Tags: behind, C.W. Gortner, Charles Henry, Christopher Meeks, Eric Van Lustbader, First Daughter, Good Person Guidebook, House and Home, Immortal, Ingrid E. Newkirk, Kathleen McCleary, Megan Kelly Hall, Months and Seasons, One Can Make a Difference, PhD, Rebecca Godfrey, Richard Bayer, Robin A. Altman, September Wrap-Up, Shrink Rap, Sisters of Misery, The Last Queen, The Torn Skirt, Traci Slatton, Will I Ever Know
My grandfather worked in tool and die. When he retired, he had his machines in his shed. One of the things he loved to make the most were cribbage and euchre boards. He gave this lovely euchre board to me quite some time ago. Although I’m not sure how to take that on a personal level ;), it really does represent the state of my blog as the month of September has drawn to a close and October is finally underway. Grandpa will be 91 on the 15th, so happy early birthday from your favorite granddaughter in Virginia!
September really was quite a month. I participated in two wonderful book tours, I read 11 books (!!!!), the Literate Housewives Book Club officially started (thanks to everyone who has signed up on the forum!), we all celebrated Book Blogger Appreciation Week, and I took a road trip to see one of my favorite authors, Philippa Gregory. While this will be a month to remember, it has left me behind on my reviews and my comments. Hopefully October will be a good catch up month. With my birthday, the girls’ birthdays (Ally – 22nd, Emma – 23rd), our 11th anniversary, a visit from my parents and Uncle Ryan, and a business trip to Boston, it’s sure to be eventful if nothing else.
I read 11 books this month, but I only wrote 7 reviews (including The Seamstress that I owed from August). That leaves me 5 reviews in the hole. I’m hoping to have those all written and published by Monday. Here’s how my reading broke down by category:
The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner
Immortal by Traci Slatton – review forthcoming
Young Adult Fiction
Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelly Hall – review forthcoming
Months and Seasons by Christopher Meeks
One Can Make a Difference edited by Ingrid E. Newkirk
Good Person Guidebook by Richard Bayer, PhD – review forthcoming
Shrink Rap by Robin A. Altman – review forthcoming
Best Read of the Month:
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I hope that you all had a happy and prosperous September and will be enjoying the changing of this colors in October.
Tags: Christopher Meeks, Months and Seasons, pros and cons of short stories, short stories
Christopher Meeks sent me a copy of his latest collection, Months and Seasons a while back and I’ve been eager to read it. I love the cover and the descriptions of his stories sounded interesting. After finishing a 600+ page novel, a collection of short stories for my next read seemed like a wonderful change of pace. For the first few stories, it was. In the end, however, I was happy to get back to the world of novels.
I am not someone who frequently reads short stories. It isn’t that I don’t like short stories, but novels simply are my preference. While I enjoyed Meeks’ characters, most especially Frank in “The Holes in My Door,” I found myself wanting more. When I finish reading a good novel, it feels like a complete experience. If I don’t, it’s a sign that the book didn’t work for me. With short stories, this is intensified for me. This isn’t necessarily about the quality of the story, but about the structure of the genre. During my reading of Months and Seasons, I kept having questions: What followed the night of the Halloween party in “Dracula Slinks into the Night?” How did Albert’s life change after “The Sun is a Billiard Ball” finished? Unlike, “Did Rhett and Scarlett get back together?”, they weren’t satisfying questions for me. I don’t need (and usually don’t want) to have everything neatly tied up in a bow at the end of a novel. I just need enough to go on to make my own conclusions. I typically don’t find this in short stories.
Christopher Meeks is a talented writer. If he writes a novel, I will be one of the first in line to read it. Please don’t let my issues with short stories keep you away from this book. I would highly recommend his short stories to those who enjoy reading short stories.
Several of my favorite bloggers have read and reviewed this collection and really enjoyed it. Check out what’s been said about it on The Book Lady’s Blog, Devourer of Books, and Rebecca’s Reads for reviews written by readers who appreciate short stories.
To buy this collection of short stories, click here.