Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September Reads

Know how you can tell September was a busy and hectic month? By my pathetic list of books I read last month. Seriously, I'm ashamed of myself. I can usually find just a few minutes throughout the day to get lost in a good book, but more often than not this month it didn't happen. Between not running and not reading, it's no wonder I'm feeling so blah overall! My goal this school year is to read 40 books; 10 more than my goal for last year. 

1. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

I've never seen the movie, but something about this book just drew me in and I had to read it. I love historical fiction novels like this, especially ones that are older. This is a L-O-N-G book, exceedingly long. Honestly there were parts where I was just annoyed with the fact that it kept going on, but then something would happen and I'd be sucked in again. I wanted to both slap and hug Scarlett throughout the book because she's so clueless and selfish it was like she was a small child throughout, rather than a grown woman with kids of her own. The fact that I felt so strongly about her is a major tribute to Mitchell's writing skill. Now that I'm done with it, I really want to see the movie for comparison's sake and because it's such a classic- I just don't know where to find it! Anyone know where I can find the movie for free?

2. What Really Matters for Struggling Readers by Richard Allington
Could you tell? Totally my book for my grad school class this month. Very interesting books, great ideas, and it sparked some great conversations among my classmates. Allington is a great teaching resource as his books are all research-based and practical. He doesn't tip toe around the facts or try to sugar coat the things that need to be changed in education, and that's really refreshing.

3. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
After reading the first chapter, I wasn't sure where the book was going. It was completely different than I was expecting and I wasn't sure if I even really liked it. However, I stuck with it because several people had told me what a great book it was, so I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. I'm so glad I did because the rest of the book was phenomenal. The book alternates between taking place in the 1920's and 2011, and of course there is a connection between the characters that you figure out way before the author acknowledges it. Heart-wrenching and bittersweet this book taught me a lot about the Orphan Train movement and the people who were affected by it. Before the book, I had never heard of that time period and I was really surprised by all the information about it that was included after the story. There were some great pictures and descriptions of what life was like for those kids. 

4. Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner
After reading All Fall Down last month, I headed to the W section of the library to look for more of her books. I loved them back when In Her Shoes first came out, but then lost interest and lost track of her books for a bit. Fly Away Home was just as good of a read as All Fall Down was. The characters in this book were believable and flawed and just plain interesting. The book is based around several members of the same family, both the ways in which they're intertwined and the ways in which they are disconnected. I loved the way characters grew and changed along with their story lines and I was a little bummed out when the book ended because I really wanted to see where they went next. 

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1 comment:

  1. That is still an amazing amount of books to read! I love reading and am pretty fast at it but I never seem to get through more than a few each month. And it took me like, 4 months to finish War and Peace, hahaha. But I loved it!!


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