In September I read 6 books for a total of 53 books so far this year.
Book 48 was Mostly Dead Things. I don’t know about this one. It was fascinatingly weird for sure. The last third finally had some meaning but it wasn’t enough for me to really like it overall. The book seemed to be more shock value than story.
Book 49 was They Called Us Enemy by George Takei. I love these graphic novel history/memoir kind of books. It was really good and reminded me of John Lewis’s March series. I studied artist Ruth Asawa a few months ago so it was interesting to learn that Takei and Asawa were held in two of the same camps. Takei was younger and so spent much more time there. I love learning about history (a subject I once hated!) in this form.
Book 50 was All That You Leave Behind. This book has such a fantastic cover! I teared up a few times reading. The alcoholism scenes were really tough to read. Overall I enjoyed this one but I think the cover quote of “a breathtaking read” is a little over the top. I’ll go with “good not great.” (So you know… authors contact me for your cover quote!)
Book 51 was Raina Telgemeier’s new book Guts. Clara and I are HUGE fans of Raina Telgemeier and so we’ve been waiting for this book for like a year. And it’s, as expected, so good. I think the covers of her books don’t really show off her style. Clara showed me this four panel page with the one figure (below left) and I thought it was such genius use of panels. And kudos to Clara for recognizing that! I also liked this other page (below right) because it expresses so much in one brilliant panel. I related so much to this story and to her book Smile as I had really similar childhood experiences.
Book 52 was The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler. This one took me awhile to read. It’s not a big book but the text is tiny and there’s a lot of it. It’s a fascinating book though, another great historical read.
From the author’s note: “From our vantage point today, the Nazi atrocities are very easy to condemn. But how did Adolf Hitler fool a country full of so many good people? Part of my interest in telling the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer is to offer his first-person witness to how a majestic nation can willingly become a puppet for evil. After the most casual study of the Nazi barbarity, it is easy to imagine Adolf Hitler as the worst possible leader the world will ever see, but the truth is much more frightening. Despite the lessons learned from the horrors of World War II, recent history has shown humanity has not been permanently vaccinated against tyrants. We never will be.”
And last book 53 was Zeitoun. It’s a true story that I wish wasn’t true. It’s an important story though about a Muslim American family in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.
It’s that time again when all the books I reserved at the library came in at the very same time! So on deck is Red At the Bone, The Great Believers, Three Women, and No Happy Endings. We’ll see if I’m able to read all four in October before they have to be returned.