September was another great reading month for me. I have been enjoying reading more of a variety of books these past few months, and it seems like now and again, about once a month, I get into a real reading streak and end up finishing six or more books in two weeks. What fun!
September’s books were all over the place, ranging from some hard-hitting historical fiction (I’m looking at you, The Warsaw Sisters!), several lighter, sweeter stories, and two delightful sci-fi books—I haven’t read sci-fi in years, and now I read two last month! Such fun. If you’re interested in finding out what I thought of any of these books, click on the cover below to be taken to my Goodreads review.
I got through all but one of the books on my September TBR stack—I didn’t have quite enough time to get to The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Maybe this month? We’ll see.
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October is shaping up to be interesting . . . I’ve suddenly found myself with a pile of ARCs to read, so this month’s list will mostly revolve around those. I’m excited, though; these upcoming books look like great reads!
Releasing October 31: History Comics: World War II: Fight on the Home Front by Kate Hannigan and Josh Rosen. After reading my first-ever graphic novel last month (Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller—such a good book, by the way!), I was excited to try out other graphic novels. This one is coming out soon, and I love history, so it was an easy decision to see if I could get a review copy. I can’t wait to read it and see what I think!
Releasing November 7: A Million Little Choices by Tamera Alexander. I recently re-discovered my Edelweiss account, and when I came across this one on there, published by Focus on the Family/Tyndale, and especially after reading the description, I knew I wanted to read it. I’m just over halfway through it now, and phew . . . is it ever well-done and gripping! I can’t recommend it (yet, anyway), because there was one scene that almost made me DNF the book, but I have high hopes that it will end up being a great read.
Releasing November 9: If the Stars Awaken by Kate Willis. I know nothing about this book, really—just that I loved Willis’ Kiera, and this is fantasy. I’m expecting it to be a sweet, possibly hard-hitting book, and probably close to a 5-star read for me.
Releasing January 16: The Search Party by Hannah Richell. Another book I know nothing about—the publisher just sent it to me, and I decided to take it. It’s a thriller, and involves a family. I have no idea if I’ll like it or not, but hey—it’s been a while since I read a thriller, and I think I’m okay with DNFing it if I end up not liking it. If you know anything about this author, let me know!
Releasing February 6: All My Secrets by Lynn Austin. I don’t think I’ve read the description of this book, but it’s by Lynn Austin, so I know I want to read it. I don’t think I’ve come across a book written by her yet that I didn’t like. This cover intrigues me—an older woman and a younger one. Looking forward to diving into it when I get the chance!
That’s a lot of new books coming up soon(ish)! I don’t know that I’ll be able to get through all of them; my goal is to get through the first three this month, anyway, and if I have time for the other two, that would be a bonus.
Two library books:
When I asked Mom to get the Annie Sullivan graphic novel out of the library for me, I also asked her to get two other books as well: Siberian Haiku by Jurga Vile and Mother Teresa: Angel of the Slums by Lewis Helfand. I still haven’t picked them up, and they’ll need to go back soon, so these will be a high priority for me in the next few days!
For this month’s reading challenge, the first letter of the author’s last name from my September book has to be the first letter of my October title. In this case, my September book was Sara’s Trek by Florence Schloneger, which means my October book has to start with “S”. I think I’ll make Siberian Haiku my pick for that category. 🙂
I have quite a few other books I’d love to add to this list, including the three books in the International Adventures series that I borrowed from a friend a couple of months ago. But I think this list is already long enough! We’ll see what I can get through. I’m not holding myself to getting through all of them—I’d rather enjoy reading than push myself to read, if that makes sense.
I’m also really wanting to get back into reading some sort of classical work again, but we’ll see how and where I can fit that in.
I guess there are just too many books in the world! And if the list above is any indication, there’s always more coming out, too!
What books are you hoping to read in October? Have you read any of the books above, or read anything by any of the authors? I’d love to hear your thoughts if you have!