My Top Three September Reads

There are tons of books out there right now that are truly exciting, and I always get a thrill of excitement in September with the announcement of the Man Booker prize shortlist – I watch with glee and always read each one, trying to guess which is best. And the onslaught of autumn always means reading literary masterpieces by the fire (your choice between Bailey’s and a cuppa). As a loud and proud bibliophile, I can plough through two books a week at least, but there are a top three that have knocked me for six these past few weeks, and are the only books I recommend you get your grubby mitts on right now…

Station Eleven, Emily St John MandelThe post-apocalyptic epic

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have heard of this latest epic story from Canadian novelist Emily St John Mandel. Set twenty years after the end of the world thanks to the mysterious Georgia flu, we follow the Travelling Symphony as they move from settlement to settlement performing Shakespeare, and visit the Museum of Civilization.

This is genuinely one of the best books I have read a long time. If you enjoy post-apocalyptic novels, or even just stories of plain human beings, with a touch of mystery, then you will adore this. You’ll be wondering what you’d put in the Museum for weeks.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini TaylorThe Young Adult urban fantasy

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Karou is not a normal girl. Living half in Prague, half in another world filled with bizarre creatures, Karou soon discovers that the mystery of her birth is so much bigger than she could ever have imagined.

I don’t read huge amounts of Young Adult, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone was perhaps the first that I was truly impressed with. Cleverly done, with a neat storyline but enough of an overarching thread to keep it going for the next two books in the story.

Doctor Sleep, Stephen KingThe Proper Horror story

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Remember The Shining? Dan Torrance is back, all grown up, and finds that his special gifts can still drag him in to danger as he meets Abra and finds himself battling with the paranormal vampire-people, the True Knot.

I loved The Shining, but was a bit wary about returning to the Shining-verse. However, I’m not one to question Stephen King (he is the Master, after all), and I have to hold my hands up and admit that the return was well worth it. Having delved into the world of NOS4R2 by King’s son, Joe Hill, there were nerdy moments of joy when there are cross-references between worlds, but mostly I was suddenly pulled back in to Dan Torrance’s life. Stephen King is still the master of horror.

What books are you reading right now?
What are your top three reads for September?