Monthly Recaps

SEPTEMBER RECAP // a month of adult romance, book mail, tv shows, essays & finally listening to evermore!!

Uni kicked me in the butt yet again but hey, at least I read 4 books!

Living my bestest life… not. But actually yes.

Let’s get into it!

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover {★★★★☆}: It’s been a hot second since I read this book because I think I finished it the very first day of September. I also didn’t plan on ever reading it, as I was under the impression that this author was problematic, not sure where it came from. Anyways, as you can tell by the rating, I enjoyed this book HOWEVER I want to place a heavy emphasis on how incorrectly marketed it is. The BookTok girlies are shouting about this being a fun NA romance when IT IS NOT!!!! Trigger warnings are not a spoiler and this book is about being in an abusive relationship, so please be aware of this before you go into it. Idk maybe I’ll do a full review for this book because there’s a lot to say and talk about. More thoughts in my GR review here.

Marriage For One by Ella Maise {★★★★☆}: Wowee colour me suprised because I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH WTH?!?!?! If you read last month’s recap, you saw I read a different book by this author and gave it 2 stars. She was not it. But for some reason, I caved and decided to just give this one a go. To be honest, she has 4.5 star potential, but I’m ultimately giving it 4 stars because the writing could be better. But aside from that, I just had the best time with this book. I haven’t been so excited to just return to my book because of all the happy feelings in a while. Absolutely loved the romance in this book, it was so special and definitely my kind of slow-burn. Highly recommend this one for a stunning time. Gushed more in my GR review!

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood {★★★★☆}: Someone needs to kick me off TikTok honestly because I just keep caving and my physical TBR is unhappy about it. Anyways, I was extremely excited to read this book and was counting down the days till it came out. Then I literally read the whole book in like a sitting. First time ever that Ruby has started and finished an entire book in an afternoon and IM LOWKEY PROUD OF MYSELF. This was such an addictive read and I throughly enjoyed the reading experience. I do however think I need to read it again because I wasn’t in the right headspace and it has the potential to be rated slightly higher. Loved the characters and the writing. I thought the dynamic between the love interests was brilliant, but I did want a more fleshed out ending and needed more from it. GR review here!

The Risk by Elle Kennedy {★★★★½}: Agshdyhogbdhth I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! I’m seriously stunned and simultaneously very glad I’ve found an Elle Kennedy book that I can recommend with my whole heart. This book just did things for me that the two others I’ve read have not. I’m literally inserting myself into Brenna and Jake’s relationship because I WANT WHAT THEY HAVE *insert heart eyes*. Just listen, this book has bad girl trope, sports romance, enemies to lovers, fake dating (kinda) and forbidden love as it’s between the coach’s daughter and the rival team’s captain. I just adored this book so much and I’m living my best life. I was bad at accumulating thoughts but click here for my GR review <3<3

The kindest people over at Pan Macmillan SA sent me:

  • The Heartstopper Colouring Book by Alice Oseman
  • Sistersong by Lucy Holland

Huge thanks to Jonathan Ball Publishers for the stunning PR package to celebrate:

  • Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

And to Penguin Random House SA for sending a physical copy of:

  • The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green

Went a bit wild last month oops:

  • Mister Impossible by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Soul Tourists by Bernadine Evaristo
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • Vanilla by Billy Merrell
  • Listen To Your Heart by Kasie West
  • Love Songs for Sceptics by Christina Pishiris
  • Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
  • Mrs Dalloway by Viriginia Woolf
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

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Eeep I FINALLY DID IT!!! Please, round of applause to me, because I finally got off my ass and listened to evermore from the one and only Taylor Swift. If you’re mentally slapping me across the face, keep going, I give you permission. I seriously am stupid for waiting this long and I deserve the reprimand. I thought I’d fall in love with this album and fall in love I did. I go through stages with music, especially with entire albums. I can find something and listen to it on repeat for weeks straight, and then one of two things happen. I either grow slightly tired of it after a while, not hate it or anything but just not love it as much OR I’ll stop listening and when I hear it again, I’ll be re-obsessed. Anyways, I loved folklore when it came out but I have since found that I only love a select few and I don’t listen to it as much. However, so far I haven’t grown out of this and I have quite the list of FAVOURITE songs.

Here’s a list (from fave-fave downwards idk words):

  1. gold rush
  2. right where you left me
  3. no body, no crime
  4. willow
  5. champagne problems
  6. marjorie
  7. long story short
  8. ivy

STUNNING STUNNING STUNNING. It’ll be a thousand years late and I think I’ve been tagged to do 2 separate tags but hopefully book tag coming at some point in the future *wink wink*

