Hi everyone! September is over already and so it’s time to share how the “Structured TBR” I set myself went and talk about all the books I read in September. If you didn’t know in September I set myself a “structured TBR” which is a TBR with set categories that I have to read from. I’ve done this once before and it went really well so I wanted to see if I could do it again.

I’m so happy to say it went REALLY WELL again. This TBR works so well for me, I think I might make it my regular go to format for a TBR in the future. I didn’t expect it to work so much but it really motivates me to read outside my usual zones. I am such a goal oriented person so setting this kind of checklist situation helps me to branch out so much more and I love that for me.

Lets get into the wrap-up!

🌈 = books with lgbt+ representation
🌞 = representation of people of colour
 =  disability rep
🌸    = mental illness rep
✔ = was on my monthly tbr



Ulysses by James Joyce: (✔)     Even though this wasn’t on my structured TBR it was on my TBR because it was this months assigned reading at university. This took up most of my month because reading it took FOR FUCKING EVER but I feel so proud of finishing it. Anyway some parts of it were okay and I liked Stephen a lot but mostly I didn’t have a fun time reading this.

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare: ★★★★ (♿🌞)     Okay this wasn’t on my TBR but I don’t feel bad about it because I wanted to reread something this month and I went with this instead of my other options. And that is fine because a reread is a reread. I loved rereading this SO MUCH. I adore this series but I’ve actually only read it once and that was years ago. I forgot so much of what happens and it was so fun going back to these characters.


Genuine Fraud by e. lockhart:  (✔)     Okay so it’s not finished yet but I am currently reading this so it COUNTS. So far this is really confusing and I have no idea what is happening but I think that is .. what I’m supposed to feel. The fact I actually managed to start this before the end of the month unlike last month when I didn’t get to this category at all is good enough for me.


The Seven Death of Evenlyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turnton: ★★★★☆ (✔)  ➵   I decided to listen to Evelyn Hardcastle on audiobook and I enjoyed it so much. This book was absolutely mind bending and I didn’t see any of the plot twists coming. The reveals genuinely took me by surprise and I loved the setting and the format of this book a lot.


What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera: ★★★★☆ (🌞🌈✔)  ➵   I read an ARC of one of my most anticipated books! My review is coming out soon so I won’t say much here but I had a lot of fun with this and it was definitely cute. But I was maybe expecting a little bit more from this team up? Overall pretty quality queer content though.


Bright We Burn by Kiersten White: ★★★★ (🌞🌈✔)  ➵   I have been WAITING FOR THIS FOR SO LONG. This was one of the best series conclusions I’ve ever read. The attention to character and the plot/pacing was spot on. I adored how the plot was constructed around the inevitable showdown of the three core characters and that ending was literally perfect, I could not have conceived of a better series conclusion.


Unravel Me by Teherah Mafi: ★★★☆ (✔)  ➵   My friend irl have been PRESSURING ME to finish this series so I got my shit together and finally read Unravel Me and I am in Shook because I like Warner now. I really enjoyed the last half of this and I love Juliette but the first half was so boring and annoying which is why it’s a three not four star.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean:★★★★☆ (🌞🌈✔)  ➵   I finished reading this series in September too and I adored it so much. My series review goes more in depth about the overall series. Although this was probably my least favourite of the series I still loved it a lot. Lara Jean and Peter are so cute and I really liked the focus on family and the Song sisters relationship.


Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?:    This is another book I’m currently reading but I have about 50 pages left and will probably be finished by the time this TBR goes up. This was such an interesting books about animal cognition and looks at how people are only just beginning to understand how animals thinks, communicate and feel. If you’re an animal person like me you’ll love this because some of the real life stories about animals both warmed my heart and blew my mind. Also, I want the authors job … a lot.


I didn’t read any books in this category which is a bit disappointing. All of the books I read in September were library loans or an ARC and I definitely want to try read more books I own in October. I always feel a bit guilty about buying books and not reading them because it seems like such a waste.

However, I did have to read Ulysses and that took ages. If I didn’t have to do that I would have had more time and probably would have read I Am Out with Lanterns.


I also did not read any of these books in September but like I said above I did read Clockwork Prince. I started A Gathering of Shadows but read the first chapter and just wasn’t feeling it. This category is fine though because I just wanted to reread a book and I accomplished that in reading Clockwork Prince even thought it wasn’t ~technically~ on my TBR. Plus I’m a massive mood reader so I can’t blame myself for deviating a little.


Those were all the books I read in September. Overall, a pretty damn good effort since one of the books was FUCKING ULYSSES (I’ll never be over that my ass really sat down and read all of that big boi) What books did all of you read in September?

until next time!

xo jamieson


  1. Jami your structured TBRs are always such a flex and you nailed this one!! I love that you read both of the next-in-series picks omg


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