September Blues

Well the first part of the year I was well behind my reading count of 2016. But since the summer I have started to gain on last years reading and I am now two ahead of 2016. And yes as my son says it’s daft as I am only competing with myself but I like to keep a record. By the end of September I’ve read 102 books. This is partly due to me refinding the joys of audio books. I have now become addicted to listening to audio books in the car. So of this month’s ten books four were audio books. It’s my guilty pleasure that is even better as I get them free from the library. What is not to like? And it sure beats listening to the news.

My September reading list with scores:

1. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman. 4/5

2. Don’t close your eyes by Holly Sneddon (audio).4/5

3. Jump by Doug Johnstone (audio).3.5/5

4. Perfect Prey by Helen Fields 3/5

5. Leave me by Gayle Forman (audio) 4/5

6. Lyrebird by Celia Ahern 4/5

7. Everything you ever told me by Lucy Dawson 4/5

8. How hard can it be by Alison Pearson. 2/5

9. Who we were before by Leah Mercer 3/5

10. Things we never said by Nick Alexander.4/5
The stand out book of the month was recommended to me by my mother in law and when I bought it in Waterstones in Glasgow I was told by the assistant with great excitement that the author was fantastic and did I know that she used to work for Waterstones. This book is Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. It is set in Glasgow and is about Eleanor who has a different take on the world which is completely refreshing and what happens to her when she steps out of her comfort zone and falls in love. And how those around her start seeing her differently. It is a heartwarming and moving story. 

My great disappointment was the sequel to “I don’t know how she does it” by Alison Pearson. I’d been so looking forward to it as I’d loved that book. But it was a huge disappointment and I wished I’d never indulged myself. Really would not recommend it. One of those books that there was no need to have a sequel too. 

On a happier note if you are admiring the new Queensferry Crossing, Jump by Doug Johnstone is a crime book set as the bridge gets built. It’s not the greatest crime book in the world but I enjoyed it due to this location.  And if you like Nick Alexander I would highly recommend his new book. Or why not give one of his other books a go? One of those writers who brings characters totally to life. Though his latest one needs to be read with some hankies by you. And on that cheery note I shall finish. Other than to say check out your library service. If it’s anything like the one here in the Borders there’s a whole world of audio books waiting for you for free.

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About fionadranesblog

40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. www.brightlightmarketing.co.uk. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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