This Month, I ‘Ave Been Mostly Reading…September 2014 edition

DSCF1160September was a crazy month here in Novel Project Chronicles Land.  I’ve been blogging a lot, reading and writing a lot and heading into the city for lots of bookish related fun. Here’s a recap of what I’ve been up to lately.

Books I bought this month:

None. Prompted by a discussion over on twitter, I realised that don’t spending nearly as much time in my local libraries as I feel I should. So I’ve embarked on a book spending ban where I will only be reading books checked out from the library until December 1st.  You can read more about my challenge, and get some tips for surviving one, here.

Books I read this month:

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

On Writing by Stephen King

The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien

The Intruders by Michael Marshall

The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

Bookish Activities:

Aside from my support libraries challenge I also participated again in #bookadayuk on twitter.  You can read all about #bookadayuk here.

September is also a great month in Dublin for all things cultural. I took a tour of the National Library for Dublin’s Culture Night and attended the opening of A Girl is A Half-formed Thing at the Beckett Theatre, as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. You can read my five-star review of this incredible play here.

I also saw Back to Back’s great production of Ganesh Versus the Third Reich (review here)

Then, I caught a few book related movies during the month – including Before I go to Sleep, A Most Wanted Man (review here), Catching Fire and Gone Girl (review here).

Book of the Month:

The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien.

This book knocked my socks off. I’ve a fuller review of it here but suffice to say that it is one of the best books I’ve read in a while.

The Sunday Post

ssbannerI’ve linked my monthly round up post to a few memes – The Sunday Post @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Showcase Sunday @ Books Biscuits and Tea – so if you’re coming from these links please leave your Sunday post link in the comments so that I can come and visit your blog.

22 Comment

  1. Nyze says: Reply

    Yay! The Golden Compass 🙂

    Here’s mine:
    My Week in a Wrapped #2

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      Yes, I’m really glad I read it and will be returning to the rest of the series soon. Thanks for the link and I’ll be sure to check out your post.

  2. Lauren says: Reply

    Did you enjoy Northern Lights? That trilogy is my favourite of all time I adore those books. The movie completely ruined it. Also I love Stephen King and really enjoyed On Writing.

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      I really did enjoy Northern Lights. More so than I was expecting actually and it’s encouraged me to return to the rest of the trilogy.

      I’ve been meaning to put up a review of “On Writing”. As I’m trying to get back into writing fiction I felt it was a book that I needed to read and he definitely has some good tips.

  3. No new books until December!? Oh wow. Hard! But good for you!

    I love Stephen King’s On Writing and have read it several times and will read it again several times more I imagine. It is always good for generating motivation when it is low. Good look with the no book buying, I look forward to seeing how you go.

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      Thanks for the encouragement. I had a few tough moments this week when I saw David Nicholl’s new book US at half price, but I’m staying the course so far. 🙂

  4. Ellie says: Reply

    Triffids is one of my favourite books 🙂 I’ve been working my way through his other books this year and loving them.

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      Cool. I have the Crysalids (am I spelling that right?) on my TBR list also so I’ll be working my way through some of his other novels at some point.

      Thanks for dropping by.

  5. Great challenge and very nice books. Thanks for supporting libraries.

    My Sunday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/10/weekly-book-recap-84.html

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      I’m loving the challenge so far and very happy to be giving my libraries a little TLC. I’ll be sure to check out your link. BTW your comment has the honour of being comment number 100 on my blog 🙂 Thanks for dropping by.

  6. I just picked up Triffids from my local used book store. I plan on going back to the library also. It’s been a couple of months and I miss wandering the aisles and pulling out books at random.
    Here is my Sunday Post – http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/10/05/whats-new-on-my-bookshelf-81-and-the-sunday-post/

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      I plan on putting up a post on my libraries experience towards the end of the challenge but so far I’m loving it. I’ve unearthed books that would have been buried down in the TBR pile and have not been short of a good read. I’ll be sure to check out your post too.

  7. I love The Northern Lights Trilogy. I wasn’t aware of the Twitter discussions going on. I shall have to look out for those.

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      Oh the #bookadayuk twitter chat is soooo good, you’ll have to join in. I’ve come across loads of great new reads through people’s recommendations and learned a lot about my own reading preferences.

  8. Sarah says: Reply

    How ironic is it that a lot of us book blogger’s barely frequent libraries? So silly of us!

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      Hehe, I know. That’s what I thought when I started this challenge. Also, I work in a university but for some inexplicable reason I never thought of using the college library as a resource for things outside of work. All changed now of course 😉

  9. How did you like the Stephen King writing book? I am looking for more books like that.

    Have a great week! Here’s my The Sunday Post

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      I thought it was pretty good overall. He definitely has very good advice for would-be writers and he offers great motivation to keep going even if faced with a pile of rejection letters. I intend to put up a review of the book soon.

      I’ll be sure to check out your post too.

  10. I’m impressed by your no new books until December ban. I desperately need to do this but haven’t gotten the willpower just yet! I want to read Golden Compass and On Writing. The O’Brien books sounds interesting. Definitely going on my TBR. Have a great week!

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      Hehe. I’ve managed so far but there have been a few tough moments. Glad to here there are a few choices here being added to your TBR pile – Happy Reading.

  11. I know I’ve said this before, but I really do love that you’re promoting libraries during your book buying ban. Libraries are brilliant.

    Seeing Stephen King’s On Writing in your photo has made me want to reread that book again – I think I read it when it first came out, so it’s about time to have another go.

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      Thanks so much for saying so Kat. It makes me happy to think my challenge is encouraging people take note of their libraries again. they are brilliant aren’t they? So far so good with the challenge.

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