Surznick Reads: September 2014 - The Surznick Common Room

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Surznick Reads: September 2014

Well September flew by, didn't it?! This was an especially busy month for us... out of town 2 weekends, my birthday weekend, plus friends visiting us for a brewery tour this past weekend. I'm glad that I actually found some time to read!

Here are our my September books! (Someone didn't finish any books this month...)

Sarah's Reads!

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
From "Picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes Diana and Matthew on a trip through time to Elizabethan London, where they are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782 deepens and Diana seeks out a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different—and vastly more dangerous—journey."

This is the 2nd book in the All Souls Trilogy that I'm reading for my monthly book club (you can find my review of book 1 here.) I unfortunately did not enjoy this book as much as the first. At nearly 600 pages, I wouldn't have minded if it was about half the length. The entire book takes place in 1591, which is cool if you know anything about this time period... I, however, do not. So most of the people they encounter (i.e. Elizabeth I, Christopher Marlowe, etc.) don't mean much to me. The book was full of fluff that wasn't necessary to the story, but I did like the parts that actually mattered, like their search for the lost manuscript. I just started the final book in the trilogy... crossing my fingers I like it better than this!

My Rating: 3 Stars

Catch Me If You Can by Frank W. Abagnale
From "Frank W. Abagnale, alias Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams, and Robert Monjo, was one of the most daring con men, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was twenty-one. Known by the police of twenty-six foreign countries and all fifty states as "The Skywayman," Abagnale lived a sumptuous life on the lam-until the law caught up with him. Now recognized as the nation's leading authority on financial foul play, Abagnale is a charming rogue whose hilarious, stranger-than-fiction international escapades, and ingenious escapes-including one from an airplane-make Catch Me If You Can an irresistible tale of deceit."

I've wanted to read Catch Me If You Can for a long time, as I really love the movie. After Nick read it in May (see his review here), I was a little nervous because he did not like it very much. But I'm not one to skip out on reading a book because of a bad review and I'm so glad I didn't because I loved this story. Maybe I'm just a sucker for memoirs (this is the 5th one I've read this year), but I did not find this book boring at all. Frank's journey is seriously incredible - the description above really says it all. Each chapter left me thinking "I can't believe he did that!" An 18 year old posing as a doctor for an entire year and no one noticed? Nuts. Whether or not you've seen this movie, the book is definitely worth a read. In addition to being an amazing story, it's a quick read and you'll breeze through it in no time!

My Rating: 5 Stars

Happy October!

Sarah & Nick


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