September Reading List

I am glad to say I actually almost finished all the books on my August Reading List!!  I still have Lexicon left, so if you’ve read it, I’d love to hear it  you liked it!!  The Husband’s Secret was really good — reminded me a lot of Maeve Binchy’s books, and she was one of my all time favorite authors.

I wanted to love The Ocean at the End of the Lane, but I just wasn’t crazy about it.  It was okay, but when it ended, I just felt like I didn’t understand the point?  I don’t know…I think I like a bit more of a definitive ending.

It always seems like Fall is when I have the hardest time finding good books.  This Fall though, I have a big list already, and I’m excited!!  Nothing better than cuddling up with a blanket and a book (and a big glass of wine, shhh)

Here are my choices for this month:



Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

This is just an obvious one — I can’t pass up on the sequel to The Shining.  I am worried it won’t live up to the original, but that isn’t’ going to stop me from reading it!!

According to Amazon:

On highways across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the steam that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the King canon.




Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink

I always like to include a nonfiction on my reading list, and this one sounds particularly interesting.

According to Amazon:

In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs 5 days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amid chaos.

After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.

Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.

In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, Fink exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are in America for the impact of large-scale disasters—and how we can do better.  A remarkable book, engrossing from start to finish, Five Days at Memorial radically transforms your understanding of human nature in crisis.



FanGirl by Rainbow Rowell

I just finished Eleanor & Park by the same author, and I am officially obsessed.  It this is HALF as good as E & P, it’s totally worth reading!!

According to Amazon:

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?



Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

This is the newest book by Diane Chamberlain — I’ve read two of her others (The Midwife’s Confession and The Secret Life of Cee Cee Wilkes), so I am fairly confident that this will be great!!

According to Amazon:

After losing her parents, fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm.  As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give.

When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed.  She quickly becomes emotionally invested in her clients’ lives, causing tension with her boss and her new husband.  But as Jane is drawn in by the Hart women, she begins to discover the secrets of the small farm—secrets much darker than she would have guessed.  Soon, she must decide whether to take drastic action to help them, or risk losing the battle against everything she believes is wrong.

Set in rural Grace County, North Carolina in a time of state-mandated sterilizations and racial tension, Necessary Lies tells the story of these two young women, seemingly worlds apart, but both haunted by tragedy.  Jane and Ivy are thrown together and must ask themselves: how can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it’s wrong?


That’s it for this month — I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading and loving!!


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  1. 1

    I’ve just read a book for review entitled Provence, 1970 and while it’s non-fiction, it’s about some of the greatest names in the food world and the time they spent together in Provence. It reads like a novel and is fascinating!

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    JC Gibbs says:

    I’m so reading Doctor Sleep! It’s been a long time since I’ve read anything by King so I hope it lives up to the original like you said :)

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    Kristine D.Perreault says:

    Necessary Lies made me cry.

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    Bryn says:

    Eleanor and Park was so good. So good. Haunting and fantastic.

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    Melissa says:

    Well I read two of your August selections and totally agree with you on both. The Husbands Secret was so good! And the Ocean at the end of the lane was meh. I really wanted to like it, but the ending didn’t conclude, or it was too weird or some thing. So I am going to trust your selections from now on! I guess I need to read Elenor and Park now but I am about to start reading Stephen Kings under the dome, so that may take me a while. I do want to read Necessary Lies tho. I’ll pass on the Katrina book. I’m from New Orleans and well I lived it close enough, I don’t really want to relive it. Too heartbreaking, especially all those things that happened at Memorial Baptist. I try not to judge those people, it was a horrible horrible time.

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    Kim says:

    I am still waiting to get The Husbands Secret from the library… I knew it must be a winner when I saw the wait list! Can’t wait to read Five days at memorial ! Sounds so good. I always know I can rely on your reading lists our taste in books is cray similar !

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    Nicole says:

    I started Eleanor and Park last night and I am also obsessed. Absolutely adorable.

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    Marie M.C. says:

    I have Eleanor and Park on my wait list at the library. I checked out the reviews for Eleanor and Parker and The New York Times gave it a rave review — said it wasn’t just for teenagers. I’ve only read two Stephen King books — liked both of them. Bag of Bones and recently read 11/22/63. 11/22/63 is 1,000 pages. Oy. But kept my interest. I finished Bellwether by Connie Willis last night. Loved it. All about fads — like the hula-hoop. Fiction, love story, plus you might learn something about how scientific discoveries are made. A fun, short book. Next on my list is Stoner by John Williams. No, it’s not about a pot smoker. It’s supposed to be a masterpiece. Let you know. Also want to read Five Days at Memorial Hospital. I’m sure it will be a difficult book — in the sense of the tragedy and choices the staff were forced to make after Hurricane Katrina. As usual love to hear what you’re reading, have read and your thoughts on them.

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    Marie M.C. says:

    Just finished Eleanor and Park. Stunned. Can’t remember the last time a book made be feel this way. It’s going to live with me forever. I was at my Podiatrist’s office this morning (go ahead and laugh) and make someone on his staff write down the title and author. Yes. I will be shoving this book down everyone and anyone’s throat. Thank you Kristan for suggesting it.

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    Achilles says:

    I met Milton and Ruby only a few times, and it was many years ago. I had not heard of his passing. I have been going thugroh my own difficult times, but his warmth and smile and the few soft and encouraging words he spoke to me so many years ago stuck with me, and that’s how I ended up finding this website. Months ago I was clearing thugroh some old pictures, getting ready to move on to the next chapter of my life. Listening to Jazz Music and I came across pictures of Donna and the Murrill children. It put a smile on my face, as I wiped away my tears. Those tears have returned to me now, finding out very much by accident of his passing. To Ruby and the rest of the family, please know that it is very much in part my memories of you and Milton that have helped me get thugroh these times and keep a smile on my face and not let my experiences drag me into despair. My thoughts are with you all, you touched my life.I thank you for that, and for all the wonderful music.

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