The Year That Was September 2009

City of Refuge

September Reading

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 RefugeCity 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.

The Day The Falls Stood Still, by Cathy Marie BuchananI 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 PearlThe 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:

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.

I have a Giveaway going on for The Last Dickens, by Matthew Pearl.  If you’re interested in reading it, go and check it out.

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  1. I think we all have months like that. Life gets in the way. But the ones you did read looked incredible from all the reviews! My goal for September and October was to blast through as many spooky books as possible for RIP. Then I am going to hunker down and read my book for the Japanese Reading Challenge, and work away at my Random Reading Challenge to clear off some of the books from my shelves!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..The Sunday Salon: No more Top 10 Lists! =-.

    1. I am definitely adding the spooky books. I think my list will change from what I posted. Right now I have picked up The Seance by John Harwood and it is so good!

    1. I think you’re right. It;s already starting to happen. Less running around. Less wanting to leave the apartment and brave the cold. It equals good reading.

  2. September was a slow reading month for me too. It looks like you read some wonderful books though. I really hope to read The Day the Falls Stood Still someday. It’s on my wish list. I will be reading The Last Dickens shortly and am looking forward to it. Good luck with your reading plans for this month. Have a great week, Nicole!
    .-= Literary Feline´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: Random Bookish Thoughts =-.

    1. I hipe you enjoy The Last Dickens. I think there are definitely some things in it that appeals in particular to book bloggers and history fans.

  3. I hardly read anything in September… but I’m on my third book this month (and the fourth of the week), so that’s good, right? Great job on reading two books as well!
    .-= Madeleine´s last blog ..Books to Read Before I Die 2010 Challenge =-.

    1. You’re off to a great start. I’m on book number three for the month and I maybe revising my reading list to include more spooky reads since I am loving that right now.

    1. I haven’t really done it much this year. I forget to write things down and forget when I read nooks, but I am making an effort, so we will see how long it lasts.

  4. At least if you had to choose 3 books to read, they were good ones! Your list for the next month looks amazing. I loved Frankenstein, The Maze Runner, and The Help! And, clearly, The Magicians will be up for me as well. =)
    .-= Meghan´s last blog ..TSS: Three Great Reads =-.

    1. I am looking forward to The Maze Runner, and so far I am enjoying Frankenstein. The first few letter were a little hard to get into, but now that Victor has started his story I am onboard.

  5. Not every month is made for reading!

    I think I’m lucky to read three most months so I don’t think your list is paltry at all, haha.

    I have the Maze Runner on my list of books to get to for October as well. I hope you enjoy it.
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Harry Potter Reading Challenge – 10/09 =-.

    1. I think summer is especially hard and in September you try to enjoy the remaining nice days. It’s getting colder now and already I want to do less and stay in more, and of course, read.

  6. The three books you did read all look wonderful, so don’t feel bad that you weren’t able to read more.

    Looks like you have some good books in store for October too. I will be reading The Help this month as well.
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Mailbox Monday =-.

  7. I have three of the books you’re planning on reading in October myself. I’ll look forward to your reviews of Crossing Wires, The Help, and The Last Days of Lacuna Cabal.

    I have times when I don’t feel like I read very much/review very much. We can’t be machines all the time.
    .-= Literate Housewife´s last blog ..#202 ~ The Tudor Rose =-.

  8. 31 HOURS is such a powerful book; one that really stays with the reader. yes, I’d like to pick up Hamilton’s other books as well – maybe we should do a readalong?!?
    .-= Dawn – She is Too Fond of Books´s last blog ..Winners of *The Listeners* by Gloria Whelan =-.