I’m cheating a little bit — but only a little bit — because these books were on some of my older TBR lists. I hope you can forgive me. I still haven’t gotten around to them (unfortunately, I didn’t read as much in August as I expected — life got in the way), but I’m DETERMINED to finish these books during September. From massive books discussed the decline in violence throughout time to an adult fantasy, September’s reads are sure to take me on a journey. Let’s get started!
1. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker
My Nashville Mom (one of my friend’s from school lives in Nashville, and sometimes her mom takes care of me and has me over for dinner, so I have dubbed her my Nashville Mom) gave me this book after we talked about it over dinner one night. I started reading it back in February, but it is a truly massive book. The Better Angels of our Nature talks about the decline of violence worldwide (despite our belief that violence has increased), and it’s absolutely fascinating so far. Despite being immensely interested in the content of the book, it is taking me awhile to get through it just because of how dense it is. Hopefully, I can set aside some time in September to really dig in and digest everything Pinker has to say.
2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
My mom gave me this book over the summer after she finished reading it, and I can’t wait to dig into it — I have truly heard nothing but good things. Doerr is a highly respected author, and All the Light We Cannot See won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2015. It follows a blind French girl and a German boy during World War II when their worlds collide in the most unexpected manner. Doerr’s work is described as “deeply moving” and constructed with “sentences [that] never fail to thrill.” I was supposed to read this back in May, but better late than never. I’m still just as excited to read this book now as I was then.
3. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
A contemporary, adult fantasy, A Darker Shade of Magic features multiple versions of the city of London in varying levels of disarray due to magic. The main character, Kell, is one of the last of his kind with the ability to travel between the parallel worlds. Each London has it’s own rules and some people travel between the worlds, but can only do so with the help of someone like Kell. When Kell is forced to send Delilah Bard to another world without supervision, dark magic has the opportunity to escape in previously untouched Londons. A daring adventure that is sure to engage any reader, A Darker Shade of Magic is one of the books I am most excited about diving into.
4. Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics by Richard H. Thaler
Continuing in my efforts to learn more about finance and business in 2018, I plan on reading Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics this month. I bought it back in January after a friend recommended it, but it’s high time I actually read it. Written by Nobel laureate Richard H. Thaler, Misbehaving explains how humans drive the economy with their decisions. Promising to combine education and human behavior, Misbehaving is sure to teach me a thing or two about economics.
5. After Alice by Gregory Maguire
Best known for Wicked, Gregory Maguire also wrote a twist on the classic Alice in Wonderland. After Alice follows Alice’s briefly mentioned friend Ada as she goes down the rabbit hole in an effort to bring Alice back to reality. To be honest, I tried to jump into this book this month, but it really wasn’t grabbing my attention. Maybe third time’s the charm?
I’ve got a lot going on in September, but hopefully I can make it through most of these on the list. I’ve been looking forward to reading them for quite sometime. What are you planning on reading in the coming month? Let me know in the comments below.