Read in September

I’ve been very good on my reading this month and it was perhaps helped by having a few weeks holiday off of work. For once I’ve had the time to sit down and read in the evenings instead of trying to cram a whole book in a day I’ve got spare and I’m really finding myself enjoying reading itself more because of this.
Obviously, the change of seasons is really getting me in the mood to read too and I’ve already pulled all of our cosy blankets out from storage to live on the sofa. Our living room is the ultimate calming environment for a book binge now and I don’t think the TV has been on at all during the weekends.

I read some great books this month and even though I only got through three – one of them was a complete beast to finish so you can excuse me:

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Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

I loved this book from start to finish after picking it up in a charity shop. Let’s be honest, we’ve all been introduced to Bridget by now but I’d forgotten how wonderfully bonkers the characters are in the book compared to the film. I can imagine everyone going topsy turvy and Bridget’s Mum just really cracks me up. I couldn’t quite get the image of a really baby-faced Hugh Grant out of my head for some reason but reading this book again after so many years really solidified to me how much of an arsehole Daniel Cleaver is.

I wrote about picking up my copy of this in a charity shop book haul post that will be coming soon because when I got this home I noticed that, because this copy was secondhand, someone had written a message to their friend in the front jacket.

I wanted to watch the films again after reading this and yes I will be going to see the new one at the cinema but I’ve been disappointed to discover that years of moving home has meant I’ve chucked out of my copies of the first two – bum.

Let’s hope they broadcast them on the TV so I can Sky+ them both and relive my Bridget!

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Checkmate by Malorie Blackman

The Noughts and Crosses series is the most recent trilogy I’ve had my grubby mitts on and I can’t help but feel sick to the back teeth of writing about reading them. I got halfway through Knife Edge and really didn’t feel like finishing this one off because the characters were grating on me. Well, like mother like daughter because I wanted to give Callie Rose a good old telling off for listening to her mysterious Uncle Jude so easily.

Uh, that girl.

Massive kudos to Sephy’s mum for being a champ in this book and turning her life around to do what was best for her family in the end – even if her actions meant a very sour ending. Obviously, I don’t condone any ex-alcoholic to go strap themselves with explosives to kill off a terrorist that has been tailing their children for years but yanno – she rocked that pay back and was an angel after being a crappy mother in the first book.

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The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

As I write this I can’t help but look at this monster of a book that’s been sitting on my table, staring at me for weeks. Rick and I have started to call the really heavy hardback books we don’t take out of the house our ‘coffee table books’ because every once in a while we turn the TV off and read a few chapters of whatever we’ve got on the go at the time because we just can’t take these out without feeling so weighed down.

This is a book that came through our letter box months ago and try as I might I’ve struggled to get into it until very recently. If you asked me I would say that I’m not a fan of books in historical settings but reading The Queen of the Night has reawakened a joy I had for these sorts of immersive books that I’d long forgotten about.

So what is this book about? Well, Lilliet is a very famous opera singer in 1800s Paris who discovers one day that a book has been written about her life – except no one knows her history apart from herself because it’s all deadly secret. Lilliet then weaves her own telling of her life’s story with the present day hunt for her betrayer and my, is it a journey!

I read up on a few reviews of this book and people were saying that there’s a huge twist at the end – well on finishing it I’d say that there’s twists throughout. This story is romantic, extravagant and tragic – much like the operas it writes about.

So that was everything I managed to finish reading in September and just on time too – I was really struggling to get to the end of The Queen of the Night but it set me up for a speedy reading period of October with a few shorter stories I’ve been waiting to start on.

Have you read any of the books I got through this month? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments.