What I Read in September 2021
I haven’t done a reading wrap-up in a while, so I thought I would restart the habit with a post about what I read in September 2021.
This month I’ve read 6 books.
I wanted to love this book, but sadly I didn’t. I think that part of the reason I didn’t love this book was that I listened to the audiobook. This is a story with so many moving parts; it’s not written chronologically and it involves a lot of thinking. I might re-read this book in the future, in either paperback or ebook to get a better sense of the story. As it currently stands though, not a favourite. But I’m glad I finally got around to reading it.
This memoir was by an influencer I’d never heard of. But I’ve been doing some research into social media influencing lately and I thought this would be a good text to read. And it was. Bella Younger created the popular Instagram account called ‘Deliciously Stella’, taking on the wellness industry tongue-in-cheek with a satirical account against ‘Deliciously Ella’. She had a lot of ups and downs during her time as an influencer, and where this memoir started out light and funny, it turned dark and pretty miserable by the end. I can’t say it was uplifting or even a warning. It turned into more of a complaint against the world sadly. But the writing showed promise for future projects on Bella’s part.
I listened to the Audible Original dramatisation of Treasure Island rather than an unabridged text. The drama was brilliant. The cast included Phillip Glenister as the Doctor, Daniel Mays as Ben Gunn, Owen Teale as Silver, Catherine Tate as Jim’s mother, and Gerran Howells as Jim. It was a funny adaptation and a very easy listen. I would highly recommend it for anyone looking to try a classic without too much archaic language.
A brilliant thriller from the mastermind of crime fiction. I can’t say much more as we’re publishing this exceptional novel in February at Avon. But you do not want to miss it!
The second novel in the Smythe-Smith series by Julia Quinn. It took me an age to get through this novel but the pay-off was strong if a little far-fetched – even for Julia Quinn!
And finally, for September, I read Omelette by Jessie Ware. A memoir/food diary from the musician and beloved podcaster. Her podcast Tables Manners is very popular and has a lot of famous guests coming on and sharing their favourite foods, drinks, meals and memories associated with them. Jessie Ware clearly has a very good memory as she recounts her own memories relating to food, all the way back to the earliest years of her childhood. A nice short memoir of food lovers, but not necessarily music lovers.
And that’s what I read in September 2021. Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.