September is usually a rather bad reading month for me – and this year was no exception. Partly because I spend the first half travelling (and catching up with my partner who is abroad for work for three months, so, I didn’t read at all); but mostly because the end of September is particularly busy at work. The next few months will be stressful as hell, what with my PhD kicking into high gear (wish me luck with my interviews!) and the beginning of winter term which is always crazy busy. I hope pleasure reading won’t suffer completely but I am not optimistic.
Books read in September:
- The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin: 4 out of 5 stars (review to come closer to the publication date)
- Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan: 2 out of 5 stars.
- The Relive Box and other stories – T. C. Boyle: 2 out of 5 stars.
- Furiously Happy – Jenny Lawson: 4 out of 5 stars.
- Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire: 4 out of 5 stars.
Favourite of the month:
The Immortalists. It has THE best prologue you can imagine. It had me hooked and glued to the page. The first half is stronger then the second but overall I highly recommend it for anybody who likes stories about siblings, or magical realism, or stories about growing up, or stories about magicians.
Man Booker List update:
I am not doing very well. I am still reading Underground Railroad which is still beautiful but still devastating.
I am not very happy with the shortlist. I have no intention reading Elmet or History of Wolves unless they win – both books don’t sound like anything I would enjoy. I cannot believe Underground Railroad is not on the list and I adored Solar Bones way to much for me to be happy about its exclusion. It was such a good book!
Too many books to list. I am a bit fickle and cannot convince myself to stick with one book.
This Wrap up is kind of sad – I really hope to get back into the groove soon.
But on a positive note: I went to South Africa and I cannot recommend it enough. Also, I never knew how much I love elephants. They are brilliant. And otherworldy. And a little bit scary.