Pam Webb

a writer's journey as a reader

Reader Round Up: September

September marks beginnings and ends for me. The beginning of school means the end of leisure time, leisure reading, just plain being at my leisure. The beginning of going to bed early means the end of staying up late to read one more chapter. The beginning of my day job in the classroom means the end of my retirement vocation of hammock aficionado.

So–you can take the reader out of the hammock but you can’t take the hammock out of the reader. Wait, that’s not right.

Girl Reading book on Hammock free image

You take take the time to read books out of my hands but hands off my reading. Umm, something like that.

Yes, I’m back in the classroom teaching, and yes, teaching is different this year. Very different. At least our school is meeting in person with our students, unless they choose to learn remotely, which means creating lesson plans to accommodate both sets of students, which means my downtime involves taking naps to energize or reading books to defrag my brain.

I usually start out reading a book and then I fall asleep. A happy compromise.

34,344 Napping Photos and Premium High Res Pictures - Getty Images

I found myself checking out YA and middle readers in September.

1. They are quick to read.

2. Great plots.

3. Uncomplicated storyline.

4. Not much in the way of swearing or sex scenes.

5. Most weren’t around when I was that age and I’m making up for lost time.

Here are my top picks from September. Click for the Goodreads review.

Running Out of Time - Kindle edition by Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Children  Kindle eBooks @
Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Home | The Great American Read | PBS
The Great American Read by Jessica Allen, PBS
Shadow spinner : Fletcher, Susan, 1951- : Free Download, Borrow, and  Streaming : Internet Archive
Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher
Rules (Scholastic Gold): Lord, Cynthia: 9780439443838: Books
Rules by Cynthia Lord

Although I am reading less, I am still way ahead of my reading goal of 101 books, having read 128 books so far. Maybe I can best my tops of 140. Hmmm, maybe.

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6 thoughts on “Reader Round Up: September

  1. L.A. is class-by-zoom, fortunately. Be safe, Pam Webb.

  2. I love Cynthia Lord’s books. Sweet with lots of heart. Right now, I’m reading The Snow Fell Three Graces Deep by Allan Wolf. It’s historical fiction about the Donner Party. Macabre, yes, but very well done. The voice of Hunger is inspired. And I just finished another historical fiction by Melanie Crowder called Audacity. It’s about a young woman, Clara Lemlich, who escaped the pogrom in Russia for a “better” life in the sweat shops of the U.S. Inspiring in her persistence for a better life. Neither are a walk in the park, but they made me feel better about my own currently limited existence.

    • I am avoiding heavy reading, and even reading issue books like Rules and Out of My Mind are tough going. I appreciate your point of view that reading about tough situations gives a wider perspective to our present one.

  3. I love MG and YA for relaxing reading, too! I’ve never heard of any of these! Thanks for sharing. I STILL haven’t done my September Reads on my blog yet. HA. My homeschool students are keeping me busy. 😉

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