I had hoped to read more last month but alas that didn’t happen. Granted, I had also hoped to grow past age 10, but Lord love a duck that did not happen either. You just gotta roll with it, I guess. To be completely fair, it was my choice to not read more in September; it was NOT my choice to stop growing in the fifth grade. 😀
The Books I Liked in September
Two books read and two books liked, so I really can’t complain too much.
Leverage In Death by J.D. Robb
Book Description: A bizarre suicide bombing puts Lt. Eve Dallas and Roarke in the crosshairs of a team looking to profit from mayhem.
Book Review: This is book #47, which is a little mind-boggling, and one of my all-time favorite series. I love almost all of them, although this one falls in the middle for me, not bad or excellent. Normally, her books are very fast-paced and I love the character interactions (they are like family to me after 47 books) but this one drags a bit. I weirdly didn’t know whether to be relieved it was less murdery — thus less stressful on my stressed mind — or disappointed in all the blah, blah, blah versus blood, guts and gore.
To Read or Not to Read: Sure. If you’re a fan of mysteries with strong, female leads and an excellent supporting cast, this is a great series and one worth checking out.
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
Book Description: Cultural identity, class, gentrification and the thrill of first love take center stage in this YA reimagining of Pride and Prejudice.
Book Review: I really like the switch to people of color in this retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Zuri (aka Elizabeth) is kinda awesome. I like her, especially her pride in her community, her poems/raps/haikus and her desire to be more. She definitely embodies the spirit of Elizabeth Bennett, if she lived today and was Haitian/Dominican. My only quibble (and it’s kind of lame because in no way was this part of the original book) is that I wish Zoboi had explored a bit deeper Zuri’s prejudice against Darius and her lack of understanding (and empathy) towards his situation. Many Caucasians don’t realize the class structure that exists with different ethnic groups and the prejudice to outright racism they can have towards each other.
To Read or Not to Read: Yes, fans (but not necessarily P&P purists) will enjoy this. And non-Pride and Prejudice fans should too. Zoboi does a good job of modernizing this beloved classic while being true to the spirit of the story.
To More Great Books
Reading is my happy place, where I go on adventures and whatnot with some awesome fictional characters. But lately, it brings less joy to me because my preferred books are a little dark, which was fine when the world seemed sane. Now that it seems less sane (and safe), those books stress me out because I don’t have the balance of coming out of a dark book to a light world. So a smart Tanya would read another genre but that capricious Tanya whines and moans through them for being lame. Whether or not they are lame, is debatable. But I refuse to give up reading, even if I’m reading a bit less than before.
As usual, I’m participating in the Show Us Your Books Link-Up hosted by Jana and Steph. It’s also the fourth anniversary of SUYB which is completely awesome. Congratulations Jana and Steph! You’ve created an amazing community of book lovers who have helped so many people discover awesome books and authors. I am forever grateful to all of you!
What great books or not-so-great books did you read last month?