The Month in Books: September 2020

Another day, another destiny! 

Wait, that’s not it. What I meant to say was — 

Another month, another wrap-up! Can you believe that we’re already in the last quarter of the year? But honestly, September was one of the few months of 2020 that seemed to last forever. It was an eventful month for me in a lot of ways. For one, I started online school, and my stress levels haven’t just hit the ceiling, they’ve rocketed to the moon and back 😱😭😂 And I’m still getting the hang of fitting in blogging into the mix, so bear with me if you don’t see as much content from me in October!

But I’ll save any further ramblings for the actual post. So without further ado, let’s get into September’s monthly wrap-up!

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Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising killed me. I’m dead. Come back later.

Kidding. Sort of.

Not really.

It was everything a finale needed to be, despite the slow pacing and the slightly anticlimactic resolution. The characters were the real highlight of the story — the excellent character development and heartbreaking moments lent a depth to them that built up on everything established in the first two books.

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Reading Every Treatise on the Shelf: Musicals & YA Books

I love musicals. I love them a lot. They hold an indescribable charm for me that results from the combined effect of the story, the numbers, and the visual performance.

This past weekend, I was one of the 11 million people who streamed The Phantom of the Opera for FREE on YouTube. The YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On! is streaming live one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s internationally renowned musicals every Friday night and leaving them available to watch for 48 hours as part of a fundraiser for the Actors Fund, in an effort to help theater professionals affected by the coronavirus. This weekend, it was the Royal Albert Hall performance of The Phantom of the Opera. I am ashamed to admit it was my first ALW musical, but boy, was it worth it.

Suffice it to say, I fell completely, head-over-heels in love.

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