This post is based on the blogging prompt “What do you think of when you think of September?” from IndieBizChicks’ September Blogging Special.

the month of September

Is September half empty or half full? I can’t quite decide, but I am happy it is here even if it is already half over! September makes me think of fall, of course. You can smell the colder air approaching and the weather has been much more hospitable to running. I hate to say good bye to summer, but I have a feeling that autumn is going to be a good time, too!

September also makes me think of school. I am no longer in grad school (thank god!) and I do not have any children returning to school, but it still feels like a month for learning. Maybe that is why I have been adding so many books to my reading list! Right now, I am working my way through Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, and I am determined to finish it even though it breaks my heart every time I pick it up. After that I MUST read these five books:

Books for September

  • The Lampshade – I read the excerpt of this non-fiction book that was in the last issue of New York magazine and I am so totally hooked… is the lampshade a Nazi artifact made of human skin?!!
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – A nonfiction pick that has been on my list for a while… “a tale of medical wonders and medical arrogance, racism, poverty.”
  • The Warmth of Other Suns – Another nonfiction book that I learned about in New York magazine (love that publication). I am really into historical nonfiction lately and this book would be a new perspective for me: the twentieth century migration of African Americans from the South to the North and West.
  • Let the Great World Spin – Finally a fiction pick! This National Book Award winner has gotten rave reviews and tells the story of New York City in the 1970s. Must read.
  • The First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival – This is a brand new addition to my list. It turns out that the author, Ken Wheaton, is on my Team In Training and he just told me about his book last night. I am fascinated by Louisiana culture and religion in general, so it seems like a perfect match for me!

I wish I could say that I am going to read all of these by the end of September, but that is way too ambitious for this slow reader. I will do my best to get them all finished by the end of the year! Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What other books should I add to my reading list? Besides learning, what do you think of when you think of September?

6 Replies to “september”

  1. Hi Rachel. Love your reading list another good book to add would be “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett.

    I am currently reading it and can’t put it down. It is very well written and also happens to be a non-fiction novel based in Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement.

    After I finish this one. I’m definitely going to check out a book from your list. Happy reading!

  2. Agree with Stephaine, The Help was fab! Another one I can add which is a really easy read is The AquaNet Diaries by Jennifer Niven.
    For us brits who have dreams of what an american high school is like, its great 🙂

  3. There are so many books I want to read. I am on a kick right now reading samples online. I have read several just to get excited and then I am supposed to buy the book. I don’t, because I have several books on the bookshelf I still need to read. What a dilemma! For instances I have read an excerpt of “Reading Lolita in Tehran” and I just started a book on my shelf “Water for Elephants”.

  4. Oh man, I want to read both of those books, too! There really are too many to choose from. I wish I was more disciplined about finishing the ones I start…

  5. “Water for Elephants” was fabulous and her new one “Ape House” is on my personal “must read” list! You will love “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” – it’s a great book. If you like suspense books, you should check out Tana French – her books are wonderful. I’m currently reading Lisa Unger’s newest, “Fragile” and really loving it.

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