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I have a bad habit (as you’ve probably noticed) of falling off the electronic radar whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, stressed, busy, etc. Don’t worry – it’s nothing earth-shattering, just the usual stuff Life likes to throw our way to keep things interesting. If I ever go an entire month without reading, then you can worry.

Enough of all that! On to the books!

In September I read . . .

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

In the Woods by Tana French

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

Miscellaneous stats:

  • no rereads
  • read three (I think) based on the recommendations of book bloggers (Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Liar & Spy, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom)
  • read three based on the recommendation of a book blogger/in real life pal (Gone Girl, Bel Canto, In the Woods)
  • read six new-to-me authors (Gillian Flynn, Ann Patchett, Maria Semple, Ron Koertge, Tana French, Christopher Healy)
  • five were library books, two were loaned by a friend
  • all seven were paper books (no ebooks)

Random September Awards:

The WTF Award: Gone Girl. Jennifer of The Literate Housewife warned me. All the same, I was wholly unprepared for the big WTF moment in Gone Girl. (I actually stopped reading so I could go email Jennifer “WTF?!?!?” in very large, very bold letters.) Those moments just keep on comin’ after that and I read the rest of the book with my mouth hanging open in shock. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you really, really need to read the book.

The Flip/Flop Award: Where’d You Go, Bernadette. I honestly don’t remember much about the book, but from what I recall I really liked the first half of the book but the second half was a flop. Too bad.

The Cheers Award: The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. This book was a hoot and a half. It riffs on fairy tales while still paying homage to them, is full of quirky characters (including the four Princes Charming), and includes a random reference to the old TV show Cheers that most kids probably won’t get but I thoroughly enjoyed. If you’re looking for a fun afternoon read, this book is the way to go.

How’s everything going in your neck of the woods?

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