I don’t know about you, but for me September went by in the blink of an eye! It brought with it our first taste of crisp, fall air in the northeast followed by an usual heat wave. The weather was not the only thing that seemed to be all over the place. I had an interesting run of reads in September that ranged from wonderful to disappointing. In this blog, I will recap my September reads, highlight my title of the month, and share what is upcoming in October.
My first September read was a book I had been very much looking forward to. It was the latest thriller from Shari Lapena, A Stranger in the House. I had loved Lapena’s debut thriller, The Couple Next Door, and couldn’t wait to read her new book. Unfortunately, this book was a bit of a let-down and not the best way to kick off a new month of reading. I was disappointed in the book for a few reasons, and if you missed my blog, you can read those reasons here.
My next read for September was The List by Patricia Forde. This is another book I had been looking forward to reading. While I’m not usually a big fan of Dystopian reads, I found this book intriguing and thought-provoking. Imagine a world where language is suppressed and you can only speak using the 500 approved words on the List. This book is about, most obviously, the dangers of censorship. But I also felt that Forde was sending some underlying messages about climate change as well as money and power corrupting politics. If you missed my review, you can read it here.
The third book I read was The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. This was quite the grand finale for September reading! I loved this book and I’m choosing it as my highlighted title of the month for September. This was a magical story that reads like a fairy tale. The writing style was unique and fresh. The characters were lovable and loathable, and the story was original. If you enjoy magical stories with underlying lessons about kindness and goodness, then you should give this book a try. If you missed my review, you can read it here.
In addition to new reads, I also enjoyed writing some other blog posts in September. I enjoyed sharing another Friday Firsts post in which I talked about my first mystery novel. It was a Nancy Drew book, introduced to me by my mother. Reading a mystery was a different and fun experience for me as a child. The feeling stuck with me because, I still love mysteries today. If you missed that post, you can read it here.
I was also able to share a post that had been on my mind for some time. I was able to post about my appreciation for libraries. I worry in this digital age that libraries are endangered. But I don’t think they will ever really go away, not entirely. In this post, I shared some reasons why I appreciate and value my local library and reasons why you may want to stop in for a visit at yours. If you missed that post, you can read it here.
Now that September has been wrapped-up, I am very much looking forward to October reads. It’s the best month for spooky and magical reads, and there are several I’m looking forward to this month. The Rules of Magic, Alice Hoffman’s prequel to Practical Magic releases next week, on October 10th. The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie also releases on the 10th. And the month will be capped off with the release of Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend on none other than Halloween, October 31st! Plan on the blog being filled with magical and spooky reads this month!
What books are you most looking forward to in October?
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