For The Love Of Books | September + October 2020

Here's what I read in September + October 2020: 

A Room Called Earth by Madeline Ryan | People’s minds are fascinating places. I truly loved this look into the main character’s mind as she prepared for, attended, and left at party. I loved that it occurs over the span of a day/evening and all the pieces of her mind + heart that were captured in that time frame. Our inner worlds are unique and interesting and diverse and that greatly impacts our experience of the outer world. The fact that the writer + main character are autistic was extra meaningful to me.

Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam | I had a hard time putting this one down. I was into the descriptive writing style (I can see that it was a little over the top for some people) + appreciated how that contributed to the overall feeling I was getting from the story. The whole book felt unlike anything I’ve read before.

The New Wilderness by Diane Cook | Stayed up late finishing this one last night. Captivating story about a future time where there is very little wilderness area left + a group of people who are part of a study who inhabit it (a mother + a daughter are main characters). I was moved multiple times by themes surrounding what it means to be wild + what it means to be human.

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant | I re-read this book for my local book club. I remember being deeply touched by this story when I read it the first time many, many years ago. My experience this time was different. 

The Girl In The Mirror by Rose Carlyle | Read this entire book in on a Saturday and it was just the kind of mystery/thriller that I needed to get me reading again. It's always the thrillers that do this for me + I'm so thankful. Fun read. 

Carry: A Memoir Of Survival On Stolen Land by Toni Jensen | Bring on all the memoirs. Bring on stories of different life experiences than my own. Bring on words to process our lives. I'll be looking for the second half of her story someday.

To see all my past reading over the last few years check out my For The Love Of Books archive

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  1. ScrappinMyHeartOut says…
    11/02/2020

    I have almost started to read The Red Tent many times, then at the last minute not chosen it. Coming from a family where there was spouse abuse, I'm not sure how I'll react to a book that treats women as if they are less than whole because of a natural human process, menstruation. Hmmm...

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/02/2020

      Hmmm, that's honestly not the impression I get from this book at all. It's more about how their natural human process is sacred + celebrated . It's a space for the women in the story to come together.

    2. ScrappinMyHeartOut says…
      11/02/2020

      In that case I let my assumptions get the best of me - I don't like the biblical insinuation that a woman is unclean when it's her time of the month, and I thought having to isolate in a tent went along with that idea. I will add the book back on my list!

  2. Lee_Currie says…
    11/02/2020

    If you're looking for thrillers, I can highly recommend any of the three written by Hannah Mary McKinnon: "The Neighbours" "Her Secret Son" and "Sister Dear" are all fabulous. Quick, solid reads.

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  3. charris says…
    11/10/2020

    I do have to say that I missed seeing your book rating. We must enjoy similar books, because your ratings are always a good gauge for me to choose a book that I will like from start to finish. Just a random thought. Love seeing your monthly reading lists.

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