wrap up: books read in September 2017

  • All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan ★★★★★ + review
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng ★★★★ + review
  • Things That Happened Before the Earthquake by Chiara Barzini ★★★ + review
  • Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land ★★★★ + review
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) ★★★ + review
  • All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld ★★★ + review

Best: All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan
Runner upGood Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
Worst: Things That Happened Before the Earthquake by Chiara Barzini


Three 3 stars, two 4 stars, and one 5 star.  A pretty solid reading month.  And I love how these covers look together.

The reason my monthly total is comparatively low (I read 9 last month and 11 the month before that) is because this is the month I decided to tackle War and Peace.  I’m currently about halfway through that…. and while I can’t say I’m loving it, I know I’m going to feel a pretty big sense of accomplishment when I finish.

In addition to War and Peace I’m currently reading The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride (which is taking me forever because… well, if you’ve read this book you’ll understand why it’s taking me forever) and Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart.

As always, I don’t have a definitive TBR for the next month, but here are a couple of books that are somewhere on the horizon… I’m going to buddy read The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater with Steph at some point, my bookclub is reading The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani, and I have The End We Start From by Megan Hunter from Netgalley and I’m looking forward to that.  So, hopefully those plus a few others, and I’ll keep plugging along with War and Peace.

Also, this isn’t strictly book related, but next weekend I’m seeing the Les Mis tour with two of my favorite bloggers, Chelsea and Steph (and one of my other friends) – as I haven’t met either of them irl yet, I’m really looking forward to that!  Also Les Mis.  I can never see Les Mis too many times.

Speaking of theatre… I also went to New York earlier this month (it feels like a million years ago) and saw two shows: I saw the closing performance of Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, which I’d already seen earlier this summer, and getting to see the final show was a fantastic and bittersweet experience.  I also saw the first preview of A Clockwork Orange, which was…. Not Good to say the least….. I wrote up my thoughts on that and posted them to tumblr, but I was wondering, would you guys be interested in me posting my theatre reviews on here, or should I stick to books?

One last note – this is the month I started using Twitter more regularly, so feel free to follow me on there @ paceamoregelato.

What was your favorite read from September?  Comment and let me know!


26 thoughts on “wrap up: books read in September 2017

  1. Love the aesthetic and shades of colors in these covers…and it also feels very “September” lol. And AHH is it next weekend yet, I’m so excited!!!

    I also really commend you guys for reading War and Peace….just to be able to say “I’ve read War and Peace” will be so satisfying. I don’t know if I would have made it hahah. And definitely post your theater reviews!! I’d check them out!

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    • Omg this trip has come up so fast ahhh I’m so excited!!!!

      I cannot wait until that day finally comes….. tbh I am surprised I’m not more into it??? Like I tend to love epic length classics (hi Les Mis) but it’s just sort of blahhh…. like the story’s okay but I don’t CARE about any of the characters and I’m just bored most of the time?? I WANT TO FINISHHH I’m on page 800/1300 so I’m getting there…. slow and steady…..

      Ahhh okay thanks I think I will!!!

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  2. What a great post!! I really want to check out Good Me Bad Me. I have so many other thrillers I want to get to but it’s on my list. Also have fun at Les Mis. I saw the show years ago but I don’t remember if I liked it or not. I hope you do!! Also I would love to read your A Clockwork Orange. I haven’t heard anything about it so I’m curious about it.

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    • Thank you!!! Yes you should definitely read it, it was such a page turner.

      I’ve seen Les Mis an embarrassing amount of times and I always love it, so the odds are good! And thanks, I think I will post my thoughts on A Clockwork Orange when I clean up my post a bit!


  3. I’ve read my 100 book this week, haha! It really feels awesome to reach that goal; hope you do too eventually!

    You shouldn’t mind your average number of books read that much though – even if it wasn’t because you’re reading heavy / monsters of books. Life gets in the way sometimes, that’s the way it is, haha. But I really get why finishing a huge one would suck up so much time. – [I fear I’ll have a serious case of that once I decide to tackle IT of the King.. :’D]

    Best book I read this month? Warcross, without a doubt!

    Happy reading! ^-^

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    • Ooh congrats, well done! It may be an arbitrary number but it’s a pretty fun achievement.

      I don’t really mind the number, I’m just so ready to be done War and Peace, haha! ‘It’ will be a pretty big accomplishment too. I actually haven’t read any King and I feel like that’s probably not the best place to start… but maybe I’ll get around to it one day.

      I’ll have to check out Warcross! Happy reading to you too 😊

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      • It is!

        I’ve only read The Shining when it comes to King’s books, and I have a ton more of his books laying around so I’ll have plenty of King. Since I haven’t read It, I don’t know if it’s a good place to start King novels. Maybe ask someone who has?

        Thanks! 🙂

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  4. I’d love to see theatre reviews! I’ve been trying to go to the theatre more of late and was actually planning to do a little wrap up of the various shows I’ve seen at the end of the year, so count me in if you decide to share some thoughts.

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    • Alright, let’s do it! I wish I lived somewhere with a bigger theatre scene, so reading and writing about it will have to do in the meantime. Have you been seeing West End shows or more local stuff?

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      • More local stuff, for sure. I’d love to see some big West End shows but I live in the countryside in Scotland so don’t get much chance. My best bet for seeing bigger shows if they tour the UK is to go to Glasgow or Edinburgh, and they’re both about 2 hours from where I live, so I definitely don’t see as many shows as I’d like.

        I look forward to seeing your reviews! 😊

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      • I’m in the same boat – I live in the middle of nowhere Vermont, so if I want to see a show, I usually have to make a bit of a road trip out of it. But living in the Scottish countryside sounds so picturesque, haha. I’ve never been to Scotland, but I’m tentatively planning on going to the U.K. next summer and I am very excited about it!

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  5. Looks like a great reading month! And 78 books so far is amazing! I’m currently at 71 and never thought when I put my GR goal at 40 that I’d surpass it that much x) And good luck with War and Peace! I’m looking forward to eventually hearing your final thoughts on it!

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    • Oh my god I know right?? I set my goal at 60 which I was pretty confident was manageable, but I never ever ever expected to surpass it by THIS MUCH. Go us!!!

      If I ever make it out of War and Peace alive I will most certainly be posting my thoughts!

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      • Same! I read 45 or something books last year so I figured I could do the same this year. But I also started bookstagramming in July or something back then, so all of that gave me a bit of inspiration to boost my yearly reads, kind of a “make time for reading even when you feel you can’t” sort of thing. I just didn’t think I’d get THIS MUCH reading in haha! So yeah, definitely go us!!

        *crosses fingers you make it out of War and Peace alive*

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      • Same here, I started writing reviews on Goodreads last year and it definitely helped boost my reading, and I think blogging has helped even more on top of that. Having the community is pretty great motivation – I always want to stay on top of the newest releases so I can discuss with everybody!

        THANK YOU god I hope I will… I’m at about 800/1300 so I’m getting there!!! Slow and steady…


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