What I Read in September
- Ayiti by Roxane Gay
- A Thousand Pounds fo Dynamite by Adam Higginbotham
- The Moonlight Palace by Liz Rosenberg
- Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryn Strayed
- The Round House by Louise Erdrich
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
- Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
- Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
- Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Roxane Gay writes so realistically. Love her.
The Round House was something I kept meaning to pick up and I’m so glad I finally did. Part mystery, party history, part family drama, all interesting and well written.
A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite isn’t a book so much as a long article or a novella, but I did have to pay for it on amazon, so it counts. I really enjoyed the real life story of the bombing of a casino and how they almost got away with it - and how it unraveled.
I don’t know if I’m too old for Tiny Beautiful Things, or if I’ve read too much of it on the internet already, but… meh.
The Throne of Glass series I read because book bloggers were going crazy about it and I did enjoy it (badass female assassin and a crazy mythology? YES.) but I felt it was not as well done as the Grave Mercy series (heavy foreshadowing, not A+ writing). AND. I didn’t realize that there will be a fourth book, so I spent the last half of Heir of Fire wondering how it was all going to wrap up in half a book - which, obviously, it didn’t. Which made me glad. I hate a rush job.
Moonlight Palace taught me so much about colonialism and feeling lost and 1920s Singapore.
Alias Grace, such an interesting way to do historical fiction. And the use of the unreliable narrator was perfect. The men acting as they did, and interacting with Grace in the ways they did… so well done.
Books in 2014: 77. On pace for: 102.
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