• bookends

September TBR

My last month before being back in grad school, so my last month with lots of brainspace for reading time and a disposable income to support my book habit... will need to stock up on the Booker and Goncourt longlist nominees with this pay check then, won't I?

Anyway - I've created for myself another stupidly large TBR pile, meaning that once again I might not survive the month because I will be crushed to death by all the hardbacks I want to read over the next thirty days. And another good-for-me mix, with eight historical fictions, including the more recent Camille Pascal (he of the Goncourt longlist last year), the new Evie Dunmore historical romance (so excited so excited SO EXCITED), some contemporaries, including the new Sally Rooney (which, sidenote, I am very nervous about as I have heard some very mixed reviews), the new Lauren Groff, the new Anthony Doerr, and the new Colson Whitehead, all of which I am suitably excited about, four of the Booker longlist nominees, the last three Miss Marple mysteries, and actually quite a bit of translated fiction, which I always think I read more of than I actually do. One of the translated fictions is my book club pick this month, and it will be my first foray into the Nobel Prize for Literature writing of Olga Tokarczuk - which, based on the blurb on the back of the book that I will be picking up, seems right up my street.

I've also rolled over the August TBR books that I did not finish last month, in the foolish hope that I will get to them this time round. I never learn, do I?

As always, read on for my full month's planned reading.

Proper TBR:

  • La Chambre des dupes, by Camille Pascal

  • Portrait of a Scotsman, by Evie Dunmore

  • Beautiful World, Where Are You, by Sally Rooney

  • Matrix, by Lauren Groff

  • Cloud Cuckoo Land, by Anthony Doerr

  • Harlem Shuffle, by Colson Whitehead

  • The Hidden Palace, by Helene Wicker

  • Second Place, by Rachel Cusk

  • A Town Called Solace, by Mary Lawson

  • The Fortune Men, by Nadifa Mohamed

  • The Bell in the Lake, by Lars Mytting

  • Celestial Bodies, by Jokha Alharthi

  • Light Perpetual, by Francis Spufford

  • Bunny, by Mona Awad

  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, by Balli Kaur Jaswal

  • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, by Olga Tokarczuk

  • The Jane Austen Society, by Natalie Jenner

  • Les Mémoires d'un chat, by Hiro Arikawa

  • Le Cœur cousu, by Carole Martinez

  • L'Œuvre au noir, by Marguerite Yourcenar

  • At Bertram's Hotel, by Agatha Christie

  • Nemesis, by Agatha Christie

  • Sleeping Murder, by Agatha Christie

  • Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh

  • The Right to Sex, by Amia Srinivisan

Rolled-over books (why am I like this):

  • The Butchers, by Ruth Gilligan

  • She Would Be King, by Wayetú Moore

  • The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer

  • The Midnight Bargain, by C.L. Polk

  • The Madwoman Upstairs, by Catherine Lowell

  • The Mistress of Rome, by Kate Quinn

  • Le suspendu de Conarky, by Jean-Christophe Rufin

  • Le train d'Erlinghen, by Boualem Sansal

  • War: How Conflict Shaped Us, by Margaret MacMillan

As always, I've highlighted the ones I'm hoping to review - if any of these strike your fancy in ways that make you want to know more about them, hit me up. Or hit me up if you want to buddy read any of them. Whatever floats your boat!

So will I read 34 books this month? No, of course I fucking won't. But I've got to go now, I have an awful lot of books to cram in.

Happy reading,

Amélie xx

5 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


I’m Amélie, I love books and reading, and I also love talking about them.

I’m incredibly lucky to be bilingual, so I read books in both French and English, and will talk about both of those on here – although I will do more in English, since I know that’s probably what the majority of the people who ever find this blog will be interested in!

I also like history, traveling, Shakespeare, coffee, cheese, musicals, Italian Baroque art, the ballet, Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You, flowers, makeup, high heels, and baking. Yes, I’m a walking cliché. I am aware.

Please do tweet at me with any suggestions/book recommendations/thoughts.

In case you’re curious – yes, Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of all time.