Here were are again. I kind of feel like we were just here not too long ago but a month has seriously gone by.
With the United States in the midst of the 10-year Census and a Presidential Election quickly approaching, my job has gotten busier than ever. While we are county government, it is just as important for people to understand how the Census and voting are going to affect them on the local level. I swear I start my day at 8:30 every morning and then I blink, it is over. There are some days I forget to eat lunch until my stomach loudly protests. Between organizing events and going to meetings, plus all the other stuff that crops up in between, I am going non-stop. I love my job but sometimes it leaves me no room to do anything else.
So even though I love to read, I frankly didn’t get to half of the books on my reading list this month. I just didn’t have the brain power by the time I got home. I was only able to get through three books.
“Where the Crawdads Sing” was the September pick for the Capital District Book Club. It was always a book I wanted to read but it wasn’t at the top of the list. If I got to it, then fine. I am so glad that I finally read it because I loved it. Owens writing is beautiful. You can tell that she is a wildlife scientist that has spent years out in nature. Her descriptions are so vivid and made an enjoyable read.
“East of the Mountains” is this month’s read for the Modern Library Book Club and I can’t wait to discuss it. It’s a bit different than Guterson’s “Snow Falling on Cedars” but it was great in it’s own way. It highlighted the internal struggle between the will to live and the courage to die. I bet group will have a lot to say about this one.
For some reason “Anxious People” took me a long time to read, but I think it’s one of those books where you have to absorb it slowly. I ended up loving it. This book throws a bunch of characters together in a hostage situation and little by little we unearth each character’s story. It is amazing to me how despite what people want to show you, what they are actually going through it completely different. It’s kind of humbling. Everyone should read this book.