September 2017 | Wrap Up

All in all, September has been a bit of a mixed bag. At the start of the month I went to my very first (and hopefully not last) trip to the US. Rather optimistically I took a couple of books with me and a Kindle loaded up with many ARCs that I really ought to get to. Surprise, surprise, I was having such a good time in DC that I kind of forgot about reading, apart from on one rather sunny day when I read a book in the shadow of the Washington Monument which was all kinds of surreal for me, the girl who hasn’t travelled any further than Spain or Greece before this. I also managed to squeeze in a little reading on the train from DC to New York but aside from that I didn’t really think about it. (Side note: I thought I’d read on the train home from London but, guess what, jet lag and not sleeping on the plane home is a bitch and I don’t do well with it.)

However, once I was back in England I tried to get to a few books I’d been meaning to finish off in order to start clearing that growing ‘currently reading’ shelf. It’s been a mostly successful month, in that sense, though I still haven’t finished You Know What, but I’m hopeful that next month will be the month I do. I’m also still in the midst of my His Dark Materials read-through as I’m listening to the audiobook for Northern Lights so it’s taken me a little longer to get through. That shouldn’t take too long to finish though and then I’ll move on to the second and third books in the trilogy. Anyhow let’s not get ahead of ourselves, let’s see what I did finish reading in this past month…

In September, I read a total of 7 books – 5 fiction and 2 non-fiction, amounting to 2000 pages in total, and, of these, 0 books were re-reads* – go me!

In terms of format: 5 were paperback, 1 was hardback, and was an ebook.

And as for genre, very broadly speaking, books were fantasy, 2 were non-fiction, 1 was magical realism, and 1 was contemporary/romance.

Onto the books themselves…

Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops – Jen Campbell

Rating: 4/5
Genre: non-fiction; humour
Pages: 119
Read: 1st September
Challenges fulfilled: Book Riot Read Harder (#3), The Reading Quest (Verb in title)

Exit West – Mohsin Hamid

Rating: 4/5
Genre: magical realism
Pages: 231
Read: 2nd – 7th September
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books (Week 33), Book Riot Read Harder (#5), The Reading Quest (Open World)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Newt Scamander aka J.K. Rowling

Rating: 3/5
Genre: fantasy; children’s
Pages: 42
Read: 10th September
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books (Week 49), The Reading Quest (Red cover)

The Tropic of Serpents – Marie Brennan

Rating: 4/5
Genre: historical; fantasy
Pages: 345
Read: 26th August – 14th September

The Hating Game – Sally Thorne

Rating: 3.5/5
Genre: contemporary; romance
Pages: 387
Read: 15th September

A Dance with Dragons: Dreams and Dust (Vol. 1) – George R.R. Martin

Rating: 3/5
Genre: fantasy
Pages: 624
Read: 4th August – 20th September
Challenges fulfilled: Mount TBR

My Salinger Year – Joanna Rakoff

Rating: 4.5/5
Genre: non-fiction/memoir
Pages: 252
Read: 23rd – 27th September

So that was my month but how did your September reading go?
What was your favourite book you read this month?
Please do share in the comments below and let’s chat books!


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