September Reads: the list

On the first day of the year, I laid out my 2018 reading goalsHere’s what’s on the list for September:

#1 Fat Fiction: Morning Song by Susan Simone

Brief Description: “Living in a post apocalyptic, brutal reality, Morna has long grown used to putting her concerns aside in favor of those in need. Her past is something she’d rather forget and her future seems as if it will never be more than she’s come to know, but something is coming that will change everything. In the middle of the night an injured stranger is brought to her door. He is more than he appears and soon has Morna spellbound. . .”

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There’s a fat lady on the cover!!

#2 The Oldest Book Shelved: A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton, added to my library in 2012.

Brief Description: “One unremarkable June morning, Alice Goodwin is, as usual, trying to keep in check both her temper and her tendency to blame herself for her family’s shortcomings. When the Goodwins took over the last dairy farm in the small Midwestern town of Prairie Center, they envisioned their home a self-made paradise. But . . . Prairie Center’s tight-knit suburban community shows no signs of warming to ‘those hippies who think they can run a farm.'”

A Map of the World
I loved The Book of Ruth, so I’m really looking forward to this novel.

#3 Newest Book Shelved: Detroit Hustle: A Memoir of Love, Life, and Home by Amy Haimerl

Brief Description: “Journalist Amy Haimerl and her husband had been priced out of their Brooklyn neighborhood. Seeing this as a great opportunity to start over again, they decide to cash in their savings and buy an abandoned house for 35,000 in Detroit, the largest city in the United States to declare bankruptcy.”

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The synopsis suggests this story is about the Detroit community more so than white people moving in and taking over. *fingers crossed*

#4 Random Pick: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

Brief Description: This is Irby’s second memoir about how “sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a dumpster fire.” I reviewed her first memoir, Meaty, earlier this summer.

we are never meeting in real life


  1. Detroit Hustle and the Samantha Irby essays sound interesting; I look forward to hearing your thoughts! I feel certain I read a Map of the World a million years ago and liked it, but now reading the description it doesn’t sound familiar at all. Argh, isn’t memory weird? Do you keep a reading log beyond the blog? I often wish I did for just this reason 😀


    • I’ve kept Goodreads updated since 2008 when I discovered it. I kept a lot of novels from grad school and undergrad before that. The rest was all Sweet Valley, Babysitters Club and Goosebumps books.


  2. You’ve got some interesting reads there. I’m especially interested in what you think of Detroit Hustle. And I give you credit for making a reading plan.


    • I’m a little leary because Detroit Hustle is by a white woman who lived in a black neighborhood, and I don’t want the book to be patronizing. BUT, the description sounded like it would figure on the black neighborhood….. I’ll see.

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  3. Lots of Australian fiction is near-future dystopic at the moment. Post-apocalyptic is a step further, but of course was and probably still is a popular SF premise. I hope Morning Song turns out well both as Fat Fiction and as commentary on a possible future (or an alternative present).


    • I absolutely LOVED her novel The Book of Ruth, so much so that I taught it one year. I’ve been holding off on reading anything by Jane Hamilton because I’m worried I read her best book and all the rest blow.


  4. I read A map of the World years ago… it’s so good but also so hard to read. You’ll understand once you get into it. I think I also read The Book of Ruth, but for some reason I can’t remember that one as well. I think I liked this one more!
    All of these sound good. I love that your fat fiction pick is post-apocalyptic!


    • I’m definitely excited to read the fat fiction book. All my speculative fiction books have been the Katie MacAlister vampires that are a bit corny.

      I LOVED The Book of Ruth so much that I taught it. It just really got to people. I’d like to read it again, out loud, to my husband. I liked and hated every character.

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  5. These posts always make me happy to read. They are almost always new reads to me (which is exciting! I love that we pick up different literature) — do you find these posts hold you accountable to stick to your plan? What happens if you get off your plan?


  6. I love your plans and it’s a treat to see them at the top end of the month! I’m sure I’ve read A Map of the World, too, and it looks good enough I’d read it again! Detroit Hustle I will wait to see what you think but it does look fascinating if it does it well. I do like reading about fixing up old houses, while hating getting anything done to ours!!


    • I can’t remember where I found this one. Possibly another blog or a Goodreads list, though I’m doubting it’s Goodreads because most of their “positive” fat representation books are Bridget Jones’s Diary and the like.

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