What’s been happening in September?

What a fantastic month September has been! There have been trips abroad and in Scotland, birthdays to celebrate, more trips planned and catch ups with friends and family.

The month started off with me flying to Portugal to meet Thomas for a holiday together. We had an amazing week staying in Vilamoura and travelling throughout the region in our little rental car. We ate amazing food, visited some gorgeous places, walked on the beach, tried lots of Portuguese wines and just enjoyed being together. It was exactly what we needed as Thomas has been travelling so much for work recently so it was perfect to spend time together.

I also enjoyed a trip to Archerfield with my family. Archerfield is just outside North Berwick on the east coast of Scotland and is pretty much my favourite place for a UK getaway. The weekend consisted of walking on the beach with my pooch, eating delicious food, catching up, drinking wine and lots of laughing! The sun shone all weekend and it was the perfect way to kick off autumn.

This month I’ve also celebrated my dad’s birthday and the birthday of one of my closest friends. Friends who live in Wales came to visit with their 10-week old puppy (so cute!) too, so it’s been a pretty packed month.

It really feels like autumn now. I’ve been embracing it with dark nail colours, candles, cosy knits, homemade soup and curling up with good books. Perfect.

Books I read in September… 

I fitted in time to read eight books this month, taking my total for the year to 52 so far.

The Surrogate by Louise Jensen was my first book in September and was one of my favourites. It’s a psychological thriller about a couple who can’t have a baby and are delighted when an old friend offers to be their surrogate. Is there more to her than meets the eye? (Hint…YES!).

The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards was next – another psychological thriller that I enjoyed. A serial killer is striking, leaving their victims with smiles on their faces and the police baffled. I liked the characters in this novel.

Next up was The Girl Before by JP Delaney, the book I raced through fastest in September. I couldn’t put it down as I wanted to find out what was causing the residents of a gorgeous minimalist house that comes with a particular set of rules to come to horrific ends. I recommend this if you’re into novels with a twist!

The Woman in The Window by A J Finn was my next read and I found I couldn’t stop thinking about the main character in the novel, Anna Fox. She lives in New York but is agoraphobic and unable to leave her home. She spends her days peering out of her windows and into those of her neighbours. It’s set to become a film next year and it’s one I’ll definitely be going to see.

The Other Sister by Elle Croft was my fifth read of the month. Although I didn’t enjoy this as much as Croft’s first novel, it was still a good read. It follows Gina, who is desperate to become a journalist, as she discovers the body of a murdered woman and begins her own investigation into what has happened.

I moved on to The Waiting Room by Emily Bleeker, which was my least favourite book of the month. It was a little too far-fetched and unbelievable, which isn’t really my cup of tea. I did gasp out loud at the plot twist though.

Then I read Eeny Meeny by M.J. Alridge. Pairs of people are disappearing and finding themselves trapped in impossible situations with one way out – kill the other person to be released. Intriguing and exciting.

Last but not least was The Girls in The Water by Victoria Jenkins. It’s an exciting police procedural as girls are being tortured, murdered and found in bodies of water.

New posts in September… 

5 Amazing Places to Visit in The Algarve

Rainy Day Things to do in Glasgow

The One Thing I Wish More People Cared About When Travelling

Surprised by Faro

How to Plan Your First Ski Trip

My Algarve Getaway

Why I Won’t Apologise for Getting Excited About Travel

What’s happening in October?

I’m kicking October off by going back to Portugal! I’m going with my parents, my brother Iain and hopefully Thomas if he gets home from his latest work trip on time. My dad is considering buying a timeshare in The Algarve for all the family to use, so we’re heading out for a viewing. We’re going for 4 days and we’ll be making the absolute most of the sunshine, enjoying some great meals and relaxing. I can’t wait!

And that’s it for another month! As always, thank you for taking the time to check in to my blog and read about all my adventures and musings. If you’re not already then please follow along on Twitter and Facebook to stay even more up to date.  

Emma x