Wednesday, 28 September 2016

A Month In Books - September 2016

Sixteen books read this month and there's some great literature among them. I think the oldest book I read in September was published in the 1890s and the most recent published just a couple of weeks ago. Authors come from as far away as New Zealand and Nigeria and books are set as far afield as Lithuania, Israel, Sierra Leone and Argentina. I have managed to actually read two of the books pictured in my Month In Books logo too - scroll down to discover which ones! Plus there's a travel memoir, young adult fiction and classic 1970s science fiction, and I might still sneak another book in for September as it's only the 28th today. (Other scheduled posts are taking up the 29th and the 30th spots on Stephanie Jane.) 
I hope some of the following suggestions might appeal to you for your next read. If so, please use these links to buy your copy - I would get a few pennies commission and every little helps!


Rosshalde by Hermann Hesse

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This is my 1910s book for the Goodreads / Bookcrossing Decade Challenge and I found it a beautifully quiet and thoughtful read. The novel focusses strongly on the creation of art and so reminded me of An Amsterdam Affair by Amanda Addison and of Mario Vargas Llosa's The Way To Paradise.


Words In The Dust by Trent Reedy 

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This great book was one my AudioSYNC audiobook finds this summer and I was impressed by its realism and portrayal of Afghan life. Reedy is an American soldier who served in a peacekeeping capacity in Afghanistan and has used his experiences to brilliantly create our young heroine, Zulaikha, and her family.


Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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This is my 1950s read for the 2016-17 Goodreads / Bookcrossing Decade Challenge. A second AudioSYNC audiobook for the month already, Things Fall Apart is Achebe's, and arguably Nigeria's, most famous novel. I had frequently heard about the book and was pleased to listen to it, especially as I had already heard an audio version of its sequel, No Longer At Ease.


Deadly Ties by Maggie Thom

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This was my first read for Beck Valley Book Tours and I was excited to get involved with the tour, but then found myself disappointed with the book itself which was awkward to say the least!


The Memory Of Love by Aminatta Forna

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There are three five-star books on my list for September, but The Memory Of Love, a novel set in Sierra Leone, is my standout favourite. Absolutely gorgeous writing! I was swept away by Forna's creation.


Route Number 11: Argentina, Angels and Alcohol by Harry Whitewolf

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This beer-fuelled South American travel memoir of an out-of-place Englishman escaping himself makes for surprisingly refreshing reading. Whitewolf's Tourist is searching for spirituality and life answers and I enjoyed his unusual poetic writing style.


A Straits Settlement by Brian Stoddart

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This is the first of two September books I thought had great cover art and I enjoyed both of their stories too. Here Stoddart evokes 1920s Madras in all its colourful atmosphere and has created a good mystery to boot. I was reminded a little of Steve Turnbull's Maliha Andersen series, albeit without the steampunk angle.



About The Night by Anat Talshir

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Another five-star read, this one set in 1940s Jerusalem, and I think if you already enjoyed The Memory Of Love then you will probably like About The Night too.



The Eskimo Solution by Pascal Garnier

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I was delighted to be contacted by Gallic Books and offered a copy of  this book - their newest Garnier English translation. I love his noir storytelling and this is a good one!


The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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This is my 1960s book for the Goodreads / Bookcrossing Decade Challenge and my first of two classic books this month examining women's mental health. I liked the simple matter-of-fact writing which made Plath's descriptions of mental health 'care' at this time all the more shocking.


Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said by Philip K Dick

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This is my 1970s book for the Goodreads / Bookcrossing Decade Challenge. I bought the audiobook from Audible a couple of years ago, but couldn't get it to download properly and forgot I had it! It's good, but an odd mix of stark totalitarian dystopia with 1970s technology.


Between Shades Of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

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This is a superb, but upsetting read which is solidly rooted in fact and is remarkably powerful for young adult fiction. Sepetys imagines a teenage girl who, together with her family, is abruptly exiled from their Lithuania home to Siberia as a result of Stalin's manic paranoia.


Trust Me I Lie by Louise Marley

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My second indie author read of the month and I was already confident that this would be a good thriller because I had previously enjoyed another of Marley's novels, Nemesis. Central character Milla is great fun and (be warned!) the mystery goes to some pretty dark places.


The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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This is the second of my women's mental health themed classics. The short story was first published in 1892. It's less than thirty pages long, but packs a hell of a punch.


Hutchins Creek Cache by Deborah Garner

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More seconds here too as Hutchins Creek Cache is the second of the great cover art books I mentioned earlier and also my second Beck Valley Book Tour read. Fortunately this romance mystery is good and you will be able to read my full review - and enter the giveaway! - when my Literary Flits post publishes at noon today.


Omnia by Laura Gallego

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My Omnia review is due to publish at noon on Thursday so, if you're reading this before then, that link above won't work just yet. Do come back! Omnia is a young adult book so has straightforward prose and is a compelling, fast read. The issues it raises are considerably more complex though and I think it would be a great book club choice instigating widespread and interesting discussions.


So that's it for September and despite a concerted month of reading effort, I have still managed to end up with more books awaiting me than I started with. Not that I am complaining, but best get back to it!!

4 comments:

  1. The Memory of Love sounds so good! I love the variety you have here, so many great books from different genres. This gives me some great info for the coming months, great post! XO -Kim
    www.thethirtysomethinglife.com

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    1. Thanks Kim! The Memory Of Love is superb!
      And I love genre-jumping with my books. There's just so many fab reads out there to discover :-)

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  2. It looks like you had a great reading month. I’ve read a few of these. Between Shades of Gray is on my TBR list, so hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I hadn't expected much from Between Shades Of Gray so was pleasantly surprised by just how good it is. I hope you like reading it as much as I did!

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