September reading round-up

Wow, September disappeared fast. Work was super busy and then Tim and I finally went on the holiday we’ve been looking forward to for months. Sicily is amazing. I am sure I will blog about it again when I’ve had more time to sort through the photos but for now I’ll share that it was beautiful with great weather and great food and we had plenty of time to relax and read.


This was also the month I got a Kindle and I took the radical step of taking just the Kindle on holiday with me – no physical books adding weight to the suitcase! It was a little weird for me but worked out completely fine. It’s actually quite a nice reading experience. It’s just a shame that I can’t buy books for it from my local bookshop. (Although that might change in future. I understand a number of US bookshops now sell ebooks. I’m not quite sure how it works but I hope it spreads.)

Thanks to the holiday I am very chilled but also very behind on my reviews. I will catch up on them soon. In fact, I’m scribbling some notes on my holiday reads right now!


The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene (review here)

Any Other Name by Emma Newman

Saga vol. 2 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples

May We Be Forgiven by A M Homes

Over the Front in an Aeroplane by Ralph Pulitzer (review here)

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Short stories

“In dreams begin responsibilities” by Delmore Schwartz (Selected Shorts podcast)

“The lover of horses” by Tess Gallagher (Selected Shorts podcast)

“Down to a sunless sea” by Neil Gaiman (Guardian Books podcast)

“Everyone’s reading ‘Bastard'” by Nick Hornby (Kindle Short)

“Dr Pretorius and the lost temple” by Paul McAuley (borrowed from Tim)

“The bone cemetery” by Paul McAuley (borrowed from Tim)

“Happy trails” by Sherman Alexie (New Yorker, June 10 & 17, 2013)

“Scenes of the crime” by Cormac McCarthy (New Yorker, June 10 & 17, 2013)

“Brotherly love” by Jhumpa Lahiri (New Yorker, June 10 & 17, 2013)

“The ripper” by David Peace (New Yorker, June 10 & 17, 2013)


So how was your September? Get up to anything fun? Read anything good?