Monday, October 1, 2012

For the Record: September 2012

I can always tell when I am not getting enough time to read by the sharp increase in the amount of books I purchase.  Book buying represents my yearnings more than it does my reality.

While September is often a light reading month (school starting and all that jazz) this one has been my lightest reading month in years.  Really, the least amount ever since I've emerged from my baby/toddler years.  I blame it on kids, and remodels, and finally moving next weekend, and having old friends move in down the street, and recently becoming addicted to knitting.  Still and all, I'm hoping October sees an increase in books read!

2 Books Read in September: (83 year-to-date)
2 for Book Club:
  - Moloka'i, Alan Brennert (3.5)
  - Into the Blue, Robert Goddard (3.5)


1 DNF:
Perhaps it just isn't the right timing, but I began reading this aloud to my girls, and after a magnificent intro, this one just left me bored.  Too bad it's a Newbery Medal book, because I have a sort of personal challenge to read all those.  Right now though, dropping the challenge altogether sounds more appealing than forcing my way through a boring book.

2 Current Reads:
  - Annie Dunne, Sebastian Barry.  This is what I was reading before the ultra-craziness hit.  I've picked it back up (tentatively) and am working on it bit by bit.  It's a slim novel, but takes silence for me to really appreciate it.
  - Redemption Falls, Joseph O'Connor.  I've barely ventured into this one, but I'll get there.


On My Nightstand:
Ugh.  I don't know where I'm going.  I really wanted to join the Les Miserables read-along, but--as you may agree--I've made the responsible choice to bow out considering my current reading situation.  Also, as I mentioned above, I've been purchasing books left and right, so I've a dearth of new reading material to choose from.  But I'm not committed to anything right now.  I'll wait and see which way the winds blow.


  1. Sounds like you've got a *very* full month! Here's hoping October gives you a bit more breathing room. Of your list, I only read Moloka'i, but I really liked it.

    1. Breathing room sounds Oh So Good. :)

      Into the Blue was a good straightforward mystery. I kept feeling like it was an action movie, but one where you get to visit England and revisit the late 1980s a bit, so it was fun. Took me a while to get into, but it was worth it to be able to discuss it with my book group tonight!

  2. Sometimes 2 books is just the right amount. This is why I love reading. It can be as big or little as you want it to be in your life at any given time.

    1. Belle, you're brilliant. And comforting - like a virtual hug - thanks for that! I know my reading life has definitely changed shape along the way, so I suppose I must allow it to continue to do so.

    2. I wish I could give you a IRL hug cuz I can "see" how much you have on your plate, dearie.

  3. I liked Molokai but didn't love it. The first half was so moving and I loved reading about the history but then it really dragged. I did love The Graveyard Book, sorry it didn't catch you. Hope October is an easier month!

  4. I have a friend who is constantly tempting me to buy more books.
    Just picked up "The End of Your Life Book Club". Looking forward to maybe reading it soon.


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