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September 2014 Reading Round-Up

This month I nursed a reading slump from day two until I realised that if I didn’t get a move on it’d be October and I’d have read only one short book. Granted this thought came to me on the 9th but that’s late when you’re otherwise an avid reader. So I wrote a post, forced myself to choose something from my bookcase and even though Lisa Jewell didn’t wow me, it did manage to break me out of the slump, which was pretty good for a fairly long novel. I did a fair amount of editing this September, which technically means I’ve read more than four books so although I can’t list them here I’ll be considering them in private added to the list to bolster me further.

All books are works of fiction.

The Books

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Elizabeth Chadwick: The Leopard Unleashed – Renard goes back to England bringing his mistress with him, and whilst he knew he’d have rivals to deal with, he didn’t bank on loving his betrothed. A solid book.

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Kamal Ben Hameda: Under The Tripoli Sky – Hadachinou studies those he lives with, telling the reader of the cultural dynamics of his society. A nice vignette of various issues and a socially-driven novella.

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Lisa Jewell: Before I Met You – Betty travels to London from Guernsey in search of the mysterious person mentioned in her grandmother’s will; in 1920s London Arlette lives the beginnings of the Bright Young Things. A fair book but it does have major flaws.

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Taylor Stevens: The Catch – Munroe joins a team without full knowledge of the job entailed and ends up working to solve issues when everything goes pear-shaped. Not the best Munroe.

I would say a difficult choice would need to be made between Under The Tripoli Sky and The Leopard Unleashed. As often happens I liked each for very different reasons; the Peirene appealed to the literary student in me, the Chadwick to my historian self. The Catch was disappointing when compared to the past books in the series, though by itself not so bad.

Quotation Report

If Elene of The Leopard Unleashed had to counsel, she’d speak of her unintended success in throwing cups about when arguments were in full swing. It won her both the battle and a bit of something else she might refer to with a blush.

The shops are gearing up for Christmas already which is interesting when people are still in shorts, but it does help one to remember they need to look for festive books.

What was your favourite book this month (or week if you round-up each week)?



October 1, 2014, 7:00 am

Nice month :)


October 1, 2014, 2:20 pm

I thoroughly enjoyed all the books I read in September. My favourite would have to be The Gabriel Hounds by Mary Stewart.

I am really pleased to see you got through your reading slump and read a good amount of books. Happy reading in October.

Freda Mans

October 1, 2014, 5:41 pm

I hope October is better for you! Happy October reading!


October 3, 2014, 10:52 am

I’m not sure what my favourite book would be, it was a slump of a month for me too. I think perhaps More Fool Me by Stephen Fry as that has yanked me from my reading slump and I’m back on my merry reading way now.

vicki (skiourophile / bibliolathas)

October 6, 2014, 7:14 am

I haven’t read any of your books (I always add “yet” to this!) — my favourite this month was one of those sensational, ridiculously dramatic Victorian novels by Mrs. Georgie Sheldon – The Masked Bridal. It was total mind candy and have every single stereotype of the genre that you could name from TB to sudden riches to bigamy, etc.



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