Balancing My Books · Books · Monthly Reading Wrap-Up

Balancing My Books #20: September 2022

It’s has been a patchy reading month, but overall it was an enjoyable one!


Start 2022: 300
1 Sep: 331
Acquired: 4
Read: 6
Balance: 329


Start 2022: 177
1 Sep: 174
Acquired: 3
Read: 3
Balance: 174

I really need to make a conscious effort to make those TBRs go down, down, down!

However, I can’t complain.


I read a total of 10 books in September. I read three books from my Kindle, four in physical format and three audio books, of which two of them I also own in a physical format. I am quite happy with that. At least my buying books did not exceed me reading them, which is all I ask for (though I have a lot of corrective work to do in terms of the two months that went before). Quality wise it was not the best of months. Although there were no books I actively disliked, with 3 books at 4/7*and another 3 at 5/7*, it was a weakish month. Most of my 6 and 7* books came towards the end. All my audio books rated highly. I read two non-fiction (both on audio) and 1 poetry book (also audio). The fiction books were a real mixture with one short story collection and actually two decent contemporary young adult books, which is a bit unusual. Of the six physical books I read, I unhauled three.

  1. Sarum (Edward Rutherford) 5* e-book
  2. Did I Say That Out Loud (Fi Glover & Jane Garvet) 6* audio
  3. A Shot in the Dark (Lynne Truss) 4* hardback
  4. Night Owls (Jenn Bennett) 5* e-book
  5. Shit Cassanda Saw (Gwen E Kirby) 4* paperback
  6. Marriage Most Scandalous (Johanna Lindsey) 5* paperback
  7. Awakening (William Horwood) 4* hardback
  8. Wonderland (Brett Westwood & Stephen Moss) 6* audio/paperback
  9. One of Us is Lying (Karen M McManus) 6* e-book
  10. Four Quartets (T S Eliot) 7* audio/paperback


Well, just read at the finishline, it has to be Four Quartets by T S Eliot. Beautiful poems. Very smart, but not overly complicated. It is definitely a collection I will listen to again (and read).


I actually have a rather ambitious and strict TBR for October, which does not have much to do with it being the spooky month unfortunately. Actually there may be a thriller/murder mystery or two on my list, so hopefully I will get to those.

I am currently in the middle of Kindred by Octavia E Butler, so I have to finish that one before even starting my October TBR.

The main book I want to read in October, which I am hoping I will love, is Ship of Magic, the first book in the Livetraders Trilogy by Robin Hobb. It has been on my tentative TBR for the last few months and I still haven’t gotten round to reading it. It’s a big one though, and may throw off the rest of my TBR completely!


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