Reading Report from North Central, Texas: September 2016

sept2016September has come and gone.  What a month! Everyone here was very busy.  Imagine my surprise when I saw our reading stack for this month!  I thought there would only be 3 or 4 books, I guess we made more time for reading than I thought!


In September, Alexis made ample use of the library.  She found a new author to read, Dorothy Cannell.  Her heroine, Ellie Haskell triumps over her problems, solves mysteries and marries her handsome friend, Ben.  She revisited Superfreakonomic.  This is not the entire list of her readings, just what I was able to notice this month.

  • Cannell, Dorothy. The Thin Woman.  New York: St. Martin’s, 1984.
  • Cannell, Dorothy.  The Widows Club.  New York: Bantam Books, 1988.
  • Cannell, Dorothy. Mum’s the Word.  New York: Bantam Books, 1990.
  • Cannell, Dorothy. Femmes Fatal.   New York: Bantam Books, 1992.
  • Levitt, Steven D. & Stephen J. Dubsner. Super Freakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitues and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance.   New York: Harper Perennial, 2009.


You will notice that David Sedaris’ book, When You Are Engulfed in Falmes appears on my list again this month.  I finally finished it!  I think David is an excellent writer, but I was hoping for a very funny book and this book was only vaguely amusing to me.

I celebrated the old fashioned romance/mystery by reading a couple of the Dorothy Cannell books Alexis brought home from the library.  The two I read were fun, easy reads.  Ellie Haskell has a very eccentric family.

My favorite reads in September were the two novellas by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Lord Penric is a gentle, humble soul probably the last person you would expect to obtain a Bastard’s Demon and control it.  These novellas were set in the world of the five gods.  The first in the series is the Curse of Chalion, which I mentioned in an earlier post.

  • Sedaris, David. When You Are Engufled in Flames.  New York: Back Bay Books, 2008.
  • Cannell, Dorothy. The Thin Woman.  New York: St. Martin’s, 1984.
  • Cannell, Dorothy.  The Widows Club.  New York: Bantam Books, 1988.
  • Bujold, Lois McMaster. Penric’s Demon.  Kindle Version, 2015
  • Bujold, Lois McMaster. Penric’s Demon.  Kindle Version, 2016.
  • Schulman, Polly.  The Grimm Legacy. New York: Puffin Books, 2010.
  • Bell, CeCe. El Deafo.  New York: Amulet Books, 2014.


In September, Jim finished the book Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. He has started on a book Alexis read a few month back The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu.  Also Inside PixInsight, a book he ordered early in the spring was finally released and came in the mail. PixInsight is the software that runs his new mount and telescope.  He is learning more about this every day.


The new school year has begun.  Sarah has been busy with school.  We have both been so busy this month that I haven’t had time to follow up with her on the literacy pieces she incorporates into her music classes.  I will catch up and report next month.  She is reading Everything, Everything  by Nicola Yoon.  She is reading this as part of Austin ISD’s books study.

  • Yoon, Nicola. Everything, Everything. New York, Delacorte Books, 2015.
  • Hoke, Helen, editor.  Dragons, Dragons, Dragons.  Carol Baker, Illustrator.  New York: Franklin Watts, 1972.

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