Apart from harvesting from the garden things have been rather quiet. I'm waiting on a hospital apt. to come through for an endoscopy - oh joy - and not feeling like going out galavanting much. The result of that is that I'm staying in and reading quite a lot. This month I read eight books and am very pleased with that number, in fact I think I passed last year's entire book total mid-Sept. which is something of a record for me as, speed-wise, I am only a slow to average reader.
Anyway, my books for September were:
60. The Woods by Harlen Coben. Not a bad read at all but not sure if I'll read more by the author.
61. One Man and His Bike by Mike Carter. Loved it.
62. John Silence: Psychic Investigator by Algernon Blackwood. One or two stories not as good as others but overall rather good.
63. Up the Crieek by John Harrison. OK-ish.
64. An Absolute Gentleman by R.M.Kinder. Very good.
65. I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett. Completely wonderful. Excellent addition to the Tiffany Aching series.
66. The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz. Really enjoyed this new Sherlock Holmes mystery.
67. Turtles in our Wake by Sandra Clayton. Nice travelogue involving sailing around The Med. Enjoyed it a lot.
As I said, a very good reading month. I liked everything I read and loved one or two books as well. Can't ask for more than that. Of the eight books read five were for Carl'sR.I.P. VIII challenge. To have five books read for that after only the first month makes me a happy bunny.
I'm also pleased that the other three books are all non-fiction. So far this year I've read seventeen non-fiction books, which is much better than normal but am hoping to make twenty to twenty five before the end of the year. We'll see.
My favourite book last month... difficult one as two were stand-outs. But I think the title has to go to a non-fiction travelogue:
One Man and His Bike by Mike Carter. I defy anyone to read this and not want to pack their bags immediately and head off to Scotland. I will say though that a very close second to this book was I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett.
So, I'm now over halfway through The Happy Isles of Oceania by Paul Theroux. It's good but lonnnng, and I need a break so I'm going to start something Victorian for the R.I.P. challenge. Probably The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins. I know Pat at Here There and Everywhere will be very happy about that!
Happy autumnal reading!