September was a fun month for books. It was also the first month for two books clubs that I have joined, Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club and the Diverse Books Club. Here is a glimpse of what I read.
Dead Cold, The Cruelest Month and A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny - the Louise Penny marathon continues. So good! I love reading about this little town and the people that live in it. And the crimes keep the pages turning.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman - I wanted to read this one because I knew it is well loved by people and the movie is on Netflix. It was an interesting, fun and thought provoking read about a disgruntled widower who finds hope and life in people he least expects--his neighbors.
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner - This was the September pick for the MMD Book Club. A classic work and a beautifully written exploration of a life long friendship. The writing was exquisite and the characters were complex and thought provoking.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead - This was the September adult fiction pick for the DBC. A interesting spin on the traditional slave narrative. It was and interesting in unique look at slavery and those who escaped from it.
Steal Away Home by Matt Carter and Aaron Ivey - I got this book on NetGalley after hearing a lot about it from Jamie Ivey, the wife of Aaron. It is a historical fiction about the friendship between Charles Spurgeon and Thomas Johnson. I didn't know anything really about either of these two men, so it was very interesting to learn about them.
Hum if You Don't Know the Words by Bianca Marais - This was a book about another thing that I don't know much about, apartheid in South Africa. It was a great interweaving of a the stories of a white girl and an older, educated black woman. A powerful story.
The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett - This is the story of two people who happen to meet one day and the explores three different versions of what could have happened to them in the future. It took me a bit to wrap my head around the structure of the book, but once I did, I really enjoyed this creative imagining of all the different ways a life could go.
Church of the Small Things by Melanie Shankle - This is the newest book by Shankle and I think one of my favorites of her that I have read. She starts with the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 and thinks about not the typical characters of the story, but the mom who packed that little boy's lunch. She then takes a the ordinary, every day things we do and shows how those small things are church.