Goodbye August, Hello September 2016

August 2016

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well? While there have been a few rainy days, on the whole here in the UK we have been enjoying a few weeks of lovely, sunny weather – just what I needed over my long summer break from work. This break has not only been good for my soul but has been brilliant for my reading too. Here is what I managed to read:

Fiction: 4          Non-Fiction: 2

In August, I again made good progress through my list for the 10 Books of Summer challenge. First, I read the light and  comforting The School Inspector Calls! by Gervase Phinn; the third book in the Barton-in-the-Dale series. Next, I was swept back to 16th century Scotland reading historical fiction A House Divided by Margaret Skea; her second Munro novel. And, finally I stayed in the past with Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye; a gripping historical mystery inspired by Jane Eyre. My thoughts on these last two books are still to be posted.

That’s 3 more books read off my 10 Books of Summer list and the end of August also means this challenge has come to an end too – I will post a full round up of the challenge later today. I also ticked another title off my Classics Club list by reading the charming, comedy-of-errors Mr Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell; another tale set in a small, provincial town from The Cranford Chronicles.

Alongside these fictions I also read two non-fictions. First, I read an interesting and comprehensive history, The Secret Poisoner by Linda Stratmann. Which delved into the murders and poisons that shook the Victorian world. Then at the end of the month, I finished the thought-provoking, Christian non-fiction The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. This is the first choice for my church’s book club which starts in September. My full thoughts on this book are still to be posted.

Pick of the Month: A House Divided and The Circle Maker

That is another 6 books finished in August which is great! I also started reading historical fiction The Queen’s Choice by Anne O’Brien and the classic, adventure The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas.

In September, I will be starting back at work with a new Year 5 class. I am also looking forward to attending a Comic Fest and I have tickets to see ‘The Woman in Black’ at a local theatre.

What did you do and read in August? Do you have any plans for September?

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12 thoughts on “Goodbye August, Hello September 2016

  1. Looking forward to reading what you thought of Jane Steele (and the Skea you noted on my own round up)! We had some great weather, didn’t we? Quite lucky in the end. You’ve reminded me I’ve an O’Brien on my TBR – a different one but I’d forgotten. My plan for September is to be busy. Weird plan, I know, but I’m looking forward to it.

    1. Charlie, we really were lucky with the weather this year 🙂 I hope you enjoy your busy September and that you get round to that forgotten O’Brien book. Hopefully I will have my full posts on A House Divided and Jane Steele up soon 😀

  2. Well you have already seen my month end post so you know how I did. I applaud your getting through your lists because I am also big on getting through mine! I think it is a way I overcome being overwhelmed by all the books I want to read. At least I can see that progress has been made. Have a joyful September!

    1. Thank you Judy 🙂 I don’t usually write reading lists so I am even more pleased with how well I did and I think it may have even helped me to read more; having a rough plan of what I would be reading next.

  3. Six books in a month, I wish! Looking forward to the reviews of the ones still to come. Everyone seems to like Jane Steele; let’s see what you think.

  4. You had a good month! Looking forward to your thoughts on Jane Steel, since I’m completely at odds with the majority on that one. 😉 I really must read a Margaret Skea sometime – I keep hearing good thing about her.

  5. What an interesting combination of stories, and you’re already underway with September’s reading. I’ve heard so many good things about Dumas, but I’ve yet to try one. My August was filled with more reading from the library than usual (which meant a little more variety, including a graphic novel and some works in translation). September is going to be preoccupied by some reading that I’ve put off for August, so a couple of chunky reads, but also some new fall fiction, which I’m really looking forward to, including Steven Price’s By Gaslight and Riel Nason’s All That We Left Beihnd. Enjoy!

    1. Thank you B.I.P 🙂 It sounds like we both enjoyed a good variety of books in August and I hope it continues, although my reading will probably take a turn for the darker side as we enter Autumn.

  6. I’m glad August has been a good month for you and that you managed to get so much reading done. I’ll look forward to your thoughts on Jane Steele!

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