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August booklist

This, friends, is what happens when there are suddenly a whole lot of new things taking up your time and attention. I was already behind on my reading goal, and now I'm a lot more behind - and it's okay. Life is full of seasons, after all.

So here's a short booklist:

1. The Job, Steve Osborne

Some of these chapters started as spoken stories on The Moth, and while the technical aspects of the writing could stand some polishing and refining, Steve is a storyteller, and it shows. Full disclosure: this book made it onto my "books that made me cry" list. (I dare you to have any connection to NYC and 9/11 and read Big Day without at getting misty eyes.)

2. Uprooted, Naomi Novic

The writing is sparkling, luminous, and yet completely grounded. It's the sort of writing I'd read for the sheer pleasure of it, even if the plot had holes the size of Australia or the characters were lackluster.

But it doesn't, and they aren't.

It's funny, it's sweet, it's dark, it's insightful. I'd place this right up there with Jo Walton as far as fantasy goes.

3. Sarum, Edward Rutherfurd (audiobook)

40+ hours of audio, and it felt like it. Not as cohesive as some of this other epic narratives, and that's saying something. If you must read a Rutherfurd, go read New York instead.


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Sep. 7th, 2015 12:08 pm (UTC)
I choked up a few times in NYC when I realized how many people I interacted with on a daily basis were in the city when 9/11 happened and how terrified they must have been. Especially when the Boston marathon attack happened, I remember people coming into the bakery the next day wondering if we'd be next but knowing that staying home wouldn't keep them safe (this was before we knew who did it). The NYC connection does make it all seem more real and helps one empathize with those who were there!

On a more cheerful note, that's one of the main reasons I love travel-- standing in a place makes it much easier to imagine what happened there and that's so exciting to me.
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