September was a bit of a crazy month around here. First of all, my Kindle arrived, and I’ve read quite a few books on it. I’m surprised by how much I like reading on it; I don’t want to give up my books but I definitely haven’t wasted my money. Then I won the Best Historical Fiction Blog award for BBAW 2010, which was really exciting, and I’m still really happy about that. Then, through a few interesting events at work, I’ve landed into a new job, which is by all means a good thing but also has meant that I’ve spent quite a bit of the last week learning things, and I’m not going to stop learning for some time yet. The new job is probably all good for my blog though; it should involve far less writing, which means I may actually be able to blog after work and not feel sick of writing all the time. We’ll see how it goes, but I’m cautiously optimistic.
September was a pretty good month in terms of reading too. I somehow read 22 books.
- The Baker Street Phantom, Fabrice Bourland (mystery)
- Ellis Island, Kate Kerrigan
- Splendour, Anna Godbersen (YA)
- Prima Donna, Megan Chance
- Shadow of the Swords, Kamran Pasha
- The Last Empress, Anchee Min
- The Last Full Measure, Ann Rinaldi (YA)
- Gifts of War, Mackenzie Ford
- Dark Road to Darjeeling, Deanna Raybourn
- The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno, Ellen Bryson
- Tom Thumb: The Remarkable True Story of a Man in Miniature, George Sullivan
- Katherine Swynford, Alison Weir
- Geisha of Gion, Mineko Iwasaki
- The Road, Cormac McCarthy
- The Sleeping Beauty, Mercedes Lackey
- Something Rotten, Jasper Fforde
- Warm Bodies, Isaac Marion
- Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne
- The School of Essential Ingredients, Erica Bauermeister
Obviously, historical fiction has completed its comeback and now makes up the majority of my reading once again. I mainly enjoyed the books I read this month, but I vastly preferred Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion to the rest. It just completely set itself above much of what I’ve read lately – I found myself marking passages and thinking about it almost constantly. I feel like I love very few books these days, and this was one I loved. I can’t wait to tell you about it later this week.
In the meantime, October looks to be another amazing month, or so I’m hoping! The Read-a-thon is next weekend; I haven’t even begun to think about what I plan on reading and I may join in a bit late, but I will be reading and I’m looking forward to it. Then, towards the end of the month, my husband and I are going to Paris for a short holiday, which I absolutely cannot wait for. Otherwise I’m looking forward to reading a lot of good books and enjoying some nice autumn weather if it ever stops raining!
What do you have planned for October? Will you be reading or cheering during the Read-a-thon next weekend?