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?
8 thoughts on “What I Read – September 2022”
Apart from autumn ghost stories and a Dickens at Christmas I don’t pay much attention to seasonal reading. Maybe because most seasons in the west of Scotland involve rain, rain and rain! The only thing that differs is whether it’s warm rain or cold rain… 😉
We haven’t had significant rain here in more than 80 days! Usually September would mean the start of the rainy season but it’s still hot and dry here and feeling very summery.
I don’t consciously pick books to match the season, but I tend to find that I read more big chunky classics in winter and more nonfiction in summer (probably because work is less busy in summer, so I don’t feel so tired). And I usually reread either Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather or Connie Willis’s Doomsday Book over the Christmas period. None of this is exactly planned but it seems to happen anyway!
I used to reread The Lord of the Rings every year over Christmas Break! There is something about winter that seems to lend itself to a good thick novel. It still feels like summer here though because we haven’t had any rain in so long!
I’m not a seasonal reader but find myself reading easy beach reads in summer than any other time. Looking forward to your review of Pastoral.
I’m also struggling with when to read, when to blog, when to review. I’m glad that a while back I switched to just one review a week on wednesdays. If I have a bigger reading month, that allows me to schedule the reviews further out. Then, if I get behind, I already have a backlog of reviews ready to go.
Do you ever feel like you’re scheduling too far ahead doing it that way? I’ve been aiming for 2 reviews a week. I feel like if I went to one I would never catch up to where my reading actually is, if that makes sense.
I understand. Some of the books are scheduled out far enough that I will re-read my review before I write comments. On the other hand, knowing I have a safety net of content makes me less anxious about blogging. To be clear, blogging in particular does not make make anxious; everything makes me anxious. I’ve noticed that folks don’t usually read the one review per week that I post until it’s almost time for another Sunday Lowdown, so I also worry I’ll overwhelm my audience. If I get too far ahead, I start reading books I have no plan to review, and that’s nice, too.