September is always the weirdest month for me when it comes to books. I’m going back to work, so my schedule is completely out of whack, and my brain power and capacity for thought are reduced by I don’t know how much but it’s way more than half. So I find myself reaching for those beach reads a little longer into fall, and plodding through books at an astonishingly slow (for me) rate. Bear with me, dear readers.
Also, that stack of books that I checked out from the library before a 5 day jaunt to the beach? It should be noted that I can tell you already a couple of them are duds, and that I am, indeed, crazy for bringing a total of 15 (mostly hardcover!) books on a 5 day beach vacation. I read 3. I hate being forced to read something just because I didn’t have anything else to read, and I never know what I’ll be in the mood to read until I finish the book on my lap. Does anyone else make reading this unnecessarily complicated?
Who Do you Love, by Jennifer Weiner because I kept seeing it pop up on blogs and Instagram feeds, with good reviews, so I was willing to give it a shot. It’s the story of two individuals whose paths cross again and again over the years, and it’s a Jennifer Weiner book, so I don’t have to tell you that of course, they fall in love. I love a good love story and I found myself rooting for both of the characters in different ways. I read In Her Shoes and Good in Bed a million years ago when they came out, and then a lot of her more recent books just fell a little flat for me. I had fallen out of the habit of reading her new book each year. But I was seeing this again and again, and I’m so glad it turned out to be worth reading.
Everybody Rise, by Stephanie Clifford because this one was popping up on blogs and Instagram as well. I actually started this about a week or so ago, and put it down in favor of a couple of other books I had checked out from the library. But when Carly said she needed a bit before she got into it, I decided to pick it up and give it another go. It’s due back in a couple more days, so it’s now or never (never being the next time it comes in after I put it on hold again). I find that when I get “stuck” on a book, I sometimes need an easy victory in a short, finished read
Want to Read:
Um, a lot of the books up in that photo? But mostly…
Hold Still, by Sally Mann because I started it in the spring, and loved the glimpse into Sally’s life. It appeals to my inner farm girl (she’s a small, small part of me, but she’s there).
An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green because I have wanted to read it since it came out (in 2008!), and amazon recommended it to me based on other books I had bought, and because it was finally at the library as I was perusing the shelves. Serendipitous, indeed.
I will tell you I picked up and promptly put down Hands Free Mama (because it wasn’t telling me anything I didn’t know), Essentialism (because it read like a cheesy textbook), and 100 Days of Happiness (because it reminded me of Mitch Albom books I’ve already read) this month. I’m never afraid to set books aside in the name of books I’m much more excited about.
Past book reports