My Bookish Month of September 2020

Hi and welcome to another monthly overview!

It’s been a month, you guys! A month of highs and lows: we had the first week off, celebrated the hubby’s birthday and had a lovely Indian Summer, but then work stress hit and I turned into a tiny anxious bean for a while there. Feeling wrung out and more than a little blue, I struggled with reading (and everything else, for that matter), and as a consequence the brilliant first half of my bookish month was partially offset by the miserable second half.

As such, September has been a pretty average bookish month. I read some absolute corkers, started a series I enjoyed tremendously and can’t wait to continue (The Diviners! So good!) and for my Spanish book of the month I picked up a novella to even out the behemoth I read in August.

Next month I will be celebrating Orenda Books, which means I will not only be posting an Orenda-related post every day, I will also be reading some Orenda novels, and revisiting a few favourites. However, October is also the spooky month and I have some brilliant sounding reads lined up to get my spook on! Onwards and upwards!

In figures September looks like this:

Novels: 5038 pages over 16 books
Audiobooks: 63 hours over 7 audiobooks

And here’s what I did this month, and some of what I’ll be posting in October:

What I read:
The Night Visitor, Lucy Atkins
Off Season, Jack Ketchum
The Coral Bride, Roxanne Bouchard (review to follow)
Las manos pequeñas, Andrés Barba
Son of Rosemary, Ira Levin
Star Daughter, Shveta Thakrar
We Begin at the End, Chris Whitaker
Dead Perfect, Noelle Holten
The Ice Swimmer, Kjell Ola Dahl (review to follow)
The Shadow Friend, Alex North
The Once and Future Witches, Alix E. Harrow
Black Summer, M.W. Craven
Murder Ahoy, Fiona Leitch
Betrayal, Lilja Sigurðardóttir
Music and Malice in Hurricane Town, Alex Bell
Orfeia, Joanne M. Harris

What I listened to:
Scythe, Neal Shusterman
The Storm, Amanda Jennings
The Diviners, Libba Bray
The Inheritance Games, Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Playing Nice, JP Delaney
Spirited, Julie Cohen
I, Witness, Niki Mackay

What I read earlier but reviewed in September:
The Harpy, Megan Hunter
King of the Crows, Russell Day
The Bone Shard Daughter, Andrea Stewart
The Trials of Koli, M.R. Carey
The Raven, Jonathan Janz

I also unboxed the FairyLoot August box and shared excerpts of The Seven Doors and A Song of Isolation. I also talked about what I’ve learnt from reading fiction these last few months.

Let’s have a look at the books that landed on my lap in September (brace yourselves!):

A blog tour book, courtesy of Viking:

A proof copy, courtesy of Headline:

Three proof copies, courtesy of Orenda Books:

Four books, courtesy of my bookish benefactor a.k.a. Eva at Noveldeelights (thanks again, lovely!), two she had double and two she didn’t enjoy… Will one bookaholic’s trash be another bookaholic’s treasure? Stay tuned to find out 😄

Two audiobooks:

5 eBooks, all 99p bargains!

Two paperbacks: I fell in love with Music and Malice in Hurricane Town after seeing it on The Withering and I just had to get Tall Oaks after loving We Begin at the End as much as I did.

And two gorgeous hardbacks: one I picked up because of Rachel (ICYMI) and one I added to my BD order because of Don Jimmy (ICYMI). I won’t deny instant cover love had something to do with it too 😉

Well that took me a while to sum up 😳

I hope you had a good month and that you are safe and well! Thanks for joining me today and happy reading xxx

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