It's fall! Which means evenings spent curled up with tea and books. A couple of the books I read this month I read in one sitting. What a perfect way to spend an afternoon!
A Brush with Death: A Susie Mahl Mystery by Ali Carter
I love Susie Mahl! I wasn't super wowed by the mystery in this book, but I loved the characters, especially the dog named Situp. I liked how Susie used her artist skills to keep track of the details of a murder investigation. In fact, my favorite parts of the book were when Susie was talking about her artwork. This book was quirky and different, and I'll certainly pick up the next one in the series. Especially if the cover is as beautiful as this one!
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
This is the second month in a row that our kid-lit club pick has made me ugly cry. To say I loved this book is an understatement. It was precious and insightful. When I was young my favorite toy was a stuffed bunny named Bun Bun, so I especially loved that this story was about a toy rabbit. Each story of love and friendship in this book was unique but they were all realistic and honest and told so well. This was my second Kate DiCamillo book, and now I can't wait to read everything else she's written. It's so fun to find a new author.
The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and "Women's Work" by Kathleen Norris
I read this short reflection for my summer home project. I read this in a few hours, and I really enjoyed it. Kathleen Norris can write about laundry and make it captivating. But more-so than an ability to make chores sound interested, Norris makes a convincing point about our daily tasks being more than just monotony. There can be something almost magical about routine. There's a lot of little joys in routine.
The Princess Diaries, Volume V: Princess in Pink by Meg Cabot
I decided to reread some old high school favorites for back to school season this month, so of course I had to keep going through The Princess Diaries series. In this chapter of Mia's hilarious diary she's worried about the senior prom and caught in the middle of a busboy boycott caused by her grandmother's hideous dog. My high school experience was not anywhere near as dramatic as Mia's is, but I can relate to how important things like the prom seem when you're 15. I love these books.
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
I must have read this book about 1000 times when I was in high school, but I haven't read it sense. I knew I'd enjoy this reread, but I absolutely loved it. I think I liked it better than I did when I was a teenager. I love Macy, the main character. I still identify with her relationship with her dad. I love her quirky friends, and I love the journey she goes on to find herself again after tragedy. I like the role running and art play in this story, and this is one YA novel where the love story seems realistic and isn't terrible and cheesy or overly melodramatic. This is a great book. Highly recommend.
So there you have it! We're officially into my favorite season of the year, and October is the best month of all. I've got a few more rereads on my nightstand, as well as a stack of nonfiction I've been wanting to read. What are you reading? Do you read anything scary in October to celebrate Halloween? Whatever is on your list, enjoy!