Life has been pretty hectic for me lately, and unfortunately that meant my reading goals for September fell by the wayside. On a more positive note, I’m now on holidays and have a lot more free time to get stuck into all the books I want to read. I’m very sorry to anyone who was expecting some book club discussion at the end of this month, but I’ve had to postpone it until the end of October. Please feel free to continue to participate, and I will be posting more about the club soon. Here are my book selections for October: A Time To Run by J.M. Peace, What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, Abandon by Blake Crouch, A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams, Pleasure Island by Anna-Lou Weatherley, The Killing Lessons by Saul Black, The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, and Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas.
Watching booktube videos is a dangerous sport. It inspires me to purchase way more books than I’ll ever be able to read… at least that’s been my experience so far. There really is nothing quite like watching someone talk at length about something you have a common passion for. I like to watch booktube videos when I’m in a reading slump, because it never fails to motivate me to get stuck into reading again. I also like watching them when I’ve run out of ideas for what to read next, as they’re often full of book suggestions that I hadn’t even heard of. I thought I would share a couple of my favourite BookTubers with you all, because the good ones can be hard to find.
I love this girl’s channel because she has a really soothing way of talking, which is the exact opposite of nearly all other booktubers. She also reads a good mix of both adult and young adult books, which suits my reading tastes perfectly. Also I think she has really awesome style and I always love seeing what new hair and makeup styles she’s rocking in her videos.
Liz is another booktuber who isn’t as exciteable as others often come across. She reads a lot of adult literature, and I really enjoy her droll commentary and quirky sense of humour.
Kat is pretty full on, but I think she’s a bit of fun to watch. She’s also very much in the know when it comes to new release young adult books, so I like to watch her videos to keep track of what’s coming out and when. If you like your booktubers heavily caffeinated and endearingly nuts, check her out.
Debra reads a lot of different kinds of books, and nine times out of ten I haven’t heard of the books she’s talking about, which is always fun for me. I like Debra because she seems like a total sweetheart, and her videos are very calming for me. I also love it when her cat Gizmo makes an appearance, as she always tries to hog the camera.
As you can imagine, this was a difficult list to put together. How could I possible narrow my list of favourite books down to just five? It was tough, but I did it. Looking at these titles I realise that they’re all books that have moved me deeply in some way. Apparently that’s something I look for in a book, as it guaranteed them all a spot on this list of favourites. Here are the top five books I think you should definitely read: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, White Oleander by Janet Fitch, We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Have you read any of these titles? If so, would you put them on your top five list? What other titles would be on there?
Despite staying on track with my TBR pile in August, I’m still 11 books behind in my 50 Book Challenge for the year. Sigh. Oh well, I’ll keep plugging on and hopefully I can pick up the pace when I’m on holiday next month. I’m thinking about doubling up my TBR for October and making it eight books, but I’ll see how I go. Here are my book selections for September: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, The Girl With A Clock For A Heart by Peter Swanson, Say Her Name by James Dawson, and A Time To Run by J.M. Peace.