Books

September Reads

I read quite a bit in September. It has been so hot and humid here in Virginia that we’ve all kind of lost any motivation to go outside and get things done – current temperature? 94 at four in the afternoon.

The numbers are a bit inflated this month since I focused on reading middle grade books. The writing course I am taking is focused on writing for children and while I read quite a few picture books in my daily life, I don’t read all that many middle grade novels.

My Seven Books for September in the order that I read them

A Lady’s Guide to Gossip and Murder by Dianne Freeman. This is a wonderful story. I love a good cozy mystery, but I find them very hard to come by. I also love listening to them while I putter around the house. This is an excellent story to listen to – the narrator is wonderful – and it is engaging without being silly.

The Core 4: Embrace Your Body, Own Your Power by Steph Gaudreau. I finished it, which says that I liked it a bit, since I won’t finish books if I don’t like them, but I wasn’t blown away. There wasn’t anything groundbreaking in here. And, the plan seemed overly restrictive and complex despite claims to the contrary. I think it would be an excellent first step toward changing your lifestyle and changing your thinking about fitness and eating. Steph Gaudreau has a podcast that I have listened to occasionally if you are interested in finding out more about her.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King. I’m not sure that I’ve ever finished a Stephen King book except for this one. This is a truly excellent book. It got me off the couch and into the chair. I’m not up to demanding 1,000 words a day from myself, but I have added butt in the chair time. And, my door is currently closed.

The Unteachables by Gordon Korman. This book was recommended by my 12 year old and it is excellent. The beginning was laugh out loud funny. The end was touching. It was a surprisingly good book. And, now I want my own Coconerd.

Are you there God? It’s me Margaret by Judy Blume. I had never read this book. I think when I was the right age there was all this discussion about menstrual belts and how this book was outdated, blah blah blah. Then, they updated it, but I was beyond it. I guess? I was listening to the Currently Reading Podcast where someone else admitted that they had never read it. Meredith and Kaytee recommended that she just bite the bullet and read it. I did and I’m glad.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. My current fifth grader recommended this book to me last year. I really enjoyed it.

Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler. This is a memoir written by a woman living with stage four colon cancer. She is a historian who studied the prosperity gospel and now teaches at Duke Divinity School. She asks the hard questions. And, I found her wresting with those questions helped me start to navigate them. She has a podcast as well, which I have come to really like. My favorite episodes are: Alan Alda, Andrew Solomon, BJ Miller, Nora McInerny. Go Listen, it’s the best.

How I Get My Books

I linked all of the books above to the amazon page. (they are not affiliate links) I haven’t really decided what would be the best way to talk about books – amazon, good reads, etc. If you have any ideas, please let me know. It should be said that I didn’t buy any of these books. I own Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, which I bought at Goodwill for $0.10. Everything else I either borrowed from the library or in the case of the Countess of Harleigh mystery, borrowed from Hoopla.

Of the books that I read in September, I would definitely buy On Writing by Stephen King. I am also considering buying Dianne Freeman’s newest book when it comes out.

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