September Round Up

Secondhand September

What we have read, written and purchased in September

September reading

We started the month with a Blog Tour book – The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott. This debut novel was a fascinating tale about the writing and publication of Doctor Zhivago. It was so good a copy of Doctor Zhivago has now been purchased and added to the ever growing ‘To Be Read’ pile.

Continuing our love affair with travel memoirs Almost French by Sarah Turnbull informed us why living in Paris with a Frenchman does not make you French.

Blood Song by Johana Gustawsson is book number three in the Roy and Castells series. Taking us from Franco’s Spain to Sweden’s fertility industry, this Blog Tour book really packed a punch.

Blood Song
Blood Song

Next up we discovered why Miss Jean Brodie was an Edinburgh Festival all of her own. But was she in her Prime?

Sucked in by the hype we read Bird Box by Josh Malerman. The book left us feeling like nothing was resolved. Guess it always leaves the door open for a sequel…

We read The Book Of Dust volume 1, La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman in time for the release of book two out next month. The plot plodded along and whilst it’s a good set up for book number two, we were surprised to discover that The Secret Commonwealth actually takes place ten years after His Dark Materials. A trilogy that took place at least ten years before La Belle Sauvage!

Last but not least we raced through The Regret by Dan Malakin. It’s a dark twisting sale about the terrors of the internet which has left us shaking in our boots, afraid to log on to any form of social media.


Within our footnotes section we showed you how to set up a children’s book club and visited the epic Bloody Scotland 2019. Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival that we highly recommend.

Books of the Month in September

Our children’s book of the month was Frostheart by Jamie Littler. This beautiful book (illustrated by Jamie) was the perfect mix of Book Social favourites – How To Train Your Dragon, Brightstorm and Nevermoor.


The President is Missing was our adult book of the month. Written by Bill Clinton and thriller heavy weight James Patterson it didn’t curry favour with our Book Club. Although the line referring to the President as being ‘caught with his pants down’ made us smile.

The President Is Missing
The President Is Missing

September’s Read of the Month

The Regret is really worth a read but as the weather sets in and the dark nights approach, we can’t get away from Almost French and our longing to be eating cheese in a sun soaked french vineyard.

Almost French by Sarah Turnbull
Almost French by Sarah Turnbull

What we obtained

A holiday to the Lake District, the home of Swallows and Amazons resulted in a cheeky purchase of Peter Duck, the second in the delightful ginger beer quaffing series.

A proof copy of My Dark Vanessa billed as a 21st century response to Lolita and a very snappy copy of The Man in the Dark arrived through the letterbox:

The Man In The Dark

A book (or seven) were purchased in Stirling when attending Bloody Scotland. As a nod to #SecondhandSeptember these beauties were purchased from the Oxfam in Stirling and will soon be devoured.

That’s all for September. Be sure to let us know what you have read and loved this month.