September is my favourite month of the year. The weather starts to cool down as Autumn approaches, the leaves start falling off the trees and, most importantly, it’s my birthday month! September is usually the month where my bookshelves are replenished as friends and family always gift me some beautiful choices. This month is no different and I have some fantastic books on my September reading list to share with you!
A book I’ve already finished at the time of writing this is Lullaby by Leila Slimani. I’m going to share my thoughts on this on an individual review, but I will say that it wasn’t the best book I’ve read this year, although there were aspects of it that I did quite enjoy. I think the problems I had with it came from the translation as opposed to the actual story so maybe reading in French might be a good idea for me (plus it’ll be a chance to start reading in French again!)
When I was in college, a friend of mine bought me a copy of The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. It was arguably one of the most incredibly beautiful and well-written books that I’ve ever had the fortune of reading and the thought of another book by her fills me with absolute joy. Circewas released in April and I’ve only just gotten around to getting hold of a copy of it – Rich was kind enough to buy it for me for my birthday! I have a massive love for Greek Mythology and the Gods and Goddesses associated with the myths so I’m really excited to read this portrayal of Circe the Witch’s life on the Greek island of Aiaia.
Historical fiction is definitely up there as one of my favourite genres and I’m always on the lookout for books that are set during the world wars in particular. Dear Mrs Bird by A.J. Pearce is a book set during the second world war, in 1941, although I’m not sure how historically accurate it’s going to be. I’ve heard a lot of positive things about this book so I’m sure I’m going to really enjoy the story.
A spontaneous purchase whilst perusing the shelves in Waterstones this week was Alicia Drake’s I Love You Too Much. I must admit that I know absolutely nothing about the book other than what’s written in the blurb, but something about the cover and the French setting drew me to it and forced my hand (and my debit card) to make a purchase. It’s described as a heart-breaking tale and we all know I love a bit of heartbreak in my books, so fingers crossed that it’s going to be a read to remember.
I only have one ARC on this month’s To Read pile, which makes a bit of a change: The Anniversary by Hilary Boyd sounds incredibly exciting and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into it and sharing my thoughts on the 24thof this month. I imagine it’s going to be a bit of a difficult one with some heart wrenching themes but none the less, it’s one that I’ve got a really good feeling about.
The last book on the list is an honorary children’s book that jumped out at me whilst browsing in Waterstones: The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree by Paola Peretti. Not only does it have the most beautiful cover, it sounds like it’s going to be a lovely story exploring the difficulties a young girl suffers when she loses her sight. I’m excited to give this one and go and see how it can be used within a classroom environment!
What’s on your September Reading List? Let me know in the comments!