We’re already half way through the month, so I thought I’d do a quick run-down of September books that have so far caught my eye.
Keith Stuart’s fantastic A Boy Made of Blocks (pub. 1st Sept).
Meet thirtysomething dad, Alex
He loves his wife Jody, but has forgotten how to show it. He loves his son Sam, but doesn’t understand him. Something has to change. And he needs to start with himself.
Meet eight-year-old Sam
Beautiful, surprising, autistic. To him the world is a puzzle he can’t solve on his own.
But when Sam starts to play Minecraft, it opens up a place where Alex and Sam begin to rediscover both themselves and each other…
Some good, old-fashioned rompy fun with Jilly Cooper’s latest Rutshire Chronicle, Mount (pub. 8th Sept)
In Jilly Cooper’s latest, raciest novel, Rupert Campbell-Black takes centre stage in the cut-throat world of flat racing.
Rupert is consumed by one obsession: that Love Rat, his adored grey horse, be proclaimed champion stallion. He longs to trounce Roberto’s Revenge, the stallion owned by his detested rival Cosmo Rannaldini, which means abandoning his racing empire at Penscombe and his darling wife Taggie, and chasing winners in the richest races worldwide, from Dubai to Los Angeles to Melbourne.
Kendare Blake’s thrilling and dark series opener, Three Dark Crowns (pub. 22nd Sept)
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomach-ache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of beasts.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose . . . it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown.
Book 6 in the DI Helen Grace series, Hide and Seek (pub. 8th September). The last book left Helen in a bit of trouble, how will it resolve…?
Detective Inspector Helen Grace has spent her whole life running.
From the past. From herself. From everyone who’s ever tried to get close to her.
She’s spent her whole life hiding.
Behind the badge. Behind her reputation as one of the country’s best detectives. Until – framed for murder – she became one of its most high-profile prisoners.
Now there is nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide.
A non-fiction title, that has already been really helpful! Natasha Courtenay-Smith’s The Million Dollar Blog (pub. 29th September)
In a world where everyone wants to blog and blog posts are ubiquitous, how do you stand out? How do you blog your way from nobody to somebody?
How do you make money blogging, how do you start your own blogging business, and how do you, as a business owner, use content to build your brand and drive your success?
What do the world’s most successful bloggers know that you don’t know (yet)?
No matter who are you – a mum at home, a budding fashion blogger, a lifestyle blogger, a food blogger, a big business owner or a small business owner – The Million Dollar Blog is about blogging the smart way.
A bit of something for everyone there, I think, but still only a small fraction of the fantastic books that have (or will) come out in September – enjoy!