Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. On Friday I mentioned that I wanted to get to the mountains this weekend but thought it wouldn’t be possible. I’m happy to say that we went! The traffic was insane and the Kanc was crawling with tourists, but for good reason. The foliage was at peak and it was perfect. I will share pictures later this week because today’s post is for wrapping up my September reading!
September was a month for slowing down and settling into a new fall routine. I began the month disappointed with my pace and reading accomplishments, but came to terms with it as the weeks went by. We were all sick at some point and were getting used to our new homeschooling year — plus, I’d just come out of what might have been my best reading month ever in terms of quantity and quality. So a slow down was inevitable and exactly what I needed in the long run.
A few highlights from September:
- I was worried I wouldn’t be able to squeeze in my annual September reading of Thornyhold. I got it in just in the knick of time and was so happy to revisit Gilly and her cozy cottage.
- More Rosamunde Pilcher! September was a gorgeous book, full of the most dazzling details. I’m looking forward to Winter Solstice in December.
- Shakespeare’s Secret quickly became my favorite middle grade novel ever. So smart, so well-written, and a super fun mystery. I couldn’t wait to start school each morning because I knew we’d begin our day with a few chapters of it.
- I am still rooting for The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida to win this year’s Booker prize. It’s the Sri Lankan history lesson you didn’t know you needed.
- The ambition of The Many Daughters of Afong Moy blew me away and I’m excited to see what else Jamie Ford has up his sleeve in the coming years.
- Bronwyn and I have moved on to a new American Girl, Kirsten. We enjoyed her immigration story in September and have a good start on the second book in her series this month.
And that was my month in reading! I have no idea how October will actually pan out but I have some big plans. My general feeling is that it’s okay to have eyes bigger than my available reading time, because I never know how what’s going to happen.
And how about you? Was September a roller coaster for your reading life or was it a typical month for you? Did you read a book that you absolutely loved? Or was there a book you were hoping to read but were unable to get to? Please — I want to hear all of your reading woes and successes in the comments!