Read in August, reading in September

Read in August, reading in September

brilliant monthsI like the idea of posting monthly updates on what I’m reading. I don’t think I’ll ever become a decent reviewer, but I enjoy talking about what I have read and what I plan to read.

In August, I read the following books:

  • Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters ★★★★☆
  • Candide by Voltaire ★★★☆☆
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green ★★★☆☆
  • Lady Susan by Jane Austen ★★★☆☆
  • Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve ★★★★☆
  • Het Geheim van de klokkenmaker, of, De Tijd zal het leren of De Tijd zal je leren by Tonke Dragt ★★★☆☆

I ended up reading two short books for the Classics Club challenge: Candide and Lady Susan. The first was a bit of a disappointment as for some reason my expectations were much higher. The further I got in the story the more I started to appreciate it though. As for Lady Susan, it was really refreshing to read something by Jane Austen again! I am very eager to pick up one of her other books now. This one may not have been the best, but the main reason I only rated it 3 out of 5 stars is the ending. The writing itself and the concept of the letters I really enjoyed!

For September, my main reading goal is to finally finish Murakami’s 1Q84. I had to check, and I started reading this book in December last year! Ouch… Don’t get me wrong though, I really enjoy this book. But it’s just a deceivingly slow read (in style with the content, perhaps?), and it’s an easy book to put aside for a little while to pick up another book.

Another goal is to start and finish the last ‘summer read’ of my book club, Sparrow & Nightingale. We picked a few books in different genres: And Then There Were None, Mortal Engines, Een Schitterend Gebrek, 1Q84 (which is going to be more than a summer read for most) and finally the book I still have to start: Catch-22.

Besides these two books, I have nothing special planned out. I have plenty of books on my shelf that are just begging me to be read, so let’s see what comes my way!

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