My reading this month and in August was pretty paltry. By my count I read just three books, and all of them were for book tours- so I’m not even sure if I would have read anything at all had it not been for that. Lucky for me, I enjoyed the threesome of books that I read.
City of Refuge, by Tom Piazza was the second book thatI read this year about Hurricane Katrina and the effect that it had on the lives of people living in New Orleans. The first was a non-fiction book, Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans, by Dan Baum. These books were excellent complements to each other, though I had worried about whether the fiction would be able to measure up to the facts. Fiction definitely held it’s own.
I so enjoyed reading The Day the Falls Stood Still, by Cathy Marie Buchanan. It was such a wonderfully written piece of historical fiction. I loved all of the things that I learned about Canada and the Falls and the people in this book. I was conflicted about the Bess Heath’s (the main character) choices, but she, as well as the other characters in this novel were so well drawn that I was constantly changing my mind with respect to how I felt about them.
I also participated in a conference call with Falls’ author Cathy Marie Buchanan and Sandra Gulland (who penned Mistress of the Sun), and books bloggers – Marci from Serendipitous Thoughts, Marie from The Burton Review, Julie from Booking Mama, and Margaret from Historical Novels. Listen!
The Last Dickens, by Matthew Pearl furthered my exploration into the fascinating life of Charles Dickens and his last novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood. I don’t know that I will be able to read Dickens’ last novel; way too much of a cliffhanger for me. I guess the next thing that I will have to do is read a Dickens biography.
Looking Ahead To October
October is already on track to be a better month than September. I have already read two books.
So far I have had great reading luck because these are both books that I would enjoy and recommend. 31 Hours has me ready to run out and buy all of Masha Hamilton‘s other books, and Anita Shreve not only didn’t disappoint but surprised me with the moving story of troubled American newlyweds living in Kenya.
This month I am also planning to read:
- Crossed Wires, by Rosy Thornton
- Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly
- The Maze Runner, by James Dashner
- The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
- The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal, by Sean Dixon
- The Magicians, by Lev Grossman
I know I will get to some others as well, or at least I hope to, but these are the ones that I know I want to read for sure.