The Four books I read in September 2023

This month was another quiet month as I was once again physically reading a lot of the books instead of listening to them (which means I don’t get through them quite as quickly). However, there’s been one book this month that may just shoot to my list of some of the best books I’ve ever read.

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So, what is this article? At the end of every month, I have a look back through all of the books I’ve read that month and provide you with either a summary of my already written review or, if you get here early enough, a quick summary of my thoughts before I have written out my full review.

Therefore, if you’re looking for a new book to read, there are four below that you may fancy picking up. Have a quick read of my summaries and a read of the full review if you want some more and then go and pick something up!

So here are the four books I’ve read this month:

Supersize Island by J.J. Walsh

Supersize Island is a fun read. It’s not going to blow any minds with its prose and it’s not going to cause anyone to have an existential crisis. But it may just be one of the most fun, easy-to-read, laid-back books you read all year. With a fun and joyful plot, characters whose senses of humour are a breath of fresh air and a story that has some fun secrets to try and unveil, Supersize Island is definitely a book to pick up if you’re looking for Jurassic Park with a sense of humour.”

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Hostage by Claire Mackintosh

Hostage is a brilliant thriller. If you’re someone who has a fear of flying, then you may be all right here as it never really feels that tense. However, there are other elements going on, her daughter being in trouble mainly but also some clever chapters in which we hear anonymous accounts from some of the passengers which added intrigue. It’s a really interesting thriller that will have you wanting to know what’s next. It’s not going to change your life but if you enjoy a good thriller with a time limit, this may keep you happy.”

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Fish! by Harry Paul, John Christensen, Stephen C. Lundin

Fish! is a book that my boss lent me about how to motivate your staff in the workplace. It’s the story of a woman who starts a new job as a manager in a notoriously unmotivated team where the team have absolutely no motivation and how she learns techniques to improve the team by making them enjoy their work.

It’s an interesting book that looks at how you can make a fairly dull-seeming job more interesting by introducing rewards, objectives and reasons for staff to enjoy the work they do.

Review coming soon… | Pick up a copy of Fish!

The Mysterious Case of Alperton Angels by Janice Hallett

I literally just finished this last night. I don’t want to spoil my review too much but I can tell you this is one of the most impressive pieces of fiction I’ve ever read. The way Janice Hallett manages to write a novel using different forms of media to curate the story is genius. Alongside this, she writes a story that has twists and turns whilst also integrating some really deep and unique characters. It’s one of the most impressive books I’ve ever read.

Review coming soon… | Pick up a copy of The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels

In summary…

As I said in the opening paragraph, this month may not have been the most populated but the final book I read this month, The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels may well go on to be one of the best books I read this year. It was utterly fantastic.

Hostage impressed me with some unique chapters written from the viewpoint of anonymous passengers.

Supersize Island was also a great read and felt like what would happen if Jurassic Park had a sense of humour. It’s quite goofy but there is an interesting deeper storyline here that takes it to a slightly better level.

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