Before September Ends…

Where did the summer go?  There were only 9 weeks of summer when you take into account the kids summer vacation away from school.  What this means specifically to me, is that I got to enjoy reading approximately 18 books under the hot blazing sunshine all summer, after I was done work, of course… unfortunately, I am not a school teacher, so the 8-5 working thing still applied through my summer!

Walt Disneys Belle was an avid reader

As you can only imagine, if you read that much, it doesn’t leave time for anything else… or so you non-reading people think!  If you can believe it, I get many adults and teenagers, saying to me that I spend too much time reading… I’ve even been called “Belle” before!  Pfftttt!  In case you don’t know the reference, they are referring to Belle in the book or Walt Disney movie “Beauty and the Beast”.  She walked around the neighbourhood oblivious to what her friends were doing… (usually partying or getting into trouble)… with a book stuck in her hands and her eyes glued to the words on the page before her!  Sometimes, I actually feel a whole lot like Belle… wandering aimlessly through the soccer pitches and lacrosse arena’s in the summer… which is not a bad thing, you know!

So, yes, I admit I don’t watch television too often, unless it is pieces of an NHL Hockey Game (which never happens in the summer) or a few innings of a Blue Jay Baseball Game (my husband’s favourite nightly activity besides renovating)… therefore, if I’m within earshot of the television, I hear it too!  I don’t see a problem with not watching TV, except for the fact that I’m not able to contribute to the “Glee” and “The Big Bang Theory” conversations that circle around my friends breakfast/lunch table… nor can I contribute to the many million conversations around the water cooler at work regarding the latest reality TV shows like Big Brother, So You Think You Can Dance, The Bachelor or Survivor 23 .  This is the only time I feel weird about not watching television… I have to admit I have no idea what they are talking about.  I feel rediculous for about a minute before I lash back with a quote from a book I’m currently reading and then follow it up with, “See… there are things you don’t know either!”  Yes, I feel like a 6-year-old with my hands on my hips shouting back to them, but honestly, I’d rather enjoy three or four days with Special Agent Will Trent (Karin Slaughter’s creation) or Private Investigator Dodge Hanley (Sandra Brown’s creation) instead of watching an hour of who is back-stabbing who on Big Brother episode #127!  To me, I feel like I’m feeding my mind and using my imagination a little more than the television allows… to each his own though!

Also, my life is different from most… I don’t like TV nor do I like to shop, instead I get my big excitement by stopping at the Owen Sound Library to smell the books… I even took my husband there on Date Night last week before getting ice cream in Harrison Park!  Weird, yes… but he knew I was like that before he married me!  Not to mention I think he loves the fact that I hate to shop unless it is at a bookstore… it’s better for his wallet.  :P

I was very lucky to read many books over the summer… some I have blogged about and given raving reviews.  You can use the search box at the top right-hand corner of this page to look for recommendations if you like.  Some, I didn’t have the time to write about, but I may in the future.  I even had a friend of mine, John Schlarbaum ask me to read one of his preview copies of his book that is being released before Christmas, entitled “A Memorable Murder – A Jennifer Malone Mystery”, just to check for spelling errors and other tiny issues.  I enjoyed that task, except for the fact that I got sooooo involved with all the characters and what was going on in the story, that I forgot to watch for mistakes and just kept reading on to the finish… apparently, I am not the best editor in the world!  Ha!

The month of September always brings on that sense of shock that summer is now over.  The new school year is about to begin and I start to have that “Oh Crap!” feeling, knowing that I didn’t get time to read some of the books that are sitting beside my bed waiting for me.  So, I have decided that September is going to be the month of extra reading, so that I can clear off my night stand, free of books!  I’m not sure that will ever happen though, considering that everytime I even sniff a whiff of a bookstore close by, I need to go in and buy a minimum of 4 more books!  Yes, I have a little problem… which I openly admit to!  I LOVE BOOKS!  There are worse things to be addicted to, you know! 

My September Reading List

So here’s my Top 10 Books to read before this September ends… not really in any particular order… well, I guess they are, unless I ever get my hands on a copy of the newly released YA Book called “Summer On Fire” by Kevin Craig.  When I do, it is getting slid into wherever I am on the list at the time of purchase!!  Can’t wait to read that one!!  Or “Blind Bet” by Tracey Richardson, which I’ve been waiting for my personal copy since spring!  We have to meet for coffee so I can get my autographed copy before her next one “The Wedding Party” is released this fall! 
With that said… my Top 10 September Reads are as follows:
  1. “Broken” by Karin Slaughter (currently reading & it’s Special Agent Will Trent)
  2. “Kaitlyn Wolfe Crown Attorney” by Jacqui Morrison (currently reading)
  3. “Fallen” by Karin Slaughter (another Special Agent Will Trent novel)
  4. “Smash Cut” by Sandra Brown (Featuring P.I. Dodge Hanley)
  5. “Tick Tock” by James Patterson (NYC’s #1 Detective Michael Bennett returns)
  6. “The Accident” by Linwood Barclay 
  7. “The Hypnotist” by Lars Kepler
  8. “How To Deal” by Sarah Dessen
  9. The Devil Colony” by James Rollins (one of my husband’s favourite authors)
  10. “Gideon’s Sword” by Preston & Child (my husband’s ultimate favourite authors)

The Ultimate Summer Reading

Honourable Mention goes to “The Devil’s Chautauqua” by Richard J. Thomas which will ride around in my van with me to every hockey try-out, practice and game throughout September AND if I have time, I will fit in “Unbearable Lightness” by Portia De Rossi, because I need to give it back to my generous sister-in-law, who lent it to me at Easter.  Considering I only see Jules on major holidays, that means I need to read it BEFORE Thanksgiving!  Not to mention two books that are staring at me from the top of the water cooler in the kitchen, that my friends Barb & Emily lent me… “She’s Come Undone” by Wally Lamb and “Her Fearful Symmetry” by Audrey Niffenegger.

Geesh, if only I could get a full time job reading for a living, then I could get through my September reading list with great ease, instead of going to work tomorrow.  Ha!  That’s not going to happen anytime soon… I best get back to what I’m really good at … READING on my day off, not cleaning and doing laundry… and definitely not writing blog posts!  :)

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