This may be the shortest instalment yet of my what I read in a month posts, but we'll roll with it anyway. September was a super busy month for me, meaning I didn't have nearly as much time to read as I'd have liked to. It's definitely been a month which has thrown me out of my comfort zone and kept me from tucking myself away in my room as much as I usually do! Nonetheless, I did find the tinniest amount of time to read between flitting across London (trust me, my bank account took a hard hit this month). So, in a small instalment of my what I read series: here is what I read in September.

The Graces - Laure Eve
I've had The Graces on my TBR for absolutely ages after seeing lots of other bloggers raving about it last year, so this month I decided I'd actually buy it and see what all of the fuss was about. Also, how could I not invest in a book where the authors name is so similar to my own? The Graces tells the story of River, who moves to a new town and becomes mesmerised by the Graces, a magical family living nearby who are rumoured to be witches. I love any book which focuses on cults or magic, so I was pretty invested in this one from the beginning. I really enjoyed the Graces once it had picked up pace, but I prefer my books to get to the action pretty quickly, and I did feel like The Graces took a little while to do so. If you're into magical books which build up the tension slowly, then The Graces may be for you.

Ikigai The Japenese Secret to a Long and Happy Life - Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles
I already posted a full review of Ikigai on my blog this month here, so I won't go into too much detail on it. I will say that Ikigai is a great book to kickstart your autumn reading. If you like Hygge last year, then this one is definitely for you too. It's all about how to get the most from life and how to find your drive to get out of bed in the morning. This is a feel good book which shows how people all around the world are going about life and how they stay happy in the process. I think this is a book which I'll definitely be flicking through again when I'm at a loss for my purpose in future.

A Girl is a Half Formed Thing - Eimear McBride
After reading The Lesser Bohemians are raving about it all over the internet a couple of months ago, McBride has quickly become one of my favourite authors. Her style of writing really is like no other to me, and though her books take a while to get into, they're really worth the initial persistence. After finishing The Lesser Bohemians, it didn't take me long to seek out McBride's first novel, A Girl is a Half Formed Thing. This one tells the story of a young girls relationship with her brother, who suffers from a brain tumour. It's told in the same stream of consciousness style that McBride is so brilliant at, and is just as raw, beautiful and vulnerable as The Lesser Bohemians was to me. I just adore the way that McBride writes her characters - in this completely open way where no thought is censored. I loved this book.


  1. Great selection. Thanks for the recommendations : )

    Faded Windmills

    1. Thank you Gemma! I hope you find one which you like!

  2. I love the sound of The Graces!

    Abi | abistreetx

    1. Let me know what you think of it if you do pick it up!