I had grand plans to smother my blog in loads of posts last month (and sort of this month too), but I've just realised that my last post is a reading wrap up from a month ago so THINGS ARE GOING WELL.
September was a bit of a quiet reading month for me (though October's shaping up to be a LOT more hectic), and I was so happy to finally have a month where I actually enjoyed every book I read. I honestly am not sure when that last happened?
First up was CIRCE by Madeline Miller, my only kindle read of the month. I'm determined to read everything on the shortlist for the Women's Prize for Fiction this year (I know I'm a little late to the party but we're going to try for the end of 2019), and this was the one I was most excited about. It's a feminist retelling of the life of Circe, a demi-god who became Odysseus' lover. The book weaves in and out of various Greek myths (Icarus/Daedalus, the Minotaur, Ariadne and even the creation of Scylla), all joined by the thread of Circe's life. The plot was a little slow in a few places, but I loved the idea of delving back into all these stories from another angle!
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill was the start of my 'let's get creepy because it's Autumn' phase of the year and wow this was a full on 'I am terrified' kind of book. Clerk Arthur Kipps, the main character, was summoned to a little village in the North of England to sort out the affairs of recently deceased Mrs Alice Drablow by his boss. Once he gets there, he realises the villagers are petrified of the house on the marsh that Alice lived in, and when he visits the house he starts to realise why. The book is one big ghost story, and a really good one at that.
And onto my absolute favourite read of the month (that's going to be up in the rankings for the best book I've read this year for sure): Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe. This absolutely blitzed past all my expectations of a book written by an instagram influencer (which was 100% judgemental of me to think it would be meh, but honestly the level of research was better than any non-fiction I've read). The book crushes diet culture, explaining why it came about (capitalism), its history (always telling people they aren't good enough) and its unattainability. Megan really takes an intersectional approach to body positivity, which is really the only way it always ought to be done. I'm going to write a whole post on this book because honestly I could talk for days about it, but I think everybody should read it, and it should be available in every school.