Way back in July I read two really wonderful books, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Since those favorite reads, I have been in a slump. Not because of terrible books, my slump has been due to the wrong timing. I'll explain that later. Thankfully, by the end of September, I found my footing again. I'm back to reading great books that I don't want to stop reading.
Here is how my September reading experience went.
Second, I read Bad Beginnings from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. I loved this book; however, this is a children's book. I wished I had read it many years ago when my kids were young. There is so much packed into this story. It is a little dark which probably turns many readers away, but surprisingly clever! In fact, I rate The Unfortunate Events series above the Harry Potter series. I'm sure no one will agree with me :)
After two top rated children's book, I decided to read something a little more suited to my age. I was looking for something light and quick to read. I've read Sarah Addison Allen before and enjoy her writing style. I checked out one of her highest rated books, The Girl Who Chased The Moon by Sarah Addison Allen. Like most of her books, the story is told of quirky townspeople, a family mystery, and a supporting love story. It didn't quite meet my expectation.
Next, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I'll be honest this book has taken me no less than 10 years to finish. I have started and gave up on this book every time I pick it up. This book is full of symbolism, themes, and everything you don't remember from your high school lit class. The general synopsis is a futuristic dystopian story about books, firemen, and free thinking. It's not a bad story. There is a lot, and I mean a lot of depth to this book.
Four books later, I decided I wanted something guaranteed to entertain me and not make me think too hard. Enter Jojo Moyes' book, One Plus One! Moyes is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I loved this book! The story is about a single mother who is trying to change her children's future by traveling to a math competition. An out on his luck stranger aids them on their venture. The story builds from there. Excellent read!
September ended on a high note with The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. This book was entertaining, laugh out loud funny, and heartwarming. The Rosie Project is about a two eccentric academia working together to solve a mystery. Easily one of my favorite books I've read this year. I highly recommend!
Six books read in one month. I'm pretty sure I set a personal record. Now that I hit my groove I'm sticking with happy books for October. I might throw in a little non-fiction to mix it up. If you have any recommendations for happy or non-fiction, please leave in the comments section below!