Reading in September 2022.

We have reached October! This means it is time for me to talk about the books I read in September. Don’t worry, there aren’t as many books as there were in August! With that being said, let’s take a look at the books I read in September.

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I kicked off the month with Sword and Laser’s September’s book, How High We Go In The Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu. The book tells the story of what happens to mankind when an ancient virus is accidentally released and begins to decimate the population of the world. Each chapter focuses on a different character, with characters from previous chapters popping up. Together the chapters create an overarching narrative, whilst also focussing the personal effect of the virus on individual people. This narrative style reminds me of Cloud Atlas and World War Z. This almost anthology-like story telling means that some chapters were more impactful than others but it was overall, a solid book. Considering what the world has recently gone through, this was definitely a rollercoaster of a book and certainly played with my emotions. I definitely recommend reading How High We Go In The Dark.

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After How High We Go In The Dark, I decided to go with another cheerful, fun read- Babel by R. F. Kuang. Babel tells the story of Robin, a young man with a talent for learning languages who finds himself torn by his loyalties to his homeland and the empire that raised him. This was one of my most highly anticipated books to be published this year and I have to say, it didn’t disappoint. Like with R. F. Kuang’s Poppy War trilogy, Babel is dark and explores some of the darker aspects of human natures but Kuang does this incredibly well, which is making her one of my favourite authors in the fantasy genre. I will add that Babel is a dark novel with a focus on racism, so make sure if you do read to go in knowing that this is an R. F. Kuang novel.

You would think after two quite intense novels, I would go with something a little more lighthearted for my next book, right? Nope, I jumped into Neuromancer by William Gibson, which was one of the historic picks from Sword and Laser. As a novel that helped to establish the cyberpunk genre, I really wanted to love Neuromancer. The story about a group of questionable individuals embarking on a heist in a cyberpunk universe sounds amazing; however Gibson’s writing style was not for me. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate Neuromancer’s place in the genre and Gibson’s vision of the future is incredible, when you think he wrote this in the 80’s but for me, I had to work to follow what was going on. I would suggest if you want to see where the cyberpunk genre started, then I suggest you check out Neuromancer but be aware it can be a difficult read.

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After those three books, I needed some easier reads. So, the next book I picked up was Dawnshard by Barndaon Sanderson. This novella, set in The Stormlight Archive universe, was exactly what I needed. It follows Rysn and Lopen as they embark on a voyage to discover a lost island that may hold the answers as to what happened to a ship’s missing crew and a lost civilisation. I love the fact that Dawnshard allows us to spend time with some side characters and flesh out their stories. This novella is a must read for fans of The Stormlight Archive.

I wanted to stick with the easier reads and so continued with my re-read of the CHERUB series with Class A. This was definitely an improvement on the first novel, The Recruit, as there was more of a focus on character development and the actual mission. In Class A, James, Kerry, Kyle and Nicole go undercover to take down a cocaine dealer. Overall, it was a quick, fun read.

I then returned to the Ender Saga series with Children of the Mind.by Orson Scott Card. This book sees the end of Ender’s story and the conclusion of the events that began in Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide. As such, I’m not going to go into details about the story but I definitely found it to be a satisfactory conclusion to the story. I am going to be taking a break from Orson Scott Card’s books but I would like to pick up Ender in Exiles and take a look at his Shadow Saga series.

October TBR.

And those were the books I read in September! I must admit, I was hoping to read a few more books but I was reading a lot of heavier novels which did slow my reading down. October is the month of Hallowe’en, so I do want to read a couple horror novels. Here are the books I want to read this month:

  • The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri. This is Sword and Laser’s October pick that appears to be a well received fantasy novel.
  • Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke. This is part of my reading every Sword and Laser book challenge and is a classic sci-fi novel that I am looking forward to read.
  • Foxglove Summer and other Rivers of London novels by Ben Aaronovitch. I want to continue Peter Grant’s journey through supernatural London.
  • Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. After seeing the musical in London back in September, I really want to re-read the novel that inspired it.
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker. I have an urge to re-read one of my favourite classic horror novels and October would be the perfect month to do so.

And that was my reading update! It was certainly a month full of dark, emotional novels and I’ll be honest, I’m hoping for a few more light hearted novels in October. Now I pass it over to you guys, what books have you been reading? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll talk to you soon!

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