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And just like that September is gone! In my job I’m happy to see the month come to an end, but in life? Where does time go? I put out some fall decorations this weekend and that made it all very real. We’re entering that crazy, busy holidays time of the year. It might get a little more difficult to squeeze in books, but that’s okay. The great thing about books is that they’re always there waiting for you when you’re ready. Such understanding friends! Speaking of which, I’d somehow accumulated six books I’d yet to review, so tomorrow I’ll be doing mini-reviews of each in my Clearing the Shelves for September 2019 post. (To be honest, a couple date back to August.) Half are fiction and the other half nonfiction, so stop on by for a big variety of books.
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Last Week’s Read
- I only managed to finish one book last week, How to Be a Family by Dan Kois. I wanted to really love this memoir of a family’s year of traveling in search of a way to be closer, but I just didn’t. Parts were great, but too much dragged. This is one of the six books on tomorrow’s Clearing the Shelves for September 2019 (and the one I liked the least).
Book I Could NOT Finish
- I listened to over two hours of The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, but could not develop any real interest in the story. It wasn’t bad when it was about the main character, January, but then it started bringing in other stories and I was done! Narrator, January LaVoy was good.
- I’m in the middle of listening to The Only Plane in the Sky complied by Garrett M. Graff and am mesmerized by it. No matter how much we might think we know about that day, there is so much more we don’t know. This oral history delivers so many personal accounts that it really takes you there. I’ve cried, and I’m sure I will again. It’s not an easy book, but I think it’s one every American needs to read. After listening for two hours, I ordered a print copy because I want to own this book and I rarely feel that way. My sons will be getting copies, too. (FYI – The book was on backorder on Amazon. I ordered it on the 25th and won’t get it until the 4th. That NEVER happens!)
- Older Brother by Mahir Guven is a book translated from French. It’s the story of two French-Syrian brothers, the younger of which left France to work for a humanitarian organization in Syria. Or did he? That’s about as far as I am right now, and am feeling both up and down with this book. Just as I start to get a little weary of it, the story takes a turn to renew my interest. I’ll reserve judgement for now!
Likely to Read Next
- I have a real dilemma facing me with my review copy of Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout. I actually DNF’d Olive Kitteridge, and was somehow thinking of My Name is Lucy Barton (which I really liked – my review) when I put in the request. It was only after I got it that I realized my mistake, I don’t really want to read Olive, Again, but feel like I need to at least give it a try. Have any of you read this one yet?
- I’ll probably avoid the Olive mess entirely for a little longer by reading Holding On to Nothing by Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne next. I AM looking forward to this debut about a young couple trying to make it as a family in rural Appalachia.
I hope you have a great week in books!
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