What I read in September

Hooray!! It’s officially October, which means it is officially fall in my eyes! 😀 More leaves are falling…the weather is finally out of the 80’s…I got my boots ready. haha! I read a bit more than I thought I did, so I am don’t know what happened. Some of them were for school, so that explains part of them. So, let’s get on with it! Here is what I read in September!

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Island of Lost Girls by Jennifer McMahon – While parked at a gas station, Rhonda sees something so incongruously surreal that at first she hardly recognizes it as a crime in progress. She watches, unmoving, as someone dressed in a rabbit costume kidnaps a young girl. Devastated over having done nothing, Rhonda joins the investigation. But the closer she comes to identifying the abductor, the nearer she gets to the troubling truth about another missing child: her best friend, Lizzy, who vanished years before.

What I thought: Well, it was definitely a book that had you guessing a little bit.. I was a little confused at some parts and some characters had me saying ‘huh’ a few times. But I enjoyed reading it for the entertainment of it..

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The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder – On the empty winter prairie, gray clouds to the northwest meant only one thing: a blizzard was seconds away. The first blizzard came in October. It snowed almost without stopping until April. The temperature dropped to forty below. Snow reached the roof-tops. And no trains could get through with food and coal. The townspeople began to starve. The Ingalls family barely lived through that winter. And Almanzo Wilder knew he would have to risk his life to save the town.

What I thought: I am so glad that I am having to read this for our schooling…because I never read them when I was younger. It’s my favorite thing about homeschooling! But I thought this was a great book, well really, I love all of her books it seems!

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – In what may be Dickens’s best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of “great expectations.” In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride.

What I thought: What to say about this book… I felt like it would never end. I know I am supposed to love it. But I was reading it aloud to the kids and it was just so hard…lol. We started the book in May and it just kept dragging. I did enjoy the story, but it was just long. I am sure I would have appreciated it more if I had just read it for me…

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The Pray-ers Troubles by Mark S Mirza – Learning Prayer thru the FUN of a Novel
3 Prayer Heroes, in
3 Historic Eras, on
2 Continents, with
1 Nine Foot Tall Angel, and
A host of demons

What I thought: I wrote a full review on the blog the other day if you wanted to check it out. 🙂

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena – How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even—yourself?  

People are capable of almost anything. . . 
Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco  soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of  deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

What I thought: WHAT in the world did I read?!?! lol This book had me reading so fast at parts.. I couldn’t wait to hear what happened.. and then the ending!?! What in the world! lol I enjoyed this book..even if it wasn’t totally believable, it was just written to keep me interested…

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The Wright Brothers by Russell Freedman – The first powered, sustained, and controlled airplane flight, and the men behind it. A Newbery honor Book.

What I thought: I was quite fascinated by this book! I learned a lot about the Wright Brothers than I hadn’t known before. Seems fitting since we are in NC and all. There was a lot of information for sure and in the back of the book are locations that you can visit that were mentioned in the book or have turned into museums…

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One for the Murphys by Lunda Mullaly Hunt – Twelve-year-old Carley Connors can take a lot. Growing up in Las Vegas with her fun-loving mother, she’s learned to be tough. But she never expected a betrayal that would land her in a foster care. When she’s placed with the Murphys, a lively family with three boys, she’s blindsided. Do happy families really exist? Carley knows she could never belong in their world, so she keeps her distance.

It’s easy to stay suspicious of Daniel, the brother who is almost her age and is resentful she’s there. But Mrs. Murphy makes her feel heard and seen for the first time, and the two younger boys seem determinded to work their way into her heart. Before she knows it, Carley is protected the boys from a neighbourhood bullly and even teaching Daniel how to play basketball. Then just when she’s feeling like she could truly be one of the Murphys, news from her mother shakes her world.

What I thought: This book was recommended to me and I loved it! It was such a great story and well written! Some of it wasn’t believable to me, especially since I know the little that I do about the foster care system, but the main character was totally great…

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Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse – Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days finding and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the German army invaded. Her illegal work keeps her family afloat, and Hanneke also likes to think of it as a small act of rebellion against the Nazis.

On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman’s frantic plea to find a person: a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such a dangerous task but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations—where the only way out is through.

Beautifully written, intricately plotted, and meticulously researched, Girl in the Blue Coat is an extraordinary, unforgettable story of bravery, grief, and love in impossible times.

What I thought – I totally enjoyed this book. I have been fascinated with historical fiction lately. This fit the bill for me! I hadn’t read any book like this one about that time period and it was interesting, the main character was written quite well. I would definitely recommend this book.

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel – Pi narrates shipwreck on a life raft with 450-pound bengal tiger Richard Parker in Pacific Ocean. Storms wash away supplies. Island proves dangerous. Finally in Mexico, landed castaway is a puzzle.

What I thought: I loved it, of course.. I find it hard to write about books that are well known and include having a movie about them. But I was happy to have read the book finally! Definitely made me think of the movie differently, what I remembered of it since it had been years! ha!

Ok, that’s what I read in September! I always love suggestions on books to read and it makes me smile when they are at the library! 😉 What have you read lately???

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