Ugh, you guys. September was a big bowl of suck, reading-wise. I had a LOT of distractions – moving, being sick, the honeyman being home more because of job changes, starting at my part-time job again… OY. So this is going to be pretty short, because I only managed to read 6 freaking books.
Empire Falls by Richard Russo – Literary fiction that’s gotten great reviews, but REALLY wasn’t my jam. I had some big, personal issues with the characters, and I kind of dragged myself through it.
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – By far the best book of the month, and one of the best fantasy novels I’ve ever read! I’m really excited to start the sequel soon, Red Seas Over Red Skies.
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach – Some really interesting non-fiction about human cadavers, by the famous Mary Roach. I enjoyed this, but I’m really looking forward to reading some of her other books, which I think I’ll like even more. (Also, this was one of my R.I.P. VIII selections!)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Quick, engaging, and charming, so I liked it a lot. But out of Rainbow’s Rowell’s three books out so far, this one has been my least favorite.
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, Birute Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks – This was yet another non-fiction graphic novel, and it was about women primatologists who made big advances in studying monkeys. It was informative and a pretty quick read, but doesn’t hold a candle to Jim Ottaviani’s book about Richard Feynman.
Beloved by Toni Morrison – This was another R.I.P. VIII pick, as well as a Classics Club pick. And it’s my first Morrison novel! It was really good, though I can’t say it was enjoyable – rather, it was striking and disturbing and wretchedly sad, which I guess was kind of the point.
And though I wouldn’t count it was a book because it was more like a short story or novella that I read in about an hour or two, I also read San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats, which was a Newsflesh novella by Mira Grant that I reluctantly read on the Kindle app on my phone. It was good, although I can’t say it added much to the larger story. It was just cool to see the zombie apocalypse hit Comic Con.
And that’s all I managed! I had also started reading The Passage by Justin Cronin, but I’m about 300 pages in and haven’t picked it up in over a week, so it’s not likely that I’ll finish it. And I’m pretty sure there are a few more that I started and put down again after only a few pages. My attention span lately has been so crappy.
How was your reading in September? Fit any good books in?