What I Read – September 2019


The Fall – Albert Camus (Alfred A. Knopf, 1957)

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (Warner Books, 1982)

Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee (HarperCollins, 2015)

The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? – F.F. Bruce (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1981)

Everything Under – Daisy Johnson (Jonathan Cape, 2018)

Milkman – Anna Burns (Graywolf Press, 2018)

Grand Union – Zadie Smith (Penguin Press, 2019)

Late Breaking – K.D. Miller (Biblioasis, 2018)

Immigrant City – David Bezmozgis (Harper Collins Publishers, 2019)

Half Magic – Edward Eager (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016)

My Sister, the Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite (Anchor Books, 2019)

Lampedusa – Steven Price (McClelland & Stewart, 2019)

Currently Reading:

Risen Motherhood – Emily Jensen & Laura Wifler

The Savage Detectives – Roberto Bolano

2019 Reading Goals:

Books Read: 89/100

Books Reviewed: 69/50


Giller Prize Longlist Read: 5/12.

(Read: Dual Citizens, Reproduction, Immigrant City, Late Breaking, Lampedusa. To Read Next: Greenwood and The Innocents.)

Giller Prize Shortlist Read: (Further thoughts to come. Hopefully tomorrow.)


I told you I read more books when the weather is cold! My reading plan changed slightly when the Giller Prize Longlist was released and I decided spontaneously to read as many of the twelve titles as I can/want to. Because of that I also ended up reading three short story collections this month, which I’m certainly not complaining about. I finally finished Milkman and, in the end, it was worth it. Lampedusa was a slow but steady read for me; review coming late this week or early next.

Highlights for September were: Everything Under, Milkman, Late Breaking, and Lampedusa.

What I’ll Read Next:

Of the books I said I was going to read in September, I have not yet gotten to A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing or Reviving Ophelia. They may make it into my Read pile for October but I also picked up Ann Patchett’s new book The Dutch House and she’s one of my very favourite writers so that might take precedent. I also have a memoir written by a former professor of mine: Every Little Scrap and Wonder by Carla Funk.

As for ARCs, I feel as though I’m falling behind. Pauline Holdstock’s Here I Am and Lynn Coady’s Watching You Without Me are both out now and I’ve read very positive reviews of both so I hope to include them in my October reading. As well, I have an ARC of Anosh Irani’s new short story collection that came out in August. And then there are the ARCs of books yet to be released…

As part of my goal in tackling titles that have languished on my TBR for far too long, I’ve begun The Savage Detectives. If I get through that the next book will be The Man in the High Castle.

Risen Motherhood is my current theological read. Next will likely be Prayer by Philip Yancey. (Which I said would be next months ago but I do really want to read it and I have a copy already.)

What were your September reading highlights? October reading plans?

4 thoughts on “What I Read – September 2019”

  1. I thought The Man in the High Castle was so horribly boring, but I know that older people like it because they know the history better (it’s all focused on WWII). Plus, it’s a new TV show, so the book is experiencing a revival.

    1. I’ve only read a couple of Dick’s books and wasn’t super impressed but this one’s been hanging out on my TBR since before 2013 so I feel like I should really get to it one day! I do enjoy history and studied it a little bit in university so I’m hoping that will make it more interesting.

  2. Gosh, you’ve been zipping through them this month! Keeping on top of ARCs is a never-ending issue, but a good one to have overall! I got rejected for the new Patchett on NetGalley – not sure what I’ve done to upset that publisher – so I hope it’s rotten! Haha – OK, that’s too mean. I hope it’s great even if it means I actually have to *gasps* buy a copy… 😉 😂

    1. That’s so weird! I like her writing a lot so I pretty much just pre-order as soon as I hear she has a new book. I would have started it already but I’m feeling the pressure of library books, let alone the ARCs piling up!

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