September is the coziest month for me. There’s something about the start of a fresh, new academic year that gets me super excited (I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address – one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite movies, You’ve Got Mail). The weather is starting to crisp up, it’s safe to turn on the oven again, and the days shorten dramatically – all of this creates the perfect reading atmosphere.
It’s been a long time since I wrote a post just about books, which is crazy because I used to consider this a book blog. So I’m very excited to focus on two things that make my heart sing: books and lists. Here’s a list of books that I hope to read in September!
Thornyhold by Mary Stewart
This is my favorite book to read in the fall. I used to read it every fall, but fell out of practice in the last couple of years. It is witchy, atmospheric, and full of the coziest details (cooking pies – not dessert pies – in an Aga!). I can’t wait to crack it open this year.
Jambusters by Julie Summers
I finished the second season of Home Fires last Friday and you all weren’t kidding when you warned me about the cliffhanger of an ending! I was shocked. But the opening credits say that the series is based off of Jambusters, so I’m planning to read it this fall. This book isn’t pictured in my banner above, but I’ve ordered it and am waiting for it to arrive. (Thank you to Sarah for suggesting it!)
A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle
This is the first book in L’Engle’s Crosswick Journals – a collection of her journals that were published. (Now I want to name my own collection of journals, but know that I can’t come up with a name as lovely as The Crosswick Journals!) I started this several years ago and it’s been lingering on my bedside shelf for a while. I’m going to give it an honest effort this month.
The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris
Another book that’s been lingering on my bedside shelf for a couple of years. I think I started this book in 2016 and about once a year decide, okay NOW. Now I’m going to finish it, but never quite succeed. But: okay NOW. Now I’m going to finish it. Its premise is the sort of thing I love: a meditation on the monastic life. Why haven’t I finished it?
A Place on Earth by Wendell Berry
My fondness for Wendell Berry is no secret. I bought this book after I finished Jayber Crow last fall. I’m looking forward to revisiting Port William and that lovely group of people. And I can’t wait to get another peek at Jayber and see how he’s doing.
Out of Sorts: Making Peace With an Evolving Faith by Sarah Bessey
To say that I have an “evolving faith” is an understatement. I was introduced to Sarah Bessey by an episode of What Should I Read Next?. She was the guest and I was taken by how similar our reading tastes were. Somehow I didn’t realize that she was practically famous! I bought this book after listening to that episode and am looking forward to it.
Long Life by Mary Oliver
Can you believe that I’ve read nothing by Mary Oliver? I almost read one of her books for summer bingo this year (a book by an author who died last year) but decided to go a different direction. This was one of the Amazon Deals of the Day recently and I snatched it up.
At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
Another recent Amazon Deal of the Day and is billed as a super cozy series. I don’t know much about it, but I’m looking for cozy right now!
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
I bought this in June just as it felt like the world was exploding. I think the time is right to dive in — I’ve put off reading my anti-racism books because I wanted to put some space between the events of the summer and tackling them. I wanted to have the opportunity to internalize what I was seeing on television before thinking about some of these more personal narratives. Of course, the stories on television aren’t stopping. So it’s time.
When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson
I purchased this collection of essays this winter. I don’t quite know what they’re about, but imagine it’s finding solace in words throughout her life. I hope to find out soon!
I think I can actually finish most of these if I don’t get any books from the library in September. But is that really possible?
Do you have any books that you reread every year? Or is there a book that you really hope to get to soon? Is there a certain season when you seem to curl up with books more often? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!