September Monthly Recap
It is finally time for our September Monthly recap! Find out which books were favorites and which were duds. We’ll end our wrap up with a a list of books due out in October and a glimpse of our upcoming content. We also want to hear from you so let us know what you read this month and what you look forward to reading next month.
Jen: Two months ago we mentioned an informal challenge to “read different.” You can read about that challenge here. Hopefully you join us! I did decently this month in terms of reading diversity. I read 10 books in September. Here are my read different stats for the month:
books by women: 4
translated works: 3
POC author: 3
featured LGBTQ characters: 2
Favorite book read in September: I finally got around to reading Anna Karenina and that was by far my favorite book in the month of September. Other than that book, I most enjoyed Coetzee’s new book, The Schooldays of Jesus. Admittedly, I was sick for a good two weeks in September and therefore read lots more popular/commercial fiction or YA/children’s books than I typically read. So overall, September was a lighter reading month for me.
Least favorite book read in September: I liked most of hte books I read in September. My least favorite was probably Everything I Never told you which I still liked quite a bit. I’ll probably get some grief for listing this as my least favorite but I found it rather formulaic. I understand why people loved it and I liked it, it just didn’t live up to expectations for me.
Future Goals: My TBR has gotten out of control once again. I have various tiers of TBR books shelves but my top tier is located in a three-shelf bookcase in my bedroom. My goal is to try and clear out at least half of that bookcase before buying any more books. Some books on there include: The Underground Railroad, The Nix, Everybody’s Fool, Night Film, Purity, The Turner House, The Sympathizer, and a few Margaret Atwood books.
Favorite book read in September: There are 2 books that stand out for me in September the first was The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth Church a book I was expecting to enjoy and which didn’t let me down and Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Kidnapped considering its really a boys adventure story, I am putting it down to the fact that it let me escape real life for a while and at the moment that is something I really need.
Least favorite book read in September: Well the Booker judges and I disagree big time on this one…All That Man Is by David Szalay I found this to be depressing and a poor reflection on 50% of the human race, if this really is all that man is then I fear for our future.
Future Goals: Well I managed to achieve my goal of reading all the Booker long list before the short list was announced (just) and now I feel I have earned the opportunity to sit back and relax…unfortunately I am too competitive and instead I will be catching up on my 1001 books to read before you die challenge so I will be aiming to read Anna Karenina and 2 volumes of the Story of the Stone. I also need to read Zero K and I will once again aim to clear some unread books from my book shelf.
What can you look forward to on our blog in October? We will be back to our usual blogging schedule in October which will include Read Around the World, Feature author, Terrible Reviews of Great Books, Love it or Hate it, and our regular 1001 list and non-list books. We’ll also be announcing the winners of our Summer Olympics Reading challenge (in the next week) and announcing our next reading challenge coming up over the winter.
In addition we’ll be participating in Dewey’s 24-hour readathon. We hope you join us. You can sign up here: Dewey’s 24 hour readathon.
October 2016 book releases. Quite a few books are coming out this month. Here are some of the ones that interest us the most:
Nicotine by Nell Zink. Release date: October 4th
The Trespasser by Tana French. Release date: October 4th
Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood. Release date: October 11th
The Mothers by Brit Bennett. Release date: October 11th
The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle. Release date: October 25th
We want to hear from you. So what are your plans for October? Which books were your favorites and least favorites in September? Those participating in the Read Different Challenge – What books did you read this month and how did they represent your read different goals?