I love fall, but always hate saying goodbye to summer. I think the beach is always most enjoyable after the tourists head home for locals. September and even early October make for some of the best days to head to the beach with a good book and a small lunch.
Since retiring in July sometimes the days seem interchangeable and although it would seem like I'd have more time for reading, I find I have less. I use to read about 12 books a month, but August fell short with just 7 (and 2 of these were kids books a mere 20 pp or so). Here's the list with links to my reviews. I liked them all so it's hard to pick a favorite.
- Summerlong; Dean Bakopoulos - 4.5/5 (ebook) (Aug)
- Wind/Pinball; Haruki Murakami - 4/5 (audio/eGalley) (Aug)
- What I Remember Most; Cathy Lamb - 4.5/5 (eBook) (Aug)
- Max the Brave; Ed Vere - 4.5/5 (arc) (Aug)
- Trapped: A Whale's Rescue; Burleigh & Minor - 5/5 (sent by author) (Aug)
- Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory; Caitlin Doughty - 4.5/5 (library) (Aug)
- The Sunken Cathedral; Kate Walbert - 4/5 (eGalley) (Aug)
September Reading Plans --
- Finish -- The Last September; Nina de Gramont
- Finish -- In the Unlikely Event; Judy Blume
- Becoming Ellen; Sheri Shattuck
- Several - books for the RIP X Challenge)
It's time for RIP X
Fall means more mysteries for me and darker psychological fiction stories. In past years Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings hosted the RIP Challenge each fall; I've participated for at least 6 years. It's the only challenge I join these days. This year (#10), Carl is passing off the hosting to Andi and Heather of The Estella Society and I'm sure it will be just as much fun. R.I.P. X officially runs from September 1st through October 31st.
You can choose to participate on several different levels, I'm choosing the one with the least amount of pressure --Read just (4) books in (2 months: mystery, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, Gothic, horror or supernatural.
Tentative RIP X Choices
Hollow Heart; DiGrado- 4/5 (read 9/21/2015) The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest; Larsson - 4/5 (read 9/10/2015) The Fall of Saints; Ngugi - 3/5 (read - 9/3/2015)
- Hair of the Dog; Susan Slater (eGalley)
- Burial Rights; Hannah Kent (from my shelves)
The Gates of Evangeline;Hester Young - 4/5 (read 10/4/2015) Salem's Lot; Stephen King - 4.5/5 (audio) 10/29/2015
Hope you all consider this fun challenge!
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