Goodbye September, Hello October 2017

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well? Autumn, my favourite season, has well and truly arrived here in the UK. It is a little sad how quickly the weather has cooled but I have still enjoyed getting my comfy boots, woolly tights and my extensive scarf collection back out! So as I squeezed in a trip to London, started back at work and got acclimatised to the weather, this is what I read:

Fiction: 3          Non-Fiction: 1

Only two days into the month, on my flight home from Rome, I finished reading the light historical mystery The Mistress of Blackstairs by Catherine Curzon, that was a real, easy page turner for my holiday.

I returned to the UK to find that the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XII event had started! So I threw myself straight into the event with a comforting read of the new-to-me Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage by M C Beaton, the fifth book in Beaton’s long-running, cosy-crime series. Which I swiftly followed with the young adult thriller Resthaven by Erik Therme, another quick, easy read – the types of reads I’ve needed as I’ve settled into a new year at work.

Alongside these fictions, I also read non-fiction Watling Street by John Higgs, an eccentric and meandering look into the people, history and culture that has grown up along this ancient road.

Sadly I am still a little behind on my posts as I had so many books from August to catch up with first, which leaves three reviews from this month for you to look forward to in October.

Pick of the Month: The Mistress of Blackstairs

Altogether that is four books completed in August. Through out the month, I also continued to dip in and out of the classic North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. Whilst at the end of the month, I started a comforting re-read of The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman and I am already halfway through Queens of Conquest by Alison Weir, a fascinating history of England’s Medieval queens.

In October, I have no big plans so I am just looking forward to catching up with my reviews and continuing my R.I.P reading.

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

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10 thoughts on “Goodbye September, Hello October 2017

  1. ‘Tis the season for comfort reads, I think! I’ve been stuffing myself with vintage crime and listening to loads of audiobooks of old favourites. And now the spooky season is upon us – woo-ooo-ooooo!!! Time for some ghosties and ghoulies…

  2. I chose a couple of comfort reads in September too. I read some great books including Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter and two Nina Bawden novels an Angela Thirkell and a 1930s murder mystery. It’s been a slow reading month for me and I am finding I must read according to my mood.

  3. I started listening to the audio version of ‘His Dark Materials’, thinking that I wouldn’t have time to re-read all three before ‘La Belle Sauvage’ came out but that I might manage to listen whilst I was travelling. However, while I normally enjoy audio versions of books I know, I found it really off putting, although I can’t quite put my finger on why. So I’m going to have to try and find time to race through the printed version, which is not the way to read anything!

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