September reading got me to the 100 books of the year well ahead of previous years. And as well as reaching the 100 it was a good months reading with 10 books read.
1. Hold Tight by Harlan Coben.
2. Sheltering Rain by Jojo Moyes.
3. Keep you Close by Lucie Whitehouse.
4. The Travellers by Chris Pavone.
5. The Little Red Chairs by Ena Pavone.
6. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson.
7. Another mothers son by Janet Dave.
8 The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin.
9. Paris Spring by James Naughtie.
10. The Ballroom by Anna Hope.
Three books were my favourites one of which was my reading challenge for the month. My challenge for September was to read a book I had previously abandoned. I can’t actually believe now I did abandon this book but I did start A God in Ruins struggle with the first two chapters and give up on it. I love Kate Atkinsons books but when I read it first another book attracted more interest. The book languished under my pile till a colleague asked if I’d read it and said how good it was. Timimg perfect for the September challenge so I re started the book and very quickly wondered why I had abandoned it. What a wonderful book it is and the ending one of the best I’ve ever seen and I didn’t see it coming. So I had to re read the final part as it was just so clever. I loved it. I also really enjoyed James Naughtie’s Paris Spring. James Naughteie’s two books have had mixed reviews but I have enjoyed both of them. The second was actually better than the first. A brilliant spy drama set in a period of history I was largely unaware of. Finally I had read great reviews for the Ballroom. And it did not disappoint about a mental health hospital in 1911 where people had mental health issues but also got sent for doing minor crimes. The characters good and bad were beautifully written and imagined. It was a book where you learnt a lot, gave you food for thought and stayed with you. A sign of a good book in my humble opinion. Next month a book I own but have never read….there is quite a pile…which one to choose?