It’s Monday, What are You Reading? A September Wrap-Up

mondayIt’s Monday! is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

I haven’t written a “Monday Post” in a while, so this is more like a September wrap-up.

September was a good reading month.  My two grad classes are in full swing and I’m loving being a student again.  The husband and I got hit by colds this month, and mine has stuck around much longer than expected, which meant more reading time than usual because I haven’t felt like doing much. Which is sad because we’re in gorgeous fall weather right now.Here’s what I read in September:

  • Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  • Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots by Jessica Soffer
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
  • The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne

Now, I’m looking at some possible time off from work due to a government shutdown.  It’s not time off I want, although personally I won’t mind a little down time.  But just to be clear, a shutdown is NOT A GOOD THING: it’s disruptive, it means people who need their paychecks won’t get them, and making up the work will actually cost more in the long run.  I don’t consider myself “essential” by a long shot, but I can tell you that most government employees work much harder than we’re ever given credit for.  But that’s enough politics for this blog.  We’ll see what happens Tuesday.

Getting back to reading, I just started reading Magic Rises, the latest in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews.

Here’s a question for my readers: I have only ONE book left to read for the TBR Pile Challenge (woo-hoo!).  My three choices are: Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark. Recommendations?  I’m leaning towards Huck Finn, because –shockingly– I never read it in school.

What else is new?  My niece Emmie was born!  Now I have six nieces and one nephew, and I expect that’s probably it unless my sisters surprise me.  We can’t wait to meet the newest addition to our family.

I’m heading out to Phoenix in 10 days for a long-overdue visit with two of my sisters, my mom, and three of my nieces.  My oldest niece, Colleen, is graduating high school this year, which is exciting but makes me feel pretty old.

So, happy Monday and end-of-September… what are you reading?

  6 comments for “It’s Monday, What are You Reading? A September Wrap-Up

  1. September 30, 2013 at 7:54 am

    My oldest daughter is graduating high school this year, that makes me old!
    I hope you enjoy your reads this week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

  2. September 30, 2013 at 8:29 am

    A big welcome to the world to your new niece 🙂 Great name, love it!

    The TBR challenge was a big fat fail for me, lol. You’ve done so well! Yep, I’d go for Huck.

    Have a great time in Phoenix 😀

  3. rachel
    September 30, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Brooks’ book is interesting and different, so I’d go with that one or the Twain one. Both are good reads though. I just finished Visitation Street and it was really good, a debut novel by a champion squash athlete! Hard to put down. I’ve been alternating my reads – an established author, a debut/new one. Pretty good mix!
    Hope all is well. I really enjoy your blog.
    Rachel

    • October 1, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Thanks Rachel! I’ve been reading a lot of “debut” novels lately… you might really like the one I’m reviewing next. I haven’t heard of Visitation Street, I’ll check it out.

  4. September 30, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I’m sorry you’ve been under the weather. I keep waiting for a dreadful cold to strike here because that’s usually what happens to me in autumn. Crossed fingers for no shut-down!

    • October 1, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Thanks Andi — I’m home today, we’ll see for how long. More reading and blogging time at least!

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