September went by quick, didn’t it? The switch from summer to autumn this year felt quite harsh – literally woke up to a temperature drop and people in coats and boots. I wasn’t prepared.
Maybe that’s why this month has had a more chaotic energy, which translated to a little less reading time than I would have liked… I still managed to clock in a book a week and thoroughly enjoyed them all which is, of course, the whole point. Onto the books…
My September Book Reviews:
(Click on book title for my full review.)
/ Pirate Queen of Ireland: the Adventures of Grace O’Malley by Anne Chambers
/ The Girls Who Disappeared by Claire Douglas
/ Cackle by Rachel Harrison
/ Notes On A Scandal by Zoë Heller
I think (in a shocking stat) Pirate Queen of Ireland might be my first non-fiction read of the year. Absolutely adding more non-fiction reads to next year’s reading goals… It was a great book, all about an amazing woman who was a pirate and leader and even held court with Elizabeth I.
My three fiction reads were a wonderfully mixed bag – from the witchcraft and fantasy of Cackle, to the page-turning thriller The Girls Who Disappeared to the one that took me by surprise at how much I loved it – Notes On A Scandal – a brilliant character study and psychological drama. I saw the latter in a charity shop, opened it to see what the first page was like and was hooked!
I also focused my Top 5 edit on children’s books. I have 2 boys and have spent so many hours reading to them over the years that I thought it might be useful to share the books they love and (here’s the key!) the books I love reading to them.
Julia Donaldson is a firm favourite of adults and kids in our house. She’s best-known for The Gruffalo, so I thought I’d share some of her other books that are always a hit. Let me know if you’ve read any!
Until next month, happy reading!