Tuesday, October 15, 2013

My Stack of Books: September

Linking up with Anne!  This was an off month for me.  The number of books I read was way down from my usual count, but the start of school and extracurriculars was pretty hectic this year.  This was a pretty uneven month for the books, too.  I either loved them or disliked them.

Carry On, Warrior
9/10 This book is so full of good stuff.  I may have mentioned this before, but I think I'm going to have to order my own copy just so I can dog-ear and highlight the living daylights out of it.

Pardonable Lies
10/10  I had originally started this one right after finishing the second in the Maisie series, and I was feeling a little burned out on it.  I put it back on the library's shelves for a few weeks, and when I came back to it, I was so happy that I had returned to it.  This book was fantastic, and I can't wait to read the next--although I am making myself wait!

Mansfield Park
Oh, Jane, I'm afraid to say this, but this was the second in a row that I haven't loved.  Honestly, I skimmed the last 60 pages.  I read the afterword that came in the edition I had borrowed and I really enjoyed that--it was all about how these characters just aren't likeable.  Ugh!

The Distant Hours
I walked away from this one after about 70 pages.  I think after my tepid Northanger Abbey experience I am just not in the mood for any gothic intrigue.

So there it is--not a banner month, but I do have a stack of books lined up for the next four weeks that I am excited about.


MK Jorgenson said...

I really enjoyed Carry On, Warrior; I even had the same thought about getting my own copy! Plus one for my sister-in-law.

But I hear you on book numbers. I thought I had spent a lot of time reading, but when I tallied my books, I realized I hadn't gotten through much! Must be something about the weather, huh? I get the feeling that we'll read more once the dark days of winter set in.

Anne @ Modern Mrs Darcy said...

I can see how The Distant Hours wasn't a great follow-up to Mansfield Park. (Although it you really want to enjoy MP, which you may or may not actually care about, I highly recommend the MP chapter in A Jane Austen Education. The author draws fascinating (and funny) parallels between marriage and social climbing in 21st century NYC and Jane Austen's day, and I read MP in a whole new light after that.)

I've only read the first Maisie Dobbs book but I'm looking forward to reading more! And thanks for the warning. :)

Ibukun said...

My heart is broken that you did not enjoy Mansfield Park. I feel like I owe it to Jane Austen to make you like it (haha!) :(
Great to link up with you by the way!

Shana Norris said...

I own the 2nd Maisie Dobbs - just need to find time for it - I too am happy for the "warning" and glad to know things look up with the 3rd book.