My Bookish Month of September 2021

Hi and welcome to another monthly overview!

September started out pretty good with a couple of days off, and we finally got to go up in the air!

About a week later, I came down with gastritis and did little more than nap, watch Riverdale and feel sorry for myself. Fortunately, September did pick up after that. We had a lovely Indian Summer, with me soaking up all the rays I possibly could, while reading and gardening.

I had a pretty good bookish month too. I’m really happy with the reading choices I made. I didn’t love everything I read but I did manage to pick up a few titles that had been on my TBR or radar for quite a while. For my classics challenge I chose A Clockwork Orange, which scared me a bit, what with the slang and everything, but I ended up really enjoying it.

I also followed through on my wanting to pick up some horror classics, I had a good time with all of them. I have Audible Plus to thank for that, as a lot of books are now included in the Audible membership and can be listened to for free, so while I’m back with Audible (thanks to a ridiculous offer of three months at only 99p), I’m taking full advantage of that.

For my Spanish challenge I read Los peligros de fumar en la cama (available in English as The Dangers of Smoking in Bed), but unfortunately it wasn’t my cup of tea. I do like my stories dark, but these were murky than dark and on quite a few occasions I found myself thinking ew. And not in a good way.

These were my favourite reads of the month:

In figures September looks like this:

Novels: 6616 pages across 20 books
Audiobooks: 67 hours across 14 audiobooks (11 full novels and 3 novellas)

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

What I read:

Rock Paper Scissors, Alice Feeney
The Quiet People, Paul Cleave (review to follow)
The Watcher Girl, Minka Kent
The Haunting of Lindy Pennyworth, S.M. Pope
The House on the Strand, Daphne du Maurier
Dead Ground, M.W. Craven
Blood & Honey, Shelby Mahurin
The Watchers, A. M. Shine
Mrs March, Virginia Feito
The Book of Accidents, Chuck Wendig
Cold as Hell, Lilja Sigurðardóttir (review to follow)
A Kiss Before Dying, Ira Levin
Feathertide, Beth Cartwright
The Dark, Emma Haughton
The Winter People, Jennifer McMahon
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
The Stoning, Peter Papathanasiou (review to follow)
Los peligros de fumar en la cama, Mariana Enríquez
Gods of Jade and Shadow, Silvia Moreno-Garcia
House of Small Shadows, Adam Nevill

What I listened to:

Cinderella Is Dead, Kalynn Bayron
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jaws, Peter Benchley
The Consequence, Gabriel Bergmoser
The Last Train to Key West, Chanel Cleeton
Mrs England, Stacey Halls
A Demon In My View, Ruth Rendell
A Deadly Confession, Matthew Costello & Neil Richards
Blade in the Water, Matthew Costello & Neil Richards
Romeo And Juliet, David Hewson
Big Sister, Gunnar Staalesen
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving
The Amityville Horror, Jay Anson
A Stir of Echoes, Richard Matheson

What I read earlier but reviewed in September:

I’ll Pray When I’m Dying, Stephen J. Golds
We Watch You, N.S. Ford

I also had a look at what I learnt from reading fiction in the last couple of months and shared an extract from It’s All About The Ride: Cat Mania.

Let’s have a look at the books that landed on my lap in September:

Three Red Dog Press novellas and two of my favourite books of last year that I read digitally but needed on my physical bookshelves:

Three FairyLoot books with spredges, a pressie (thanks Eva!), a classic and a highly anticipated read that I will be buddy-reading soon!

Four NetGalley eARCs and a few other eBooks:

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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