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September 2013 Reading Wrap-Up

September this year came in with a visit to the United States and ended with me banned from my home computer due to wrist problems. I went to visit my parents, saw a friend, and enjoyed a trip down the shore; I visited a couple of other friends another weekend; I continued working. My responsibilities have increased and I’ve got a couple of new clients, so I’ve been relatively – amazingly – happy. Unfortunately a renewed interest in writing meant that I actually started spending too much time on the computer towards the middle of the month, and my wrists paid the price. They’re feeling much better now, so I hope to go back to it next week. In the meantime, though, Upstairs Downstairs has been keeping me company, so no complaints.

The month felt slow in terms of reading, too. It’s felt like certain books have taken me a while to read, but I don’t have any particular complaints; for some I simply enjoyed being in their worlds longer than normal. I really want to get back into reviewing most of what I read, too, but the motivation just isn’t there at the moment.

  • The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker
  • Songs of Willow Frost, Jamie Ford
  • When the Marquess Met His Match, Laura Lee Guhrke
  • The Curse of the Pharaohs, Elizabeth Peters
  • Skinwalker, Faith Hunter
  • The Iron Daughter, Julie Kagawa
  • Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
  • Carter Beats the Devil, Glen David Gold
  • The Pagan Lord, Bernard Cornwell
  • The Spirit Keeper, K.B. Laugheed
  • Confessions of Marie Antoinette, Juliet Grey

Favorites of the Month

the spirit keeper

All the love for this book. I also really enjoyed my time with Carter Beats the Devil – once again discovering that a book which has sat on my TBR shelf for literally years (since January 2010) should have come down much, much sooner.

October is on track to be a very busy month, in the best of ways; for instance tonight I’m going to see Philippa Langley, one of the guiding influences of the search for Richard III, at my local bookstore as she’s giving a talk. I’m really looking forward to it and have even dragged along my not-so-willing husband. I’m hoping to carve out some time for blogging and writing that won’t kill those little muscles in my wrists. We’ll see how it goes!

How’s your October looking?


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