20 September 2014

The year in books: September

Slowly navigating my way through the year in books project, alongside my Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge of 20 books. Still one book behind schedule but there's time.

If you read last month's post, you'll know it was a rather disappointing read. Thankfully, this month has been super which definitely makes up for it!


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler (2014)

date finished: 10 Sept 2014  |   ASIN: B00EZTLN62   |   pages: 310 (Kindle)

If you've read any reviews of this book so far, you may well have read many times what I am about to say; I cannot tell you much about this book without giving the storyline away. But oh how I want to!

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014, this story of a family tragedy grabbed my attention and pulled at my heart strings. Rest assured I'm not an overly emotional person or someone that regularly cries at books but this one got me. I read it whilst on holiday in Italy last week but it was engrossing and very easy to read, and yet not simplistically written as that might suggest. I can truly see why many of the reviews have been 4 or 5 stars. I rarely rate anything 5 stars but this is genuinely deserving of that accolade. I also never re-read books — apart from as a child, I genuinely cannot remember a book I have read more than once — but this one, I actually plan to read again! I might even buy it in paperback form as the cover is so beautiful and the story therein so captivating.

Now, please can someone else read it so that I can talk about it?!

rating: ★★★★★


I was actually debating ducking out of the book club I'm a member of mainly because I felt I wasn't getting a great deal out of it but with anything like that, it's variable and I should give it more of a chance. So, September's book is another book club book; The City & the City by China Miéville
Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad finds deadly conspiracies beneath a seemingly routine murder. From the decaying Beszel, he joins detective Qussim Dhatt in rich vibrant Ul Qoma, and both are enmeshed in a sordid underworld. Rabid nationalists are intent on destroying their neighboring city, and unificationists dream of dissolving the two into one.
Has anyone read this? What did you think?

September link...

A brilliant, weekly source of Kindle bargains can be found over at A Bit Of Mel Time, she even creates handy weekly Amazon wishlists for you to follow.

What are you reading?


Want to take part in The Year in Books project?
Visit Laura's September link-up post at The Circle of Pine Trees blog to add yourself to the list and grab the button she's very kindly created. You can take part using the hashtag #theyearinbooks on Instagram and Twitter. There is also a Pinterest board and a Goodreads group. I know; great, right?

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