As always, I’m joining my friend Leigh Kramer to share what I’ve been into lately.
September has been crazy. I feel like I say some version of that every month, but seriously: my kids started school on August 31, and fall ball not long after. We are, quite honestly, struggling to find our rhythm. It’s been bumpy.
But it’s been good, minus a few back-to-school freak outs (mostly my own).
Raleigh was lovely, especially this time of year. I didn’t get to see as much of the city as I wanted but the event was amazing, and I got to visit renowned indie bookstore Quail Ridge Books.
We also stopped in for a tasting at Ridgewood Wine and Beer around the corner, where they display their wares on bookshelves. Highly recommended if you’re in the area.
Last weekend we headed up to Cincinnati to rendezvous with our cousins. Everyone had a blast, as always.
Next week we’re taking the kids to NYC. If you have suggestions for New York with kids, I’m begging you to tell me in comments.
What I’m watching
Will and I fell down The Blacklist rabbit hole. We’re hooked.
In the kitchen
This is what it looked like at the beginning of the month. We’re getting somewhere. (And we have a sink now, thank goodness!)
What I’m reading
Now that summer reading season is officially over, I’m taking a giant step back to figure out my fall and winter reading priorities.
I’m reading lots of nonfiction for one project, lots of upmarket fiction for another, and as many forthcoming fall and winter releases as possible.
Next on my reading list:
• Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. I abandoned this one a few weeks ago, but after meeting the author and learning more about its structure, I’m giving it another try.
• Season of the Dragonflies by Sarah Creech. I’m very curious about this debut novel.
• Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr. This memoir has been on my list for a while. Several of you have raved about this one.
• Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain. When I mentioned to a friend that I’ve never read anything by the prolific Chamberlain, she was horrified. (“Whyever not?”) Point taken.
On the blog
Most popular: Un-put-down-able. This post from the archives about the books I finished in 24 hours or less because I couldn’t put them down was the most viewed in September.
Most heated comments section: Mr. Darcy vs. Gilbert Blythe. These comments are great. I loved reading your other contenders for your favorite fictional male lead.
Most likely to make you rush out for a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils: 9 campus novels that will totally make you want to go back to school.
Most likely to resonate: When you’re good at overcomplicating things.
Best/worst for your wallet: Now available: get kindle deals delivered straight to your inbox.
I’d love to hear what YOU were into in September.