back to each other so intriguing. 👁👁

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

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Yes, I’m reading the last book in this very white, very diversity-lacking series. I’ve heard that it’s the best book in the trilogy and that the ending is devastating. I actually have an inkling of how it ends and some of the plot twists because of spoilers I’ve come across, but hopefully that doesn’t ruin my reading experience. This book is like, 800 pages long though, so I’m not very optimistic that I’ll finish it this month. :”(

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

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In case you didn’t know, there are three books that I’ve been meaning to read forever. I’ve already read The Starless Sea and With the Fire On High, so all that’s left is to read Anne of Green Gables and I can finally be at peace. It’s the one that’s been on my TBR for the longest lmao. I convinced my mom to buy the stunning Puffin in Bloom edition years ago, and if all goes to plan I’ll finally finish it this month.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

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This is the first #ownvoices trans book to ever hit the New York Times Bestsellers list!! I think everyone’s been anticipating its release lmao. I mean, how could you not? It’s about a trans Latinx brujx who accidentally resurrects (and falls in love with) the school bad boy! I’ve heard that the romance is very reminiscent of fanfiction, and that this book is meaningful in the way that only #ownvoices QPOC books can be.

What are some books you plan to read in September? Have you read any of these books? What did you think about them?

55 thoughts on “Books I Plan to Read in September, ft. Raybearer, You Deserve Each Other, & More!

  1. caitlin,,,, i am absolutely TERRIFED of what you’ll think of you deserve each other. just a warning, the first like 30% is kinda hard to get into? and the main characters are both REALLY annoying, but then…it gets better and the pay off for me was so worth it. also i feel like ari and dante is a hit or miss for most people Sooooo i’m curious to see what you will think of my favourite book of all time hehe 🙂

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    1. we had the same thoughts on you deserve each other!! the last chunk wasn’t enough for me to rate it 5 stars, but i’m so surprised that i actually considered it 😭 and ari and dante was just okay for me, but i still like it! i definitely get why it’s you and many others’ favorite book!

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  2. ari and dante is a lovely book and i really loved it the first time i read it, but i can totally understand why someone may not feel the same. i kind of want to reread it and see how i feel about it now that i know what to expect. also, you deserve each other sounds like a fun book, i didn’t pay much attention to it before but it’s on my radar now 👀

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    1. i’m happy i reread it, because i definitely understood its messages and what it was trying to do more! i hope you enjoy it or get more out of it if/when you reread it ❤ you deserve each other is definitely really fun, and it made me laugh out loud a few times! the beginning isn't the best, but the last half was so worth it for me!

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  3. I hope you love Raybearer Caitlin… it’s really become my favorite YA debut of this year and I can’t wait to see what you think of it… The audiobook is also particularly spectacular 😍😍

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  4. Good luck with this tbr Caitlin!! I’m also planning on reading Raybearer soon and I’m very excited 😄 I’m very curious to see what you think of The Hero of Ages! I loved it when I read it years ago, bc I thought it was the most brilliant (and devastating) ending ever, but that was before I’d really read much adult fantasy so I don’t know if I’d feel the same now. And have fun with Cemetery Boys!!

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    1. thank you so much margaret!! i hope you enjoy Raybearer! And i’m definitely having fun with cemetery boys, hehe. sadly i think know how it ends, but i keep hearing people refer to it as an amazing finale so i’m excited to see what i think of it 😭

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  5. Good luck reading all these books! I really love Aristotle and Dante and I hope you enjoy. I have also heard good things about You Deserve Each Other I hope I am able to read it soon. I hope the reading goes well and good luck with school❤︎

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  6. omg some people i know love ari and dante and some people hate it so i’m interested to see what you think!!! and i’m desperate to get to cemetery boys soon because it sounds amazing. also!! let me know what you think of you deserve each other because i’ve been trying to figure out if i should read it ;D xx have a wonderful rest of september caitlin ❤

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    1. ahh, i think i fall in the middle! it didn’t resonate with me, but i still liked it! omg i’m currently reading cemetery boys and it’s so good 😭 and rhi you should definitely read it!! the beginning is a little rough, but i swear, the last chunk made me believe in love. thank you so much, i hope you had a great september 🥺🥺

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  7. This is such a great lineup of books! I’m aiming to read Raybearer, and btw, I’ve already read Aristotle and Dante last Pride Month, and I loved it! Good luck on your school!

