Goodbye August, Hello September 2017

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well? I must apologise for my absence over the last two weeks. For the first week, I was very busy helping to run my church’s holiday club for children and then, I jet off for a wonderful week in the historic gem of Rome. Considering all that I managed to still read these:

Fiction: 3          Non-Fiction: 1

I began the month, by indulging in a wonderfully comforting re-read of Northern Lights by Philip Pullman; the first book in Pullman’s popular His Dark Materials fantasy series. Then in The Girl in the Glass Tower by Elizabeth Fremantle, I was whisked back in time to meet Arbella Stuart, a less well-known, ill-fated Tudor claimant for the throne. Finally, when I had time to relax by the pool in the scorching heat of Rome, I enjoyed a fantastical, time-travelling romp in Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor; the first book in Taylor’s The Chronicles of St Mary’s series.

Alongside these fictions, I also continued my US political themed reading with the short non-fiction Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: A Very Brief History by Mark Black.

Sadly though I got no reviews written for any of my reading in August, so you will have my full thoughts on all these goodies to look forward to in September. Also, two of these books were off my list for the 10 Books of Summer 2017 challenge, for which I will be doing a round-up post soon too.

Pick of the Month: Northern Lights

Altogether that is four books completed in August, which is a good amount for me during a busy time. During my holiday I also made great progress through Watling Street by John Higgs and The Mistress of Blackstairs by Catherine Curzon; the latter of which I finished on my flight home (2nd Sep). Through out the month, I also continued to dip in and out of the classic North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell.

In September, I look forward to starting a new year at school; catching up with all my reviews and reading, of course!

What did you do and read in August? What are your plans for September?

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16 thoughts on “Goodbye August, Hello September 2017

  1. That’s a good month of reading, especially as you’ve been on holiday and were busy with other things too. I enjoyed The Girl in the Glass Tower – I’ll look forward to your review!

  2. I’m ready for the fall and to snuggle with a blanket and read! I saw the creepiest version of The Subtle Knife this weekend and I should’ve taken a photo of it.

      1. I love the city and the fact you can wander, just turn a corner and suddenly history is right there. Italians seem to take all this ancient past quite likely – it was astonishing to walk on the Palentine Hills and be treading on these ancient stones. In the UK they’d all be fenced off

        1. Karen, I agree it was amazing to walk around and find history around every corner 🙂 Although I do feel I must defend poor old Blighty! There were plenty of fenced off areas in the Roman Forum, which you couldn’t walk on or touch 😛

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