September was a good reading month for me. Since I had so much time to read, I expected to read a lot, that didn’t really happen. I started a lot of books but had to return many to the library before I could finish them but I noted down where I had to stop so hopefully I’ll find these books in my library when I get back to my place next week. The small library here doesn’t allow you to have the books for more than 2-3 weeks at a time and renewing them costs 1-2 euros and can’t be done online, so not ideal for looting lots of books but reading some chapters from them without finishing them quickly. But seven books is still a good number for me and I’m not going to stress over that. Here’s the September list then:
Little Face (Sophie Hannah)
Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet (M.C. Beaton)
The Easter Parade (Richard Yates)
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (Maggie O’Farrell)
The Lifted Veil (George Eliot)
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand (Helen Simonson)
Mein Freund Maigret/ Mon ami Maigret (Georges Simenon)
I only reviewed three of these but I’m working on my backlog and will hopefully manage to write something about them before I forget what they were about. I was planning on writing about Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand next but have yet to type a single word for the review so I thought I’d ask if there are any requests on what I should review next (take a look at my books read page, there are quite a few unreviewed books listed).
My favorite read in September was probably The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, in fact I can’t wait to try one of O’Farrell’s other works. Any recommendations on which to turn to next? I also really loved The Easter Parade and plan on reading Yates’ Disturbing the Peace soon. Hope that’s a good one though I really doubt that Yates is capable of disappointing! The I also managed to get my hands on a copy of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand which was a nice cosy if not perfect read. I read my first ever Eliot this month and hope everyone will try The Lifted Veil at some point, it’s a really short novella in the gothic tradition and a perfect fall/winter read. But I’m working on a reading list for the season, so more on that soon. And of course I read some crime fiction, don’t think I know how to survive without my go-to genre. Agatha Raisin was fun as ever and I’m looking forward to reading the first one in the series soon, I like to read them in order but what can you do when you don’t own the set. Little Face was a good literary thriller though I preferred Hannah’s The Other Half Lives and she seems to have a formula so the twist wasn’t very surprising this time around. Finally I grabbed one of my mom’s Maigret books. She made me try them a couple of years ago but I didn’t really enjoy them that much, this time around though I loved it and think there’s another series that I can enjoy curled up with a pot of tea. Funny how reading tastes change over time!
I don’t think I have specific plans for October, except for doing the required uni reading. So expect to see a lot of novels about 9/11 on here, and probably the usual mysteries as counterweight.
What was your reading month like, and what are your plans for October?