With September quickly coming, I couldn’t wait to get into a new collection of novels. This time, I decided to make it a theme close to my heart – books about books, libraries, librarians, and the joy of reading itself. I began a happy investigation of my own bookshelves, looking for hidden jewels that valued the written word in all of its lovely forms.

First, I created a meticulously organized TBR (To Be Read) list. It appeared as if I were building a mini-library within my library, a collection of literary works centred on the pleasure of reading. The anticipation of what each one might reveal about the world of reading was almost as exhilarating as reading them itself. Next, I made certain that I had numerous versions of each book on hand. Audiobooks for those long drives or leisurely strolls, and eBooks for the convenience of carrying a virtual library with me wherever I went. It was like having a secret portal into the world of literature, accessible at any time and in any place. I couldn’t help but experience a sense of anticipation and excitement as I looked over my list and saw the titles nicely placed. It felt like the perfect way to embrace the shifting seasons, indulging in the joy of turning pages and crafting stories as a tribute to the wonderful realm of books.

September was approaching, and I was prepared with a library of books to transport me to worlds inside worlds, where libraries whispered secrets, librarians were heroes, and books were the keys to limitless adventures. It was the ideal way to celebrate the changing seasons, with each page flipped and a tale I read paying homage to the beautiful world of literature.

My September TBR (To Be Read) list looks like a delightful mix of books for book lovers and those intrigued by libraries and stories of personal journeys. Let’s delve into a few of the titles from my September TBR list:

The Librarian of Burned Books: Richard Zimler’s historical fiction examines the life of Dr Alexandre Manette, a figure from Charles Dickens’s “A Tale of Two Cities.” It depicts the narrative of Dr. Manette’s mission to preserve rare manuscripts from destruction by the Nazis in Nazi-occupied Paris. This book is a testament to the transformative power of books in the face of hardship.

Books vs. Cigarettes: In this essay by George Orwell, the renowned author reflects on the cost of his two primary vices: buying books and smoking cigarettes. It’s a funny and insightful look at the economics of reading and the joys of book collecting.

Book Lovers: Edited by The New York Times Book Review team, this lovely anthology brings together pieces from a diverse spectrum of writers, each describing their personal love affair with books. It’s a celebration of books and their significant effect on our lives.

Beach Read by Emily Henry is a contemporary romance novel that takes a new approach to the genre. It follows two authors, January and Gus, as they exchange genres for the summer: literary fiction for her and romance for him. A beautiful and hilarious examination of art, love, and self-discovery unfolds.

The Book Woman’s Daughter and The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: These two novels by Kim Michele Richardson are inspired by the historical tale of the Pack Horse Library Project, a New Deal initiative that transported books to individuals in rural parts of Kentucky during the Great Depression. These works delve into the importance of reading, family, and community.

The Year of Reading Dangerously: In this memoir, Andy Miller sets out to read 50 books in a year, tackling classics and works he’s always wanted to read but never did. He delivers hilarious and insightful observations on literature, life, and the joy of reading along the way.

Books by Larry McMurtry: Larry McMurtry was a prolific novelist best known for his Western novels. His most famous works are “Lonesome Dove,” “The Last Picture Show,” and “Terms of Endearment.” His writings frequently deal with subjects such as friendship, love, and the American West.

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray): This historical fiction delves into the life of Belle da Costa Greene, a remarkable lady who worked as J.P. Morgan’s personal librarian during the Gilded Age.

I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel: A book on the delights and pleasures of reading, ideal for any bibliophile.

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok: This novel recounts the journey of a young Hong Kong immigrant girl as she navigates life in America while concealing her family’s difficulties.

With such a diverse selection, my September reading promises to be a literary adventure filled with fascinating stories, insightful essays, and heartfelt reflections on the power of books. It seemed like a wonderful lineup of books that celebrate the love of reading, libraries, and personal stories. But the absolute joy of reading often lies in the surprises and discoveries that each book holds. I wouldn’t spoil the mystery and I will take one book at a time and discover new adventures throughout each page. Sometimes, going into a book with minimal knowledge about the plot or themes can make the reading experience even more thrilling. It’s like going on an adventure without a map, letting the tale develop in front of you with all of its twists and turns. Here’s to the thrill of delving into these books’ unexplored worlds and discovering the riches hidden inside their pages! Happy reading and may each book bring delightful surprises your way too.

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