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(Not Quite Summer) Reading: September

Summer may be officially over, but my reading list goes on! I’ve been making my way through the mountain of books we’ve collected over the years and that I still add to often when I find a new book I really want to dive into but can’t find on Hoopla or Libby. No shame in our growing library, well maybe a little. But I do try to give old books away every now and then to friends or thrift stores.

Anyway, here’s what I read this month:

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Ok, I loved this one! It follows two Nigerian sisters, one just so happens to be a serial killer. It was funny and out there, has some romance and rivalry, but also touches on the strength of sisterly bonds — at all costs.

This Passing Fever: 1918 Influenza Poems by Melanie Faith

I didn’t set out to read this in one sitting, but once I started I couldn’t stop. This collection of poems is centered around the flu pandemic of 1918, “The Spanish Flu,” and depicts the river of emotions and confusion of a family and community dealing with it. If you have any anxiety about the pandemic we’re globally experiencing, I will say to tread very very lightly. I felt like I had a rock in my stomach after I finished this one, but it was so beautifully written

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This was a really really powerful read. The book is a letter from Coates to his young son, where he addresses both current events that are happening surrounding race in America, as well as in history. It expands on his questions of how this history impacts Black Americans, as well as his own experiences. This book is so beautiful and personal and honest.

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

I first saw this book recommended by model Bailey Peyton on Instagram and added it to my “to read” list. Big Summer was my first introduction to Jennifer Weiner, and I really enjoyed this one. This book took such a WILD turn that I was not expecting. Part body positive, part cozy mystery, it was a fun one.

Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon by Michael P. Ghiglieri

I have been chipping away at this book for an embarrassing amount of time and felt the need to commit to it instead of dabbling in the stories every now and then. Honestly, reading about true and tragic death can be kind of daunting, and this is a pretty thick book of the accounts of every documented fatality in Grand Canyon. It sounds so morbid, but when Tom and I visited Grand Canyon last year, I had a thought at night when I couldn’t sleep: How many people fall in?! A google worm hole brought me to this book and I ordered it immediately. The accounts are really interesting, and it goes by categories ranging from falls to lightening strikes and everything between. It also is a great cautionary book, if you will. What NOT to do when visiting the park. If I’m being honest, I will say I skipped over the suicide section of the book — one because it felt too intimate to read, and two because the author’s tone came off as judgmental to me when discussing the victims in that chapter. Whether it was intentional or not it just didn’t sit right with me.

Wow, so I guess I read quite a number of macabre books this month. Honestly, that’s typical for me, haha. It’s about to get even creepier next month. My reading wish list for this month is alllllll spooky-ooky to gear up for Halloween and I’m pretty excited to maybe not sleep at all in October. Yay!

You can follow along my journey on Goodreads, if you wish.

-K

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