Book(s) of the month: Sep 2021
According to StoryGraph I’ve read 25 books this month. I was going to try something where I look back each month and choose one book to recommend (not necessarily a favorite)...but choosing only one out of 25 is tricky. So here’s a few books I enjoyed this month, and why I think they are worth reading.
- The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas): I didn’t find this as groundbreaking a work of fiction as I think some folks did; but it is well-written, and it covers important ideas and perspectives in a way that I think makes it easier to take them in than if the same ideas and perspectives were delivered via a lecture. If you are OK with YA, and would like to learn or think more about US systems of policing and the BLM movement, read this.
- The Trespasser (Tana French): OK, I admit that in the last couple months I read the entire Dublin Murder Squad series, of which this is the last, so partly this is just to recommend the series. Within the series, though, I do think this is possibly my favorite (this could easily change tomorrow, favorite books are hard to choose) because it wraps up more neatly than some others, and also, honestly, has one of the least depressing endings, murder aside. I don’t think depressing endings are bad writing, I just personally prefer some hope. If you like murder mysteries that suck you in and get you invested in the characters despite their complexities and faults, read this whole series.
- Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen): I read Pride and Prejudice in high school (and a few times since) and have only started reading the rest of Austen recently (!). So far I’ve re-read P&P, read Emma, and now this. I think Northanger Abbey may be Jane Austen’s funniest book (that I’ve read so far), and I think so even though I haven’t read Udolpho. I love Catherine, she manages to have no and too much imagination simultaneously, while also just being a good person. Read this if you like funny things or Jane Austen, I don’t know what else to tell you.