September’s TBR

     September is my birth month and for me it represents a new start.  There is something about the fall season that makes me want to start fresh.  The crisp air and the changing colors of the leaves lend to the feeling I have of new beginnings.  September has always felt like this to me.

I have decided that this month’s TBR is going to include books that will help me better myself.  Brene Brown’s Rising Strong has just been released and I am going to read that shortly.  Elizabeth Gilbert’s new release Big Magic is also out this month. I can’t wait!  I picked up a copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo and am excited to see what the fuss is about.  So welcome Fall, welcome change, welcome the start of another year on the planet for me!

Happy Reading!

The Bookstore by: Deborah Meyler

The Bookstore 

I was so excited to see this book on  I know I’m not the only person who enjoys reading books about books and bookstores.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t what I expected it to be.  It was not a horrible book but it wasn’t my favorite either.  I felt that the writing was choppy and I had to reread sentences a few times to see if I could understand what was being said.  The story line was ok but not what I was anticipating.

I enjoyed the fact the bookstore provided a “safe haven” and a “created family”, but I thought it could have been developed more than it was.  It wasn’t I book that I would put in my DNF pile, but it is not one I would recommend.

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translator)

the housekeeper and the professor     

This was an impulse buy from and I am so glad that I bought it.  This was a story that was beautiful in its simplicity.  There was nothing spectacular or remarkable in this book but it was heartwarming and touching.

It is the story of a former mathematics Professor who was in an accident and now can only remember 80 minutes at a time.  He needs to be reintroduced to people that are present in his life.  He has used a maid service but has had many different maids because no one has the patience to deal with him and his mathematical conversations.  One housekeeper has lasted longer then the rest and this is their story.

It is not a love story in the traditional sense.  The love that is written about in this story is the love of a chosen family.  It is speaks of heartache and hope, love and frustration.