What I Read – September 2021


Fight Night – Miriam Toews (Penguin Random House Canada, 2021)

The Awakening – Kate Chopin (Duke Classics, 2012)

The Manningtree Witches – A.K. Blakemore (Catapult, 2021)

Piranesi – Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020)

Happy Hour – Marlow Granadas (Verso, 2021)

Currently Reading:

In Fine Form – ed. by Kate Braid and Sandy Shreve

Jesus and John Wayne – Kristin Kobes du Mez

The Anthropocene Reviewed – John Green

2021 Goals:

Books Read: 51/100

Books Reviewed: 41/51

Asian-Canadian Literature Challenge: 4 (maybe? I’m struggling a little whether or not I can classify an author as Asian-Canadian)

A Virtuous Reading Challenge: 3/12

Current TBR: 223 (previously 224)

Other Reading:

This month we finished reading Anne of Avonlea at bedtime with our girls. Pearl and Rose’s interest waned as Anne aged and we decided to take a break from Anne Shirley for a while. (After my last month’s post, Melanie pointed out that Montgomery didn’t write the series in order and that, potentially, some books were written better than others.) We’ve now started Little Women together.

My Bible reading for September included 1 Corinthians, Isaiah, Nahum, Colossians, Habakkuk, 2 Corinthians, and Zephaniah.


September turned out to be a book full of decent reads. But the clear stand out of the month is Piranesi, a book I wasn’t going to read until it was awarded the Women’s Fiction Prize. I will hopefully have reviews of that The Manningtree Witches, and Happy Hour in the next week or so.

What’s Next:

I am just now beginning Five Little Indians by Michelle Good as my next fiction read. My next non-fiction will be Out of the Sun by Esi Edugyan which is the most recent Massey Lecture title. I’m falling behind a bit with my ARCs and I have two with September pub dates that I didn’t. get to and 6 (!) with October dates.

I don’t generally decide my reading based on the seasons but I noticed a couple of spooky titles on my TBR that I have on my shelf so I’m going to try to read Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch and Mexican Gothic in October.

16 thoughts on “What I Read – September 2021”

  1. Really looking forward to your review of Piranesi, the audiobook of which is on my phone but somehow I keep not listening to it – even though I’m looking forward to it!

  2. I currently have four spooky books in line for October, and next week I’m sharing a review of a book that is more haunting than scary. It was recommended by your fellow Canadian Anne Logan, and I don’t think she ever reads anything that is straight-up horror.

    1. I actually don’t usually read horror novels in October simply because I don’t often plan my reading in line with season (I just forgot, for some reason!). This year I remembered I have a few horror/spooky novellas, so I quick switched some books around.

    2. I saw that! That one definitely seems like horror. I’m more along the lines of witchy, atmospheric stories, maybe with some magic thrown in!

    1. It’s a new book called Happy Hour. The author is Marlowe Granados. She lives in Toronto (so fits the Canadian part). Race is not something she discusses in the interviews I’ve found, which is fair enough. I felt like I was trying to guess based off photos of her which made me a little uncomfortable!

    1. That was my guess too! The narrator and main character of the novel is described as mixed-race and partially Asian. The book definitely has a feel like it’s based on some of the author’s own life, though that might not necessarily be true.

  3. How did you get on with The Manningtree Witches? Will you be reviewing it? I enjoyed it with some reservations over the too-creative writing style, but I thought she has loads of potential – one to watch!

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