Books Read: September 2021

The smoke cleared finally this month so I didn’t read quite as much, but I still read. With sunny warm days and cool nights, I’m making the most of the nice weather before winter sets in.

A Darker Shade of Magic

I read about this on a recommendation thread and it was posed as a book about magic but for adults. I would say that’s true, but the author does write a lot of YA and I could tell. We follow a magician who is able to move between various versions of London taking messages back and forth between the leaders of them. One is the London we know from the 18th Century, the other two are where magic still lives and is used regularly. We follow Kell as he gets tangled up in the desire by White London to rule over Red London, where he lives. And along the way someone from Gray London ends up helping him unexpectedly.

A Court of Mist and Fury

The second book in the Crown of Thorns and Roses, this book kept me riveted as much as the first one and ended on a complete cliff hanger so now I’m waiting for the third book from the library. We follow Feyre as she tries to recover from what happened and what she had to do in the first book. And we learn a lot more about what is happening and the war that is to come. This series is hard for me to describe, but I love it.

The Plague of Doves

After I read The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich I put a lot of her other books on my list and this month read The Plague of Doves. It’s not as good as The Night Watchman but it was an interesting read. We follow a few characters and learn about a town, a reservation, and a secret from a previous generation and how it affected all of them. It’s a slow build, but that didn’t bother me as the characters were so interesting and I wanted to see where they went and what happened next.

Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories

I’ve been chipping away at this short story collection for a couple of years now and finished it this month. If you’re a fan of the TV series with David Suchet, this book is a great compliment as you read through every single short story and can see the way in which they were adapted for TV. But mostly I liked being able to read a story and finish it quickly. It was a great break inbetween heavier reads and I do love Poirot.