Americanah book cover

Come catch up with me and take a look at what I read this past month as well as what’s coming up for next month’s goals and events.

It’s finally getting into the fall season! I love the cooler days (and nights!) and I start to get VERY excited for Halloween, one of my favorite holidays. Plus, there are more excuses to be curled up and reading or watching fun movies and shows, which works very well for me. Come along with me as I fill you in on what I read in September and what I’m planning to read in October! Let’s jump into the books.

September 2017 TBR List:
  1. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists, J.K. Rowling
  4. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  5. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
  6. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  7. Outlander, Diana Gabaldon
  8. A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin (finish)


Hogwarts Short Stories ebook from Pottermore


Actual September 2017 Reads:
  1. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
  2. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists, J.K. Rowling
  3. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  4. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (in part)
  5. This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald (in part)
Monthly Favorites

Guys. Americanah is every bit as good as you’ve heard it is. I sometimes worry about not liking well-loved books because my expectations are so high, but I can honestly say I really am enjoying this one so much. I actually kept forgetting that this was a fictional account and that the characters were just characters. They seem so real! This book has a lot to say about feminism and race without losing the realities and complexities of people simply living their lives. That was so appealing to me! I haven’t quite finished the book yet (it’s quite hefty!), but am just pages away. I can’t wait to see how it ends!

Speaking of hyped books I was scared I wouldn’t like…THE NIGHT CIRCUS, y’all. It is so good. Morgenstern paints you a mind picture that you just want to live in. I loved this book. It starts out a teensy bit slow, but it doesn’t drag. And the descriptions are so beautiful that you actually want to linger over each page anyway. Pick this one up right away; it’s perfect for October!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


September Events

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s birthday was September 24 and I celebrated by starting This Side of Paradise. He was from Minnesota, so we took the opportunity to visit some of the Fitzgerald sites in the neighborhood. We had brunch at a local restaurant that bears his name, walked by two of the houses he lived in as well as the school he attended as a child. Quite fun!


Young F. Scott Fitzgerald statue in St. Paul, MN


Sadly, as you’ve seen, I didn’t get a chance to get as much reading done again this month. I’ve lost two grandparents and a pet in the last two months and needless to say things have been tough. It hasn’t left a ton of time for reading and, to be honest, I haven’t always been in the mood to pick up a book in the midst of all this. You certainly can’t plan for these things though, so I’m just hoping to get back into the swing in the latter part of October.

Looking Ahead

I have a number of trips coming up this month which I’m really excited about! I don’t often give myself time for trips and vacation, usually just relaxing at home with my time off, so this is going to be a real treat. Keep watch on my Instagram stories for a look at what I’m up to if you’re interested!

If you’re looking for the usual #QuillClub challenge prompts, I’m sorry to report there won’t be one this month. I had a spooky/horror edition planned, but with the stuff going on in my family, I just didn’t have the chance to get it put together in time. Thanks for your understanding! I will be back at it in the beginning of November.

October 2017 TBR List:
  1. Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
  2. Basic Witches, Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman (finish)
  3. Dracula, Bram Stoker
  4. selection of short stories, Edgar Allan Poe
  5. Macbeth, William Shakespeare
  6. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
  7. From Hell, Alan Moore
  8. Outlander, Diana Gabaldon

I’m looking forward to reading a lot of spooky books this October! I always make sure to get a little Poe reading done this time of year. And I can’t wait to finally read DraculaI’m not sure I’ll get to all of these, but I will have a lot of time on one of my trips that I am planning to devote to a lot of reading!

I hope you are having a wonderfully spooky October so far! What books do you turn to in the fall?

As always, happy reading!




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4 thoughts on “What Anna Read in September 2017”

  1. You know what we’ve two things matching here: I do plan my tbr but rarely go according to it and second I too have Dracula in my October tbr.😉 Sorry to hear about your grandparents and pet it’s awful and I know it. 😳

    1. Thanks for the kind words. It is tough indeed, but part of life I suppose. I haven’t started Dracula yet but can’t wait. I hope you enjoy it! ☺️

  2. I am sorry for your loss. Hope you gain stregth to go through it. Btw, congrats for reading 5 books 😊🎉🎉 and your pic with F. Scott Fitzgerald statue is so cute 😍😍😍

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