September was a good reading month for me - seven books and nearly all of them were quite enjoyable. I think I'm going to change the format of these reading posts and just rank the books and give a brief summary or explanation of what I thought of them. Maybe one sentence plot summary and one sentence review.
7. Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlan. Follows the lives of the Fitzmaurice sisters after the elder sister utters an expletive on her morning television program. This book deserves its own post on everything that is wrong with "contempory literature." (I'm gathering the mental ammunition for that post - Quindlan and Jodi Picoult are my Exhibits A & B. Anyone else have any suggestions?)
6. The Blue Zone by Andrew Gross. Kate's perfect family implodes after her father is arrested and then enters (and subsequently disappears from) the US Marshall's Witness Protection Program. A by-the-numbers thriller with nearly every twist telegraphed from miles away. That said, it does what it says on the tin and is sort of the reading equivalent to a mindless yet fun action movie.
5. The Lighthouse by PD James. Adam Dagliesh and his team travel to a remote island off Cornwall to investigate the suspicious death of a difficult and demanding writer. This is another book that probably warrants its own post - it was interesting but difficult to read and I'm still not sure what I thought of it.
4.A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. Documents Bryson and his friend Katz in their attempt to hike the Applachian Trail. Well, part of it at least. Funny and enjoyable in places, whiney and like carrying your own 70-pound rucksack in others, this was not my favourite Bryson book although it's worth a read.
3. Snow Blind by PJ Tracy. When the corpses of two cops are discovered concealed inside snowmen, the Minneapolis PD has a tough case on their hands, which only gets tougher when a similar discovery is made in a nearby rural county. Good plot, good characters, enjoyable read.
2. Exit Music by Ian Rankin. After 20 years (and 17 books), DI Rebus is forced into retirement, but first he has to clear up a few cases. A good end to Rebus' run although hopefully we haven't seen the end of him. (Rankin is my absolute most favourite writer, Rebus one of my favourite characters.)
1. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. What if being gay were completely normal and a high school could have a transsexual quaterback/homecoming queen? This book is a rare beast - magical realism in a high school setting with a unique voice, lovely writing, and engaging story.