Thursday, October 3, 2013

Recommended Reading - September

I cannot wait to dive into the piles of books I've got waiting for me - fiction, nonfiction, purchased books, ones from the library, ebooks, novels, novellas, stories, big names (hello, Stephen King!) and debut authors! Whew!

Here are some of my Standouts from September - 

Books Read in September:  10

Total Books Read in 2013:  72

Standouts:

Night Film by Marisha Pessl - if you're in the mood for a dark, creepy, complex novel, this is it. Although I found it a little long, I loved how Pessl used almost a mixed media format, including the protagonist's notes and pages from old newspaper articles and screen shots from websites. Pessl also does a fantastic job of creating memorable and unique characters. (Nora is one of my favorites.)


*****

Hate List by Jennifer Brown - this is one of Brown's older titles, and it's already been nominated/won numerous prizes and received acknowledgements all over the place, and deservedly so. I enjoyed her more recent work better, but Hate List is an important read and extremely well done.

*****

Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn - if you like dark, layered YA novels, definitely check this out. There's something about it that draws you in and compels you to keep going even though the closer you get to the truth, the more you want to close your eyes so you don't have to see it coming.

*****

What are you looking forward to reading over the next few months? Do you plan on checking out any of the Standouts? What are you currently reading? Any recommendations?

8 comments:

  1. Night Film sounds like one I'd love. Adding it to my ever-growing list! :)

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    1. I hear you! I haven't read Pessl's previous novel so I might be adding that one to my "ever-growing list" too. :)

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  2. I'm still reading Divergent - bit behind the times with that one, lol. I look forward to shortly reading Christine Rains' 13th Floor collection!

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    1. I don't think I've read Divergent yet either, Nick. :)

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  3. I have so many books I want to read sitting on my kindle shelf and stacked on the floor in my office. The choices are so great I never know where to start.

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    1. I usually let what I'm in the mood for guide my choices - mystery, humor, etc. But sometimes I just close my eyes and pick. :)

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  4. Still making progress through WOOL -- too many projects of my own (and teaching, of course; go figure) are cutting into my reading time. And BREAKING BAD + WALKING DEAD streaming on Netflix...

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    1. When you're done with WOOL, you can move on to SHIFT then DUST - which I haven't read yet!

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