September Monthly Recap
It’s time for our monthly recap! Find out which books were favorites, which were duds, and which ones we plan to read the following month. We’ll end our wrap up with a calendar of book-related events/facts from the Month of September and we’ll highlight our upcoming October content. We’ve also added a list of upcoming book releases for October (scroll to the end for the list).
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Well my aim for September was to keep going with the man booker longlist and I achieved that. I now only have 5 books left to read. While the shortlist has already been announced, I intend to read all of them so that I can tell you scientifically whether the judges made the right decision. So far I dispute 2 of their choices for shortlist 🙂
Favourite Book read in September: The Shadow Lines: A Novelby Amitav Ghosh. Honorable mentions go to 2 very different books: The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles and A Brief History of Seven Killings: A Novel by Marlon James.
Least favorite book read in September: Once again, there was not a book I hated in September. The lowest scoring book at 3 stars was The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota.
October Goals: In case you hadn’t guessed it, my goal for October is to continue reading the man booker 2015 long list books. I also plan to read Nicholas Nickleby and as many books in Anthony Powell’s A Dance to the Music of Time series as I can manage. Poor old Life After Life is back on the back burner again for now 😦
September was a prolific but rather lackluster reading month for me. I read several 1001 books but none that really stood out.
Favorite book read in October: The only stand out for me was Rusdie’s new book, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights. Honorable mention goes to one of the Man Booker longlist novels, The Chimes by Anna Smaill. No 1001 books made my list of monthly favorites.
Least favorite book read in October: The Buried Giant by Ishiguro. That was an easy pick for me. I really disliked it. It put me to sleep multiple times. You’ll be able to see why I disliked it so much when I post my review – soon!
October Goals: I will once again attempt to refrain from buying any new books this month. I didn’t too badly last month (if you don’t count ebooks). I hope to continue making a dent in my TBR. Primary goals will be to finish David Mitchell’s new book before the release date, read at least one Halloween appropriate book, and work in a few other books for some Shelfari reading challenges.
Here’s a look back at literary events in September.
What can you look forward to on our blog in October? We will feature our recurring posts: Love it or Hate it (The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt), Read Around the World (England), Featured Author (Jeffrey Eugenides), and Kid’s Corner. We’ll also feature reviews of several of the Man Booker Longlist books. We have scheduled reviews for The Buried Giant, A Brief History of Seven Killings, and David Mitchell’s Slade House. We will also begin our Halloween challenge and we hope you join us for that one!
For more on upcoming content you can always check out our event calendar — featured on our sidebar.
Here are a few books that will be released in October:
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George Martin. Release date: October 6. I’d really appreciate it if Mr. Martin would stop writing all the other books and finish Game of Thrones books.
The Gap of Time: A Novel (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Jeanette Winterson. Release date: October 6
The Secret Chord: A Novelby Geraldine Brooks. Release Date: October 6
Thirteen Ways of Looking: Fiction by Collum McCann. Release date: October 13
A Strangeness in My Mind: A novel by Orhan Pamuk. Release date: October 20
After Alice: A Novel by Gregory Maguire. Release date: October 27
Slade House: A Novel by David Mitchell. Release date: October 27
We want to hear from you. What books did you read in September? Which your favorites? Least favorites? Is there anything you are looking forward to in October?
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I hear you about George Martin. Cant stand it!..
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I agree with you about The Buried Giant, I started but gave up on it. Slade House really creeped me out. Perfect October read.
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I had to read it for a group reading challenge otherwise I would have given up. I’m glad to hear about Slade House. Looking forward to it. I’m reading Bone Clocks now because I wanted to read that first
Bone Clocks is good. I found it sketchy in parts, but pretty solid when Mitchell was dealing with the human characters. I’m not sure about Slade House. I’m wary of books that start as social media experiments and grow into unplanned novels.
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I finished a behemoth of a book in September: The Making of Modern Japan by Marius Jansen. It weighed 3lbs and took me over a month to read! It was mostly worth lugging to work on a daily basis. I followed it up with We, The Drowned by Carsten Jensen which blew me away. I’m looking forward to the October challenge. I’m a Hallowe’en Baby so it’s almost inevitable that I like spooky! I also want to get some Parisian history under my belt before our weekend break at the end of the month. I’ve got Colin Jones’s biography of the city lined up, and I’m going to give Perec’s Life: A User’s Manual a go as well. That’s the plan, anyway. Jensen already accidentally diverted me to Conrad’s The Shadow-Line…