What I Read – September 2010

Ah fall!  The return of cooler weather, fall leaves, apples, pumpkins … and the deluge of students into the greater Boston area.

Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay, Nancy Milford
3 Stars
Comprehensive and easy-to-read biography of one of America’s best poets.

Sandry’s Book: Circle of Magic #1, Tamora Pierce
2 Stars
Found this in a discard pile and read it in a couple days.  Diverting but not nearly as good or as interesting as Pierce’s Song of the Lioness Quartet.

Letters to a Young Poet, Ranier Maria Rilke
5 stars
Recommended by someone who’s idea of a good read is the latest Harvard Business Review (i.e. we have VERY different reading tastes) I really enjoyed this short work and found a lot of parallels to yoga and the practice of meditation.

*Faithful Place, Tana French
5 Stars
Tana French is the best thing to come out of Ireland in decades. Thoughtful, tense and brilliant, her books are second to none.

Graceling (The Seven Kingdoms #1), Kristen Cashore
3 Stars
Katsa is Graced with the ability to kill and is roped into doing the King’s dirty work because of it.  Kat’s life starts to change when she meets another Graced fighter, Po, and learns some new things about  her own Grace.

Traversa, Fran Sandham
3 Stars
Sandham walks across Africa, west to east, and narrates his eye-opening journey.  Forget the typical white platitudes from those who have been to Africa, Sandham’s perspective is fresh and honest.

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2 responses to “What I Read – September 2010

  1. I never manage to finish a book in a month. I’m so scattered I’ve usually got a half dozen on the go. Maybe I need a long time time frame, like what I read this quarter. Letters to a Young Poet looks promising…. just what I needed.. more entries on the reading list!!

  2. I love your book lists! Keep them coming, please. 🙂

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