September has been a month of beautiful weather for us. Temperatures have been in the upper 60's to upper 70's most of the month. We have had some rain, but also a lot of sun. The leaves are beginning to change color, the squirrels and chipmunks have been very busy collecting nuts for the coming winter. There is a chipmunk that lives in our landscaping who I have watched scurry across my deck with cheeks bulging, only to come back the other way several minutes later with empty cheeks. My husband and I will be taking a driving trip to Utah to visit our youngest son at the beginning of October. This is a beautiful time of year!
As far as books go, I read 9 books in the month of September. Here's the breakdown:
Cozy Mystery: 2
Children's Fiction: 1
The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams - Aleisha works at the local library, but is not a reader. When Mukesh, a widower, visits the library and asks Aleisha for a recommendation she doesn't know what to tell him. While going through returned books, Aleisha finds a reading list. She sets out to read the books on the list so that she will be able to have an answer when someone asks for a recommendation. The next time Mukesh visits the library, Aleisha is able to recommend a book and a friendship forms between the two. This is a heartwarming story, full of deep characters and a unique storyline.
At Lighthouse Point (Three Sisters Island #3) by Suzanne Woods Fisher - Blaine Grayson, the youngest of three girls, returns to Three Sisters Island after being in Paris for two years. Many things have changed while she was in Paris. As she manages her expectations along with the expectations of her family, she discovers what she really wants to do. I love the characters in this series, as well as the setting on an island off the coast of Maine.
The Diabolical Bones (Bronte Sisters Mystery #2) by Bella Ellis - When human remains are found inside the chimney at Top Withens Hall, the Bronte sisters urge Clifton Bradshaw to give the remains a proper burial. The problem is, no one knows who the remains belong to. As the sisters begin to investigate, the case becomes more complicated than they imagined. This series is becoming one of my favorites. I appreciate that even though there is a gothic atmosphere to the books, the overall tone is uplifting.
Death in a Strange Country (Commissario Brunetti #2) by Donna Leon - A man's body is found floating in the canal. It appears to be a robbery gone bad. But, the Medical Examiner's report indicates something different. The knife wound that killed the victim was done in a way that would have killed him instantly. Either the killer got lucky or is someone with some training. The deeper Commissario Brunetti gets into the investigation, the more complicated it becomes. I enjoyed getting to know the Commissario and his family a little better. The mystery was complicated and left me feeling a bit unsettled at the end.
Death in Castle Dark (A Dinner and A Murder Mystery #1) by Veronica Bond - Nora Blake has been offered a position with an acting troupe that performs at an actual castle in the middle of Illinois. Along with the position comes room and board in the castle. As these are things that often take a large portion of an actresses' salary, Nora has decided to give the position a try. Things are going smoothly until one of the actors is found dead in the chapel during one of the performances. Every member of the cast is a suspect, along with the guests attending the performance. Suddenly, Nora's decision to accept the position doesn't seem so wonderful after all. She feels unsafe in her own home. So, she sets out to discover who might have wanted the actor dead. This was a fun read with some great characters and a unique setting.
Fatal Fried Rice (Noodle Shop Mystery #7) by Vivien Chien - Lana Lee manages her family’s Chinese restaurant. In this installment, she is taking a Chinese cooking class on the sly because she doesn’t know how to cook Chinese food and is embarrassed about it. The teacher of the class is murdered and Lana is one of the main suspects, so she sets out to figure out who really committed the murder. There were lots of twists and turns that left me guessing whodunnit.
Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia #2) by C.S. Lewis - The Pevensie children are summoned back to Narnia by Susan's magic horn. Prince Caspian is the rightful heir to the throne, but his uncle Miraz has declared himself king. It is up to Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy with the help of Aslan, to bring the magic back to Narnia and put Caspian on the throne. This is a great follow up to The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson - When Dick Shelton learns that Sir Daniel, his guardian, is a murderer and he might be next, he takes to the forest in an attempt to save his life. There he is captured by a band of outlaws, but soon becomes their leader. Sir Daniel's reputation precedes him and Dick has no trouble gaining followers for his cause. He realizes that he must go to battle against Sir Daniel in order to regain his fortune. Along the way he must discern between friend and foe, survive a shipwreck and fight for his life. A great story full of adventure, chivalry, mystery and a little romance.
