wrap up: September 2018

Favorite: In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne
Honorable mention: Normal People by Sally Rooney
Least favorite: Warlight by Michael Ondaatje


I think this is the least amount of books I’ve read in a month since I started blogging.  But, in my defense, September was nuts.  I was in NYC over Labor Day weekend (which was fun; I saw Sleep No More again and went to the U.S. Open), I spent a week in Connecticut for work, and I had friends visiting me on two different weekends.  So, the fact that I finished anything at all is kind of miraculous.

Currently reading: Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (I think I am FINALLY going to finish it this month for #Victober), The Line That Held Us by David Joy, The Whole Story and Other Stories by Ali Smith, The Overstory by Richard Powers, and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.  Right now I’m trying to power through The Overstory since it’s due back to the library in less than a week and I’m only halfway through this 500 page beast.  After I finish it I’ll focus on finishing up all the other books I’ve been reading for ages, and then I can also finish up my Man Bookering with Washington Black and The Long Take.  Yay!

What was the best book you read in September?  Comment and let me know!

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25 thoughts on “wrap up: September 2018

  1. That’s a strong reading month! I’m intrigued to hear how you get on with Ali Smith; I’m hoping to pick up Autumn this month, now that it’s seasonally appropriate again.

    Oh, and on a side note of sorts, I now officially own a copy of The Heart’s Invisible Furies. One step closer to finally reading some Boyne!

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    • I did a mini review – click on my star rating and it links to Goodreads! (Though I’m realizing now I probably should write out ‘link to review’ or something, that would be much less confusing.)

      I liked it so much! But my god, how harrowing. What a remarkable woman.


    • I’m not as obsessed with the Victorians as everyone else in the bookish community seems to be, but it also seems like a wonderful excuse to finally commit to finishing this book I’ve been reading since mid-summer. It’s very good but I have been distracted by other things. Also, I was very excited that Jennifer made a Victober TBR.

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  2. Far From the Madding Crowd is pretty terrific; it’s one of the most atmospheric of his books, I think, especially that fantastic opening chapter. The Overstory (as you may already know) is one of my favourite books this year, so I really hope you enjoy that.

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    • It’s my first Hardy and I’m really enjoying it! I decided to put it down for a while though so I could focus on the Booker, but now that that’s wrapping up I can finally dive back in soon. I’m having mixed feelings about The Overstory so far but when it’s good it’s GOOD and I really get the love for it. It’s one of those books where I don’t think I’ll be able to predict what my star rating will end up being, I have to just finish it and see.

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  3. Wow, your currently-reading list is long! I can relate, but I generally only focus on one or two even if I’m in the middle of several- do you read multiple books at once pretty equally?

    The Overstory is next for me on the Man Booker list (currently reading Washington Black), so I’m especially looking forward to your review of that one!

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    • I am a serial multi-book reader, if I ever get down to one I start to get anxious and immediately start another. Who knows why I am like this. Usually I do a better job of giving all my current reads equal time than I am now, because I’m trying to power through The Overstory by its due date back to the library on Saturday. So I’ve pretty much put the rest of them aside. But normally I’ll switch it up quite a lot, but every once in a while there are situations like the one I am in currently where I’ve been reading Far From the Madding Crowd since July because it’s not the one I tend to reach for.

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      • I think when I start multiple books at once its because I’m more productive when I’m slightly overwhelmed? I have no trouble keeping the stories straight but I definitely end up preferring one over the others and it turns out like your situation with Madding Crowd sounds. Is The Overstory a difficult read, or just long?

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      • Both difficult and long. I’m not loving it, but I can’t deny that it’s absolutely brilliant. Powers is a hell of a writer, but there are only so many tree descriptions a person can take after a while… this could get anywhere from 2-4 stars though depending on how it comes together at the end, I’m hoping to finish it today so we’ll see! I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts!

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  4. I think this is one of the few month’s where we actually read two of the same books! To add to you and Callum’s conversation, I keep seeing Ali Smith’s Autumn on the display shelf of my library branch and thinking about it, but I have so much else out to work through first!

    And I 100% agree about THIF covers! The new UK one that Callum bought is nice though! My paperback American cover is inoffensive, but certainly not a good indication of the amazing story within.

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    • Yesss it’s like our book club days all over again! And I’d love to hear your thoughts on Ali Smith when you get around to reading her, I think she is so brilliant!

      At least the pink cover of THIF isn’t offensively ugly, but it’s just so boring. I probably like Callum’s cover the most, but I also feel like it’s kind of misleading about the dynamic between Cyril and Julian and what to expect from the story? There are so many interesting things you could do with this cover!

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