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September Booklist

Short remarks, ya'll. Life is busy and I am tired. Ask for more details if desired.

1. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

Someone please remind me next time I feel like reading this that I always get bored with it halfway through. Don't get me wrong - it's a fabulous book. But I've read it at least 6 times now and sometimes I get a craving for something funny and a little irreverent and I reach for this and every time I get just far enough in it that I can't in good conscience stop reading. So next time I'm in the mood, I'm going to leaf through and read my favorite bits and then go reread Lords and Ladies instead.

2. The Return Journey: stories, Maeve Binchy

Short stories; typically not my favorite, but these were beautiful little gems. But almost exclusively sad and melancholy.

3. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen [audio]

So everyone was reading this book a few years ago, which meant that I didn't. Then everybody saw the movie, and I didn't, until recently ... and I liked it enough to seek out the book. Which was pretty good, yanno. I especially liked the structure and the framing of the story.

4. Rules of Civility, Amor Towles

I wish I'd jotted down some notes as soon as I finished this, because it made me have Feelings, but I can't quite put my finger on why anymore. It was very atmospheric (1940s NYC), a little Gatsby-like, a lot gorgeous in a sad way.

And that was the worst review ever.

5. The Sunbird, Elizabeth Wein

Read this in an hour and a half while sitting in the middle of a crowd. It was a wonderful way to take part of the Arthurian legend and put it with a little-known part of history and make something great, and any book that can hold my interest when such people watching is available ... well, that's a cracking good story.

6. The False Prince, Jennifer Nielsen

Love! This reminded me a bit of The Thief - a witty scamp protagonist, political intrigue, etc.

7. Tiger's Destiny, Colleen Houck

I had to look ahead at the end for my own sanity - there was no way I could enjoy the story with the question of the ending hanging over my head. I'm pretty satisfied with the ending - it's a bit sad, but still the best of the possible endings. But having the story wrapped up so well makes me wonder what the 5th book is going to be about; this could easily have been the last book in the series.

8. The Coalition of Lions, Elizabeth Wein

This actually comes before The Sunbird (I've accidentally been reading them in backwards order, oops.) I liked this one even better - Goewin is a wonderfully strong and realistic female heroine, and her relationship with Priamos is so gentle and sweet.

9. Upstairs & Downstairs, Sarah Warwick

This is being hyped as showing what life was really like for inhabitants of Downton Abbey - it really has nothing to do with that specific house or show, but does give an interesting (and illustrated) look at life in a big house around the turn of the century. I felt that it was a bit biased in some respects, or at least harped on the same points a little too heavily, but hey. The pictures were great.

10. The Locavore's Dilemma: in praise of the 10,000 mile diet, Pierre Desrochers

A rebuttal to various local-foods books; it argues that buying local is not always best for the environment and that the ability to ship foods long distances has done much to improve diets around the world. I just don't have time to get into it right now (expect a post on this someday soonish) but I will say that while this made many good points, I also felt that it did not always present them effectively or maturely.

And because I know ya'll are dying for my opinion, here it is, pretty much squarely in the middle of the two sides: I like food. I like food that tastes good. I prefer local (as in, right out of my garden, mostly) whenever it's available and/or cost effective, because it tastes better. Some things I eat seasonally, but I do it because store bought tomatoes are not even worth eating ever compared to what comes out of my garden, not because I think it's a moral issue. (And because paying $234908723 a pound for asparagus during the off season is not something I will ever do.) And I positively adore living in a world where it is possible to eat a pineapple in the midwest in the middle of winter, because you know what makes me happy? Pineapple in the winter. That is awesome. How cool is it that it's even possible to do that? Pretty dang cool, that's what.

11. The Joys of Love, Madeleine L'Engle [audio]

I believe this was published in 2008 - a 'lost' L'Engle book published posthumously. It has a wonderful introduction by her granddaughter, who explains that it is largely biographical ... so besides being a gripping story, I think it provides some insight into L'Engle herself.

It's a little dated - Liz is 20 but reads more like a 16-year-old - but so full of Feelings and Things and ... yes. Also, Ben is a sweetheart.

12. Happier at Home, Gretchen Rubin

This'll get its own post sometime soon, so for now I'll just say: I liked it!

From the stack: 2
Audiobooks: 2



Oct. 8th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
Exactly. :)