September Reading List – Shakespeare and a Shakespeare Retelling


This month, I decided to be a bit ambitious with my list, because I have been on a reading roll lately! Mostly because I’ve been participating in readathons for almost all of August, which is really motivating, but also because I’ve been picking up better books, and being more selective about what I read. Here are the books I’m planning on picking up in September (we’ll see what actually happens):

Richard II by William Shakespeare. As this is the second month since I started my goal to read one Shakespeare play a month, I will obviously be reading – you guessed it – more Shakespeare. Richard II has been recommended to me a lot since I announced my goal, and Richard III is one of my favorites, so I decided to go with it. Hopefully I like it just as much.

Rose & Poe by Jack Todd. Last month, I read The Tempest specifically because that’s what this book is based on. I love that this is an alternate take on Caliban and his mother, who are not exactly the most well-liked characters in the original play. I am really excited to see what it’s all about.

Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir. This year, I finally got back into Alison Weir, after being a tad bit obsessed with her books in college. I read two of her newest novels a few months ago, so I’m excited to read her most recent nonfiction book (out later this month), which is all about medieval queens (and might just fill the hole in my life left by Game of Thrones). Seriously though, I am genuinely in awe that Weir produced two research-intensive books in one year. Has to be magic.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I know, I know, I have no excuse for not having read this yet. It’s happening this month, though, I swear.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks. I’ve been meaning to pick up this book for a while. Since it’s about real neurological cases that Oliver Sacks addressed, and I now work in the neurology department at a medical school, I thought it would be fun to read. Maybe having to read through all those med student lecture slides will pay off (though I don’t think this book is all that technical).

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire. I finally read Every Heart a Doorway last month and loved it, so I am excited to get to the first of the companion novels, especially since I know it’s going to be a fantastically dark and quick read.

I could easily add about five more books to this list, but I don’t need any more pressure, so I’m going to just leave it here. Let me know if you’ve read any of the books on my list, and if there are any you think I definitely need to read. What are you planning to read this month? Are there any new releases you’re excited about?

P.S. I am going to try and change my posting schedule around this month, so if you notice any changes, just bear with me while I figure it out. Thanks!

8 thoughts on “September Reading List – Shakespeare and a Shakespeare Retelling

  1. I can’t wait to see your thoughts on Alison Weir’s new book. I did my special subject on the Norman Conquest at university and my dissertation was on the power, perception and portrayal of high-ranking women in that period so the Queens of the Conquest hold a special place in my heart. It’s definitely on my to-read list but need a break from history at the moment. Fingers crossed you enjoy it and it turns out to be a must-read!

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