The Breadwinner – Deborah Ellis (Groundwood Books, 2009)
Witches – Brenda Lozano (Catapult, 2022) (translated from the Spanish by Heather Cleary)
Pastoral – Nevil Shute (William Morrow, 1945)
City of Thieves – David Benioff (Penguin Books, 2016)
This House is Not a Home – Katłįà (Roseway Publishing, 2022)
Red Clocks – Leni Zumas (Little, Brown, and Company, 2018)
Buck’s Pantry – Khristin Wierman (Sparkpress, 2022)
The Little Girl who was too Fond of Matches – Gaétan Soucy (Anansi, 2016) (translated from the French by Sheila Fischman)
Hotel Magnifique – Emily J. Taylor (Razorbill, 2022)
Did Not Finish:
We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies – Tsering Yangzom Lama
Some of Them Will Carry Me – Giada Scadellaro
The Beauty Chasers – Timothy Willard
A Place for Us – Fatima Farheen Mirza
The Daughter of Doctor Moreau – Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Under this Unbroken Sky – Shandi Mitchell
Books Read: 70/80 (9 in September
Books Reviewed: 51/70 (5 in September)
Translated Works: 9/10 (Witches from Spanish and The Little Girl Who was Too Fond of Matches from French)
Reading Books I Already Own: 14/20 (The Breadwinner and Pastoral)
Books from the TBR pre-2020: 20/20!!!! (The Breadwinner (2018), Pastoral (2019), City of Thieves (2016), Red Clocks (2018), and The Little Girl Who was Too Fond of Matches (2013))
Current TBR: 234 (previously 233)
I am still figuring out the back-to-school/working more hours rhythm and how to best fit in my reading time but I’m glad I was still able to read quite a lot in September. I had a few good chunks of time at the beginning of the month, waiting around for the kids and there have been some other good playtimes out and about and I’m thankful that I almost always keep a book on me so I can take advantage of these times.
Looking at the month as a whole, it feels uneven. There were some books I whizzed through (like Pastoral, Red Clocks, and Hotel Magnifique.) Some needed a more thoughtful read (like This House is not a Home or Witches). Some were just confusing (like The Little Girl and Some of Them Will Carry Me which I gave up on).
I still have loads of reviews to catch up on. Some books I know I won’t end up reviewing but a few this month that I still hope to share thoughts on are: Pastoral, Red Clocks, Buck’s Pantry, and Hotel Magnifique.
I don’t really “do” spooky reads and it’s still 20+ degrees here so I’m not yet feeling the autumnal reading. That said, I just started The Daughter of Doctor Moreau this weekend and I found a copy of Wilder Girls at my local Little Free Library recently so those both seem like good October reading.
What was your best read in September? Do you choose your books to match the season?