What I Read: September 2015

I read 10 book in September. 4 were non-fiction, 6 were fiction. 4 were on the Kindle, 4 were in print, 2 were on audiobook. 5 were by writers of color.

NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson (2009).
Lots of good food for thought in this one. Takes a look at the research in child development and examines/contradicts some popular child-rearing wisdom.

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones (2015).
I loved this book so much – a middle grades bite of magical realism. When Sophie Brown’s parents inherit her Great Uncle Jim’s farm, they move from LA to a more rural, agricultural part of California. Sophie discovers some of Great Uncle Jim’s very special chickens and starts a self-education campaign to become an exceptional poultry farmer.

The Heist by Janet Evanovich (2013).
Sort of like an action movie in book form. I was looking for a quick, mindless read that I could just plow through and this definitely fit that bill.

Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa De los Santos (2014).
Another middle grades read – time travel with a side of labor rights and social justice.

The Martian by Andy Weir (2014).
This was SO good. It was a book club pick, or I probably wouldn’t have picked it up, and I’m so glad I read it. Science and smart, funny characters, and suspense and adventure. You can see why they made it into a movie. If you are flying anywhere in the next year, this would be a good book for the plane!

Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke (2007).
An early chapter book about a little girl, Anna Hibiscus, and her adventures in her home in “Amazing Africa”. Great read-aloud.

Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward (2013).
Beautiful and haunting and devastatingly sad. Ward looks at her own early life and the lives of 5 young men who died within a four year period in Ward’s 20s.

Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot by Masha Gessen (2014).
I listed to this on audiobook, which was good, because it’s sort of dry and I’m not sure I would have gotten throw it otherwise, but it was really fascinating to learn more about the women behind Pussy Riot and, for better or worse (definitely worse), the Russian criminal justice system.

Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz (2014).
A fun middle grades read about Jocelyn Hook (daughter, of course of the dread pirate Captain Hook) and her escape from finishing school to Neverland Island.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari (2015).
Another audiobook, read by Aziz Ansari himself, which made the book extra amusing. A mix of sociological research on dating and Ansari’s humor, which I enjoy.

What I Read: September 2015