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September 2012 Reading Round-Up

Surprisingly September has not been too bad; the weather has been rather nice – beach weather at times – and the British team finished up 3rd in the Paralympics medal table for golds. Additionally, E L James was finally knocked off the top spot on both sides of the pond, and what is awesome for us Brits is that it was the Hairy Bikers that did it here, their cookery book of good food beating the extravagance of Christian Grey’s meals. Downton Abbey is on again, and I’m watching it for the first time, and Parade’s End was apparently a success. The clocks are due to go back, but for now I’m enjoying the chilly but sunny early mornings.

The Books

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Robin Shulman: Eat The City – Detailing home food production by the residents of New York City. Very interesting insight and information.


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David Eddings: King Of The Murgos – Garion and co. continue their journey to find his son and beat the Child of Dark. Pretty good, though the humour can become wearing and the battles, which you know will never end in tears, boring.

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Hélène Grémillon: The Confidant – In the piles of letters Camille receives after her mother’s death, there is what appears to be a manuscript from a client, but as Camille starts to realise, there is a possibility that everything written is, in fact, to do with her and that everything she knew about her background is wrong. The characters are awful and the events at times disgusting, but it would be difficult to say that it is not a good book.

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J R Crook: Sleeping Patterns – Annelie presents us the writings of Crook, in which she is a character, but Crook is not really dead. Stunning unique fiction.

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K Hollan Van Zandt: Written In The Ashes – A Jewish girl is taken as a slave but finds that her destiny is far from servitude, leading her instead in search of a way to save her society. Good in places, bad in others.

Quotation Report

None this time.

Dear October, if you could be as sunny as you were last year, that would be fabulous.



October 1, 2012, 4:23 am

What a great September for you! Great books, great weather, and EL James off the top of the list – what more could you ask for?


October 1, 2012, 10:21 am

As always well done for such a diverse range of books! And hooray for finally having a new book on top of the list, especially because its the Hairy Bikers who I love.

I also have the whole series of Parade’s End and the first few episodes of Downton Abbey recorded…really need to get round to them soon before people ruin what’s happened!


October 1, 2012, 11:36 am

Looks like you had a great month! I like the sound of Eat the City; sounds like my cup of tea!


October 1, 2012, 1:28 pm

I’ve had my eye on Eat the City but I’d almost forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder.

Nice month of reading!


October 1, 2012, 2:09 pm

What?? The Hairy Bikers took over from E. L.? What’s the world coming to?


October 1, 2012, 9:50 pm

Parades’ End finished? I meant to watch it.


October 2, 2012, 3:43 pm

Love that E. L. James is on her way out, hopefully for good (this is literature?!) and so envious that you can see Downton Abbey. It doesn’t air in the states until January 6. I’m holding my breath in great anticipation.


October 2, 2012, 9:18 pm

Times flies! It’s like I blinked and summer is gone… and by the end of the month the clock goes back.

The Hairy Bikers are a big hit across the (small) pond as well. I especially love the series they did on touring through Europe :)

I somehow get the feeling that Parade’s End and Downton Abbey are sort of the same. But they are probably not? I need to start watching the series (and read PE)!

Andrew Blackman

October 2, 2012, 11:40 pm

Wow, clocks going back already? It feels strange being in a place where the seasons don’t really change much. Lose track of the passing of time a little. The chill of autumn in England always gives me a sharp reminder! Glad you’ve had a good month, reading and otherwise!


October 4, 2012, 10:59 am

Anbolyn: It has been pretty good :)

Jessica: Yes, I don’t get to watch them much, but the food looks good and the concept is just awesome. In regards to your backlog of recordings, where Downton’s concerned nothing huge has happened yet that wasn’t already known, so as long as you’re not too long there shouldn’t be any spoilers :)

Heather: Pun, love it! It’s a good book.

Jennifer: You’re welcome. I find initial discovery plus one reminder makes for enough, memory-wise.

Judith: It’s a bit of a difference in genre, I’ll give you that!

Liviania: Yes, last week. It’s probably available to watch online though, at least for now :)

Bellezza: Yes, it’s such good news. So far Downton is good but there’s nothing major happening as yet so hopefully you won’t run into spoilers!

Tze-Wen: Awesome that you can watch the Hairy Bikers too. I saw their UK tour, but not Europe, I’ll have to see if it’s available online. I think the war is the same in both series, but the themes are very different.

Andrew: As someone who isn’t a fan of winter, you’ve got me envying your location! The sudden drop in temperature here was definitely a shock, as it felt as though the entirety of September was going to be summery.



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