Another summer break has come and gone. The kids are heading back to school in a few short days and I am too. My reading in the next few months will consist of textbooks :(. I am still hopeful that I will get in a little light reading as well. I had so many books (and chores) on my to do list this summer and I only just grazed the surface of both lists. For whatever reason the fall is typically the busiest time of year for me, and reading falls by the way side, but I am planning to do something about that this year. If I write these lists of books I feel as though I am being held accountable, even if only by myself.
I know that reading isn’t exactly the most important thing on my to do list but I enjoy it, and it’s good for the kids to see me reading for fun. Most of the time (in my brain) I am using them as an excuse for holding me back from the things that I enjoy doing, but this time I am using them as a reason to partake in an activity I enjoy.
August’s Reading List included:
Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova. I have read all of Lisa Genova’s books now and thoroughly enjoyed then. Each one was unique but they all had a common theme. She holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Harvard, and her books are all about the brain. Her books are all well written and I feel as though I learn more about the inner working of the brain in each novel. As a brain tumour survivor her work appeals to me on a personal level. Inside the O’Briens was well written but I have enjoyed some of her other works more.
The Nightingale’ by Kristin Hannah. WOW, this was an intense read. This book was chosen by someone in my book club. Sometimes the suggestions aren’t my cup of tea, but this has to be one of the most intense, well written, descriptive books that I have ever sunk my teeth into. I had nightmares one night after reading this right before bed. It penetrated my subconscious and days later I am still reeling.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins didn’t disappoint. It was a great summer read. Not overly intense, but still very interesting. I was fooled right up until the end!
September’s Reading List includes:
- Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- The Flood Girls by Richard Fifield
- The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Let me know what you are reading in the comments below. If you have reading suggestions based on the above books, please let me know. I am always on the hunt for interesting reading material.