I mentioned a couple of recaps ago that I was watching Sex and The City, not entirely sure when and I’m too lazy to check. It became my Friday ritual to watch a couple episodes with a pizza, and I have absolutely no explanation. Anyways, I kept on with this and was feeling fairly similar: I got it but I didn’t really connect with it. However, as soon as we hit Season 4, I was lowkey loving. It’s not a new fave but I just absolutely love the female friendships and the heart of the show really stood out to me. It was just a sudden shift. As I write this, I’ve actually finished the show so I may as well wrap up my overall thoughts in this recap. Which are: I enjoyed my time with this, Miranda is 100% my favourite character. I’ve liked Charlotte and Samantha somewhat and I’m mixed about Carrie. I’ve seen some reviews saying that the friend group only talked about relationships which I don’t agree with, and I was lowkey ready to agree with that statement, to be very honest. Maybe more thoughts when I watch the films because I kind of want to. I also literally just googled it the other day and, low and behold, I see on the news that they’ve just announced another reboot. A sign from the universe mayhaps

I didn’t watch all that many films last month apart from a couple for Film class, which I don’t think are that worthy of noting. Though I did watch Pretty Woman for the first time, which was average. Also watched this random movie called This Is Where I Leave You on Netflix which actually surprised me and I loved the sibling representation. Finally, I rewatched Fantastic Mr. Fox and Monte Carlo, which were both super fun.

As you can tell by my exponentially decreased amount of reading compared to my last recap, I was very preoccupied last month. This was because I was reading academic papers and trying to stay afloat with essays. I managed okay and my grades turned out well, so I’m happy with that. I’m doing a lot better academically at the moment and I’m feeling a lot more myself than I have in a while.

We went on a little holiday at the end of the month (which has branched into October but oh well we’ll talk about it now). My family and I went to a game park for a few days and it was such a stunning time. I saw giraffes for the first time and also had a very special encounter with the lions, as well as zebra and various other game animals. Anyways, I’ve been doing really well and I’m hoping it stays like this <3<3<3 Hope you’re all doing well, and if not that’s okay, you’ll get there.




  • Kristina

    eheh I bought one last stop too the other Day!! But I already owned love songs for sceptics.
    I do however need to read the love hypothesis.. I almost bought it but I didn’t wanted only love stories and get some thrillers aswell 😅 maybe next time..

    Have a good rest of October xx

  • Lay @ bookshelfsoliloquies

    September was super busy for me and sort of just flew by without me having much time for reading or anything. My October is starting to look a little bit better (not right now, I’m stressed and caught a cold haha) but at least I’ve been reading more. Your book haul looks so good! I really loved The Anthropocene Reviewed, I listened to the audiobook because I’m a big fan of the podcast and that format just called to me. And at 23 I’ve officially entered my Swiftie phase 😂 I listened to evermore when it came out (and cried a lot while cleaning my apartment lol) but recently folklore has been growing on me as well and I’ve also been listening to Lover and Reputation a lot, good vibes. My personal favourite evermore song is definitely no body, no crime because as your friendly neighbourhood death lady who loves mysteries, how could I not love the song about murder?! I also kind of want Taylor to write a novel one day because I have a feeling her writing would be impeccable.

    • Ruby Rae Reads

      Agh Lay, I’m so sorry for taking so long to reply to this comment but thank you thank you thank you for this wonderful comment. I hope you’re doing well <3<3<3

      You’ve definitely added John Green’s podcast to my to-listen list, because I loved The Anthropocene Reviewed audiobook so much too!!! Ugh glad I’m not the only “late to the party” Switfie haha. We have the same evermore fave btw ITS SO GOOD. I’ve also been LOVING Reputation eeeep

      I hope you’re well and lots of love xoxoxo

  • Caro @ bookcheshirecat

    Happy to hear that everything is going well with Uni and that you were able to go on a little vacation 💕

    Very excited to see the new John Green book in your Book Haul, I keep hearing such good things about it! And omg the Heartstopper coloring book is the cutest 🥰

    • Ruby Rae Reads

      Caro!!!! Ahh so so sorry for taking so long to get back to you but love you and thank you for stopping by xoxoxo

      Ah I still need to get on a review but I LOVED The Anthropocene Reviewed btw, you def should read if you haven’t yet!!!

      Hope you’re doing well < 3

  • Lais @ The Bookish Skies

    i am so happy to see you in your adult romance era, ruby! it’s clearly making you so happy and i am so glad you enjoyed all those books! the love hypothesis hype is real and i do feel inclined to pick it up, even though i know i probably won’t enjoy it, as the premise already is not for me hahah

    i am glad to hear you finally listened to evermore! we have the exact same top 3 songs which is !!!!! ICONIC. but ugh yes right where you left me i’ve been processing since this song came out, it is so stunning and so deeply relatable!

    i hope you’ve had a great october as well!🤍🤍🤍🤍

    • Ruby Rae Reads

      Hello again, I love you and your comments <3<3<3

      Welp I am still in my romance era but sometimes it can not be so great on the physical TBR haha *nervous laughter* Oooh I’m curious to see if you’ve read The Love Hypothesis since this? I’d be keen to see your thoughts

      Idk if you’re on TikTok but ugh glad to see that they’re giving right where you left me the love it deserves *insert heart eyes*

      Lots of love to you xoxoxoxo

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