This wrap-up is a little tardy, but better late than never, eh? Here are the books I read in September. Not as much as I would have liked – I went on holiday and was quite (uncharacteristically) active so didn’t do my usual night reading because I was so tired!
A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles – 4.5/5
I loved Rules of Civility so much, I immediately went out and bought whatever else I could find by Amor Towles. Seriously, his writing sparkles with wit and I could highlight lines on every single page. A Gentleman in Moscow did not disappoint with its wonderful cast of characters and the fascinating backdrop of Moscow’s iconic Metropol Hotel and Communist Russia. There is also a delightful cameo for Rules of Civility fans!
Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea, L.M. Montgomery 4/5 and 4/5
It didn’t feel right to watch the new Anne TV series without reading at least the first book, and I enjoyed Anne’s adventures so much I devoured Anne of Avonlea as well. I read these on holiday and they were charming, easy reads. I can’t help but wish I’d read them as a child though – I did find myself relating to the adults every now and then and occasionally finding Anne’s (and later, especially, Davy’s) mishaps tedious.
The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead 4.5/5
This one has been sitting on my TBR since it came out last year. I finally had the impetus to read it when I joined the Diverse Books Club, started by the lovely Madeleine at Top Shelf Text. I loved reading the discussions in our Goodreads group and was surprised to find that the literal underground railroad didn’t work for some people. This book is unique and powerful and, once I got into the second half, I just could not put it down.
Eve in Hollywood, Amor Towles – 3/5
At one point in Rules of Civility, Eve Ross pulls a geographical (I won’t spoil it by saying why) and leaves New York for Hollywood. This is the brief story of what happens when she does. As with all of Amor Towles’ work, it was well written and entertaining, but I guess I didn’t like the character of Eve enough to really enjoy this spin-off. I was kind of glad when she left the stage in Rules of Civility. Still, it’s worth a read if you’re curious and waiting (impatiently) for more from Towles.
Tell me what you read in September! Do you have a wrap-up post for me to read?