Fall Reads

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Me and "Baby" Liam on a hayride last year.

I love fall and all the fun that goes with it: pumpkins, hayrides, and hot apple cider.

I also love the cooler weather that fall brings…perfect for curling up with a good book.

One thing you should know about me is that I don’t rush out to read the most current bestsellers.  I like to find hidden gems for myself.  I think I was the last person on the planet to read The DaVinci Code.

I didn’t realize how many books I actually read until I joined weRead on Facebook and started adding titles over the past year.  I read, on average, a book a week.  Looking over my list, I noticed that I rated most of the books I’ve read between 3 and 4 stars.  I thought I’d share with you the books I rated higher than 4 stars.  They include: The Fall of Troy by Peter Ackroyd, Bride Island by Alexandra Enders, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, and John the Baptizer by Brooks Hansen.

My most recent add was The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz (Nan A. Talese, 2008), which I gave 4 1/2 stars. This book was the September pick for my book club at Peachtree City Library.  Modeled after the real-life Empress Michiko of Japan, this work of fiction tells the story of the first commoner to marry into the Japanese imperial family.  Exposed to scathing criticism from within the imperial court, the new Crown Princess Haruko falls into a depression robbing her of her voice for several months.  In the final pages of the book,  her son marries another commoner and the now Empress Haruko watches her daughter-in-law Keiko (based on the real-life Crown Princess Masako) suffer the same fate.  I won’t share with you how the book ends, because it takes a detour from the real-life imperial family and I don’t want to ruin it for you.

Pick up this book and you’ll get a fascinating glimpse into the guarded lives the Japanese royal family and their enigmatic women.

Currently on my bookshelf: Drawing in the Dust by Zoe Klein (not sure I’m digging it – you’ll have to read it to get the pun – but I’m going to finish it); Magnolias, Moonlight, and Murder by Sara Rosett (something for Halloween!); Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris (I’m working my way through the series); and Highest Duty by Capt. Chesley Sullenberger.

Coming soon…my nonfiction picks.

Jill Prouty

Jill is a reader, writer, and professional librarian who enjoys spending her free time with her husband of twelve years and their two sons. She has an MSLS from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

October 19, 2009