September was even busier than August, but we had a lot more fun. Maraia’s parents came to visit for two weeks, so we spent a lot of time showing them around our area, with a 5-day trip to Edinburgh in the middle. We want to write a post about our adventures, so we’ll only show you a little preview in form of some pictures here. Needless to say, reading and TV took a back seat. But no regrets!

Books & Audiobooks

The Leopard – Jø Nesbo
Though not quite as thrilling as the previous novel, The Leopard, we still enjoyed it a lot. We can’t get enough of the melancholy Harry Hole. We also love how cases from earlier novels always find their way back into later ones. The series clearly took a lot of planning on Jø Nesbo’s part.

Royal Assassin – Robin Hobb
While Maraia is still beaming with joy from having re-read one of her favorite books and liked it even more than the first time, Sebastian feels like he may finally have arrived in the Hobb universe even though the beginning was reeeeaaaaally slow and once again he sometimes had a hard time to keep his impatience under control. However the second half was really good and after that ending he definitely has to know how Fitz‘ story continues.

Deadline – Mira Grant
Seventeen. Hours. And. Nothing. Happened.

Gejagt – Thomas Enger
It’s a little bit annoying how Thomas Enger uses the same cliffhanger for every book in the Henning Juul series but as long as it works I guess you can hardly blame him. I liked that Henning ex-wife Nora got a bigger role in this story and the case was interesting as well, so I’m looking forward to the next and final book in this series!

Prey – James Carol
I have to admit that I didn’t like the first two books in the Jefferson Winter series that much because a) they didn’t feel very original and b) the main character was quite an asshole but surprisingly book 3 was much better in both aspects. If the series continues like this then I’ll definitely won’t give up on it.

Seelenangst – Veit Etzold
It feels like it’s been ages since I read the first book in the Clara Vidalis thriller series and the fact that it took me so long to pick up book 2 shows that I wasn’t very impressed by Final Cut back then but the sequel really had me hooked and I was surprised how dark and violent it was. I’m sure I won’t wait that long again to start the next book. 

Murder Park – Jonas Winner
I had high hopes for this German thriller which was about a murder series in a serial killer theme park on a lonely island and I’m glad that this book could completely live up to the exciting setting. It felt a bit like a modern version of Agatha Christie’s And then there were none and simply gave me everything that I wanted from this book.

The Three-Body Problem – Liu Cixin
It took me a while to pick this SciFi novel up from my TBR since I was afraid that it would be too sophisticated for me but even though the book was super challenging because of the scientific language and the unfamiliar setting (the Chinese revolution) I enjoyed it a lot and found Liu Cixin’s ideas really intriguing. Can’t wait to see how this trilogy continues!

Lioness Rampant – Tamora Pierce
I finished my re-listen of the Song of the Lioness Quartet and loved it just as much as ever. I’m already ready to listen again.

Dead Simple & Looking Good Dead – Peter James
I finally started reading Peter James, and it didn’t disappoint! The first book was especially good, hooking me from page one. The second wasn’t quite as strong, but I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this mystery-thriller series.

Barrayar – Lois McMaster Bujold
I was expecting this to be even better than the first book, which I read last month, but I actually liked it slightly less. Barrayar is still a great book, but it doesn’t have quite as much humor, which I missed. I definitely want to continue the series, though.

Failure to Communicate & Testing Pandora – Kaia Sønderby
Failure to Communicate was the definite highlight of the month. It’s a science fiction novel written by an autistic author about an autistic protagonist, who is also bisexual. And the diversity doesn’t stop there. It’s also light on romance and has great friendships. What more could you ask for? Testing Pandora is a prequel novella that I read after Failure to Communicate. Even though I don’t always enjoy short stories, this one was just as good as the novel, except that it was, of course, too short.

Words in Deep Blue – Cath Crowley
I went into this solely based on Cait’s recommendation, with no expectations or knowledge of the plot. I’m very glad I did, because it made my bookworm heart happy. This is a sad, thoughtful book, but it’s also filled with so much love for the written word that reading it feels like getting a big hug.

Our Dark Duet – Victoria Schwab
This was an audio reread, and I enjoyed it even more than the first time around. The narration is so easy to listen to! In the first book, August was my favorite, but it’s Kate who shines in the second. I still like the first book better overall, though.

Movies

We haven’t watched a single movie this month so that was quite a fail, but we really hope we’re going to see IT soon!

TV Shows

   

  • SUITS: We finished season 6, which ended stronger than it began, and now we’re impatiently waiting for season 7 to end so we can binge it – even though the season 6 ending would already have made for a satisfying ending of the whole show.
  • FRESH OFF THE BOAT: We’re still working our way through this hilarious show, and the good thing about not being able to watch it for several weeks is that we still have plenty of episodes left!
  • STRIKE – THE CUCKOO’S CALLING/THE SILKWORM: Three episodes weren’t enough to do the first book justice. Unlike in the book, the show deals very little with the actual case, and there was almost no explanation as to how Strike solved it. The Silkworm was our least favorite of the books, but it surprisingly made for a better show than The Cuckoo’s Calling. Now we’re curious how season 2 with the Career of Evil adaption will turn out to be!
  • DOCTOR FOSTER: Maraia didn’t pay attention, as usual, and was expecting another BBC crime show. No one’s been murdered (so far), unfortunately, and dramas about cheating husbands aren’t really our thing. We did finish the season, but we can’t say that we enjoyed it (even though Sebastian found some scenes quite entertaining in a very painful way^^).

How was your September?
Did you read any good books?


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