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Reading Log: September 2011

It’s time for another monthly update on my Reading Log!  I used to post every month…but then things got a bit wonky when we moved to SF, and my ensuing health issues… but now I’m back in the habit, what with all my time to read nowadays.  I’m officially a Lady of Leisure, didn’t you know?

So here’s my Reading Log for September 2011, with my thoughts about each book to help me remember what I read.  I’ve included all the books that I’ve read or finished during the month of September, even if I started some of them outside of this month.  Also, I like to give a rating to each book I read and I like to keep track of the binding of the book, don’t ask me why.  HB = Hardback, PB = Paperback, AB = Audio book, K = Kindle.

Word for word, straight from my diary:

Title Start Finish Thoughts Grade/
Anne of Avonlea,
by L.M. Montgomery
8/21/11 9/10/11 (Re-read)  Listened while sewing, and while playing mindless games on the internet—solitaire, Tetris, etc—since I can’t listen while I drive anymore.  L.M. Montgomery is much more magical when read inside your head than aloud by a narrator.  Why is Davy so endearing in my head, but so annoying when voiced?  I want to know. (haha)  I do love Anne when I need some comfort reading. A-
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World,
by Eric Weiner
8/24/11 9/17/11 Fun read about visiting the places on earth where the happiest people live, and trying to figure out what makes them so happy.  Not conclusive, of course, but interesting and amusing.  I don’t think I would actually want to live in any of those places, though.  A diverting read to finish up during the 2nd hospital stay. B+
The 19th Wife,
by David Ebershoff
9/1/11 9/3/11 Engrossing novel linking historical figure Ann Eliza, the 19th wife of Brigham Young, who fought to end polygamy in the U.S., and a present-day polygamist murder case.  Loved the way the author used different sources to tell the story—newspaper clips, interviews, Wikipedia entries, chat rooms, first person narrative, book-within-a-book.  Not just a historical bio, but a fast-paced and likeable modern tale too. A+
What Color is Your Parachute? 2012: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers,
by  Richard Bolles
9/3/11   Still Reading  
Knitting: a Novel,
by Anne Bartlett
9/7/11 9/11/11 Two women brought together by knitting, but this is not your conventional chick lit.  Very honest characters, including flaws.  I could definitely relate to the academic, but I really didn’t like either of them, which is somehow a compliment.  It was pretty realistic and interesting themes of women’s work and grief. B
Clay’s Quilt,
by Silas House
9/11/11 9/30/11 I really liked the author’s writing—great dialect and phrasing.  Story of a boy growing up in a family from the Appalachian mountains.  Realistic characters and situations, rang very true to life. A


Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm,
by Kate Douglas Wiggin
9/17/11 9/21/11 Can’t believe I’ve never read this before.  Just my kind of classic, for sure!  Strikingly similar to Anne, although set in New England and more prosaic.  Rebecca is probably a much more realistic character, too—she’s still a shining star, but not always so poetic or at the top of everything.  Very sweet. A


The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy,
by Leah Wilson
9/24/11   Still Reading—fun continuation of the themes of the trilogy!  Anticipating the movie for sure!  

So that’s what I’ve been reading during the month of September.  Anyone else reading a good book?

One thought on “Reading Log: September 2011

  1. I’m reading The 19th Wife right now! I’m not loving it; it’s jumping around a bit too much for my taste. But it’s intriguing enough that I’m sticking with it! I’m interested to read Knitting: A Novel. Thanks for sharing!


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