My September Reads

After not reading at all in August, I set myself a reasonably doable target of reading two novels in September – a target that I thankfully managed to achieve! (YAYAY!) I finally finished reading ’50 Greatest Short Stories’ a book that I have had for a few years now but just postponed reading. I also read ‘A Place Called Here’ by Cecelia Ahern. I picked up a Cecelia Ahern novel because her novels are usually easy reads. I also read a review of the book by Bookish Refreshment and I decided to give it a try. Here are my quick reviews of the two reads:

  1. 50 Greatest Short Stories by Various Authors: This novel is a collection of the best short stories from famous classic writers from Charles Dickens to Anton Chekov to Rudyard Kipling to Saki to Guy De Maupassant and many others. I love short stories – they are so fun and easy to read. My favourite short story writer is Jeffery Archer, if you haven’t read his short stories go pick up a book now. I love classic novels – I’ve read a lot of them and reading these short stories was like reading a bit of all of these amazing authors in one go. The short stories covered a variety of themes some horror, some comic and some romantic. While I found some stories enthralling, some others were lengthy and not very captivating. Would I recommend it? I’d recommend it to people who like reading short stories but I wouldn’t call it a must read. Rating: 3/5
  2. A Place Called Here by Cecilia Ahern: I’m reading a Cecilia Ahern novel after a really long time. I absolutely loved ‘PS:I Love You’ – definitely one of the best written love stories ever. But her novels after that failed to impress me. When I came across the book review for ‘A Place Called Here’, I decided to give it a try. The novel is about a woman called Sandy Shortt who is obsessed with finding all things and people that go missing. This obsession of hers kicks in when she’s 10 years old and a girl in her neighbourhood goes missing. She spends most of her life after obsessively locking for that missing sock, the missing earring and things that people usually find easy to let go of. This obsession of her ruins most of her relationships including the one with her parents. But then one day Sandy goes missing herself and finds herself in the place where all things go missing. While I wasn’t a fan of how the plotline goes from when Sandy finds the place where all things go missing, I did like a few key messages in the novel. I believe the novel talks about ‘letting go of things we’ve lost’. The book picks up the stories of two people Sandy & Jack to describe how they’re both letting their lives get ruined obsessing over things they’ve lost in the past. I think it also means to tell the difference between the different situations where looking for things lost is good and fruitful and where it is totally life wrecking. I think the theme is an amazing and thought provoking one but I didn’t enjoy the story telling as such. It was a very light read – it took me 5 days to complete. Rating: 3/5

My goal for October is to read 4 novels – here’s hoping I achieve that goal. What did you read in September? Any recommendations for what I can read in October?

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. I guess you’ll also enjoy ‘LyreBird’ by Cecelia Ahern!

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  2. unniposeidon says:

    Saving some of them for later!

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  3. tanvibytes says:

    I haven’t read any of these yet! Excited to try! 𝒯𝒽𝒶𝓃𝓀 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝒻𝑜𝓇 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓇𝑒𝒸𝒸𝑜𝓂𝑒𝓃𝒹𝒶𝓉𝒾𝑜𝓃𝓈! 😄


  4. coupleofbees says:

    If you like short but interesting reads you should check out Watch Over Me! The writing reminded me a bit of Cecelia Ahern.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Will check it out. Thank you for the recommendation.☺️

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  5. Loved it dear ❤️🤗

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Thank you for reading! 🙂

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  6. Oh nice some good recommendations 🙂


  7. Lani says:

    Good job! I wonder how fast (or not) I read? Hmmm. I like short stories but I’m not a hardcore fan or anything. I have one of those short story collections from 2018 and I have yet to get past the first one 😛

    And I like the premise of the second book.

    I don’t know if I told you already but I’m reading The Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley. I’ve read the first 3 in a row and will start the 4th one tonight. I think that speaks for itself. There are six books total. Obsessed, xo

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Definitely give Jeffery Archer’s short stories a chance! That man is a short story genius.
      It was the same case with me with this book of short stories. I’ve had it since 2018 but just couldn’t get myself to sit down and complete it.

      The premise of ‘A Place Called Here’ intrigued me a lot too. I wish the book had lived up to it.

      I just checked out the series on Good Reads and the story sounds so promising and different! I’m definitely reading the series next after I finish my current read. Thank you for the recommendation.

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      1. Lani says:

        Sure. I enjoyed Archer’s books when I was younger so I’m sure I would like his short stories too. Hope you like the series 🙂

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  8. HoneyBee says:

    Hey there I stumbled upon your blog and definitely I would look up to reading more of your posts. The only book of Ahern I read was P.S.I love you. Like you, I haven’t been able to get into any other Ahern’s works. The premise of a place called here seems to pique my interest and will give it a try!

    Since it’s halloween month, I’ll recommend something spooky, spine-chiling book – Still house lake by Rachel Caine. Read this book recently and I really liked it.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Ohh thank you for that recommendation – adding it to my TBR pile.

      PS: I Love You is one of my favourite books ever. I did read one other book of hers before A Place Called Here but it wasn’t the best. A Place Called Here has an amazing plotline – I just wish she had written the second half well! But it is worth a one time read. 🙂


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