Happy mid-September, booklings! I can’t believe how quickly the weather has changed. Ten days ago, it still felt like summer. I was wearing shorts and tank tops and sipping summer IPAs. (It was glorious.) And then it was as if the weather suddenly flipped a switch and jumped right into fall mode. Temperatures have been in the 60s ever since! I’m not going to complain, as now I get to wear comfy flannel and switch to my favorite fall beers (pumpkin ale!) The only downside is that now I have to wear pants pretty much every day.
In other news, I got to hear Cheryl Strayed speak at a university nearby, and I’m giving away a signed copy of Tiny Beautiful Things! It was amazing, and I’m excited to share this book with a lucky reader. The giveaway is open through Friday, so there’s plenty of time to rack up some Twitter entries.
I’ve done a lot of reading this month, but, for the most part, nothing has really blown me away. I enjoyed Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera, but it left me more with dreamy impressions than concrete memories. Rainey Royal by Dylan Landis was an excellent read about a provocative but vulnerable girl growing up in 1970s Greenwich Village. What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund was a fun afternoon of reading, but I kind of wished it was more sciencey. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters was good but much more like a literary soap opera than I was expecting. I just started reading Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott, and although the premise is fascinating — the true stories of four women who went undercover in the Civil War — I haven’t settled into its rhythm yet.
Up next is Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood! By a lucky accident (it’s a long story), I wound up with two copies of this book, so watch the site for a giveaway once I’ve had time to read and review it!
What are you reading this month?