Friday, October 02, 2020

The Books I Read in September

I've been enjoying reading a lot lately and thought it would be fun to document my monthly books. I also keep track on Goodreads and enjoy updating my word count every couple of days. I am currently working on a couple of book challenges and am part of two bookclubs, which means that I have been picking up a variety of genres. It has been a lot of fun. 

1. The Library Book by Susan Orlean ✩ 
    This book was such an interesting, nerdy read. I actually listened to it on audio, and while I don't recommend it for working out (too slow, in my opinion), hearing the history of libraries and how they evolved over time, and learning about the great fire of Los Angeles Public Library, was all so fascinating to me. I really enjoyed this nonfiction. 

      My favourite was Bibbitty Rabbitty and the Cackling Stump followed by the Fountain of Fair Fortune. The Tale of Three Brothers is amazing, but I already knew that story. The Hairy Heart surprised me, I didn't expect a darker ending. The Wizard and the Hopping Pot kind of fell flat for me. Luckily, the rest of the stories picked up and I ended up enjoying this fairytale collection.

      This book was lovely. It took me a little to get into, but I ended up absolutely loving it. The whole story was told in the form of letters written by the characters. I love hearing about the landscapes. I want to travel to West Yorkshire, England and take in the dreamy moorlands!   

4. The Client by John Grisham ✩ 
        This novel also took me a little bit to get into at first. I found the story to be so interesting, although I was hoping for a different ending. The boy was such a great liar, I was hoping he would become an unreliable character and be much more involved with the crime that took place. I don't know why I was hoping for that, maybe I just craved a twist. 

        Such a fun and cozy read for this time of year! I am actually listening to this series while I run or cycle. Carval sounds like such a magical place to be. I don't know if I'd ever want to play the game, but the environment screams October, whimsy goodness. I am excited to see how the story unfolds in the rest of the series. 

        Oh my goodness. This story was incredible, especially considering I knew how it was going to end from the beginning. I fell in love with Charlie's story and enjoyed comparing his personality from the old to the new. There are so many things I want to say about this book, I don't even know where to begin. I highly recommend picking it up, if you have never read it.   

        I had no idea how this book ended. Oh my goodness. I was used to the movie version of this story, I watched it constantly growing up and quite often quoted "all girls are princesses". I must say, I actually really enjoyed reading this book after watching the movie. The movie for me is a very whimsy, imaginative version of Sara's world. We experienced the "magic" through her eyes, and as the imaginative child that I was, I connected with her like no other movie character. Most of the "magic" isn't explained in the movie, only hinted at. In the novel, I was able to read the "behind-the-scenes" of how everything came about in her world. As a mother myself, I find that it's now my job to create "magic" for my girls. Reading this novel after experiencing the movie as a child, I feel super connected to it, even as I now view the world in a, slightly more, realistic mind frame.  

8. I also ended up reading some fairy tales this month. I have always wanted to read Hans Christian Anderson and Brothers Grimm and have never gotten around to it. I have a huge collection of their stories that I am aiming to slowly devour over the next few months. This month I managed to read "Snow White " by Brothers Grimm and "The Little Match Girl" by Hans Christian Anderson. I never realized just how sad "The Little Match Girl" was, oh my goodness. Wow! 

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