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  8. Oh no, sending you all my good vibes for school 💕 I’m starting my semester at the end of October and it’ll probably be really busy as well 😅

    I also really want to read Raybearer, as I’ve heard really things about it and the cover is giving off amazing vibes 🥰 and omg Cemetery Boys!!! I want to read this so badly! I’ll probably get my copy soon and read it in October, in time for some spooky things 👻

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  9. best of luck with school, YOU CAN DO THIS I am rooting for you always ❤
    I love this list! I've heard amazing things about Raybearer, so curious to hear what you think of it. I also heard incredible things about Cemetery Boys, so… same here ahah. happy reading!! 🙂

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  10. me: *can’t wait for you to read ari & dante*
    also me: *reluctant because what if you hate it*
    it’s my favorite book of all times so it would be heartbreaking if you didn’t love it, though it is full-on contemporary and you’re more into fantasy sooo… CROSSING FINGERS YOU STILL LOVE IT, THOUGH!

    you deserve each other was really funny, but it’s quite petty and childish for the most part, hahah. i didn’t mind it, though, and from the amount of people i’ve seen giving it rave reviews, i don’t think anyone else minds either, hahah.

    i just finished cemetery boys and it was really, really good! i think you’ll enjoy this one, especially because the characters are really chaotic and hilarious. wishing you all the luck on your september TBR, caitlin!

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    1. ahh, i liked but didn’t love it! i get why it’s you and a lot of other people’s favorite book though! and yeah, i didn’t mind 😂 at first it annoyed me a little, but the last half was worth it and i didn’t care bc it was making me laugh. i’m currently reading cemetery boys and i totally get what you mean! i think that’s why i’m enjoying it—i would protect julian and yadriel with my life 🥺

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  11. My only reading goal for this month is to finish Darkdawn (which I already did) and read the newest V.E.Schwab. I’ve actually read Aristotle and Dante, and at the time, I wrote this kind of apologetic review because I didn’t like it that much. But everyone loved it, so I was feeling bad about it. Now I can safely say it wasn’t the book for me. I didn’t feel anything about their relationship, and the writing is weird.

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    1. i’m sure you were able to complete your reading goals, congrats!! (and ahh, i’m so jealous that you got to read addie larue early—it’s my most anticipated release of the year 🥺) yes, some books just aren’t for us! i liked ari and dante but didn’t love it, and i think it also wasn’t really for me. i liked the writing though—it was simplistic but heartfelt and so easy to read 😅

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  12. I never set TBRs for myself, but the book that’s at the top of my list to read next is Fangs, which is a graphic novel, but sounds amazing. I just got it from the library, and I plan on reading it the moment I have free time!

    I also really want to read Cemetery Boys and Charming as a Verb, but I think I might have to wait for October to read those, just based on how little reading I’ve been doing this month. I have a whole bunch of books that I’m currently reading from months ago and tons of books on my TBR that I want to try to focus on for the next few weeks before buying any new books!

    I hope you end up loving these books, and that school doesn’t take up too much of your time! I can’t wait to hear what you thought of these at the end of the month! (Especially Ari and Dante. I’m really curious to see whether or not your opinions have changed.)

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    1. i get that! whenever i do tbrs i set myself up for failure. ahh, i’ve never heard of fangs, but i hope you enjoy it, same with cemetery boys and charming as a verb! i’m currently reading cemetery boys and it’s so good. and don’t worry my reading has been all over the place these past few months too :(( there are so many books that i want to start and need to finish lmao.

      thank you!! i haven’t finished all of them yet, but so far so good! i liked ari and dante more this time around but i didn’t *love* it

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  13. Good luck with school, Cailtin!! ❤ I haven't read any of the books you've mentioned, so sadly I can't comment on them. But I hope you love them, and I'm especially curious with your opinion of Anne of the Green Gables – I've watched Anne with an E and loved it, and though I know the show is not very similar to the book, I'm curious to read it (and I hope to own that very edition too, it's so pretty!) I've actually read almost all of my TBR for September! I'm hoping to read Unravel the Dusk and The Dragon Republic to be done with my "original TBR", but I've already had to add more books hahaha

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    1. thank you so much marta!! ahh, i really want to check out Anne With an E, and i think, if not completely faithful, it has the same vibes as the book, so definitely check it out if you really want to! (yes, it’s so pretty—i can’t believe i haven’t finished it yet 😭) ah, that’s amazing!! (lmao i can’t relate—i suck at finishing tbrs.) i hope you enjoy/ed unravel the dusk and the dragon republic—tdr is the best book in tpw trilogy imo ❤

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  14. I read Cemetery Boys basically right after it came out and I loved it so much!! It’s the perfect autumn read and the characters were so adorable, oh my god. 😀 I’m really-really excited for Raybearer – I was the same as you. I didn’t like the cover or the blurb, but the gushing reviews convinced me that it is a book I need to read. Hope you’ll enjoy all of these books.

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    1. thank you, vera!! so far i am! and i’m enjoying cemetery boys a lot 🥺 i feel like the plot needs some work, but ahhh, julian and yadriel are adorable, and i’d die for them. i’m so glad i’m not the only one who wasn’t interested in raybearer bc of the cover and blurb, haha. i’m really happy i gave it a try because i enjoyed it—i hope you love it!

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  15. Ah I’m a tad late so idk if you’ve read any of these yet, but you love em all. These ones are all on my tbr and I also hope to love them. Except Anne which is an absolute favourite of mine, ADORE that book so so so much and I hope you do also. I also really want to reread Ari and Dante, which haha I read for the first time early this year, but same I feel like going into it a 2nd time knowing what’s going to happen will make the reading experience better. Sending love Caitlin xoxo

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