The totals: 4 for the month, one in progress but will be done by Tuesday; 47 for the year.
- The Silent Hour, the fourth and final so far Lincoln Perry, by Michael Koryta
- The Abominable Man, the seventh of 10 in the Martin Beck series, by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
- 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works — A True Story by Dan Harris
- Bones to Ashes, the 10th in the Bones/Temperance Brennan series, by Kathy Reichs
If ever a list looked like a Sesame Street staple of “Which one of these is not like the other?”…
I’ll start by talking the odd man out: the Dan Harris book. I came across this one on Overdrive at the Free Library of Philadelphia. I thought it would fit with my unofficial birthday month challenge of reading one self-help book a month. While it was good, in fact laugh out loud in parts, I didn’t feel like I learned much by the end of the book. I also am not sure I like Harris or could relate to his extroverted ways. That said, it was a good experiment on attempting to see the world from a different perspective, which often can be a good thing.
About the series
- The Lincoln Perry series: I am sad that The Silent Hour was the last one in the series by Koryta, but at least he still is writing: standalones so I can continue enjoying his writing.
- The Martin Beck series, also called The Story of a Crime: The good thing about this series is that it only has 10 in the series, which started in 1965 and ended in 1975. The bad thing about this series is that it only has 10 in the series, which starteed in 1965 and ended in 1975. Again, this was a discovery from Overdrive, by way of Jo Nesbø, who wrote an introduction for one of the books. In a re-release of the series, each has an introduction by popular crime writers, including Nesbø and Michael Connelly, to name but a couple.
- The Bones/Temperance Brennan series: I am not as impressed with this series as the two aforementioned, but I like Temperance Brennan better in the books than the TV show of which I have watched a few seasons. Perhaps it is because Brennan is about the same age as Reichs, on whom the character is based, in the books.
I also am continuing to read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey. I wrote about that briefly here last week, but might share further thoughts on it in my Thursday’s Thoughts post or in next week’s Sunday Salon.
On Tuesday, I’ll look back at the month of September in other areas of my life besides reading and look ahead to October in both reading and other areas of my life.
How was your reading for September? Anything that stood out for you? If so, what?
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