My September Reading - a look into the past

Author: Anne

Date Published: Sep 30th 2018, 8:31pm

As September draws to a close I can truthfully assert that Winter Is Coming ! I have had to scrape ice of my windscreen in the morning twice already this month. I don’t particularly enjoy the evenings closing in and the decreasing temperature and maybe I need to read some cheerful books to add a bit of sunshine to my days.

I am pleased to say that unlike my fellow blogger Sara I have not hit a reading slump although I sympathise with her situation – sometimes you just cannot find the right book whatever you try. It’s not often that I don’t finish a book, although I could name a few that I wish that I’d abandoned rather than struggle through. I try to give them 50 to 100 pages but there are so many good books out there I think that it is bonkers to continue to read something that you aren’t enjoying.

This month seems to have been a month in which I read a lot of books set in historical periods which rather makes me laugh as I used to avoid them – see what comes of overcoming your self-limitations ? I did end up reading four set in or around WWII although they are all very different :

“Ghost Patrol” by Damien Lewis is a history of a raid on Tobruck. It’s a bit gung-ho but interesting about desert warfare

“The Girl who Fell from the Sky” by Simon Mawer is a novel following the story of an SOE operative parachuted into occupied France. It seems accurate enough but I didn’t completely engage with the story.

“Denial” by Deborah E Lipstadt is actually an account of a trial which took place a couple of years ago but the trial was about a Holocaust denier. It is compelling and chilling in these days of “alternative facts”.

“Operation Mincemeat” by Ben Macintryre is a true story of a secret operation during the war which was created to deceive the Germans about the location of an invasion. It was fascinating.

Other historical books I read this month include a few Regency Romances – I particularly recommend “The Governess Game” by Tessa Dare which is very light and amusing. Others I liked included :

“The Time-Traveller’s Guide to Medieval Britain” by Ian Mortimer – easy to read but informative

“A Gathering of Ghosts” by Karen Maitland – set in pre-Medieval England on Dartmoor. Engrossing but relentlessly harrowing

“The First Family” by Mike Dash – a fascinating account of the birth of the Mafia in New York

The last two books there have nicely alliterative titles. Others I noted in my reading this month are :

“Magpie Murders” by Anthony Horowitz – a crime novel that is maybe a little too clever but which pays amusing homage to the genre

“Dead as a Doornail” by Charlaine Harris – vampire fantasy from an excellent series

“Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market” by Heidi Swain – a feel good Christmas tale of families, love and community spirit

Some good reading there as the days draw in – enjoy !