Rearview Mirror: September 2015

Ah time, how swiftly you pass!

September has been a lovely month.  I got a new front porch (which I can walk on without fearing that I will fall through it!), Waylon is now six months old, our chickens started laying eggs (which I am faithfully chronicling on Instagram!), and I finished my final month of working four days a week – back to my regular three-day schedule in October – SO EXCITED.

Speaking of work…  it’s kind of been wrecking my reading schedule.  We’ve been super, super busy, and when I get home I feel like reading fluff, not good stuff.  So my reading diet has been a lot of unreviewed candy of late. ;-)  But such is life.  I did at least get a few books read and reviewed this month!

Favorite September Read:  Probably Solstice Wood.   I really enjoyed this haunting, engaging fantasy.

Most Disappointing September Read:  Definitely Quietly in Their Sleep by Donna Leon.  This installment of the Commissario Guido Brunetti series felt more like a rant on why the Catholic Church is a dangerous fable that destroys lives than it did a mystery, and she didn’t even bother providing us with a decent story to cover her hatred.

Other September Reads:

  • Acqua Alta by Donna Leon – another pretty disappointing outing in the series, if I’m honest.
  • Winter Rose by Patricia McKillip – Solstice Wood’s prequel – engaging, but not as enjoyable as Solstice Wood.
  • All Creatures Great & Small by James Herriot – audiobook narrated by Christopher Timothy – an old favorite revisited and highly recommended.
  • Dragondrums by Anne McCaffrey – third installment of the Harper Hall trilogy, sixth installment of the Pern books, all-around good fun.
  • Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern – by Anne McCaffrey – back in the mists of Pern’s time, a good adventure, but not as emotionally engaging as some of the earlier books.

Random Fun:

Added to the TBR:

Oh wow, so out of control.  I love it.  :-D

  • Lynette over at Escaping Reality read As You Wisha behind-the-scenes look at the classic movie The Princess Bride.  Written by Cary Elwes (WESTLEY), how can this book not be a fun time??
  • The Literary Sisters recommended The Joy Luck Cluband since I’m really interested in reading books that focus on foreign cultures within the U.S., the setting of a Chinese-American community in 1949 sounded quite intriguing to me.
  • Lady Fancifull waxed quite poetic about her love for Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castlewhich is one of those books I’m always meaning to read.  Maybe I’ll have a better chance at getting to it if I actually put in on the TBR??  I have so much love for Smith’s classic The Hundred and One Dalmatians (please read, do not watch Disney), that even though this book sounds not remotely like Dalmatians, I’m still willing to give it a try.
  • I surprisingly enjoyed The Book Thief back in the day, so when RoseReadsNovels said she enjoyed another of Markus Zusak’s books, The MessengerI decided to give it a whirl.
  • FictionFan has this annoying habit of recommending books that sound really fabulous, but then it turns out that they are part of a whole series….!!!!  She reviewed the fourth book of a quartet and said that it would “undoubtedly appear” in her best of the year list!  The Voices Beyond sounds amazing.  I am endlessly fascinated by Russian history, especially in the twentieth century, and this book – the whole series, really – sounds amazing.  Then I read the descriptions for the first three books and I WANT TO READ THEM ALL.
  • Reading, Writing, & Riesling always manages to throw a mystery (or five) on the list.  This month, Deadly Messengers sounded particularly thrilling.  And if you visit her page, a note from the author says she’s giving away free ecopies of her book through September 30… hurry!!  (Not for me… so much pressure!)
  • Even though she said that she found the book to be a bit on the cold side, Books for the Trees still said she enjoyed The Bone Season enough that she’s planning to read the sequel, and the premise sounds pretty interesting to me.
  • Cleopatra’s review of Can Anybody Help Me? was fantastic, and a book that delves into some of the modern concepts of an individual’s “online presence” definitely sounds engaging.  Isn’t it funny how much of ourselves we reveal when we write?
  • I’ve definitely been on a kick where I’ve been thinking of movies that I love/loved as a kid, and then trying to find the books that inspired them.  FictionFan’s review of Vertigo inspired me to add that one…  even though I’ve never watched that most-famous of Hitchcock films!

There were definitely more additions to the list, but those are some of the top ones that I got really excited about.  The TBR is out of control, people!  I LOVE IT.

Anybody else read some inspiring reviews in September??

Here’s to a happy October!