September Watch List

Schools are back, the days are getting cooler, and the leaves are changing colours. September is here and it's finally time to say farewell to summer.

I love to look at this time of year as a new opportunity and a fresh start, as the harvest season was intended. The transition into autumn is the perfect time to cosy up, realign with yourself, and focus on doing things that make you feel lovely.

To get you inspired, here are all our top recommendations for September.


Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Read - If you need something to pull you out of a reading slump, pick up any of the hit novels by Taylor Jenkins Read. Her new book is the perfect escapist read, documenting a star tennis player coming out of retirement for one final swipe at glory.

How to Live When You Could Be Dead by Deborah James - Deborah James, a former deputy head teacher, was blindsided when she was diagnosed with bowel cancer when she was 35. Her incredible book talks about life with a no-nonsense approach and depicts her
heartbreaking and strong story.

The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker - A book I have recommended before and am enjoying just as much upon re-reading! Thoughts on community, coming together, and intentionality-all things I am working hard to bring into my 2023. 



House of The Dragon - Fantasy lovers, unite: the Game of Thrones prequel is here and we're loving it. It's packed full of HBO's signature drama, suspense, and brilliant dialogue. We're hooked, and the rest of the world is too.

Trainwreak: Woodstock '99 - The original Woodstock '69 went down in history for its celebration of peace, love, and flower power. So when they recreated it thirty years later, organisers wondered: what could possibly go wrong? A lot, it turns out, and the crazy Woodstock story makes for a brilliant, and at times terrifying, documentary.



Frost is All Over by The Mary Wallopers - The Dundalk folk group have released their latest single and they just keep getting better. Charming, irreverent and always toe-tapping, they're one of the most exciting Irish groups right now.

The Kindness Economy - We loved Mary Portas' brilliant book about making people and planet as important as profit, and she has a hit podcast too. Listen in as she chats to inspiring entrepreneurs across their fields about how they are making the world a kinder place.


We hope this gave you some motivation to put yourself first and find some new things to feed your soul and your mind. From all of us at The Handmade Soap Company, have a wonderful weekend!