Read it in… September

Getting back on track with books! I figured out I was reading a lot of heavy material which was taking me longer to get through, hence the smaller amount of books I was getting through in a month. So now I try to mix it up with some lighter reads in between to change things up and allow for more book consumption.

In September I read:

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You Are My Sunshine by Roberta Kagan. This is the second book in the All My Love, Detrick series. I read the first one (All My Love, Detrick) maybe a year or so ago? The first book and You Are My Sunshine are very loosely tied together in the beginning and then circle back together in the end. Otherwise, they are two very separate stories. I tend to be drawn to books about the Holocaust both fiction and non-fiction because of how that moment in history affected my family. Even with all the crazy stuff that happens in the world today it’s hard to believe that we as a global community allowed or didn’t see that happening back then. You Are My Sunshine does a great job of focusing in on both sides of the war and how it affected an Aryan as well as a Jew and their stories. Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

Escape by Carolyn Jessop. The polygamist sect of Mormon religion and culture is something that I am inexplicably drawn to. That and Scientology. I guess I’m drawn to religions I don’t understand? Anyway, this isn’t the first book I had read about polygamy but it may be one of the ones I enjoyed the most. Carolyn Jessop is a talented writer and the desperation and frustration that enveloped her life is so evident through her writing from the very moment she learned of her arranged marriage. It amazes me how someone like Warren Jeffs could completely throw the world that these people lived in into turmoil and people followed him blindly! Well, kind of reminds me of the presidential election we’re going through right now, now that I think of it. Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett. I feel like I may be the only person in my age group who LOVES The Carol Burnett Show. I don’t even remember how I got into it but from a young age whenever I would catch reruns on TV I was hooked. The combination of Carol, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman and Vicki Lawrence is comedy magic and the same acts make me laugh over and over again. In this book, Carol talks about how the show came to be, the guests, the acts and the all the different parts that made it such a success. She is very classy and does not mention anyone negatively (although I’m sure she dealt with her fair share of cranky/irritating celebrities) and is so gracious about the entire experience. Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

Memories Before and After the Sound of Music by Agathe von Trapp. I was really excited for this book because I LOVE The Sound of Music. It’s probably one of my favorite musicals of all time. I think that set me up for failure with this book because I was looking for the excitement and danger of how the von Trapp family left Austria and it was very anti-climactic. “We got on a train and left.” While Agathe and the von Trapp family led very interesting lives, the book fell flat for me and was filled with too much of the mundane and not enough of the experiences they went through during the war. Overall Rating 3 out of 5.

Valley of the Moon by Melanie Gideon. At first, I didn’t know what to make of this book and thought it would be joining the honorable mentions list. It starts off in the past and then moves into present-day with no connection… until present day somehow finds itself in the past. (Ooooh.) Once the plot was established I was hooked. The love story had a bit of a Kate & Leopold vibe for me (in a very distant way) and its hard to accept that characters in the story accept the circumstances so easily. (Not giving away anything.) Everything wrapped up neatly in a bow at the end but I still felt like there were some questions that were not going to be easily answered by how the plot ended. Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

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  1. I am so fascinated by religions I don’t understand too, the stories these people must have. I love how diverse your reads are, mine are all over the place all the time too, ha. I recently read “The Passenger” by Lisa Lutz and I really enjoyed it. I also read “Me Before You” because apparently I wanted to feel all of the feelings.
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  2. Fun fact: my aunt married into a polygamist family (her husband has 2 other wives), her two daughters married into the Allred and Jessop clans…I’ve got STORIES, man!

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    • Whaaaaaaaaaaat? So, SO intrigued. I met a girl at a work event who came from a polygamist family and she decided not to practice within her own marriage. I wanted to ask her so many questions but it didn’t seem proper, even though she was pretty open about it.

  3. I always love your book reviews and am totally impressed with how many books you can get through in a month. I am really intrigued by these! I really want to read that Sound of Music one! I’ve been majorly into WW2 books this year – I think I’ve read at least a dozen and cannot stop myself.


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