What I Read in September | September 30, 2020

Little change of pace around here. This summer, I was crushing miles and books with Ryan. Seriously, we'd lay in our tiny camper bed together at night and read until we fell asleep, which has always been my dream. Dreams happen under the right circumstances though, right? And we needed zero service to make that particular one come to fruition.


Reading in the Fall

We've been home for a couple weeks now and reading has slowed way down. We have service here, full streaming capabilities, and enough laundry to keep me busy for the rest of my life, so here I am with all of my excuses, but I did read a couple goodies this month. In fact, I liked all of them. 

I Know This Much is True || Wally Lamb


I Know This Much is True is about two brothers, twins, Thomas and Dominic Birdsey. Respectively, one has severe paranoia and schizophrenia, while the other grapples with the guilt of being born "normal" while also displaying some fear of developing his brother's challenges. In classic Wally Lamb fashion, it's long and winding. It opens with Thomas cutting off his hand in a library. Very en media res, indeed. 

Girl With the Pearl Earring || Tracy Chevalier


Girl With the Pearl Earring is a fictionalized account of how one of Johannes Vermeer's most famous paintings came into existance. It follows Griet, a young teenage girl, whose father was involved in a kiln accident and has lost his sight, as well as his means to make a living. The family has no alternative, but to hire out Griet as a maid, and here is where she enters Vermeer's life eventually become his painting subject, much to his and Griet's chagrin. 

It's delicious, yet the writing is spare. Kind of like a well made, yet no-frills meal.  I couldn't put it down.  

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix || J.K. Rowling


Order of the Phoenix finds Harry Potter in his fifth year at Hogwarts, struggling against the Ministry of Magic, which has completely flipped on their historical Harry-Potter-is-a-hero narrative in an effort to squash the truth that Lord Voldemort has returned. On hand to make things difficult, we have Dolores Umbridge, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor and a true Karen if I've ever seen one, and naturally, old Voldemort getting up to all kinds of evil. 

I started re-reading the HP series last fall and got through the first four books in October and November 2019. This year, I've just picked up right where I left off. 

What I Read in September | biblio-style.com

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