I read everything on my list from last month (2 novels and 2 nonfiction books and one children's chapter book), excepting The Sexually Confident Wife by Shannon Ethridge, which I will keep on the list.
In addition to those books, in October I read
Scratch Beginnings, mentioned HERE where I also talked about the Accomplishment* of reading so much in the first part of October.
Off-Season by Anne Rivers Siddon -- which was so beautifully written and captivating that I kept asking myself, "Why don't I read more novels?" A good novel such as this one weaves a story from which you can't escape. Truth (or relative subjective truth which appears in the four memoirs that I read this month) is interesting. The stories compel me, but they lack, by definition of reality, the beauty and symbolism of well-written fiction. Off-Season does take a leap off the page of realism at the end, but by that point I was "in," so I bought it hook, line, and sinker. This novel deals with the tragedy surrounding Lilly Constable's life -- jumping from her middle-aged years to her growing-up years and back again with a fluid motion. Because of the way the story is told, when I was halfway through I was already thinking that I should read it again to pick up on the nuance of the whole story as it's told in part. The story really is full of loss, but for some reason -- for me at least -- it was not at all sad. It was beautiful and true.
and Marley and Me by John Grogan -- Of course, everyone's heard of this story about "Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog." If you're a dog-lover, you'll enjoy this book. It's well-written, funny, and of course poignant. I'm still waiting to come across a great animal story that doesn't end -- well, you know -- the way life ends.
If you're a cat lover, you will be more interested in the next book, Dewey the Small-town Library Cat Who Touched the World, which I will review (with book or audiobook giveaway!) within the next two weeks on 5 Minutes for Books.
Dinner with Dad and the last half (from a few months ago) of the Film Club -- both of which I reviewed HERE
Much Ado about Anne, reviewed HERE
and over half of the Trouble with Boys reviewed HERE with When Labels Don't Fit, which was on my list (you can enter to win both of those titles through Sunday).
*Reading still feels like an accomplishment -- like I'm spending my time in a somewhat worthy fashion, but even more, in a way that I love. I'm choosing how I'm spending my time instead of letting my time just run away with me, and that makes me happy. So, with that in mind -- here's what's on my Nightstand for the month:
Other than the book mentioned above that I haven't finished yet, I am currently reading Beautiful Boy, which is the memoir of a father of a drug-addicted son, lent to me by my good friend Andrea.
Andrea also lent me another book, that I passed on to other friend Lee to read first since it was just sitting on my shelf, and now I have another friend telling me I must read Same Kind of Different as Me.
I'm almost finished with Lessons from the Road, so I'd like to stick with it, and get it finished soon. Non-fiction Christian books seem to be the books I most leave unfinished. Not because they don't compel me, but because there's no definite beginning, middle, or end, so no matter how much I've gleaned from
I'll also be reading
Too Small to Ignore: Why the Least of These Matters Most by the president of Compassion International.
A Christmas Carol for the Classics Bookclub and maybe
Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan
and perhaps Washington's Lady, although I feel like I want a lighter book somewhere in there, so who knows what novel or children's chapter book might come across my desk that I decide to dig right into.