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?


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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