This month was all about Witch Week for me, so do please check out the wrap-up post to see if you missed anything. I’m so grateful to everyone who participated, and looking forward already to next year.
I was excited to announce a new challenge I’m hosting for 2016: Reading New England. I hope you’ll consider joining, even if you only read one book. There are so many wonderful books and authors from this region out there, that shouldn’t be a hardship for anyone. The official signup post will go up on December 1.
I’m letting two books share the Book of the Month honors this time, both concerned with young people growing up in a culture of violence, and with the power of education. I’m still thinking about both of them and wondering how we can make a better world for our children, one in which no one has to be afraid to go to school.
Books of the Month
- The Constant Nymph by Margaret Kennedy – My pick for the 1924 Club, and it was a good one.
- The Folio Book of Ghost Stories – I was delighted to get to do a giveaway for this beautifully produced volume of spooky classics. Congratulations to the winner, Raven J.!
- Why Do Only White People Get Abducted By Aliens? Teaching Lessons from the Bronx by Ilana Garon – A teaching memoir that brought great warmth and humor to a difficult subject.
- In Brief: Fabulous Fall Releases – Short reviews of various recent releases I enjoyed: The Wolf Wilder, Sorcerer to the Crown, The Secret Chord, and A Celtic Temperament.
- Country Boy by Richard Hillyer – An eloquent and moving memoir about life in a poor English farming family a century ago.
- The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse – A selection of Hesse’s short fiction that shares some elements of the fairy tale tradition but is also very much of its time.
- Krabat and the Sorcerer’s Mill by Otfried Preussler – Another book with roots in German folklore, this was a compelling story of a sorcerer’s apprentice who seeks to escape his master.
Other Books Read
- I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb – For the Nonfiction November readalong
- A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching reread
- Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching reread
- I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching reread
- The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown – for Nonfiction November
- The Gipsy in the Parlour by Margery Sharp – Review to come
- Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed – for Nonfiction November
Other Features and Events
- I posted a list of ten of my favorite Halloween books.
- I had fun pairing up some of my fiction and nonfiction reads from this year for Nonfiction November.
- My monthly discussion question was Do I need a niche? Most readers seem to find that maintaining a consistent and engaging writing style and personality is more important than keeping to a particular genre. What do you think?