My Own Two Feet: A Memoir by Beverly Cleary - This is the second installment of her memoirs. It begins just after high school and ends with the publishing of her first book. A fascinating read. (Review coming soon)
Places we visited:
That is all for me this month. I hope you all have a great October!
I am linking up with The Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight.
I'm also linking up with The Sunday Salon hosted by Deb @ Readerbuzz.
A cozy mystery set in a castle in the USA? Intriguing! Prince Caspian is an excellent book, possibly my favorite in the series.ReplyDelete
Death in Castle Dark was such a fun read. Prince Caspian is a great one. Have a good October!Delete
It looks like you had a great month! Have a great October and enjoy the trip to Utah.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Chris! Have a good October!Delete
So glad you are in the world of Narnia! Enjoy your tripReplyDelete
Thank you, Emma!Delete
I love the names for the Noodle Shop Mystery series!ReplyDelete
They are really fun!Delete
Your selections of classics is neat. I should read The Black Arrow! I should also figure out whether there are any Donna Leon books I have missed. Good list.ReplyDelete
best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com
Thanks, Mae! The Black Arrow was good. Have a good weekend!Delete
The Reading List has a fun idea at the heart of its plot. I'm planning to read all the Narnia books either at the end of this year or the beginning of the next. And anything of Robert Louis Stevenson is not to be missed.ReplyDelete
Hi Deb, see my comment below about the Narniathon if you don't know about it already!Delete
I am hoping to work my way through the Narnia books as well.Delete
What a great reading month. I think The Reading List sounds really good, oh dear, will be adding to my groaning TBR for sure!ReplyDelete
It was good! I hear you about the TBR. It’s a fun problem to have though.Delete
Have a good weekend!
Oh, I would love to read Beverly Cleary's memoirs! I'll have to check those out. If you'd like to read Narnia with others, FYI there is a "Narniathon" planned to start soon over at Calmgrove (calmgrove.wordpress.com). Reading the books in publication order, one per month -- starting in December with LWW, natch. I'm looking forward to that.ReplyDelete
I haven't read the Narnia books since I was a kid. Loved them then. Would be interesting to see if I still do. I'll calendar the Narniathon and see if it works out for me to join in! Thanks for posting about it.Delete
Hi Lory! The Narniathon sounds fun! Thanks for letting me know about it.Delete
I loved both of Beverly Cleary’s memoirs. Hope you are able to get ahold of them.
Have a good week!
Such a great variety, The Reading List and the Noodle shop series sound goodReplyDelete
Enjoy your trip!
Wishing you a great reading week
Thank you, Shelleyrae!Delete
Have a good week!
I love your description of the squirrels and little chipmunks! I live in the Arkansas woods so I can picture that scene clearly in my mind. I've been to Utah twice and it is beautiful! I hope you have a great trip.ReplyDelete
The Reading List is on my list, lol, and I am calendaring the Narniathon Lory mentioned in her comment.
I also want to read Beverly Cleary's memoirs. I love Ramona and Henry Higgins.
I love seeing all the critters in our backyard. I was recently talking to our son who lives in Utah and he realized he hasn’t seen any squirrels in his yard there. How sad ☹️.Delete
The Narniathon sounds fun!
Have a good week!
I think I'd enjoy The Reading List and the Cleary book. I hope you have a great week!ReplyDelete
I enjoyed them both.Delete
Have a good week!
Nine books! That’s amazing! I barely made it through four, perhaps partly because our Bible Study started in September, for which I’m one of the the leaders…it’s lovely, but breaking into my reading time.😉ReplyDelete
How I love Prince Caspian! I will never tire of reading C. S. Lewis’ imaginative way of bringing so many truths to my life.
Have a lovely week!
I totally understand about Bible study cutting into reading time, mine does too sometimes.Delete
I think a person could spend a lifetime reading and rereading C.S. Lewis.
Have a good week!
Sounds like September was a good month for you. I loved Death in Castle Dark. I hope you have a great week!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Yvonne!ReplyDelete