September and October 2017 Wrap-Up

I have so many books to review and so many posts to write, but I just haven’t had the time. It’s hard to say why, really. Although it’s taking me longer to get too and from work now, I’m not really working any longer than I was previously. Obviously there is the new household resident who is taking up a lot of my time, but I can’t really begrudge her that. I think I just need to find the balance between spending time with my family whilst ensuring I also get Hanna Time in which to read.

I didn’t get round to doing a September Wrap-Up, but considering how little I read, I didn’t feel too bad about it. That was Moving Month, so I feel like it can be excused. I’ve read a bit more this month, thankfully.

I feel really lucky in that I’ve had such a good run of books over the past few months. I’ve started thinking about my Best of 2017 list already and, for the first time ever, I think I’ll be leaving books out instead of scrabbling for additions so I can reach the total.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
The Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland
How To Stop Time by Matt Haig
The Red Knight by Miles Cameron
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Tropic of Serpents (Natural History of Dragons #2) by Marie Brennan
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Teach Yourself: Art History by Grant Pooke
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
Past Mortems: Life and Death Behind Mortuary Doors by Carla Valentine
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach

There are so many of these books that I’m dying to review and talk about – I have pages and pages of notes for My Friend Dahmer, the graphic novel by one of Jeffrey Dahmer’s classmates, and I have Things To Say about How To Stop Time as well.

I’m definitely not going to do a book haul this month because my trips to the library have become ridiculous. I don’t feel too bad about it because I haven’t yet had to return a book unread, which means that at least I’m not unnecessarily hogging books that other people could be reading. Of course, it does mean that I haven’t really been reading my own books a whole lot, but that’s not the end of the world.

Huddersfield Library really is brilliant though – they get so many new releases in and they seem pretty good at purchasing the latest trending books as well. Hence my groaning library card.

Between that and a book buying trip with Charlotte, I have more unread books than every before. It’s hard to complain though, when so many of them have been brilliant and I haven’t actually paid for the majority of them.

Best Book of September 2017:
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
Best Book of October 2017:
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson 


  1. Annemieke says:

    Take your time with finding the right balance. It sounds like you have a lot going on and slow and steady can be more stable in the end. 🙂

    1. Hanna @ Booking in Heels says:

      Thanks. I know that, I suppose, but it’s quite difficult when you have a lot going on! 🙂

  2. Evelina says:

    Ooh, The Rise And Fall of D.O.D.O! Will have to read your review. Neal Stephenson is great. I'll be reviewing another book of his this month too 🙂

    1. Hanna @ Booking in Heels says:

      Oh no… ANOTHER book from your blog that I’ll have to add to my wishlist!? :p

  3. Good luck with finding a work/family/personal time balance. That’s always tough. I hope you’re having a good November!

    1. Hanna @ Booking in Heels says:

      Thanks. It’s not something I’ve struggled with THAT much in the past so it’s a new challenge for me. Fingers crossed things will settle down soon.

  4. Hope you figure out how to balance your time more effectively—that can be incredibly tricky! If you have a longer commute, I’d try audiobooks, if you don’t already. They make driving so much more pleasant!

    1. Hanna @ Booking in Heels says:

      I’ve always liked the IDEA of audiobooks – who doesn’t want to ‘read’ a book and drive at the same time!? Thing is, I always end up zoning out and then realising that I haven’t taken in a single word in the last five minutes, so then I have to turn it off and end up driving in silence for the rest of the journey!

      Any tips?

  5. Oh, I think My Friend Dahmer is fascinating. I really want to see the movie. I’m glad you loved The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O – that’s on my to-read list!


    1. Hanna @ Booking in Heels says:

      It WAS really interesting, wasn’t it? I had no idea it was a film until I started looking to buy a copy (this one was a library book) and I saw all the film covers. I’m not convinced that it would make a good film, but I’m willing to be persuaded!

      Definitely read D.O.D.O. – it’s honestly just brilliant 🙂

  6. Freda says:

    Happy November!

  7. danielle hammelef says:

    You have excellent variety in books posted here. I also love the idea of audiobooks, but even if they are engaging, I tend to tune them out if I’m driving or doing chores. I guess my brain just revolts against multitasking.

    1. Hanna @ Booking in Heels says:

      Thank you 🙂 I get really frustrated if I read the same type of book for too long – I need the variety!

      I think my brain does the same thing – audiobooks get tuned out. I can only really listen to them if I’m focusing solely on that – in which case I might as well just read the physical book!

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