It’s the end of another month. Autumn is well and truly settling in here in England and it feels like the time for hot chocolate, cosy blankets and spooky reads. I admit I’m missing the sun already though.
September has been a really busy for me. I’ve read 11 books, taken part in 12 blog tours, and have been to two book events.
First I’ll start with what I read this month:
- The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- The Woman Upstairs by Ruth Heald ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Ask Again Yes by Mary Beth Keane ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
- The Bad Place by MK Hill ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- The Testaments by Margaret Atwood ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Postscript by Cecelia Ahern ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
- The Flower Arranger by JJ Ellis ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- My Judy Garland Life by Susie Boyt ⭐⭐⭐💫
- The Liar’s Sister by Sarah A. Denzil ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
- I Wanted You To Know by Laura Pearson ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen ⭐⭐⭐⭐
My favourite book this month was The Testaments, but I Wanted You To Know and Postscript were the two others I loved most of all.
I’ve loved taking part in so many blog tours this month but realise that I took on too many for one month. I’m being stricter about how many I do each month now and in October I have blog tours for 6 books and one novella. So keep an eye out for those reviews.
I went to two fantastic book events this month. The first was to hear Sara Collins speak about her book The Confessions of Frannie Langton at the Festival of Women’s Writing in Hawarth on September 21st. This was my second time hearing Sara speak and again she blew me away with how intelligent, interesting and friendly she was. I took my Mum along and it was her first book event. She loved every minute and went straight home with my copy of the book to read for herself. I’m hoping it’s the start of more events together.
The second event was one I still can’t believe I’ve been too. On September 26th I went to the VIP Launch Party for The Foundling, the new novel by Stacey Halls, which is out early next year. The Familiars was my favourite book this year so to be able to not only meet the author, but go to the launch of her next book was incredible. The event took place at Brunswik House which is a beautiful Georgean setting that couldn’t have been more perfect for the book. Stacey was so lovely and spent time talking to every single person there. Hearing her talk about her inspiration for the new novel and read from it has me so excited to dive in, but I’m making myself wait until nearer publication. I attended this event with my blogger friend, Beth, and we met some other bloggers we talk to online and an author that we didn’t realise would be there. The staff from Zaffre were all so friendly and I had some great conversations with some of them. This was my first book launch and they gave whatever launch I attend next a lot to live up to. The Foundling is out February 6th 2020.
So as you can see, September has been a great month. I’ve got some great books I’m planning to read next month and am attending an event in Nottingham where I’ll see Jessie Burton and Laura Purcell – two of my favourite authors.
Have you read any of the books I read this month or did you attend any book events? Let me know in the comments below.
Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for my gifted books, and Tracey at Compulsive Readers, Anne at Random Things Blog Tours, Peyton at Agora books and Blogger HQ for the invitations to take part in the blog tours. A big thank you to Ellen at Zaffre for my invitation to The Foundling launch party.