Thursday, September 29, 2016

Best of the Bunch: September 2016

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

I read 9 books in September, and the best ones were at the beginning of the month. I had two 5-star reads:

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Both are excellent reads and highly recommended. For its proven staying power, I'm going to give the Best of the Bunch to...

I did not expect to enjoy this book as deeply as I did, but between its length and the fantastic presentation on audio, I became entrenched in the world of the story. It bounces between past and present, and even among different points in the past at the beginning, but I never found it confusing, and each viewpoint gave context to the other. Irving is sneaky in the way he doles out information, so that even when you think you know everything there are still more surprises. Although the book is rich in symbolism, I didn't find it heavy-handed. This is the kind of book that you can enjoy as a story or pull apart in discussion and analysis — it's not an either/or. I definitely recommend this, on audio if you can. The narrator is superb, and I'm not sure how you can get the full effect of Owen's voice (a key part of the story) without hearing it.

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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