September was a busy month for me, and I enjoyed lots of amazing novels. Autumn is my favourite time of year, cool walks watching the leaves fall from the trees is paradise for me.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.
The Miniaturist was by far my favourite read this month. We follow eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman who travels to Amsterdam to start her life as the wife of a very successful merchant. I really enjoyed the storyline and the strength of our main character, she was witty and determined. She receives a dollhouse replica of her home, but when she enlists a miniaturist to furnish it she ends up getting more than she bargained for.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.
First a big thank you to Mridula over at ecstaticyetchaotic.wordpress.com, for this recommendation. A Monster Calls is a heartfelt, raw and honest tale of grief, of acceptance and of guilt. It forces us to re-examine our own judgements and understandings as we hear the story of Conor, a thirteen year old boy who’s mother is battling cancer. Every night he has a dream, but one night something changes, when he wakes the dream doesn’t end, and a visitor is at his window. This book honestly blew me away in so many ways, I cried at many times and just wanted to reach out and hug Conor.
Storm in the Village by Miss Read.
Another heart-warming read in the Fairacre series. This time theres trouble in the village as Farmer Miller’s Hundred Acre Field is slated for a real estate development. A familiar cast of characters, a story filled with hope, community and love.
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.
Another by Ness, if you haven’t noticed he is becoming a firm favourite of mine. This novel is focused on Todd Hewitt, the only boy in his town, a town filled with men who can hear each others thoughts after becoming infected with the so called Noise germ. He has lived there his whole life, and yet they are hiding something. Forced to flee with only his dog by his side, he makes his way into the outside world where he stumbles across the one thing he never thought he would see, a girl. This was a great read I felt really engaged with the story, it really packed a strong emotional punch. It’s the first in the series, and I am very much looking forward to reading the rest.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark.
I started reading this novel back in March it took me a while to really get into it. I actually ended up watching the film which ironically made it easier for me to really understand and get into the book. It is brilliantly written, I love to read the classics because they are so varied, it’s interesting to see which novels have been favoured by readers over the years. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, is as the name suggests centred around a Miss Jean Brodie in her prime. She teaches at a school for girls in Edinburgh, Scotland. There she has her most cherished students and confidants, the Brodie Set.
Aria’s Travelling Book Shop By Rebecca Raisin.
This was a fun read that dealt with grief and loss with great respect and understanding. Aria Summers lives the perfect life free with her best friend on the open road. She travels in her campervan book-shop making enough to live the life she loves. After her husband died she swore she would never love again, but when Jonathan enters her life will all that change?