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September’s Monthly Round-Up

Ah, September, where to start?

Firstly, I read so little this month! After August’s whopping fifteen books, I only managed three in September – my slowest reading month this year. I read my first book, Crossfire, on the first day, but then it took me over two weeks to finish my second book, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle! Those two weeks went by so fast, I didn’t even realise how little I’d read at first. Straight was another slow read, but I sort of got back into the swing of things with The Dutch House, though I still only managed to read about a quarter of it before October was upon us.

My job was insanely busy in September; we launched a new book which was in its final stages of production – always a busy time! – but my boss had to take some time off so I was managing everything alone for a couple of weeks. It went fine, and was actually a great experience for me, but it meant I was pretty knackered in the evenings and didn’t have the energy to read much. Plus, my commute was a little messed up (thanks, TfL), so I couldn’t read much on my way to and from work either.

I hadn’t been looking to leave my job, at least not at the moment, as things have been so busy. However, I came across a fantastic role that sounded perfect for me, so I applied. It was August, so all the graduates are also job hunting – I really didn’t think I’d hear anything. A couple of weeks later I was asked to come to an interview! I was so surprised and super stressed because it was on a day that I absolutely could not miss work, but they were so understanding and let me interview outside of work hours. It went really well, the job sounded interesting, the team were lovely, the building was stunning. Six days later…


I’m incredibly excited, it’s a really interesting role and I’ll be working on publications that I’m genuinely passionate about and putting my degree to better use, so I can’t wait! I don’t start until much later this month, and I have lots to do at my current job before I leave, but I’m sure I’ll be updating you all at the end of October to say how much I’m loving my new role!

Anyway, life update and poor-excuses-for-not-reading over, here’s what I did manage to read this month!

What I Read in September

  • Crossfire by Malorie Blackman (No review) – 2 stars
  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardscastle by Stuart Turton (Review) – 4 stars
  • Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality by Hanne Blank (Review) – 2 stars

I took part in the Hogwarts House Battles but, as you can see, had a pretty slow reading month. I managed 1242 pages, and completed 3 prompts, giving me a meagre total of 1392 points for Slytherin.

My Unread Shelf Project prompt for this month was a book you can buddy read, but I missed July’s prompt – a book from a series – so I decided to catch up with that one instead by reading Crossfire from Maloria Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses series.

Upcoming Reads

I’m excited to continue reading The Dutch House, as I’m loving it so far. My Unread Shelf Project prompt for September should be a scary book, so I’ve opted for Hideo Yokoyama’s Six Four (trans. Jonathan Lloyd-Davies). I’ve been waiting for Rachel Sargeant’s The Roommates to come out since last year and I finally have an ARC, so that’s definitely a high priority for this month! This could also work for my Unread Shelf Project read. Lastly, I’m hoping to get my hands on an indie bookseller’s edition of The Secret Commonwealth so maybe I’ll fit that in somewhere too.

Missed some posts?

Here’s some other things I’ve been enjoying this month.

On the small screen

  • Last month it felt like you couldn’t go anywhere in London without seeing an ad for Top Boy. The show enjoyed two seasons on Channel 4 years ago but was ultimately cancelled. Thanks to our boy Drake, Netflix picked the show up for a third season, six years after it was cancelled. My housemate and I loved Ashley Walters in Bulletproof, and we’re equally enjoying Top Boy.
  • Honestly, Drake is doing WONDERS for good TV right now?! He also served as executive producer on another binge-watch of mine this month: Euphoria. I don’t know whether saying I enjoyed this show is the right word, because it’s very dark, violent, and difficult to watch at times, but boy is it compelling.
  • Something a little more wholesome after all that darkness and violence: The Great British Bake Off is back! I can’t say I have a favourite yet, but I love to see all the amazing bakes and Noel and Sandi’s silly banter.

Making (sound)waves

  • Lana Del Rey’s new album, Norman F**king Rockwell, is a DREAM! I’m obsessed, it’s fantastic, and probably my second favourite album of hers (after her debut, Born to Die of course).
  • I’m really digging Sasha Sloan right now, especially her songs Hurt and at least i look cool, which is the ultimate ‘broke millenial on Instagram’ bop, imo.
  • Another song I’ve been jamming to is gabriel black’s dead yet (with phem), which I found on the Spotify playlist for HBO’s Euphoria. For the most part, Europhia doesn’t really feature the music I’d normally listen to, but there are some gems on this playlist.

What was your favourite September read?
Anything else you’ve been loving this month?

6 thoughts on “September’s Monthly Round-Up”

  1. Congrats on your new job!! šŸ™‚ Sorry to see you had a slower reading month, but sometimes it is nice to take a break and come back to books with fresh excitement. I hope October will have some exciting reads for you! I’m very curious about The Dutch House, so hope you enjoy that one! I’m also glad to see Evelyn Hardcastle was a 4-star read for you, as I might be reading that one in October.

    1. Thank you!! I still haven’t finished The Dutch House but I am really enjoying it. Going to have a lazy weekend so hopefully will get a lot of reading done and finish it off then. I’m really excited to read The Secret Commonwealth so I think that will get me back into the swing of things! Evelyn Hardcastle was great, a little confusing at first but definitely worth pushing through. I hope you enjoy it!

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