Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Best of the Bunch: September 2015

Today I'm sharing the best book I read in September.

I was very generous with 5-star ratings this month (or I just read a lot of great books!). Of the 17 books I read in September, four earned a 5-star review from me:

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

I recommend all of these books, but if I had to pick, I'd say the best of the bunch was...

This book was incredibly well crafted. It's told from the (third-person limited) perspective of a woman with early-onset Alzheimer's. Each chapter is one month over the course of about two years, so we can see the rapid progression of her disease. Different people in her life handle her memory loss differently, and there's rarely a "right" answer to anything. The book raises moral questions about family obligations, the option of suicide, and whether to get tested for the gene or risk passing it on to children. What made this a top book for me was that there were so many layers to this book — the plot, the structure, the questions it raises — but the writing appears effortless and easy to read. I definitely recommend picking this one up.

What is the best book you read this month? Let me know in comments, or write your own post and link up below!

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