It’s September!!! Which means cooler weather and creativity and all things baked goods!
And a new month means a new reading list! And more exclamation points!!!
Okay, calming down, here’s what I have on tap for this month (all descriptions/covers from Goodreads):
This has been on my bookshelf for years, so it’s like 2 birds with one stone. And I can finally watch the movie, which I’ve been putting off until after I read the book.
…The story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder — a murder recounted by the teenage victim…The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.
This is also on my bookshelf
Troy Billings is seventeen, 296 pounds, friendless, utterly miserable, and about to step off a New York subway platform in front of an oncoming train. Until he meets Curt MacCrae, an emaciated, semi-homeless, high school dropout guitar genius, the stuff of which Lower East Side punk rock legends are made. Never mind that Troy’s dad thinks Curt’s a drug addict and Troy’s brother thinks Troy’s the biggest (literally) loser in Manhattan. Soon, Curt has recruited Troy as his new drummer, even though Troy can’t play the drums. Together, Curt and Troy will change the world of punk, and Troy’s own life, forever.
Sorry, War and Peace, 2012 will not be your year. Better luck next time. The honor instead goes to *drum-roll*
I may or may not eventually watch the movie. It depends on how much hair I pull out while making my 3rd attempt to get through this book.
On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac’s years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, “a sideburned hero of the snowy West.” As “Sal Paradise” and “Dean Moriarty,” the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac’s love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance.
Since I expect it will take me much time to get through my never-finished book, I’m keeping my other options open. I’ll, of course, be reading whatever is up for YA Book Club and anything else that strikes my fancy.
Plus, I’m aiming for 20k on a new WIP and hoping my paying work contract gets another renewal. I’m looking forward to sweater days and the smell of wood smoke – what are you up to this month?
*based on this EW list that lists great books that came out between 1983-2008
**based on the ALAs list of top 100 banned/challenged books between 2000-2009