September Summary, October Preview

September was a month wherein summer decided to linger on, and I resolutely decided that it was Fall because it was September and the autumnal equinox happened and also Hobbit Day was on the twenty-second, all of which are harbingers of Fall.

So even though there were a few days where the temperature reached 95°F around here, it was Fall.

September was also the month that Andy Serkis’ narration of The Lord of the Rings came out, and no, I’m not quite done shouting to the hills about it. It was one of the literary highlights of 2021 for me. It was fantastic.

What I read in September:

I read fourteen books last month. On the whole, I enjoyed what I read, made a bit of progress on a couple of series that I’m trying to get through, read a few of the unread books on my own shelves, and finished off one of the remaining titles on my NetGalley shelf. A pretty good reading month overall.

  1. On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz, audiobook narrated by the author
  2. A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk and Robot #1) by Becky Chambers
  3. The Wolf in the Whale by Jordana Max Brodksy (109/544)
  4. The Raven in the Foregate (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #12) by Ellis Peters, audiobook narrated by Patrick Tull
  5. White Nights (Shetland Island #2) by Ann Cleeves, audiobook narrated by Gordon Griffin
  6. The War of the Ring (The History of Middle-earth #8) by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien
  7. The King of Infinite Space by Lyndsay Fay
  8. The Hanging Tree (The Rivers of London #6) by Ben Aaronovitch
  9. The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien, audiobook narrated by Andy Serkis
  10. The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings #2) by J.R.R. Tolkien, audiobook narrated by Andy Serkis
  11. Abaddon’s Gate (The Expanse #3) by James S.A. Corey
  12. The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings #3) by J.R.R. Tolkien, audiobook narrated by Andy Serkis
  13. My Letters To Conceição by Jorge Molina del Callejo
  14. Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration edited by Stephanie Haboush Plunkett and Jesse Kowalski

Statistically speaking:

  • 50% of what I read was written by men, 42.9% was written by women, and 7.1% was written by various authors.
  • 53.8% of what I read was written by English authors, and 46.2% was written by Americans. Not great diversity there…
  • 50% of what I read were physical books, 42.9% were audiobooks, and 7.1% were ebooks
  • genre-wise, 50% was fantasy, 14.3% each were science fiction, mystery, nonfiction, or fabulism
  • Half of what I read was from the library, 42.9% was from my own shelves, and 7.1% was from NetGalley
  • Publication dates ranged from 1954 to 2021

Favorites for the month were On Looking, A Psalm for the Wild-Built, The Wolf in the Whale, and The King of Infinite Space. These were the new-to-me books, anyway. My favorite overall was Serkis’ narration of The Lord of the Rings. Abaddon’s Gate was great, too, but a bit darker overall. The Expanse series is fantastic, but it’s not a series I could binge-read.

What’s on the Docket for October

Yes, yes. I know. We’re a week into October. Whatever.

I know, I know. It’s a lot, we’re eight days into October, and I have barely started any of this. It’s an aspirational dual-stack of books.

Neil Gaiman’s Graveyard Book is only on there because it’s October, and it seems like a good time to reread it, but if I run out of time, I’m not going to worry about it. I’ve already read it a time or two, so whatever. I’m planning to read Villette for the next round of TomeTopple hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. That starts the 18th and goes through the 31st. Monstrous Tales is a collection of fantastical short stories from around the world, and most of the graphic novels are the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch. If I don’t get to them this month, that’s fine, too. They’re available at the library, so I can check them out again if I need to. Mercy and Knights of Heliopolis look like they could be fantastic graphic novels. London’s Shadows is about the underworld of Victorian London, which sounds perfect for October. The Forgotten Kingdom and The Lost Apothecary both sound great for autumn in general. Steampunk books always feel like they’re perfect for autumn, too, hence The Iron Wyrm Affair and The Hanged Man.

Is that it? I think that’s it. I have some digital titles checked out thanks to Hoopla, but I don’t know if I’ll get to them. I mostly got them because I had all four of my checkouts available on the last day of September, so I grabbed a few things that I had on my “liked” list. A couple of them are the Rivers of London graphic novels that the library didn’t have in hard copy, so I’ll likely get to them, but the other two are longer works, and if I don’t get to them that’s okay. I can always check them out again.

I’m also planning to finish up the last two Rivers of London novels (Lies Sleeping and False Value) via audiobook, because my library has them, and because Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is a fantastic narrator. So by this time next month, I may have finally finished an entire series! Huzzah!

So. That’s the reading plan for October. Hopefully I won’t get sidetracked, because I’m looking forward to all of these books.

Wish me luck!

2 thoughts on “September Summary, October Preview

  1. Given you’ve already read it, is it safe to say you really enjoyed The Graveyard Book? I recently picked up a paperback copy of it. Not sure if I’ll get to it this year, but maybe I can fit it in.

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