Thanks to fall, I am back on my reading game. The cooler weather, yummy fall treats, and the coziness of curling up under a blanket unleash my inner bookworm. Unfortunately, when I read a lot, many other things slip to the bottom of my priority list, i.e. blogging. Oops, I will now be known as the book blogger without a blog!
But, obviously, I’ve found my way back so…on to the books already.
March by Geraldine Brooks
March is the latest Pulitzer Prize winner I’ve read on my Novel Endeavor. Honestly, reading this book was like a whirlwind that simply swept me off of my feet. As soon as I finished it, I immediately went to Goodreads and gave it five stars without even a second thought. I cherished every single moment I spent reading this haunting piece of historical fiction.
Brooks has created a masterpiece by stepping into the void that was left by Louisa May Alcott in her classic, Little Women. March follows the idealistic father of Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth as he journeys into the despair and depression of the Civil War as a Yankee war chaplain. The story is incredibly moving as Brooks considers the relationship between a husband and a wife separated by the tragedy of war. In addition, she gives insight into the thoughts, emotions, and principles that a man must wrestle with as he faces adversity and the abuses of mankind.
March was a surprising winner for me because I tried and failed to read Little Women twice. Much like another childhood classic, Anne of Green Gables, it just never grabbed me. However, I loved this book so much that I am considering giving Little Women one more shot!
The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay
Reading Katherine Reay is my guilty pleasure. When I am tired of reading the literary fiction that makes me think too much, she is my go-to. Reay is my fluffy fiction. I breeze through it knowing I will reach my happy ending while also getting lots of Austen and Brontë shout-outs along the way.
Thankfully, The Brontë Plot did not disappoint. There’s romance, family drama, international travel, interior design, shopping, and, of course, lots and lots of Brontë references. Check it out for a night of relaxing and enjoyable reading!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus was unusual and left me feeling a bit unbalanced throughout the novel; it could be because I listened to it on audiobook. Anyway, The Night Circus is a traveling phenomenon that captures the imaginations and the hearts of people around the world with its breathtaking magical qualities. Unbeknownst to its patrons, it is also the center stage for a magical showdown that will last for decades. While I didn’t love this book, I was captured by the diverting cast of characters created by Morgenstern. The Night Circus is a great book to read if you love the integration of fantasy and magic into the real world, i.e. Harry Potter.
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Before the Fall was another audiobook pick for this month and I really enjoyed it. The book is centered around the mysterious crash of a small private plane and each of the passengers and crew on board. Throughout the story, the reader is taken inside the investigation to figure out how and what happened to make this plane simply fall out of the sky. I was really intrigued by the structure of the novel as the reader is allowed into the thoughts and perspectives of each of those on board the plane. This was the kind of mystery that I really love—not too many crazy plot twists, not that gruesome, and I wasn’t creeped out when I went to bed at night.
Of course, I read other books this month too, so if you’re interested to see more of my latest reads check me out on Goodreads!
Also, don’t forget to check out the Quick Lit Link Up that happens every month over at Modern Mrs. Darcy! I get so many of my book recommendations from her and her other readers as well!
What books have you been reading this month? Have you read any of these? If so, what were your thoughts? If not, which would you want to pick up next? Let me know in the comments below!