This Month in Reading

Every month we’ve been rounding up the best things we read. In September, we continued our US road trip. We went through Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver BC, Spokane, Bozeman, Yellowstone National Park, and finally Rapid City, South Dakota.

Rachel’s Reads

Blogs

  • While we were in San Francisco, we watched a documentary on Burning Man called Spark. Jeff’s brother had recently returned from the festival so we heard a lot about it. I find myself intrigued, so I’ve been enjoying Alex in Wanderland’s Burning Man coverage. Here’s her first article, an overview of it with some great pictures.
  • Here’s a list of interesting websites from Traveling 9 to 5.
  • I saved this for Jeff, who had a run-in with street dogs in Thailand. Finding the Universe has tips for dealing with street dogs.
  • Uncornered Market gives a rundown on Oaxacan food. Huitlacoche is delicious!
  • I want to go on this NYC pizza tour! Thanks for the mouthwatering pictures, Globetrotter Girls.
  • Gadling introduced me to this fun language game.
  • Giant American roadside foods from Food & Think! Sadly our route hasn’t gone by any of these. We were near the artichoke but forgot to stop.
  • If we haven’t already convinced you of how delicious Malaysian cuisine is, let The Wanderlust Project try.
  • Fascinating article about honey fraud from Businessweek.

Books – I read 12 books this month, and one that was so short it couldn’t even be considered a novella.

  • Rapture by Lauren Kate – The final book in the Fallen series. I thought it ended well.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – An enchanting tale of romance and magic. I would love to go to that circus!
  • Cooked by Jeff Henderson (audio book) – The subtitle is “from the streets to the stove, from cocaine to foie gras” which is pretty descriptive already. It was read by the author which was a nice touch since it was a memoir. I very much enjoyed it!
  • The Giver and Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry – I finally decided to right the wrong in the world that was the fact that I had never read the Giver. It was really intriguing so I immediately read the second book – only to find it doesn’t seem to be related at all (supposed to be the same world, but that’s not obvious). Kind of disappointing.
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner – I saw Dashner speak at a panel with Brandon Sanderson at Gen Con, and I immediately looked for the Maze Runner. I finally got it from the library (I have been checking out books on my iPad with OverDrive – it’s awesome!). I liked it and I will be interested to see where the series goes.
  • Every Day and Six Earlier Days by David Levithan – Every Day is about a person/entity who wakes up in someone else’s body every day. Cool concept. Very well written. I really enjoyed it. Six Earlier Days is an ebook-only companion to the novel, just a few extra chapters really, which I didn’t think added very much.
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (audio book) – A more adult supernatural romance type book. Like a better Twilight, sort of. Takes a while to get going but it was pretty good. Also the person reading the audiobook was very good at doing different voices!
  • The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan – A bunch of different stories vaguely related to the idea of engagement/marriage/diamonds. At the end I appreciated how it was brought together.
  • Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire – Urban fantasy about fairies. Took me a long time to read, I wasn’t that into it.
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray – Meticulously researched historical fiction with a fantasy twist. Worth reading, although I thought the ending dragged a bit, too much set up for the next book.
  • Kill The Messenger by Tami Hoag (audio book) – This suspense novel was rather bad.

Jeff’s Reads

Books – I read 5 books this month.

  • 7 Types of Ambiguity by Elliot Perlman – I borrowed this from my brother Patrick since it is his favorite book. Perlman is a master of character perspective. Definitely recommended.
  • The Scar by China Mieville – Mieville is an awesome author, his super original urban steampunk fantasy is a must read.
  • Cooked by Jeff Henderson (audio book) – This has been my favorite audio book of the road trip. The author reads it himself which is an excellent touch.
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (audio book) – Another audio book with a good reader. There are a lot of people doing incredibly idiotic things and it moves a bit slow, but it helps the time pass in the car so I won’t complain too much.
  • Kill The Messenger by Tami Hoag (audio book) – This book really made me want to send the author a sternly worded letter of reproof. In a literal sense we could drive through the plot holes. Awful.

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