It’s September – always a good time for readers. A lot of my favourite authors start releasing new books around this time – and man, I just love the Fall when it comes to reading.

There’s just something about sitting inside with a cup of tea, curled up on the couch reading a good book while the rain betters outside. Always look forward to it.

Read quite a few books this month. Actually went back and re-read a few books I’d already read and I also read some new ones. Easily my favourite book of the month was Dark Forces by Stephen Leather. This was the 13th book in the Spider Shepherd series and was great as always. There’s not been one Spider Shepherd book I haven’t liked.

Speaking of books I haven’t liked – I was looking through my John Grisham collection and realized I never read Gray Mountain. I decided to read it. Ugh. This is one of those books where the author clearly has a bee in his bonnet about some political issue and decides to make a work of fiction based on it. I’m halfway through it at the moment and just struggling to even finish it.

Each month we give away 2 prizes. 1st prize is a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate, and 2nd prize is a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

To win all you have to do is be a subscriber. Nothing more! When we go to hit “Publish” we take a list of all of our subscribers, throw them into a random draw and those are the winners.

Our $50 gift certificate winner is Argie from Georgia, Atlanta and our $25 gift certificate winner is Margaret W. from Australia. Both of you have been e-mailed. If you haven’t received an e-mail check your junk mail folder! That makes the 3rd non-US winner I believe. There was a Nigerian, and someone in France. Cool to see.

Book Recommendations:

In this section I give 3 random book recommendations. They can be old books, they can be new. But either way – I recommend you read them if the type of genre they are in appeals to you. Last month in the reader mailbag, we asked people what authors they blindly buy. Based on that, we’re going to be listing books from some of those authors this month. Feel free to e-mail suggestions to

The Cold Dish: You may know the name Longmire from TV but the Walt Longmire series has been going on a lot longer than the TV show, and it all started with this riveting novel The Cold Dish.

Craig Johnson knocked it out of the park with this one and this is an incredible novel, and a great introduction to Walt Longmire.

Deal Breaker: The first book in the Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben, and I know Bolitar fans are excited about the latest one in the series coming later this month.

I must confess even though Coben is one of my favourite authors I’ve only read his standalones. I’m going to start the Myron Bolitar series this month with Deal Breaker. Join me.

Before The Fall: This was our book of the month a few months ago and I finally got around to reading it. Noah Hawleys Before The Fall is an excellent book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

He’s a very fresh writer with a great style and he takes an airplane crash and turns it into a book you just can’t put down. Highly recommended.

September Book of the Month:

I can always tell when a new Walt Longmire book is coming out because he ends up being the most popular character on in the weeks prior – even higher than Jack Reacher. There’s no other character that gets that popular – trust me.

An Obvious Fact comes out later this month, and is the 12 book in the Walt Longmire series.

Your Thoughts:

Last month I asked a nice simple question – what was the last book you couldn’t put down? The feedback is posted later in the newsletter.

Here’s the question this month – What Was the Worst Book You Ever Read?

I sadly came up with that idea while reading Grey Mountain. Not sure if it’s the worst book I ever read but it’s up there. Right up there with Die Twice. That was the 2nd book by Andrew Grant – Lee Childs brother – featuring his “Reacher” – David Trevellyan. I actually rather enjoyed the first book but the second book – my gosh I just about smashed my kindle it was so bad.

Finally the third book in the Divergent Trilogy for me – Allegiant. I loved the first one, thought the second one was okay – but the third was absolutely bloody dreadful. I still remember putting off finishing it for over 6 weeks before I finally decided to read the last 30% while on a flight. Even then I just skipped through it reading about 10 words per page just so I could say I finished it. Ugh.

So what’s the worst book(s) you ever read? And why?

E-mail us your feedback to or just reply to this e-mail, and we’ll pick the best comments and feature it in next months newsletter.

10 Notable Books Coming Out In September 2016

Here are some of the more notable books coming out in September This is based on how popular the character or author are at our website:

Apprentice in Death – the next In Death book by J.D. Robb.
Home by Harlan Coben.
Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen
An Obvious Fact – the next Walt Longmire.
The next Flavia de Luce book – Thrice the Brinded Cat hath Mew’d.
Clive Cusslers Fargo Adventures continues with Pirate.
The next Will Trent book, The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter.
Blind Sight by Carol O’Connell.
Short Stories from Hogwarts
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas.

Reader Mailbag:

Read it here.

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