Reading Round-Up: August and September

Hey Loves!

Well, it appears that I’ve dropped a bit of a clanger… I didn’t seem to do my round-up for August! So today, I’m going to share with you the books I read in August and September so we are all back up to date. I cannot believe I’ve done that! I guess life gets in the way sometimes but still I’m super disappointed in myself really. I hope you can all forgive me and hopefully this acts as some form of redemption…

Anyway, let’s start with August. Like the end of July, I spent the majority of August on holiday which was excellent. I had a fabulous time but looking back now, it feels like such a long time ago. In August I managed to read a total of 16 books which I am really pleased with. There were some excellent ones here too. I’m surer you’ve got to them already but I’m still really excited to share them with you. Let’s check out the shelves!

Picking a top three from this lovely bunch is going to be really difficult. I enjoyed the majority of them so much to be honest! I’ll give it my best shot though.

  1. The Paper Palace – Miranda Cowley-Heller. For me, this had real Crawdad’s vibes and I utterly ate it up. I couldn’t put this book down. I loved the characters and the story and found it to be my favourite book of the summer.
  2. The Family Upstairs – Lisa Jewell. I think I said before that I am relatively new to Lisa Jewell but I really enjoyed this one and cannot wait to progress onto the next one in the series. Long term followers know that I absolutely love a psychological thriller and this was just that. Edge of the seat kind of stuff really!
  3. Takeaway – Angela Hui. I blogged about this book because I absolutely loved it and I’ve decided that this is my favourite non-fiction book of the year so far. It talked about Chinese culture, that food is the language of love and the importance of family. It was an excellent read and one I couldn’t recommend highly enough.

Now onto September. September was a much slower month for me. I was back at work, with the relentlessness of the daily grind and reading went out of the window. Then I was completely thrown by the death of a Queen and finally I got poorly. How the mighty have fallen! Upon reflection, I always tend to read more when it’s holiday time. It’s a shame that during the most stressful times, the one love I have, seems to vanish… Does anyone else have the same issue?

Anyway, in September I managed to read 8 books. This was a real surprise because there was about two weeks where I didn’t pick up a book. Regardless, again there were some good choices here and writers that I know I enjoy so that helps also. Let’s check out the shelves!

It’s a little easier this time to pick my top three because there’s less to choose from and there’s a couple I wasn’t too keen on. I read them but they aren’t books I’d rave about, if that makes sense? I did blog about The Sun, The Sea & The Stars previously, so I’ll leave that out.

  1. The Man Who Died Twice – Richard Osman. I was a little late to the party with this one but they are excellent books. I love the characters, I love the group and I love the mystery. All completely relatable and remarkable. 
  2. How Do You Like Me Now? – Holly Bourne. Wow! I’d never heard of Holly Bourne but I absolutely love her writing style. I felt like it was hearing my own thoughts but being voiced much more eloquently. 
  3. Four Aunties and a Wedding – Jesse Sutanto. I got the first book, Dial A For Aunties, in a book subscription box and then I saw that the next one was out. I find the writing style really funny and this book was a easy read. I also love the fact that the characters were larger than life and completely out there. 

The round-up has been really strange for me. I feel like I’ve messed up but I do enjoy looking back and seeing what I’ve read. Bring on October with autumn leaves, scarves and hopefully more books. My aim is to read the book choice for September as soon as possible and get blogging about it. It’s time to prioritise my blog and I again!

Until next time my dears.

Big Love xxxx

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18 thoughts on “Reading Round-Up: August and September

      1. Please don’t ever feel like you need to apologise. It was so generous and thoughtful of you to send those wishes anyway. I appreciated them regardless. It’s Sunday now so they still stand 😊

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  1. Hi Books and Bakes! I actually have not read any of these, but I want to read Anxious People, The Family Upstairs and Richard Osman’s books – is that the first one? Thanks for sharing and happy reading – yes, fall leaves and scarves are in our near future!

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    1. I think you’d enjoy all three of them for different reasons! The Family Upstairs is great – I’m just waiting for the next one to be delivered. You’d love the Richard Osman books. It starts with the red one, The Thursday Murders Club, then the second which is The Man Who Died Twice. The third one has not long come out here but I’ve not read it yet. It’s on the pile but I think I’ll get to that over October half term. Much love xx

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  2. Hi booksandbakes1, I’ve been searching for a good short story to add to my Sophomore English Lit course for the Spring semester. Do you have some recommendations of your favorite Authors or Works? Robyn

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    1. Hi Robyn! Sorry for the slow reply – I’ve been in London this week so haven’t been on here as much. London is so fast, I felt like if I blinked, I’d miss something.
      Anyway, I’m so touched you asked! I really need to read more short stories but my absolute favourite is The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart is also excellent. I’ve taught The Monkey’s Paw as well by W.W. Jacobs and it did go down well. I hope this helps!! X

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      1. I will look for these titles, thank you for taking the time to respond. I feel like sharing favorite stories is like introducing someone to your best friend! Robyn

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