My September Bookshelf

Twitterature with Modern Mrs. Darcy
Anne of Modern Mrs. Darcy hosts a monthly link up where others can share short reviews of books they’ve been reading. It’s called Twitterature since the reviews should be brief, like a tweet, though she’s not holding us to 140 characters!

And the mountains echoed by khaled hosseini

From the author of The Kiterunner comes And the Mountains Echoed. Poignant, heartbreaking and true, Hosseini’s storytelling captures humanity across generations and cultures. Hosseini has an amazing ability to say only what’s necessary, letting readers fill in the blanks. If I ever write fiction, I’ll count Hosseini among my teachers.

Someday, someday maybe by Lauren Graham

Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel

I’m binging on Lauren Graham this month. I didn’t love her debut novel as much as I love Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, but that’s a high bar! If you’re looking for something light, fun and earnest, Graham delivers here. If you’ve ever found yourself lacking confidence, out of your element, or felt like a failure, you’ll love Graham’s protagonist, Franny.

So good they can't ignore you by Cal Newport

So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love:

Newport named his book after Steve Martin’s advice to comics to “be so good they can’t ignore you.” Newport debunks the common advice to “follow your passion” and “do what you love,” which often results in frustration. Instead, he argues that people find passion after doing the hard work of deliberate practice it takes to become skilled at something. I haven’t finished the book yet, but I’m loving it.

What are you reading? Have you read any of these books?

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18 thoughts on “My September Bookshelf

  1. I’m glad to hear you liked Hosseini’s book so much: I read his first two but haven’t read this one yet, so I’m eager to. I know what you mean about his style.

  2. The Kite Runner was on my to-read list for years. I even had a used copy of it but finally got rid of it in a yard sale. I figured I could get it from the library if I needed it. This reminds me to make it a priority and this one looks interesting too.

  3. Mmmm….might have to check out the Newport book; I could use a little kick in the pants to get me going. Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. I haven’t managed to finish a Hosseini book yet. I might give this one a try again one day.

    I’m so glad you liked the Cal Newport book!

    1. I know what you mean. Hosseini came to my college to speak, so I pushed myself through The Kiterunner in preparation. I liked this one much better.

    1. I had to wait awhile to get it from my library, too! Nothing like a book I know I can’t renew to speed up my reading. :)

    1. I know what you mean. I admire his writing style, but the themes of And the Mountains Echoed aren’t exactly lighthearted. The particular brand of disturbing content in The Kite Runner was different though.

      1. I had the same reaction to The Kite Runner, so when my mom recommended this latest book to me, I made her promise that there wasn’t anything like that in it! This book is on my to-read list, but for right now I’m sticking with lighter fare.

        1. I think you’ll appreciate And the Mountains Echoed when you’re ready to dive into something meatier :) I saw that you read Cuckoo’s Calling on your blog- just added myself to my library’s very long waiting list!

    1. Yeah, I love it too! Lauren Graham actually has a degree in English. I’ve never read anything by Steve Martin, but he’s brilliant, so I’m not surprised his novels are good.

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