September was absolutely lovely here - perfect weather with temperatures in the 70's and lots of sunshine and blue skies! I finally got to spend a little time outside.
Lots of good reading in September, too. I finished:
- 11/22/63 by Stephen King, a genre-crossing novel about a man who goes back in time to try to stop JFK's assassination.
- Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, a historical novel set in the 1660's about a friendship between a native American boy and a Puritan girl (review to come this week).
- 1NF1N1TY by Rachel Ward, book 3 in the teen/YA trilogy Num8ers.
- Brave New World by Aldus Huxley, a classic that is frequently banned.
So, two grown-up historical novels, a teen/YA paranormal thriller, and a classic that defined the genre of dystopian novels. What a great reading month! I thoroughly enjoyed every one of these books. It's hard to choose a favorite (the first two were both excellent), but I guess 11/22/63 would be my top pick for the month, classic King fare - engaging, compelling, and well-written.
As for My 2012 Challenges, I added a couple of new states to my Where Are You Reading 2012 Challenge: 11/22/63 takes place in both Maine and Texas; and Brave New World takes place mainly in England (600 years in the future), but there are some key scenes that take place in New Mexico, so I counted it because I hadn't read anything set in New Mexico yet this year. Is that cheating? No, I don't think so!
I read my 6th dystopian novel for the year (Brave New World); I decided not to categorize 1NF1N1TY as dystopian because there is really no government or society in the book - it is more purely post-apocalyptic (and paranormal). And I read 2 more books from my overcrowded TBR shelf, 11/22/63 and Caleb's Crossing, toward my 12 in '12 Challenge, bringing my total to 7 - I better focus on that TBR shelf for the last quarter!
All in all, a very good reading month! What was your favorite book read in September?