Well summer is over and autumn approaches! My favorite thing to do as the nights draw in is to cwtch up on my bed with a fabulous book and a hot drink. I’m looking forward to fascinating and moving non-fiction reads, powerful and emotional fiction to.
What follows are the books that I read in September as the seasons change.
The first book finished was a book I have owned for quite some time, Fighting Proud by Stephen Bourne. This is the untold stories of the gay men who served in our armed forces during WW1 and WW2. Moving and fascinating in equal measure, this book proves a need for the hidden history of LGBT+to be taught in our schools.
Next I finished Poems To Live Your Life by- Chosen and Illustrated by Chris Riddell. This is a wonderful collection of familiar and less familiar poems with illustrations by the immensely talented illustrator. I enjoyed it so much, especially the sense of libation I get from reading poetry collections, that can be dipped in and out of easily. The illustrations are stunning and mirror the mood and poignancy of the poems perfectly.
Next came the new release by Paula Hawkins, A Slow Fire Burning. Another superb read and my first by this author. I will now have to go back and read her other novels! Clever, funny and moving, it deserves to be a best seller.
Catch Your Breath – The Secret Life of a Sleepless Anaesthetist by Ed Patrick tells of his journey to becoming a anaesthetist and the harrowing time he and other NHS staff had working the first days of the Covid outbreak. It is funny, moving and should be read by everyone.
Next I read a book that I admit has been on my bookshelves for about two years! Never Greener by Ruth Jones is all about the consequences of the decisions we can on those we love. A little bit like my reaction to Richard Osman’s novel I liked it, sort of, but not enough to want to read her other books. Yet my mother loves her novels, so each to their own, what appeals to one, doesn’t to another reader.
Backstories by Simon Van Der Velde is a wonderful collection of stories that encourages the reader to take a closer look at the lives of people we think we know, challenging us to see them and their backstories as not just figures in history, but real people.
Cheat Play Live by Lisa Edwards is the story of one women’s journey to acceptance and a life lived on her own terms.
Piranesi by Susanna Clark is stunning and a worthy winner of Women’s Prize this year. One of my favorite reads so far, it is magical and beautifully written.
Well that was September 2021. October is already set to be one full of fabulous reads and will see me take part in my first ever read along with two other wonderful book bloggers, I so excited to take part!