My September Reading Wrap-Up

September was an exciting month, from our two weeks in Hawaii to our search for a pair of cats to join our family.  We’re going through a trial adoption right now, so until that’s official I won’t say more.  But I will share a few pics of our vacation (none of Mr.CG, though, because I keep pictures of him off the blog). It was such a great recharge for the two of us, even with COVID limitations and the stresses of travel. And I realize how very fortunate I am to be able to take a vacation like this, especially at a time that’s difficult for so many.

While traveling, I mostly read versus listened to books.  So my audiobooks are way down this month, but I read a lot more (15 hours of travel each way helps!) I also kept my vacation reading on the less-mentally-challenging side. Here’s what I read in September:

  • Klara and the Sun by Kazio Ishiguro (audio)
  • Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs
  • Death in Focus by Anne Perry
  • Anchored Hearts by Priscilla Oliveras
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Under the Whispering Door by T. J. Klune
  • Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come by Jessica Pan
  • Against the Loveless World by Susan Abulhawa
  • Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
  • Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey (audio/text)

My favorite reads:  I absolutely loved Klara and the Sun. I also loved Under the Whispering Door and I enjoyed Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come, as I could definitely identify with it.  In fact, I found myself deliberately starting conversations on my vacation that I typically wouldn’t.  More on that to come. 

Most disappointing read: I struggled, yet again, with my book club read for this month (and I was the one who nominated the book).  Against the Loveless World had some powerful moments and interesting characters, and I appreciated reading about the history of Israel and Palestine in the 90s and 2000s.  But I also found it unevenly paced, I didn’t love the audio narration (by the author) and most importantly for me, it lacked any Israeli characters that had thoughts or feelings. I didn’t mind that this was a story about Israel’s oppression of Palestinians, but I do expect at least some characters of each group to have personalities and not just be villains. 

Books for challenges:

  • Beat the Backlist: Babylon’s Ashes, Death in Focus, Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Nonfiction: Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come
  • Reading All Around the World: Against the Loveless World (Palestine)

What I’m reading now: I’m currently reading Connie Willis’ Blackout, a time travel book about World War II, and Jasmine Guillory’s Party of Two (which I’m not loving as much as her other books).

What’s coming up: I’ll be reading Three Apples Fell From the Sky for book club, and Alix E. Harrow’s A Spindle Splintered for NetGalley (publishing October 5). 

Added to my TBR:  This month I added upcoming or new releases from some of my favorite authors, like Elizabeth Strout (O William!), and Jennifer Egan (The Candy House).  I also joined one of those book-in-the-mail clubs and now I have two beautiful paper books on my shelf, The Tangleroot Palace by Marjorie Liu and The Collector’s Daughter by Gill Paul. 

Things that made me happy this month: Hawaii, and vacation in general, was really helpful as I’m trying to manage my anxiety. What I love about a great vacation is you really feel what it’s like to be relaxed, and then you realize how much you’re not relaxed most of the time. A few people have asked if I “still have that Hawaii vibe” a week or two later, and my answer is, I’m trying!

That’s my September. How was your month?

  12 comments for “My September Reading Wrap-Up

  1. October 1, 2021 at 7:21 am

    Oh, I hope you enjoy Blackout (and All-Clear)! It is a very flawed book in a lot of ways but I completely loved it anyway and have even been considering rereading it, despite its immense length. Also, those Hawaii photos are gorgeous.

    • October 1, 2021 at 6:23 pm

      Thanks! I’m enjoying it but having a little trouble following all the different times and characters. I love Willis’ take on time travel — her characters always think they’ve got all the science figured out, then it all goes horribly wrong. Loved The Doomsday Book.

  2. October 1, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    Those photos are fabulous. It must have been so hard to tear yourself away from the vastness of those vistas

    • October 1, 2021 at 6:21 pm

      Hawaii is ridiculously beautiful, and incredibly peaceful. It’s like being in another world, you almost can’t take it all in! I’d say two weeks was just the right amount of time though, after that we’d gotten a bit too much sun.

      • October 4, 2021 at 10:51 am

        Too much sun! As I look out on yet another grey and wet day it’s hard to imagine ever feeling that…

      • October 4, 2021 at 9:58 pm

        I know, I totally agree. The sun is really strong there though! I love it.

  3. October 1, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    That’s so cool you went to Hawaii. It looks such a beautiful place.

    • October 2, 2021 at 6:34 pm

      It was gorgeous, hard to take a bad photo! It’s a long way from here but I highly recommend it. Also Hawaii is a lot more than just beaches, it has such interesting culture, history, language, etc.

  4. October 3, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    How lovely to have a holiday! Mr Liz is taking his mum to a hotel for a long weekend soon and then we will get to visit my cousins and aunty by the sea in November. Good luck with the cats!

    • October 6, 2021 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks Liz, I hope you have a wonderful time with your family in November!

  5. October 3, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Love your pictures! Our family was hoping to meet up in Hawaii this year but it was not to be, but armchair traveling is the next best thing! Glad that you got the chance to go and relax and recharge.

    I have got to get to Klara and Sun. I’ll have to check out the Candy House–I liked Manhattan Beach and would like to read another of her books.

    Happy October!

    • October 6, 2021 at 12:55 pm

      Thanks Jane, and sorry your own trip didn’t work out. Hopefully we’ll all be able to travel more next year. I find Egan’s books a bit inconsistent, but I loved Goon Squad and I’m looking forward to her next one, which sounds like it’s loosely related.

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