Happy Labor Day! Isn’t it nice to get a long weekend here at the tail end of summer? I don’t know about you, but I plan to spend much of my day with books. It may be my last chance for awhile. Tuesday will be the first day of school and for me that’s the start of a couple of crazy busy months. I try to be rigid about keeping my home life and work life separate, but in September and October, that’s not always easy. Knowing that Tuesday and Wednesday will both be days when my brain is going ten different directions at a time, I’ve decided NOT to post a review on Tuesday. I’m going to be better this year about giving myself a little room, a little grace when needed. So, check back Thursday for my first September review…one of the September books I loved!
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Last Week’s Reads
Despite working four days last week, I somehow still finished three books. I guess I can attribute that to great writing and lots of driving!
- What can I say about Ann Patchett’s latest book, The Dutch House? I loved it. Her writing and storytelling lived up to all my very high expectations. I wanted to savor this book, but couldn’t stop myself from flying through it. Get on your library’s hold list ASAP! Review coming closer to the 9/24 release date.
- Fan’s of Alice Hoffman are going to go crazy for The World That We Knew. It’s a fantastic WWII story of people who managed to avoid capture, and even fight back, but it still has Hoffman’s signature “magical” elements. At times I thought those were a little much, but overall really liked this book. Review coming closer to the 9/24 release date.
- I spent quite a bit of time in my car last week, so quickly finished Tiffany Jenkins’ memoir of her years of drug addiction, High Achiever. It was sad, eye-opening, scary, but very good. Both Jenkins writing and narration shone. Mini-review coming…soon?
By Friday, I’d finished all my September ARC’s. I still have a couple more September books, but am waiting for them to be released because I’m more interested in them on audio. I also just didn’t feel like jumping into October books yet, so I looked back a little.
- My library hold on Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak came in more than a week ago, but I had mixed feelings about reading it since the reviews have been all over the place and I was only so-so on her debut, The Futures (my review). I’m happy to say that I was immediately drawn into this rich girl/poor girl friendship story and can’t wait to see where it goes.
- For my next audiobook, I turned to Libby to find immediately available audiobooks and Siracusa by Delia Ephron popped up. Since I never read it and have heard good things, I decided to give it a go. I’ve only listened to about 90 minutes, but am loving the format with the story told from four different perspectives, each having a different narrator.
Likely to Read Next
Next, I will turn to October books and depending on my mood first up will be one of these.
- Right After the Weather by Carol Anshaw sounds so interesting to me. It’s about a woman who finds her life going on in parallel worlds. There’s a lot more to it than that, and I’m excited to see how it will all come together.
- I’ve never read Ben Lerner before, but understand that his writing style can be a little edgy and has been very highly touted, so I’m excited to give him a try with The Topeka School. In this family story a high school senior becomes friends with another boy who happens to be a patient of his father, a psychologist working with “lost boys.”
I hope you have a great week in books!
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