I’m reading at least 6 books right now. Some I’ll put down for a month or two and pick back up later, some I read digitally, some physical books, some I listen to. I have different reasons for reading them all on different platforms. People always ask me how I can read so many books at once, and usually I have zero issues remembering what’s going on in each book. And honestly, usually the books are so different I don’t have a problem following all of the different story lines.
Until recently at book club while we were discussing the book we all just read, I started talking about the plot line of another book I had just finished reading, until someone stopped me and was like, um Meg — I don’t think that was this book. And then I realized I was talking about a different book and we all started cracking up. I haven’t laughed that hard in a while. So, maybe I do get confused sometimes.
Anyway, in September I finished 4 books. Two of these books I have solo posts in the works for so I’m annoyed that I wasn’t able to get them done before this post, but such is life.
SEPTEMBER BOOK REVIEW
Tuesdays With Morrie, by Mitch Albom
I read this book after listening to the author on Oprah’s podcast (recommended to me by my friend Joanna). After hearing the podcast episode I immediately bought the book. I feel like I had heard the title before but I had no idea what it was about.
Wow. What a book. Definitely a must read for pretty much everyone. I’ll have an entire post about it up soon, but I loved it. Read it so quickly. It gives you a wonderful perspective on life.
The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert
I loved this novel. I found it deep, gripping, fascinating, and I kept wanting more. I felt like it was a thorough story, all the details were well thought out and wrapped up nicely and had a point. This novel impressed me. It was complex without being hard to read or understand. It was relatable in the way that there were all types of characters in different situations. The whole time I was reading the book I just thought about all the research Gilbert had to put into it.
I’m not sure how I found this book, but anything related to Hemingway and I’m interested. I didn’t know much about Hemingway’s family beyond his first wife, so I was interested to learn more. The story wasn’t really about Hemingway himself, it was mostly an account of Mariel Hemingway’s life. Ernest’s granddaughter that he never met.
While the book was interesting, and I actually listened to it and Mariel read it herself which added another layer to it, Mariel is admittedly awkward. And that comes through very obviously in her book. The writing was just ok. It’s not fair to compare her to her grandfather, and I went into with an open mind, but I think I just found her annoying.
Some of the decisions she made, as an adult even, were just so strange. And some of her feelings about things, and I know you can’t argue with someone’s feelings, but to me they just seemed really juvenile. And maybe that’s just me being insensitive. Totally possible. Half the time I was listening to this I was just shaking my head, like really!?!
Also, you’d think considering she wrote the book that she’d be able to narrate it well, but that was even awkward, with pauses that were a little too long and she stumbles over her own words a little too often.
I can’t say I wasn’t interested, I was. And everyone is weird in their own way (me too) and everyone’s families are messed up in some way. There really is no normal. So it was interesting and I appreciated her telling her story. I had actually just recently watched Manhattan which she was in and she talked a lot about it which was fascinating and also made her performance in the movie make total sense. I’ll have to watch a few more movies she was in, but I was sort of shocked that she had an acting career because I thought she was so awkward in Manhattan. But what do I know. Again, these are just my opinions, so you’ll have to decide for yourself.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery
This was our book club book that I will have a full post about soon. Parts of it were beautifully written, but overall it wasn’t the book I reached for each night. The beginning was confusing to me, and I felt parts of it to be very unbelievable. It was also one of those books with A LOT of big thoughts, big ideas, and big words. Sometimes I’d have to reread a paragraph several times to make sure I understood it correctly.
It wasn’t one of my favorite books by any means. I was interested enough to keep reading, I didn’t find it boring per se, but just not something I couldn’t wait to pick up and read each night.
What have you read any of these books? What have you read recently? Please tell me in the comments below!
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