Sunday, 30 September 2018

September Reading Wrap-Up//October TBR

Whenever I start these posts, I always think I haven't read many books this past month. And I'm usually wrong. I've normally read a lot more books than I first thought. Not this time, though. September was such a busy month, and I became obsessed with a new game (Two Point Hospital), that I rarely had time for reading. So this'll be quite a short post. Which, I suppose, makes a change. Here's what little I read in September, and what's on my TBR pile for October! 

This month, I mostly read outside of my comfort zone, as I worked my way through my "To Review" pile. I started the  month with The Woolgrower's Companion(****) by Joy Rhoades, a historical/romance novel that I loved. I continued the month with the second instalment in The Aaru Cycle series, Aaru: Halls of Hel(***) by David Meredith. A dark and gripping read that really had me on the edge of my seat throughout.

I then moved on to a collection of whimsical, novel short stories revolving around sex and human relationships. The Wrong Heaven(***), by Amy Bonnaffons, was most definitely not my usual read, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The Key(*****), by Kathryn Hughes, however. Well, that was one of the best books I've read in a long time. Possibly all year. It broke my heart, and had me ugly crying at points, but it was fantastic. I can't wait to write up my full review of this book!

I ended the month with two short reads. One, Clouded Vision(****) by Linwood Barclay, was an excellent short piece of crime fiction. I thought I'd sussed it out, but then I was thrown for a loop by the ending. I did not see that coming! The Man In The Picture(***) by Susan Hill was an enjoyable, and slightly scary, ghost story. But it was pretty predictable, and that's what let it down.

I'm not putting too much pressure on myself in October. I'm giving myself a reasonably small TBR pile (small for me, I mean!) And if I read all of these and still have time for more? Rest assured, I have a pretty large collection of books still TBR to choose from. 

What have you read recently? 

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