What We've Loved Reading: September
Most people think reading is a solitary experience, but that’s only because they’re not doing it right. They haven’t had the joy of hour-long discussions of favourite books with a stranger or having someone run up to you in delight after finishing the book suggestion you gave them last week. Books create connections, build friendships, cause heated discussions (over cake and tea, of course).
Books are amazing (obviously).
What I love most is when you’re commuting into work early, on a cold, Monday morning (no-one’s favourite thing to do) and see someone reading the same book as you on the tube. You instantly feel a connection, which you might show with a slight nod of your head, a smirk, a shake of your own copy. The person may respond in the same way, with an enthusiastic thumbs-up, with conversation. And there you have it: a book friend.
Reading books is great, but sharing what we read can sometimes be even better.
And with that in mind, we thought it would be great fun to share with you what we’ve been reading, and loving, during the month of September. If you’ve read any of the books below (or even if you haven’t but love the sound of them), we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Reading books creates a sense of community, and that’s what we’re all about here at The Book Nook.
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
“My book choice this week is The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. A very entertaining and funny Agatha Christie style murder mystery with Ealing Comedy humour. A warm-hearted book about a group of retired friends who pass their time by investigating unsolved murder cases, it had me laughing and crying all at the same time”.
If you’re intrigued by this murder-mystery series, you can order it from The Book Nook here.
(You can also pre-order the next book in the series with us, too).
The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary
“This month, I have LOVED reading The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary. It’s a shameless, easy-reading rom-com, but with some really important themes, such as domestic abuse. In it, Tiffy and Leon agree on a very strange rental contract where they share a bed but have never met; Tiffy occupies the 1-bed flat at night, and Leon in the day. As we see Tiffy and Leon battle with their personal lives (including abusive ex partners, wrongly imprisoned brothers, etc.), we long for the two to meet – and when they do, it’s the perfect love story.
I love how this book is set in London and the characters are so relatable, meaning I can identify and picture each moment. Every chapter, I find myself having a real laugh out loud moment with the excellent British dry humour. Definitely a must read for anyone wanting a bit of easy escapism and romance”.
If this sounds like your sort of book, you can order it from The Book Nook here.
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
“I love this book because it’s so beautifully written and has such a simple and encouraging spiritual message that is relatable to anyone who reads it”.
If you’re as intrigued as we are by this book, you can order it now from The Book Nook here.
The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
“My favourite September read would have to be The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa. I’m a huge fan of dystopian books, and Japanese translated fiction, so when a translated DYSTOPIAN book from a Japanese author became available, I just had to read it.
In it, we meet the protagonist who is a novelist, who lives on an island where things keep disappearing. And not like your house-keys or your socks, things like roses, or ferries and even birds. For the residents on the island, one day they’ll just wake-up and poof, there’ll be a weird feeling in the air, meaning something has disappeared. Our protagonist is like most people, where once the item disappears, it loses all meaning to her, all significance. There are some people however, like her editor, R, who don’t forget, who remember everything. And they’re the people The Memory Police are hunting. They’re the people that have to hide.
The Memory Police is an allegory, a lullaby, a surreal experience where you don’t ask questions, you just read and ingest and ponder. It’s is a murky submersion into one of those slow-burn nightmares. You know the sort, where you don’t realise it’s a nightmare until the very end. It’s SO GOOD and I recommend to anyone who loves Orwell, Huxley, or even Kafka”.
Want to remember this book? Order it now from The Book Nook so you won’t forget.
What do you think of our list? Have you read any of the above? I’m personally super intrigued by The Thursday Murder Club, it’s already on my list to read in October – the perfect funny, yet still sort of spooky, October read. Comment over on our Facebook page what you thought of our choices and let us know what you’ve enjoyed reading this September.