So that’s September over and done with. It was, to say the least, a slightly strange month. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s a tad trying living through history as it happens. It would be nice to just take live in the time that skips the chapters in the future history text books for a little while.
The very end of September saw me attend Capital Crime, a 3 day book festival celebrating all things crime. I only attended for one day, on Friday 30th September in a rather wet and windy Battersea Park. There I met up with fellow bloggers who I chat to all the time on Twitter but rarely or never see in real life. I also attended some fascinating (and funny) panels with William Ryan, Zoe Somerville, Anita Frank, Johana Gustawsson, Tariq Ashkanani, Chris Whitaker, Erin Young, Mark Edwards, Will Dean, Suzie Edge, Laura Shepherd-Robinson, Abir Mukherjee and Anna Mazzola. I missed far more panels than I went to. I managed to bring some books home with me, and I got some others signed. Some of them did get rained on though so came home a bit more wrinkled than expected.
Here’s what arrived this month:
- The Memory of the Air by Caroline LeMarche, sent for review by Heloise Press.
- Amazing Grace Adams, sent for review by Michael Jospeh.
- The Second Stranger by Martin Griffin, sent for review by Sphere.
- Exiles by Jane Harper, sent for review by Pan Macmillan.
- Dazzling by Chikọdịlị Emelụmadụ, sent for review by Wildfire.
- Dinosaurs by Lydia Millet, sent for review by W W Norton.
- War Among Ladies by Eleanor Scott.
- Death on the Down Beat by Sebastian Farr.
- Final Acts edited by Martin Edwards. These last three were sent for review by the British Library.
- A Sliver of Darkness by C J Tudor, sent for review by Michael Jospeh.
- Really Good, Actually by Monica Heisey, sent for review by 4th Estate.
- The Herd by Emily Edwards, sent for review by Penguin.
- Marple by various authors, a purchase made via Litalist.
- Cuckoo in the Nest by Fran Hill.
- Arrested Song by Irena Karafilly. Both of these were sent for review by Legend Press.
- Act of Oblivion by Robert Harris.
- Outside by Ragnar Jonasson.
- Here to Stay by Mark Edwards.
- A Long Shadow by David Beckler. These four were in my goodie bag from Capital Crime.
- Follow Me to the Edge by Tariq Ashkanani, a purchase from Capital Crime.
- The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley, a purchase from Hatchards.
This is what I read:
- Murder Under Her Skin by Stephen Spotswood.
- The Darker Arts by Oscar de Muriel.
- Needless Alley by Natalie Marlow.
- The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston.
I also gave three books to a friend who kindly cat sat for us. So that’s 21 in and 7 out. Not balanced but not as many new arrivals as usual (if it hadn’t been for Capital Crime the incomings would have been in the teens, something I can’t remember happening in a long time), so my groaning bookshelves will be grateful of that. I hope whatever you read you enjoyed and that October is a good month for you.