September was a weird reading month for me. I read a lot, I read books from several genres, and I absolutely loved some of my reads. A great month for reading, maybe. But it was also a very restless reading month. I spend a week or two reading just YA books as some sort of hide away from reality. And after that, I couldn’t find anything that pleased me and read the first 30 pages of several books before putting the book aside and starting another read. Lately, I have turned to classics. I currently love reading them. I am not sure if this means that this is just another one of those obsessive periods in which I can read only one genre because nothing else fits, or if it is because I have missed reading more classics in the past year. I currently have great hopes for October, although nothing is set in stone when it comes to plans.
Here is what I read this month:
- Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman – Friedrich Christian Delius
- Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones
- Animal Farm – George Orwell
- The Princess Diaries 1 – Meg Cabot
- The Princess Diaries 2 – Meg Cabot
- The Princess Diaries 3 – Meg Cabot
- The Princess Diaries 4 – Meg Cabot
- The Princess Diaries 5 – Meg Cabot
- The Princess Diaries 6 – Meg Cabot
- Contemporary Postcolonial Theory – Padmini Mongia
- Postcolonial Studies & Beyond – Ania Loomba and others ed.
- A House To Let – Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell and Adelaide Anne Procter
- A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
- North and South – Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
- Blue Bloods – Melissa De La Cruz
- Missionaries – Julian Pettifer and Richard Bradley
- Lady Susan – Jane Austen
- Love and Freindship / Lesley Castle / The History of England / Collection of Letters / Scraps – Jane Austen
- Butterflies in May – Karen Hart
- Mary Barton – Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
I guess this also shows that not only did this month consist of restless reading, there was also a whole lot of restless blogging going on. It is quite confronting to notice that I have only reviewed 2 of the books I read so far. I also still have a back log from July and August. I am not yet sure if and how I will catch up with that. I know I will at least skip writing about some of these books, such as The Princess Diaries series. I might put up a post once I have read all 10 of the books.
I can tell you what my favourite reads of this month were:
Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman – My review was not as enthousiastic as I later felt about the book. It is competing for first place with Beside the Sea as my favourite Peirene Press book. Since all Peirene Press books are currently high up on my list of favourite reads in 2010, that is high praise.
Howl’s Moving Castle - I never expected to love a book by Diana Wynne Jones this much, but it was incredibly entertaining and very intelligently written.
Animal Farm - A classic that I finally read. I once more had not expected to enjoy this, but I found myself taking noted every few pages because it was such a funny commentary on communism.
A Wrinkle in Time - Once more, a book that everyone always mentioned but that I had not read before. Very beautiful story that I cannot recommend enough.
And of course, I already mentioned my recent rediscovery of the works of Elizabeth Gaskell.