Keep Reading September 2017
This month’s first choice was a no-brainer. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate makes it into the top ten books I have read this year. When two of your friends recommend the same book within two hours of one another, you have to pay attention.
I am going to cut and paste the book description directly from NLS BARD because they do a great job of explaining the plot without giving anything away.
The five Foss children are left alone at home in 1930s Mississippi and subsequently kidnapped by notorious child dealer Georgia Tann. In the present day, Avery Stafford meets elderly May–who used to be Rill Foss and is the sister of Avery’s Grandma Judy. Avery investigates her family’s history.
Here is my older book choice for this month. Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy was written in 1888.
I have no idea how I found this book. It was probably mentioned in another book. At the end of the nineteenth century this was an extremely popular book. In this utopian novel a Bostonian is transported from a secret chamber in his home to the year 2,000. It was fasenating to read about what people in those days would think a perfect world would be like in the beginning of the 21st century. The surprise ending is the frosting on the cake.
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
This book is written for high school readers and above. I would like to see this book become required reading. A young girl witnesses the shooting of her friend, who like her is black. He is shot by a white policeman. Does this sound familiar? Should she turn her world upside down by telling the truth?
A Column of Fire by Ken Follett
I usually read anything he writes The Pillars of the Earth is one of my all-time favorite books. The second book in the series; World without End was a bit disappointing. This third book also seemed to be lacking something. I like long books and it is certainly long. On the other hand I really zipped through it so it had something to catch my attention.
I had an especially fun reading experience this month. My granddaughter texted me and asked if I had read the book Black Moon. She told me her favorite professor Kenneth Calhoun wrote it. I found the book on BARD and downloaded it right away. Black Moon reminded me a lot of the book The Road. Set in the future I would describe it as Speculative fiction. I am not usually drawn to this type of book but I did really like The Road so I kept reading. Before long I was hooked. I read it in just a little more than a day. Now I am even more jealous of Anna getting to hang out with professors and stretch her knowledge