The grasshopper’s horn, and far-off, high in the maples, / The wheel of a locust leisurely grinding the silence / Under a moon waning and worn, broken, / Tired with summer. ~ September Midnight, Sara Teasdale

I blinked and August was over. Between travel to visit family, and family visiting me, I’ve been delightfully busy, but with little time to read. But I’m getting back on the wagon with these intriguing books.

I’ve started this one and I LOVE it. It’s both familiar and wildly imaginative at once.

from the publisher: Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others…

The most inventive debut of the year twists together a mystery of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.

By Stuart Turton
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (September 18, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1492657965

Each year Penguin Classics comes out with an amazing collection (Witches, Undead, Haunted Castles), just in time for Halloween. This year, it’s an edited compendium of depictions of Hell in literature.

from the publisher: From the Hebrew Bible’s shadowy realm of Sheol to twenty-first-century visions of Hell on earth, The Penguin Book of Hell takes us through three thousand years of eternal damnation. Along the way, you’ll take a ferry ride with Aeneas to Hades, across the river Acheron; meet the Devil as imagined by a twelfth-century Irish monk–a monster with a thousand giant hands; wander the nine circles of Hell in Dante’s Inferno, in which gluttons, liars, heretics, murderers, and hypocrites are made to endure crime-appropriate torture; and witness the debates that raged in Victorian England when new scientific advances cast doubt on the idea of an eternal hereafter.

Edited by Scott G. Bruce
Series: Penguin Classics
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Penguin Classics (September 4, 2018)
Language: English 
ISBN-13: 978-0143131625

I just started reading this one, and it’s utterly fascinating. I’ve always wanted to go to Venice, and if I ever do, I will have to see this palace for myself.

from the publisher: Commissioned in 1750, the Palazzo Venier was planned as a testimony to the power and wealth of a great Venetian family, but the fortunes of the Veniers waned during construction and the project was abandoned. Empty, unfinished, and decaying, the building was considered an eyesore until the early twentieth century, when it attracted and inspired three women at key moments in their lives: Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse, and Peggy Guggenheim.

by Judith Mackrell
Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Thames & Hudson (September 11, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0500294437

I’m also behind on reviewing what I’ve finished, so watch for posts about:

from the publisher: Inspired by Rich’s real life experience in Hollywood, Hits and Misses chronicles all the absurdity of fame and success alongside the heartbreaking humanity of failure. From a bitter tell-all by the horse Paul Revere rode to greatness to a gushing magazine profile of everyone’s favorite World War II dictator, these stories roam across time and space to skewer our obsession with making it big—from the days of ancient Babylon to the age of TMZ.

from the publisher: Shortly after Clare arrives in Havana, Cuba, to attend the annual Festival of New Latin American Cinema, she finds her husband, Richard, standing outside a museum. He’s wearing a white linen suit she’s never seen before, and he’s supposed to be dead. Grief-stricken and baffled, Clare tails Richard, a horror film scholar, through the newly tourist-filled streets of Havana, clocking his every move.

What are you reading in September?


One thought on “Books for September”

  1. The Penguin Book of Hell! I love it! This September I’m hoping to read as many graphic novels as possible so that I can catch up on my comics-reading goal. I bought a bunch of things at the comic store in Berkeley when I was there this past month, so I have all of those to look forward to, including Aline Brosh McKenna’s weird little Jane Eyre adaptation!

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