September was a pretty good month of reading for me — including making my way through several books that have been on my reading list for a long time. This summer was so full, I didn’t get a lot of reading done — and now that fall is here, and it’s getting cold and dark earlier, I’m ready to attack my stack of books!
The Confusion of Languages by Siobhan Fallon
I read The Confusion of Languages after finding it on Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide (category: Intense Novels). I absolutely loved it! I love page-turning, twisty, suspenseful novels — but these days, a lot of the books I read are starting to feel pretty cookie cutter. (I’ve resolved never to read another book labeled “the next Gone Girl!”) This was suspenseful, but the setting — the U.S. expat community in Jordan during the rise of the Arab Spring — was completely unique. And Fallon — who moved to Jordan in 2011, and currently lives in Abu Dhabi — sets a knowledgeable, sucks-you-right-in scene. The book moves back and forth between the days leading up to and following the disappearance of an embassy wife after what should have been a harmless fender bender. Highly recommended!
French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon
As a gluten-free vegetarian, I have a constant fear that my future children will be as food-challenged as I am. I picked this up to give me some insight into raising non-picky eaters, and this didn’t disappoint! I found the insight into French food culture fascinating (it reminded me of a French Women Don’t Get Fat for kids). And it wasn’t all theoretical; the book was full of practical insights and simple-to-implement tips for teaching kids how to eat well and develop a healthy attitude toward food.
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
I’ve read In a Dark, Dark Wood (liked it) and The Woman in Cabin 10 (loved it), so I was really looking forward to this one. Sadly, it didn’t really suck me in. While The Woman in Cabin 10 was dark and pleasantly Christie-esqe, this one fell flat. The characters were irritating and self-absorbed and I found myself both unsurprised and uncaring by the time the plot found its resolution. Any of you read it and feel differently?
This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are by Melody Warnick
I’ve had this book on my list for quite some time, and it didn’t disappoint. As frequent travelers (and frequent movers) Ryan and I spend a lot of time thinking about home, place, and belonging. And I’ve certainly been guilty of not settling into a place because I felt like it wasn’t forever. Warnick’s take on “finding home wherever you are” is thoughtful and inspiring … whether you’ve lived the same place your whole life, frequently move from rental home to rental home, or even live in a camper! Highly recommended whether you’re looking for your forever home, have already found it, or are somewhere in between.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Yes, that’s right. This is my first time reading Harry Potter. Somehow, I’ve seen all the movies, but never quite made it to the books. After Ryan plowed his way through them all this spring, I determined to do the same. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to read more. (I’m thinking about getting the next one on Audible to “read” while running.)