Here we are, yet again, at the start of a new month. Fall has really begun and to get in the proper mood for the final three months of the year, I am listening to the soundtrack of ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone’. In case you didn’t know, I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I love listening to the audiobooks narrated by Stephen Fry and September has been the month I finally added those to my Goodreads page. This also meant it was time to adjust my reading goal for the year. Initially, it was at 50 books, but since I am now at 45 with three months to go it was time to adjust it to 60. Last year I made it, so let’s see if I can get it again!

So after that ramble, here are the books I’ve read in September. As always they have been given a rating X out of 5 and a short review. If you click the title it will take you to the books’ Goodreads page.

September

American Gods’ by Neil Gaiman **** 

You know it is going to be a good book if you are already recommending it to others when you haven’t even finished it. Thankfully the ending did not disappoint and I can’t wait to start the HBO show.

Vanishing Girls’ by Lauren Oliver ***

As far as YA mysteries go, this one was meh. Surprisingly though, I did not see the twist coming, but still, I did not think it was the best.

The Road’ by Cormac McCarthy ***

I did not enjoy reading this book, it felt pointless and depressing. Which is exactly the point of the book, which makes it a great novel. I still did not enjoy reading it though. (Can’t wait to hear what everyone else in the book club thinks!)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ by J.K. Rowling *****

I finished listening to this book for the fourth time. It is great, I love it.

Nieuwe Buren’ by Saskia Noort ***

My attempt at reading more Dutch novels has not begun on a high note. I found some old ebooks on my e-reader and figured I would read them. Bad choice, I will definitely be more selective next month.

We moeten je iets vertellen’ by Marion Pauw **

This was worse. I regret everything.

Review September

This new section is meant to reflect on what I was planning to read and look at what I actually read. So last month the plan was as follows:

  • ‘Go Set a Watchman’ by Harper Lee
  • ‘1984’ by George Orwell
  • ‘The Magicians’ by Lev Grossman
  • ‘Het Smelt’ by Lize Spit

Well, I started in ‘Het Smelt’, but otherwise it was a total failure. Let’s try to do better next time.

October

I have decided to read only Dutch books in October. To get going I downloaded four ebooks onto my phone using my library subscription. They will stay on my phone for three weeks, so I better start.

  • ‘Ma’ by Hugo Borst
  • ‘De Glazen Kamer’ by Simone Mawer
  • ‘Lieveling’ by Kim van Kooten
  • ‘Hersenschimmen’ by Bernlef

What are you planning to read this month? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to know!