Hello! Can you believe it is October already? September was a bit of a quiet reading month for me – the sunshine and my garden were calling! I did manage to read a bunch of fantastic books though – check out my favourites below!
My favourite adult fiction book in September was Kate Morton’s brand new novel The Clockmaker’s Daughter. This was only the second book I’ve read by Kate Morton, but I am so in love with her writing that I will definitely be reading more. I find it so immersive – I get completely lost in the story in that way that sort of makes you surprised when you look up and remember you are actually in your loungeroom reading a book.
In The Clockmaker’s Daughter multiple voices help us piece together the story of what happened to a group of young artists who spent the summer of 1862 at a cottage on the banks of the Thames. I loved the way that all of the separate voices came together to resolve the mystery at the centre of the book, but that there were still some bits left to the imagination.
Young Adult Fiction
I’m always interested in a fairy tale retelling, and I’d had my eye on Kate Forsyth’s Vasilisa the Wise since it came out at the start of the year. I finally read it in September, and I adored it! Vasilisa the Wise is a gorgeous little collection of fairy tales retold by Kate for a YA audience, and beautifully illustrated by Lorena Carrington. The foreword talks about how fairy tales were originally told by women to girl, to help them as they grew into adulthood, but now most fairy tales we come across have been retold by men – whether that’s the Brothers Grimm, or Walt Disney. Each and every story included in this collection feels like it has been reclaimed for young women, and centres around the strength, wit, and bravery of the protagonists. I was super excited to see that there is a follow-up collection coming out next year.
Lately we’ve been revisiting an old bedtime favourite from my childhood – Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree series. We are reading a chapter or two (or four) each night, and my four-year-old is completely entranced. I am loving getting to know the characters, who feel like old friends, all over again. Aside from enjoying the actual story, I am getting so much joy out of seeing her so excited about something I loved so much when I was little.
Those were my favourite reads in September! After a relatively quiet reading month I have high hope for October, including our next book club read, The Second Cure by Margaret Morgan. I’ll be back at the start of November with my next stack of favourites.