Fall Reading - Book Suggestions

Fall always seems like the most apt time to cozy up with a book. And with all the depressing World news from politics to natural disasters, I'll take getting lost in some alternate universe other than my own.

Author Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life has me totally totally enamored with the four male friends who age from their mid-20s into their early 50s in New York.

The author exquisitely conveys the lives of her characters. She even has me doing a first - reading a book over 500 pages. I'm already invested in this 800 plus page book.

A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara

Curious about the author, Hanya Yanagihara too ... I took it to Google and came across this not so typical article about the A Little Life Author who opened up the doors to her one bedroom New York apartment and lives with 12,000 books. As if her book had not made me curious enough, I found myself more fascinated by the woman who reveals her characters with such depth.

What better way to present an author of a book whom I'm already committed to - getting a bird's eye view into her private space. Tickled pink because I have become quite the black Martha Stewart of sorts with my new home and proudly I've become quite the green-thumbed gardener. *smiles* I'll have to show you some time.

In that article, Hanya Yanagihara was asked "What books do you want to read over again?" Immediately I added her read over again books to my wishlist:

The Untouchable - John Banville

The Remains Of The Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

Seven Japanese Tales - Junichiro Tanizaki

It’s Beautiful Here - Megan Morton and Brooke Holm

Meanwhile my bookclub September's pick is Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. I've been terrible reading monthly book club suggestions. I particularly opted to ignore this book since the last Gillian Flynn book I read was Gone Girl. Simply not willing to give any one author so much devotion. 

I started The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood in Spring but eventually got annoyed with women being told what they must do by the patriarch. I quickly put it to rest!

The last couple of times I read book club picks was Fall 2016. I did read the mystery-romance Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and the autobiography memoir A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight by Maria Toorpakai.

A friend recently shared her hurricane weather book to join her in bed, The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty. I believe I read this too in book club. 

Dark Places - Gillian Flynn

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier

The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty

Another friend recently said of this book Green Days by The River, "If you didn't study this book as literature student in high school, your school sucked." I guess my school sucked because I never read that book in high school - so I added to my to-read list. 

Green Days by The River - Micheal Anthony

One book I won't hesitate to mention is Witch - Unleashed, Untamed, Unapologetic by Lisa Lister which explains the history behind witchcraft, why identifying as a healer in past centuries led women to be burned at the stake, and why the witch is reawakening in women across the world today. All women are witches, and when they connect to source, trust their intuition, and use their magic, they can make medicine to heal themselves and the world. This book is a re-telling of Herstory, an overview of the different schools of witchcraft and the core principles and practices within them. Discover ancient wisdom made relevant for modern witches.

My children also have their picks:

My eleven year old daughter enjoyed Jacqueline Woodson's 337 page book Brown Girl Dreaming which tells the moving story of her childhood in vivid poems. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. She shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

Another super read is Hidden Figures, the amazing story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program which became a major motion picture.

My son who recently started school. Yesterday, he was proudly reading this delightful alphabet rhyme Chicka Chicka ABC. A told B, and B told C, "I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree."

Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson

Chicka Chicka ABC - Bill Martin Jr.

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