The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story. — Ursula K. Le Guin
Reading is something that I tend to do a lot. It is an amazing way to relax. So often while reading for fun I end up learning new things.
This September was a bit crazy and I didn’t read as much as I read during the summer, although I guess that is kind of to be expected what with school starting up again.
However, that does not mean that I did not read some interesting books.
So, here are my favorite books that I read this month, they’re just in the order that I read them since I’m not sure that I would be able to choose which order to put them in if I was going from my top favorite
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
This is the first book by Brandon Sanderson that I’ve ever read. Since then I have been starting to read more by him, but since they all are extremely thick it is fairly slow going.
The plot and world concepts I found interesting. It felt different than the other fantasy books. In some ways it felt like a detective story.
And the fact that the main character was just an ordinary person, not the chosen one or something, made a nice change from a lot of more modern fantasy books. His writing style was not the strongest, but his plot and characters covered that up pretty well.
The only thing about this book is that I’m irritated that the second book has not come out yet, and I have no idea of when it will come out. So not fun. At least, the first book had a pretty good ending.
Ruins by Orson Scott Card
This is the second book in a series.
It’s kind of a weird book, but I found it really interesting. I’m curious to see where it will go in the third book.
He’s really developed his world well, but it’s not one that I particularly want to visit.
Mexifornia: A State of Becoming by Victor Davis Hanson
I was debating including this one, but I did find it interesting and it made me think.
I’m not sure that that quite qualified it to be on this list, but here it is, so yeah.
It talks about Mexican immigration to California. It brings up parts of it that I had never thought of before, not that I had thought much about it before.
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
This is the second book that I read by Brandon Sanderson, I didn’t like it quite as much as the Rithmatist.
But this book was interesting. It had an interesting plot. The ideas that made the world made this book unique. It had a slightly familiar feel, but it was unlike any other fantasy book that I have ever read.
The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott
I was actually meaning to read this book for some time before I did. Now that I read it I’m really glad that I did.
It took a little while to get into, but it was an amazing book. I think I might even like it as much as Ivanhoe. . .
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
This book just amuses me. It doesn’t seem to take itself seriously. It is just fun, but it is actually quite a bit deeper than it first appears to be.
The only trouble is that it is partially its fault that I don’t like white mice. Although Ruin by Orson Scott Card also contributed to that. Why did I read two books that make me not like white mice in the same month?
Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
This book is beautiful and sad. It was an absolutely amazing read.
So, those are my favorite books that I read this September.
What did you read this September?