Have you read any of the books on the September Reading List yet?
I finished Those We Love Most, by Lee Woodruff and really, really loved it. As a mother, parts were difficult to read, but I loved the insight into the different characters, and I was satisfied with the ending. I’d definitely recommend it, but be prepared for some tears.
I also finished A Prayer for Owen Meany. I downloaded it to my E-Reader, so I didn’t realize how LOOONG it was until I was about 2/3 through. However — it was SUCH an amazing story. Quirky and sad and full of so many lessons. The ending made me literally gasp — it was that good. This is one of those books that will stick with you for a long long time, so READ IT!!
I only got a couple of chapters in J.K. Rowling’s A Casual Vacancy. I’m going to pick it up and try again, but I was really having trouble concentrating on it — too many characters and not enough happening. I have heard that the ending is amazing, so I will give it one more try.
I didn’t start No Easy Day yet, but I do plan on it in the next week or so. If you read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts!!
Now for this month’s picks:
Breaking the Silence by Diane Chamberlain
I am new to Diane Chamberlain. I read The Midwife’s Confession on the advice of my friend Kristen, and then found this book while looking for more by the same author. Breaking the Silence is about a woman who made a promise to her dying father — to visit an elderly woman she has never heard of, who is suffering from memory loss. Unfortunately — this promise cost her her husband, who was so distraught that he killed himself in front of her daughter. Her daughter is so scarred that she goes mute, and we are left wondering who this elderly woman is, and why was the husband driven to suicide by the promise to visit someone they’ve never known?
I am halfway through this book, and so far, it’s really good. Parts of it are just a bit far fetched, but I love the way it keeps you guessing. I find myself staying up late to finish it, which is always a sign of a good story.
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
This is a newly released book that has been described as the Native American To Kill a Mockingbird. Thirteen year old Joe is forced to grow up too quickly when his mother is the victim of an attack that takes place on an Indian reservation. As his parents retreat into pain and grief, Joe leans on his friends and looks for answers.
I haven’t read this book yet, but it sounds really good and I can’t wait to start!!
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
This is a nonfiction book that tells the story of how Will and his mom became closer through a book club they formed during the last two years of her life after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Through books, they forgot the illnesses and troubles in their lives and got to know one another on a deeper level.
As a lover of books, I am really looking forward to reading this — it is a true testament as to how a good book can change your life.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
I really don’t know how to describe this book…and at first glance, it doesn’t look like something I would normally read. It’s an adventure and mystery story, intertwined with books and computers and secret societies. I looked this book up on several different sites, and the reviews were so consistently awesome that I decided I have to give it a try. Hopefully it’s as good as promised!!
Did you read any books on last month’s list? What are your thoughts?
I’d also love any suggestions for next month’s list!!