Literary Life: September in Review

Oh September, your Autumnal-ness has been much appreciated! I was not blessed with a summer body, I have one of those lumpy pear-shaped bodies that appreciates skinny jeans and a large jumper – I bloody love this dismal weather!


As I mentioned in Monday’s blog, I have become a social hermit, which while unfortunately contributing to an early hunchback has allowed for a lot of reading time.

Currently Reading:

Eastern Europe! by Tomek E. Jankowski




Due to the discovery of Rainbow Rowell, I shall dub this YA month – I don’t usually fall so deep into YA land, it has been an interesting diversion.

  1. Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield
  2. The Compatibility Gene by Daniel M. Davis
  3. My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary by Rae Earl
  4. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
  5. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  6. Straight White Male by John Niven
  7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  8. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
  9. When Hollywood Was Right How Movie Stars, Studio Moguls, and Big Business Remade American Politics by Donald T. Critchlow
  10. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell


Poetry Discovered:

Hiroshima by Sarah Kay

Harlem [Dream Deferred] by Langston Hughes

Homage to my Hips by Lucille Clifton

Life is Fine by Langston Hughes


Bookish News/Events/Awesomeness for October:

If there are any Midlands or Northern events happening please do let me know so I can list them!


How was September for you?

13 thoughts on “Literary Life: September in Review

  1. That’s the whole of Rowell’s backlist, isn’t it? For want of a better expression because my vocab’s on holiday, that’s great going, including the ten books as a whole. I don’t know if I’ve said, but I like the new design and this second colour scheme is really nice 🙂


    1. Pretty much, yeah – she’s got another book coming out in 2014 that I am fairly desperate for now.

      Thanks, I’m glad you like it. I think it’s finally at a point where I don’t want to mess with it anymore; apart from the comments – I don’t understand why they are so cramped!


  2. My own September had its ups and downs but the weather was spectacular. It’s gone all rainy and unpleasant now, but I accept it as the fine we have to pay for the glorious blue skies we had all last month. I love love love fall weather.


    1. Hope there were more ups than downs!

      Blue skies and a chilly air is amazing for Autumn, I would probably prefer some crisp chilly days to the warm dampish ones.


  3. You have been really busy with so much reading, that is awesome. 😀 Well, you’re not really being a social hermit… you can socialize with books, right?? (It’s my plan, I’m sticking too it) ;D


  4. How did you like Rainbow Rowell’s work? I’ve heard mixed things about Eleanor and Park so I’m hesitant to pick up that book. I try my best not to get caught up in the hype machine, but sometimes it’s difficult not to. London certainly does have a lot of bookish festivals :). That’s amazing! I’d love to go to London when a book festival happens. Also wow you read a lot! I didn’t get much of a chance to read in September because there were some health concerns about my dog, but she’s okay now. I hope you’re having a great October Alice!


    1. Absolutely loved all three! And I generally don’t adore YA, Rowell has probably made me a convert. Most of the time I am completely put off by hype, I think it was the 80s theme that made me decide to read it, that and feeling a little low.

      It’s a lot of books, but it’s because I have a lot of time at the moment, I only read up to four books a month when I was busy.

      Sorry to hear about your dog, glad everything is okay now!


      1. I might have to check out Rowell’s books sometime then. I have to say that I adore all her book covers, they’re so adorable. I agree, the hype machine can really knock you off reading books. It’s disappointing when you get caught up with it and in the end you don’t enjoy it. That’s happened to me a number of times and it’s not fun at all.

        I’m glad that my dog’s okay too! I don’t know what I would have done if we got bad news about her.


  5. Hooray! It’s nice to see that you’re venturing into YA territory. It can be a pain sometimes, if you read the wrong books, but it looks like you’ve got some pretty good ones on that list, like all those books by Rainbow Rowell and BOY MEETS BOY. I haven’t read any of those, but I hope you enjoy! And haha, don’t worry, a lot of us bookworms are social hermits. Most of the time I’d much rather sit alone and read than participate in any form of social activities. My parents don’t approve much.

    Ooh, are you going to any of those events? Especially the Bloomsbury Festival. There’s sure to be some really good books there!

    As for my September, I spent it doing school, school, and more school. I’ve been hoping that October would be a lot more relaxing, but no such luck. Oh well, I guess studying for major exams has its cons. I just want to get it over with quick! 😦


    1. I don’t think I’m going to have the money to get to London, but if I manage to move up in the near future, most certainly!

      I never had much time for reading when I was studying, once I got all my school or Uni work done I just wanted to chill out and watch TV – pretty lazy, huh? Good luck with your exams!

      Glad to know I’m not alone with my hermit-ness 🙂


  6. Oooh I love that you listed London events since I’m here now! I’m going to have to go check those links out now! And haha, welcome to the YA world. Though I haven’t read any Rainbow Rowell, definitely need to fix that. She seems to suck everyone in, and though I’m usually I’m hesitant to read contemp I feel like I should because I really have no reason to not like it!

    And the hunchback curse of being a social hermit. I swear, all the time I keep thinking “Sit up Asti! Make your back straight!” But I fear there’s no hope >.>


    1. I thought I was going to hate Rowell, wondering what all the hype was about, but she really is fantastic. It’s so refreshing to read female protagonists you know you could meet and that aren’t in some weird love triangle.

      I always remind myself to sit up too and it never works! XD Oh dear, us book bloggers can all be hunched backs reading together.

      Hope you manage to get to the London events, they look pretty cool!


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