September Reads

Posted October 1, 2015 by LeahAdmin in Miscellaneous / 18 Comments

September Reads

Hello booklings! I apologize for falling off the face of the earth last month, but I can’t really promise to do much better in October. There’s a ton going on in my personal life, and I haven’t been able to clear my mind enough to write anything coherent. (A few weeks ago, I tried to buckle down and write some mini reviews, but I basically just stared at my laptop screen for a full hour, unable to dredge up any words.) But I’m hoping against hope that things will finally settle down a bit this month!

Even my reading was all over the place in September. I’m officially taking a break from galleys (unless one is REALLY calling to me), and I’m loving the freedom to re-read an old favorite, take a whole month to read Jane Eyre, devour most of Craig Thompson’s catalog, and savor Margaret Atwood’s poetry.

Books Read:

September Reads

1. Blankets by Craig Thompson. A graphic novel about first love, brotherhood, and faith, Blankets made me feel all the feels.

2. Circling the Sun by Paula McLain (audio). The author of The Paris Wife tells the remarkable story of Beryl Markham, a trailblazing racehorse trainer and pilot in colonial Kenya. It’s SO good, and the narrator is fantastic.

3. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed. Although I have returned to certain essays over and over again throughout the last three years, this was my first time re-reading the entire collection. It was just what I needed!

4. Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson. Essentially a graphic travel diary of Thompson’s three-month trip to France, Morocco, and Spain, Carnet is a beautifully intimate portrayal of the journeys (both interior and exterior) of a solo traveler.

5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Despite loving Jane herself, I didn’t quite fall head-over-heals for this classic. Please don’t hate me.

6. Habibi by Craig Thompson. I get super nervous when white dudes write about Arabic culture, and I’m still mulling over how I felt about this graphic novel.

7. Selected Poems: 1965 – 1975 by Margaret Atwood. Poetry has never really been my jam, but if anyone can get me to read outside my comfort zone, it’s Margaret Atwood. Although plenty of the poems in this collection went over my head, quite a few really resonated with me!

October Plans

I should probably just take this section out of my monthly recaps, because plans? I don’t have any. I’m basically taking life a week at a time right now (and it’s actually not terrible). For someone who obsessively writes to-do lists and gets anxious about everything under the sun, I’ve felt surprisingly zen about this period where everything in my life is completely up in the air. It’s weirdly liberating. (That said, I have a few potential job opportunities that I would REALLY like to pan out.)

What’s the best book you read in September?

  • Lindsey Stefan

    Oh yes about Blankets! Reading it just made me so sad that there was no one in his life to step in and help.

    I hope you enjoy your reading freedom and hear some really good job-related news soon!

  • Glad you ended up enjoying Circling the Sun! She was such an incredible lady! And – fingers crossed for you on the job front…and you getting your writing mojo back…I miss your reviews!!

  • Deb

    I just read Tiny Beautiful Things, Cheryl Strayed is a pretty amazing writer. I can see how it’s a book you would go back to when you need it. Good luck with everything going on in your life!

    • It’s a really interesting book to return to because as the years go by, different columns strike a chord; a few essays that didn’t mean anything to me three years ago are now pieces I can deeply relate to. It’s kind of a cool way to look at life and how it changes.

  • Elena

    I am not a fan of poetry either, but I loooooove Atwood’s. Glad to hear you finished Jane Eyre 😉

  • I’m actually a little happy to hear there’s someone else out there who doesn’t quite love Jane Eyre! Sometimes, not having plans leaves you open to discovering new opportunities. I hope that will happen for you in October!

  • Chelsey @ Chels and a Book

    So glad you are feeling more zen about everything. Taking this time for you will probably prove to be the most beneficial thing to do! I’m currently reading Tiny Beautiful Things for the first time and I absolutely love it. It feels like no matter where you are in your life, something in this book will speak to you. Hope you find some joy in your October zen as well :).

    • That’s one of the best things about Tiny Beautiful Things; it really has something for everyone, no matter what’s going on in your life. That also makes it a great book to return to over and over again!

  • Terra

    I hope October is a wonderful month for you and your hopes and plans. I am reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed, and now I want to read Tiny Beautiful Things. My current blog post at my blog http://terragarden.blogspot.com for anyone interested is reviews by me of The Dog Stars and Orley Farm, both wonderful books.

  • Ah, Leah…it sounds like your life may be settling into a more reasonable/manageable pattern! 🙂 I try to get away from lists, etc., the older I get. Life is just short! Too short! 🙂 I really must reread Jane Eyre–I keep wondering how it will play out for me some 45 years later! So jealous that you’ve read Circling the Sun! I can’t imagine that it isn’t amazing! For September my favorites were (Yep! Rarely can I just select one book as a ‘favorite’!) Golden Boy and Everything I Never Told You. Zen is good!! Good luck on the job front!

    • Circling the Sun was so fantastic — highly recommended on audio! I loved Everything I never told you, and I’ve heard great things about Golden Boy; I’m glad you enjoyed them! Thank ya lady!

  • I loved the first 2/3 of Jane Eyre then I suffered through the third, you are not alone.