I started off September very strong – reading three books in a 9-day span. And then I only read one more book the rest of the month. Ooops. But, I’m still super proud that I finished 4 books this month (I owe this all to our sleep consultant Annie for giving us a sleep plan that gives us 2-3 hours of kid-free time each night. While Don works on grad school, I get to read and decompress.)
No Way Down: Life and Death on K2 by Graham Bowley
A few months ago I read “Buried In the Sky” and could not put it down. This is about the same incident, but that book focused more on the Sherpas and HAPS (High Altitude Porters) involved, whereas “No Way Down” focused mainly on the climbers from Europe, Korea, and the US.
This was another book that I had a hard time putting down. Even though I knew the outcome, the book was well written and kept me in suspense. The whole climb was just a day of bad luck and it was a tragic loss for so many climbers and their hired guides. My heart broke all over again reading the stories of the people who watched their friends taken away from them.
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
This book is similar to “No Way Down” except that it documented a mountain expedition on Everest instead of K2. Unlike the other books, Krakauer was actually on Everest the day that the mountain claimed five lives. He interviewed others on the mountain with him and his story attempts to tell an un-biased account of what happened.
I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the others about the same topic- mainly because I was so frustrated at the guides and the climbers for being single minded and not seeing all the warning signs. There were so many issues and the experienced guides should have turned their teams around instead of letting the “paying customers” dictate their agenda. In the end, many people suffered for the poor choices of the guides. In addition, a lot of the climbers were not likeable people – they seemed to be rich men who were willing to pay (and demand) whatever it took to get them to the top. Many of them had failing marriages and broken relationships with their families because of climbing, and they they chose to turn their backs and continue on with their (selfish) dreams.
Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham
If you’ve been reading my book reviews, I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while and actually read Lauren Graham’s fictional book thinking it was this one (hey, I was sleep deprived). I finally got around to reading this one and it did not disappoint! I could feel her personality oozing through the pages, and even though I’m not a huge Gilmore Girls fan, I enjoyed reading about filming “A Year in the Life”. This book is a quick, light read and was a good escape after reading the two previous books which were much more emotional.
Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling
This is basically the wizarding world’s version of a book of fairy tales. The book caught my eye since I’ve read all the Harry Potter books. It was a quick, cute read and Elizabeth sat still long enough for me to read one at a time. I’d definitely recommend if you’re a Harry Potter fan.
In general, I’m really happy with getting four books read, considering my mom was visiting for 10 days in September. The library closest to our house is beautiful and huge and I look forward to reading many more books this fall!