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It definitely felt like a slow month for reading for a number of reasons.  The first book I read this month, Rule Britannia by Daphne du Maurier seemed to take forever to get through.  Then I’ve been having work done in the house so trying to look out for my pets and deal with the noise didn’t always seem conducive to reading.  That said I was surprised to have got through 8 books.  Not high by my standards by pretty good given the poor environment!

  1.  Rule Britannia by Daphne du Maurier – One of her later books and clearly written in answer to the UK entering the single market in the early 1970’s this book deals with what happens when the UK leave the single market.  With the possibility of an economic collapse the country makes a deal with the USA and the countries become US:UK.  To the locals it looks more like an invasion and a little family on the Cornish coast play host to the story as the world unravels around them.  I thought it was an interesting concept and certainly worth a read.
  2. The Mixed up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler – a great American children’s book written in the 1960’s about a brother and sister who run away from home and live in a museum.  Great story!  Ensure all children you know of 10 read it!
  3. March Violets by Philip Kerr – this is a crime fiction novel and the review for it will be published shortly on my Wednesday Book Review.  Definitely worth a read!
  4. Pietr the Latvian by Georges Simenon – this is the first Maigret book written by Simenon and I read it to complement my A-Z of crime fiction blog (published every Saturday morning).  Catch the review for it in the M week!
  5. Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier – definitely a Du Maurier month for me this month given that before September 2018 I had only read Rebecca I have certainly made up for lost time!  The blog book review will be published soon but in the meantime let me assure you, read this book!
  6. The Birds and Other Stories (yes you guessed it) Daphne du Maurier – I found a vintage Penguin copy of this in a charity shop and loved the cover so much I bought it.  I’ll do a review of it very soon but it was great and will certainly feature in my spooky halloween reads blog!
  7. The Clocks by Agatha Christie – It’s been a few months since I have read any Agatha but I found a first edition of this in a book shop so enjoyed reading it.  And I really enjoyed it!  As usual there was not much chance of catching the murderer yourself but that is what I love about Agatha!
  8. Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel – I published a blog about my favourite Dystopian and Apocalyptic novels in September and as a result a lot of people recommended this book to me!  And it was so good I read it in a day.  Which is bad too because it was so good I wish I was still reading it!  Catch the review later in the month on the Wednesday Book Review Blog.

Favourite Read…mmm Station Eleven and Jamaica Inn were books I’m still thinking about you know though some of the short stories were phenomenal.

Worst read… they were all of a really good standard this month though I found the Maigret story quite confusing. I still really enjoyed it though and just suspended my usual requirement of understanding what on Earth is going on!

And that’s all folks!   Hopefully October will be much more booktastic!  In the meantime let me know what your favourite read was in September!