Turning the Page: One-Sentence Book Reviews and My Fall Reading List


I use any little change as an opportunity to form new goals for self-improvement—and with autumn’s official launch, one of my aims is to read more this season. Another is to write more book-related posts for this blog. So, on that note, here are one-sentence reviews of some recent treasures (and at least one bust), as well as my reading list (so far) for fall.

What I’ve Read…

The Third Plate by Dan Barber: This exploration of productivity and sustainability in America’s food system includes humorous anecdotes, useful information for consumers, and a voice both compelling and authoritative.

The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless: For someone obsessed with Into the Wild and Chris McCandless’ story, this memoir offers little information that felt new or fresh and too much justification on the part of the author.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson: Over and over, getting more nuanced each time, this riveting page turner tells the harrowing story of one woman’s life—and her many attempts to finally get it right.

The House on Mermaid Point by Wendy Wax: This breezy beach read delivers a somewhat predictable romance between a homely older woman and a retired rock star, all on his private island.

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein: With a fluid rhythm and haunting voice, this novel delves deep into one family’s history and slowly uncovers the truth that can set them free.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami: Though this novel hints at Murakami’s usual touch of magic, it doesn’t quite deliver the narrative punch or memorable characters seen in his other works.

What I’m Reading Now…

I felt like I needed a lighter read after finishing Murakami, so I’ve started on Fairest of them All by Carolyn Turgeon, a twisted take on the well-known story of Rapunzel.

What I Want to Read…

The top five books on my fall reading list (in random order):

  • The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • China Dolls by Lisa See
  • The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
  • Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson

What have you read recently? Do you have any other recommendations?

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