These Two Months in Reading

Each month we round up the best things we have read. In October, we took a cruise to Canada over Columbus day weekend. It stopped in Saint John, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia. We spent the following weekend in New York and saw The Book of Mormon on Broadway. We also went apple picking and did some karaoke on Halloween. For the first few days of November, Rachel visited Oklahoma to meet her new nephew. We did some furniture shopping and checked out the DC Metro Cooking Show. We also went down to the Eastern Shore for Thanksgiving.

 Rachel’s Reads


Books – I read 6 books in October, and 4 books in November (plus one that I quit).

  •  A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle – A lovely memoir that’s delightful to read. Makes me want to visit southern France.
  • Dogged Pursuit: My Year of Competing Dusty, the World’s Least Likely Agility Dog by Robert Rodi – A mediocre memoir about dog agility. The narrator’s kind of annoying.
  • Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler – If you’ve read anything else by Chelsea Handler, this is pretty similar. Somewhat amusing self-deprecating humor.
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – A very cute and sweet, but realistic, story of first love.
  • Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman [quit] – I could not get through this, I found it really pretentious.
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – Fairly decent supernatural young adult novel, but nothing amazing.
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – Nice young adult book about art and family, but I thought the artistic metaphors and language went a bit too far.
  • The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway – A really enjoyable time travel novel, with a nice dash of romance.
  • Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs – A “funny” memoir that I didn’t find all that amusing.
  • We Are Water by Wally Lamb – Pretty good novel about a really dysfunctional family.
  • Rooms by Lauren Oliver – Sort of strange novel about ghosts.

Jeff’s Reads


Books – I read 6 books these months.

  •  Rooms by Lauren Oliver – About ghosts, but not creepy. Pretty good!
  • The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway – There was quite a bit I liked about this book. There were several points where I thought it was veering into the writing style of generic romance, but then it kept being interesting.
  • Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer – Might be a bit ironic, but I am generally not into travel memoirs. This is a definite exception, this guy has such gall.
  • Hawk by Stephen Brust – Brust has been a bit slow in the last several years coming out with new books in this series and having things actually happen in them. He did it this  time though, I went through this book in about a day.
  • We Are Water by Wally Lamb – I hate the cover of this book. The authors name is so big that it looks like the title. The book itself though was quite good.
  • City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett – An oppressed people invent a weapon that wipes out the gods of their oppressors. Excellent read.


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