September 2022 reading wrap-up

September was a strange reading month. It started off strong, getting through 4 books in the first week. After that, I found myself with less and less time to dive into my books. Of course, September was a pretty busy month, so this isn’t surprising. In the second half of the month, I didn’t even touch a book. While my goal had been to read 10 books this month, I didn’t quite get to reaching that. Even so, I did put a small dent into my still fairly large TBR. My September 2022 reading wrap-up covers the books I read during the month and what I thought of them.

September 2022 reading wrap-up

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One Year After by William R. Forstchen

The second book of the John Matherson trilogy. Despite its name, the events in this book occur two years after the EMP attack, however, it does happen a year after the end of the first book. It’s hard to imagine what life would be like 2 years after an EMP attack knocked out all technology, yet this book does a great job of doing just that. Reading about a town rebuilding what has been lost, struggling with food and health, while continuing to deal with assaults from outside really puts into perspective how hard life would be in this situation. It also highlights the desire to live despite the many setbacks they have experienced. Like the previous book, there is plenty of action and violence in this one – including multiple major attacks on the town and surrounding area generating many injuries and casualties on both sides.

As before, John plays an integral part in his communities survival and progress in regaining technology. There are times when it feels like he is too involved in everything, especially since all decisions are supposed to be made by a committee. It does make me wonder how things would have turned out if he, or someone with similar skills and knowledge, wasn’t in charge.

Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor

This novella occurs somewhere between the second and third books in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. I have read this one before and decided to do a reread as I was working my way through the trilogy again. Unlike the main series, I didn’t love this one. I don’t know if it’s because it focused on Zuzana and Mik, which don’t get me wrong are amazing characters in their own way but don’t hold my heart and attention the way Karou and Akiva do. I still didn’t care for this one and feel like it could easily be skipped when reading the series.

Root Cellaring by Mike & Nancy Bubel

Using a root cellar may seem like an old way to preserve vegetables, and in a way, it is, however, they are still used today in many areas and seem to be regaining popularity. This book does a fantastic job of breaking down the various types of root cellars, how to build them, what crops are best stored in a root cellar, and how to store them. For anyone who may be interested in using a root cellar then this book is a fantastic resource. There are also a number of recipes shared that use many of the vegetables that you would keep in a root cellar.

Sword Art Online Vol. 18 Alicization Lasting by Reki Kawahara

This is the volume I have been looking forward to. It lines up with the end of the Alicization story arc and was one of my favorite episodes in the anime. I was very curious to see what additions the light novel would have compared to the anime. This novel is packed with action on both the Underworld and real-world sides. I can’t recall noticing any major additions from what was in the anime, however, it was also quite some time since I saw the anime, so I don’t remember everything clearly. I really enjoyed revisiting this story in its original format and look forward to seeing what comes next from this series.

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

The final novel in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. I’ve been looking forward to revisiting the end of this series because I remember loving it so much. I felt the same way this time around. So much has been building up in the previous two novels that there was really only one way that things could turn. Yet, even so, there were a number of twists along the way that, even during my second time though, I didn’t see coming and these events added so much to the overall story. There is more I would love to say about this book, however, I feel doing that may very well spoil the book/series for anyone who hasn’t read it yet. Know that I loved this one and it kept me eagerly reading the whole time. If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend you make time to do so.

September 2022 reading wrap-up stats

  • Books read: 5
  • Books purchased: 2
  • Books purged: 1
  • Books DNF’d: 0

I hope you enjoyed my September 2022 reading wrap-up. What have you read lately?


  1. Looks like you read some great ones this past month! Thanks for sharing them!

    1. I did read some geat books, thanks.

  2. I have to really pick up my reading this month as I have so many great books I want to read — these ones you’ve read seem really interesting!

    1. I hope you make the time to dive into some great books. Even with time set aside daily for reading, I’m always eyeing my unread books in anticipation of my next great read.

  3. That’s fantastic that you read 5 books in September! I also didn’t know that root cellars were still used today, so I learned something new!

    1. Thank you. Root cellars are certainly less popular nowadays but nice to see people still use them.

    1. I found a lot of time to read during the month but any books you read are great in my opinion. If you haven’t read that series already then I recommend checking it out.

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