Number of books read: 10
Number of rereads: 2
Number of physical books: 6
Number of ebooks: 0
Number of audiobooks: 4
5* reviews: 1
4.5* reviews: 0
4* reviews: 3
September was always going to be a tough month. Not only is work always super busy at this time of year but my TBR was longer than ever. I knew that I’d have to finish at least 10 books to get my reading challenge complete and read my book club’s pick for this month. Thankfully, I went away for the first time in years and spent a whole week relaxing. Relaxing and reading. Turns out, when I don’t have Netflix at my disposal, reading is pretty easy.
Do you remember how for a short period in the late 90s there was a load of drama about two animated films about bugs. It was a crazy time to be alive. For years, I believed that I had watched both Antz and A Bug’s Life. However, it has come to my attention that this was a false presumption. I definitely watched Antz because I remember Woody Allen’s voice. Admittedly, I doubt that I knew who Woody Allen was at the time but I probably thought it was funny. I also wouldn’t have known who anyone in A Bug’s Life was either because I was 10 in 1998. Good job I’m watching it now I’m 33. That way I can spend the whole time going “I recognise that voice” as I Google the cast on my phone.
The second book that I read on my holiday was another of my September pre-orders and one of the most anticipated novels of this year. I’ve only ever read Normal People but I really loved it. It was an absolute 5 star read, so I was looking forward to seeing what she came up with next. I always intended to read Conversations With Friends before I read Sally Rooney’s third book but just never got round to it. Still, I thought this sounded really interesting and I think Rooney is one of the most interesting and exciting writers around. Although, I’ve read a few Millennial writers, so it was always possible that my opinion of her had changed slightly.
Recently I did a survey for a well known publisher and one of the final questions was “which celebrity would you like to see publish a book?” A question which sums up the world of publishing. It’s not about the writing or the story. It’s about the personality. Publishing houses will give a contract to every famous person who wants to write because they know people will buy them. Even though I love Richard Osman, I wasn’t convinced that his debut novel would be worth bothering with. He was just another famous name being given the chance to write a book because they knew it would sell. Though I had my issues with the first book, I actually enjoyed it and couldn’t wait to see what Richard Osman came up with next.
Holiday is over and it’s back down to Earth with a bump. Not only am I straight back to work but I’ve got some blogging to catch up on. I’m going to try and review as many books as possible this week, which sounds good in theory. However, it’s been a while since I’ve read some of them. Well, it’s been over a week with this one. Thankfully, we discussed it at book club on Wednesday. That should give me a bit of a chance to remember what I think about it.
What have you been reading this week?
It’s the last day of my holiday and the day before I’m back at work. I’ve had such a good week that I’m really not ready for it to end. I should book off two weeks in future. I need a week away and then a week to recover. Hopefully, I won’t be going back to a load of unanswered emails and jobs that need doing. Ideally, it’ll be a stress free week to ease myself back in. When has that ever happened. As you will have noticed, I haven’t ben blogging this week. Why am I doing an rundown then? Well, I have read a lot of books. At least, a lot for me. It will be a bit of time before I get round to reviewing them all, so I figured why not update you on what I’ve got through.
What have you been reading this week?
I go away on holiday today, so this will be my last post for a while. Well, unless the weather is absolutely dreadful and I’m stuck inside all week. Then I’ll probably just write something to keep busy. Of course, I should use the time to get ahead with my reading. I had 10 books to read this month and I only finished the 5th one yesterday. If I don’t come home having read at least 3 then I don’t think there’s anyway that I’ll finish my Spell the Month reading challenge this month. I can’t get so far through the year and not manage every month.
I’m on holiday next week, so I’ll be taking a break from blogging for a bit. Meaning, this will be my last book review for a while. It better be a good one I guess. I’d never heard of this book until Amazon suggested it to me. I know that I should use Amazon as little as possible but I’ve discovered so many novels thanks to its algorithm. This one was perfect for so many reasons but mostly because I was struggling to find shorter reads for my September reading challenge. I’ve got so many letters to cross off but the majority of the books I’d lined up were all over 300. That wouldn’t do. The Reader comes in at under 200, which means I already loved it before I’d even opened it.
I can’t remember if I’ve ever read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. I never spent much of my time reading Middle English poetry. Although, I had an awareness of the story, so I might have briefly touched upon the subject. Now, normally, I don’t think it’s important to know the original text before you see an adaptation but I think this might be a bit different. After all, Middle English poetry isn’t something that many modern cinema audiences are necessarily ready for. Especially when the adaptation is potentially going to be mistaken for an epic fantasy action film. In the age of Game of Thrones, the idea of what fantasy is has become pretty specific and The Green Knight was sure to be that straightforward.
My second Agatha Christie novel of the month and one that I was excited to read again. I don’t think her standalone novels really get enough love these days. I guess most modern readers are automatically going to pick up books starring Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple. They’re her most famous literary creations, so why wouldn’t they go for them first? The problem is, some of her greatest novels are actually the standalones. Yes, her most famous ones tend to star the great Belgian but some of them are a little overrated. Not bad but definitely way too hyped.