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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!

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13 thoughts on “Rearview Mirror: September 2015

  1. I think you’ll love I Capture the Castle, though it is nothing like 101 Dalmations. Did you know that Smith wrote a sequel to Dalmatians called The Starlight Barking though? It’s weird (really weird) but fun!

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    • ‘I Capture the Castle’ is one of those funny books that I have somehow never gotten around to reading?? I really mean to, though. As for ‘The Starlight Barking,’ I just discovered this book last year. I actually quite enjoyed it, although it is completely weird (what was it the dogs did? Swooshing or swishing or something?) but just so adorable. I hope you’ve read editions with illustrations by Janet and Anne Grahame-Johnstone???? Their pictures MADE those books for me – so perfect!!

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      • I know my mum was the same with I Capture and ended up not loving it like I did because it didn’t catch her at the right age I think – hopefully you’ll love it though!

        There were great illustrations I think! I think it’s amazing that Dodie Smith wrote all three of those books…they’re so different to each other!! I can remember finding Sirius the Dog Star quite creepy!

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    • Everyone seems to have much love for ‘I Capture the Castle,’ so I am looking forward to getting to it (someday haha). I really enjoy your reviews a lot… thanks for posting!!

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    • haha I think we all have books like that. In just the last couple of years I read the Betsy-Tacy books, which were DELIGHTFUL, and ‘The Little White Horse,’ also adorable, and I just couldn’t figure out how I missed out on those as a kid, since they were exactly the kind of books I was always reading?!?! At least we’ve discovered them now!

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  2. Yay! I made the list! Both great choices! I’m sorry to hear the Donna Leon series is going downhill – that’s the problem with long-running series, sometimes the author runs out of real plots and starts ranting about their own opinions instead. Oh well! At least that’ll give you more time to get through the rest of your TBR… :)

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    • I know it’s hard to keep a standard high throughout a long series (although the Brother Cadfael series managed to produce twenty pretty strong turn-outs). I just finished ‘A Noble Radiance’ (who knows, maybe I’ll publish a review today??), which was much better than these two, so I’ll keep tooling along for now. There is a lot about the series that I really enjoy, so I don’t want to write it off completely just because a couple of them are, you know, completely lacking in any kind of coherent story. :-p

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    • haha no worries, I won’t hold your responsible if I don’t enjoy it!! I actually love how the same book can strike everyone differently. It’s one of the things that makes reading so engaging!

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