September has been a bit of stop/start reading month for me; I had a few books I had to DNF and that broke my rhythm. I’ve got so much better at this though – even if I’m over half way through and not feeling it, I stop reading and move onto the next book.
In the past, I sort of martyred myself to the book and kept reading if I’d started but now realise that I was only wasting my time. Not being engaged with a book is such a demotivating feeling – and not one I tolerate anymore! Anyway, here are the 8 brilliant books I did read and enjoy…
My September Book Reviews:
(Click on book title for my full review.)
/ One Ordinary Day at a Time by Sarah J. Harris
/ The Cat Who Saved Books by Sōsuke Natsukawa
/ The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
/ Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi
/ This Lovely City by Louise Hare
/ The Lighthouse Witches by C. J. Cooke
/ We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza
/ Lemon by Kwon Yeo-Sun
I had a wonderfully eclectic selection for September – One Ordinary Day at a Time was such a lovely, heartwarming read, highly recommend if you need a little feel-good (with some serious points too) story.
I also read what is surely to be one of the bestselling books of the year – the second instalment of The Thursday Murder Club – we meet the same characters on a new mystery in The Man Who Died Twice. I would say, for me, it wasn’t QUITE as good as its predecessor but a great read nonetheless.
This Lovely City and We Are Not Like Them covered similar narrative themes around racism – while telling two very different (but both brilliant) stories. This Lovely City is set in London and tells the tale of Lawrie, newly arrived from the Caribbean on Empire Windrush and We Are Not Like Them is set in Philadelphia; Riley is black and Jen is white, they are best friends but their lives are blown apart when Jen’s policeman husband shoots an unarmed black boy. Riley is a reporter so covers the case. Both really interesting and thought-provoking books.
I also had a little translated fiction in the mix this month. The Cat Who Saved Books is by Japanese author Sōsuke Natsukawa and Lemon by Korean author Kwon Yeo-Sun. The former a surreal story of cats, labyrinths and magical happenings, the latter a crime story. Both excellent!
What have you been reading this month? Let me know below!