September really showed off the fact that it’s both in summer and in fall. It started out hot and dry, and then, almost overnight, the weather cooled off and became positively autumnal. The trees started turning colors and the nights have been crisp and cool but not yet freezing. So far, October has been wonderful, too. The weather continues its slow cooldown, and I’ve been going out and doing things, and it’s been great. I’m looking forward to taking a bit of a day trip to a nearby small town, as they’re having a Fall Festival this weekend. Pictures to come, assuming my plans do not go awry.
What I Read in September:
I finished ten books in September. Mostly, I enjoyed what I read, but there was one that has the dubious honor of being the worst of the year.
- What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher
- Ace: What Asexuality Reveals about Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex by Angela Chen
- If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio, audiobook narrated by Robert Petkoff
- We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen, translated from the Dutch by Liz Jensen, Emmy Ryder, and Charlotte Barslund
- The Tigress of Forlì: Renaissance Italy’s Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de Medici by Elizabeth Lev
- Breach of Peace (The Lawful Times #1) by Daniel B. Greene
- Tail of the Blue Bird by Nii Ayikwei Parkes
- The Black Prince of Florence: The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro De’ Medici by Catherine Fletcher
- Bring Up the Bodies (The Thomas Cromwell Trilogy #2) by Wolf Hall, audiobook narrated by Simon Vance
- The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell
- 70% of what I read was written by women, while 30% was written by men.
- 50% of what I read was written by American writers, 20% was by English writers, and 10% each were Ghanaian, Northern Irish, and Danish.
- 10% of what I read were works in translation.
- 60% were physical books, and 20% each were ebooks and audiobooks.
- 30% was historical fiction, 20% was fantasy, 20% was nonfiction, and 10% each were horror or general fiction.
- Half of what I read was from the library, and half was from my own shelves.
My favorites of the month were The Marriage Portrait and If We Were Villains. Historical fiction novels are usually favorites for me, while the dark academia subgenre has been a hit for me this year since I read Donna Tartt’s The Secret History.
I encountered the worst book I’ve read so far this year in September: Breach of Peace by Daniel B. Greene. The only good thing I have to say about it is that it’s short. Otherwise, the characterization and development were nonexistent, as was the worldbuilding. The writing was flat and lifeless, and I didn’t enjoy reading this at all. The only reason I finished it was because it was for a yearlong reading challenge.
Owned and Unread Books, September 1: 83
StoryGraph TBR, September 1: 142
Owned and Unread Books, October 1: 83
StoryGraph TBR, October 1: 132
What’s on Tap for October:
- Annihilation (Southern Reach #1) by Jeff VanderMeer
- Thirteen Storeys by Jonathan Sims
- Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
- The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher
- When True Night Falls (The Coldfire trilogy #2) by C.S. Friedman
- Ordinary Monsters (The Talents trilogy #1) by J.M. Miro
As we’re already a few days into October as I’m writing this, I’ve started a few books already. I’ve also actually finished Annihilation, as well as The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers.
Most of these books are new to me, save for Northanger Abbey, which is one of my favorite books by Jane Austen, and When True Night Falls, which I haven’t read since college. I read the first book in the Coldfire trilogy, Black Sun Rising, a couple of years ago but I didn’t go ahead and finish rereading the trilogy for whatever reason.
October is spooky season, of course, so I’ll be indulging in dark, gothic stories and rewatching some of my favorite shows and movies, like Penny Dreadful and Only Lovers Left Alive. I do love October thanks to the cooler weather we get (even if it gets a little unpredictable at times) and the eerie vibes– not just due to Halloween, but also because this is the time of year when plants are dying or going dormant, and the land is getting ready to rest for a while. I, too, could use a few months of rest but as I don’t get to just lie around all day doing nothing until spring comes back around, I’m going to take advantage of the cooler weather and go do the things that the high heat of summer kept me from doing.
It’s going to be fun.