This month I managed to read and review seven books. Here is a roundup of my blog posts this month…
My first read was a book featured in August’s crime and mystery box from My Chronicle Book Box. A Different Kind Of Evil is the second in Andrew Wilson’s series featuring Agatha Christie and it was an enjoyable and intriguing mystery story. I then went on to read a book I have had on my TBR for a while, in the form of Your Heart Is A Muscle The Size Of A Fist by Sunil Yapa. I was intrigued by the premise of this debut novel which follows a number of characters during the World Trade Organisation protests in Seattle in 1999, and this was book which explored the complexity of humanity against a violent backdrop.
From a book I have had for a while to one of my newest additions I went on to read Vox by Christina Dalcher which is a book I had heard so much about. Another book with an interesting premise this explores a world in which women are restricted in what they can do and say, limited to just 100 words per day. And amongst this we see one woman’s determination to help women regain their voice in a frightening world which made for a compelling read. I was pleased this month to have the opportunity to take part in the blog tour for Mindy Mejia’s latest novel, Leave No Trace. Having enjoyed her previous book, The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman, I was really excited about this and it didn’t disappoint. In Leave No Trace we meet a teenager who has been missing for years in the wilderness, and his relationship with his therapist as they both search for answers.
One of my most anticipated reads for this year was Transcription by Kate Atkinson who is one of my favourite writers. Transcription is a story of espionage following the story of a woman whose role during the war was to transcribe messages from a group of fascist sympathisers. With alternating timelines helping to unravel the events from the past we uncover the web of secrets and lies and it is a tense read which kept my attention. I then went on to read September’s choice from the Rare Birds Book Club. Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong is not a book I had heard of before but is one I am glad to have read. It follows a family over the course of a year as a thirty year old woman contemplating her future life and career stays with her family to help care for her father who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. This is a sweet, poignant little book packed with emotion and humour.
And my final read for September was my monthly book club’s choice which was Our House by Louise Candlish. The blurb for this book caught my attention straight away, as its protagonist returns home to find her house has been sold, except she had no knowledge of the sale. This is the start of a complex web of secrets and lies, as we uncover the truth behind a fractured marriage, and the events leading up to the family losing everything. This was a gripping read which kept my attention till the end.
And lastly this month, I featured a guest post from Rebecca Bradley about online shaming and its significance to her latest novel, The Twisted Web.
As always I would like to thank everyone who has visited my blog this month and shared my posts, I really appreciate it. Have you read any of my September books? What did you think?