September 2014, In My Stacks

Have you got it marked in your calendar? Diversiverse runs September 14 to September 27, 2014. The sign-up post is here. It’s not too late!

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I’ve enjoyed these recently: Tamai Kobayashi’s Prairie Ostrich (2014) , Shani Mootoo’s Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab (2014), Padma Viswanathan’s The Ever After of Ashwin Rao (2014), Richard Wagamese’s Medicine Walk (2014), Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer (2014), jordan abel’s the place of scraps (2014), Alice Walker’s The Cushion in the Road (2014), and Mark Sakamoto’s Forgiveness (2014)

In my stack, I’m aiming to fill some of the final squares in my reading bingo while playing along.

N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Kingdoms would count for the Sequel square. Toni Morrison’s Beloved would fill the Made Into a Movie square. Ann Petry’s The Street is a forgotten classic. Lawrence Hill’s Any Known Blood is a story rooted in history. The others, the Gloria Naylor books and Louise Meriwether’s Daddy Was a Number Runner, have been on my shelves for ages and ages.

And what about the rest of September?

Pictured below: Madeleine L’Engle’s Many Waters, Laird Hunt’s Neverhome, Hannah Pittard’s Reunion, Maureen Corrigan’s So We Read On (which implies The Great Gatsby), Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, Edmund Metatawabin’s Up Ghost River, Nick Cutter’s The Deep, Jeffery Deaver’s The Skin Collector, Kim Thuy’s Man, Liana Finck’s A Bintel Brief, Michael Crummey’s Sweetland, Robert Galbraith’s The Silkworm.

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Am I really doing any better with my addiction to starting to read series (which then languish untouched or, at least, unfinished)? No. I am starting just as many but, it’s true, that I am more often reading on in short order. (Witness my devotion to the Bern Fortin books.) But I have only read on in three series which I didn’t also begin reading this year: the Time Quintet books and two children’s series (Yotsuba&! and Courtney Crumrin).

Many Waters interests me because it turns the lens to Sandy and Dennys, but I miss Meg and Fortinbras. Maybe I am just meant to reread Wrinkle repeatedly.
Laird Hunt’s novel makes me think of C.S. Richardson’s The Emperor of Paris and David Bergen’s The Age of Hope, books you want to just sink into, read in a single sitting.

Hannah Pittard’s style reminds me of Polly Dugan’s So Much a Part of You and Elise Juska’s The Blessings. Readable and smart.

Did you, like me, manage to avoid reading The Great Gatsby in school? Listening to the WBC podcast on it helped to increase my interest, but what was that whole story about Zelda writing a good bit of his stuff and F.Scott not ‘fessing up? That really put me off. Is that unfair, or untrue? In any case, my Gatsby-less days are numbered.

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing landed on my stack when it landed on the Orange Prize list. (Yes, yes: the Bailey’s Prize.) It impressed me, but I put it aside after Part One; I just wasn’t in the right mood. I’m ready now. Has that happened to you lately?

Edmund Metatawabin’s Up Ghost River is going to be one of those reads which should be parsed out. I’m reading a chapter a day every couple of days.

It might take me most of September to work up the nerve for Nick Cutter’s The Deep. Thinking about The Troop still makes me squirm. That’s a good thing. Really.

Jeffery Deaver’s The Skin Collector took me back to the first in the Lincoln Rhyme series, The Bone Collector. It was a rough read but I grew attached to the character and am curious to see where the eleventh book finds him. (Do you read series out of order? I rarely do. This feels very adventurous.)

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Rest of September

Everyone seemed to love Ru more than I did, but I am really looking forward to her follow-up novel in translation by Sheila Fischman. Perhaps, as with Neverhome, it will be a single-sitting read. Any guesses as to whether this will appear on the season’s upcoming prizelists?

Liana Finck’s A Bintel Brief was recommended by Maureen Corrigan in the NPR podcast, with Max Brooks’ and Canaan White’s The Harlem Hellfighters (which was utterly fantastic and should be on school curricula for mature students everywhere). How often does a book reviewed on radio catch your attention?

Sweetland. This is going to be one of those gushing posts. I just love this book. I never want it to end. And, yet, I know he is going to end it brilliantly, so I want to see that happen too. Have you read Michael Crummey before?

Plunging into Robert Galbraith’s The Silkworm on the heels of The Cuckoo’s Calling might not have been the smartest plan. (But witness my start-and-finish-series oath. See, I’m not failing all over the place. Only in isolated areas.) I liked the first book, but I’ve heard this one is even better. What do you think?

What does your stack look like these days?

Are you expecting to read a lot this month, or will it be a challenge to squeeze in the books?

s there something in particular you are enjoying right now or anticipating?





  1. Sharlene September 23, 2014 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    Gee. Thanks for making me add plenty of books to my too-long TBR list!

    Sadly I have yet to read any of L’Engle’s books aside from A Wrinkle in Time. I’ve not even read the rest of the books in the series! Must make it my mission to finish it before the year is up!

    • Buried In Print September 25, 2014 at 8:28 am - Reply

      My pleasure. You’ve added to mine waaaay too many times. You do such a great job of following up though; my plans always exceed reasonable limits and it’s taken me decades to read past Wrinkle and Wind (I just finished A Swiftly Tilting Planet this summer)! In this stack, I think you’d really like Michael Crummey’s Sweetland and Nick Cutter’s first book, The Troop (I can’t remember the second, yet, because I haven’t read it, but The Troop will chill you).

  2. Melwyk September 5, 2014 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    I also much prefer Wrinkle to Many Waters. Meg is the entire reason to love those books 😉

    I have quite a few on the stack, though I am not sure how much reading I’m going to get done. I have Aislinn Hunter’s The World Before Us up next, & am really looking forward to Thomas King’s Back of the Turtle. Also was not a big fan of Ru but want to read the new one! Also looking at a few new-to-me titles & authors, hopefully I’ll get to some soon (see exhibit A for some of the new and intriguing titles I’ve found)

    • Buried In Print September 15, 2014 at 12:22 pm - Reply

      I am liking Many Waters more than I thought I might, but I think a girl’s fondness for a certain character is hard to shake as an adult returning to the same literary territory. Rather like knowing that if I had discovered LMM’s Emily first, I would have loved her best, but no amount of readings as an adult can shake my deep-seated devotion to Anne. Have you read Aislinn Hunter’s A Peepshow with Views of the Interior? I think you would LOVE it. As for Exhibit A (great choices!), I just picked up a copy of Sweet Affliction: looks good!

  3. kaggsysbookishramblings September 5, 2014 at 3:03 am - Reply

    Intriguing looking piles! I love Gatsby, but then I didn’t have to study it at school. This month I have no reading plans at all – which is absolutely lovely, as I can read what I feel like when I feel like it!

    • Buried In Print September 15, 2014 at 11:56 am - Reply

      Not even the vaguest of reading plans?! *shakes head* I think that’s happened once or twice in my lifetime. But I should probably plan to not-plan more often because, as you say, it does open the door to new opportunities. Thanks for the encouragement in FSF’s direction; I’m poised to begin this week.

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