Thoughts on Some of the Books I Read Over Labor Day Weekend 2022
September 12, 2022
Labor Day weekend has come and gone. For me, it wasn’t a “fun” weekend. There were highlights to it, but it mostly revolved around trying to rest and recover from allergies and a virus. Since I was stuck at home a lot, I decided to read as many books as I could before the end of Monday.
I’m a slow reader, so the list of books I picked up and read is small. Still, I’m happy I took the time to read more. I love reading, but I haven’t had the time to do it lately. Feeling sick and resting by reading a lot of books made me feel better and have a sense of accomplishment I haven’t felt for quite some time. Since I am so excited about what I read, I wanted to talk about the books and what I think about them so far.
Maybe This Time by Katie West
Out of all the books on this list, Maybe This Time is the only book I finished reading. I started it earlier this year, but I was too busy to finish it before the 4th of July. Since summer is coming to an end, I wanted to finish the book before the end of the weekend. I am happy to say I accomplished my goal before the end of Sunday!
After reading the book, my impression of the book is that it is cute. It had an interesting premise for the book and was an easy read. I think it would be better for older teens, especially if they are looking for a clean romance book with an interesting premise.
The Summer of Broken Rules by K. L. Walther
The Summer of Broken Rules is another summertime book I wanted to finish before the end of summer. I didn’t make a large dent in the book before the end of the three day weekend, but I did read a few chapters! I hope to finish reading it by Autumn solstice, which happens on September 22.
So far the book is pretty hard for me to read. It is well written, but it deals with the passing of the main character’s sister and the first summer spent with her family since then. Even though the family reunited for the summer for a wedding, the death of a family member was hard for me to read. The second week of August through Labor Day weekend has been a hard time for me. During this time, a family member I took care of passed away. Even though they passed away in 2016, I still feel depressed as the anniversary of their passing approaches. This is why I try to do something “fun” to distract myself for feeling sad. Since I was sick, and recently had vehicle problems, I couldn’t do anything. The way the book is written is well done and deals with the death in an understated and sympathetic way.
If I read the book any other time of the year, I wouldn’t have been bothered by it. Yet, I read it at a time when I felt sad and was sick. I am still reading the book, (And really enjoying it!) but I am taking this into note for any future books and movies I decide to read and/or watch during this sad time of the year.
To the Far Blue Mountains by Louis L’amour
As you can probably tell, Labor Day weekend is not the most enjoyable time of the year. Since I was struggling with this time of the year and reading The Summer of Broken Rules, I started to pick up other books to read. One of these books is To the Far Blue Mountains.
This is the second Luis L’amour book I talked about on this blog, but it is a historical fiction that takes place not in the 1800’s West, but in England in the 1600’s. I am a few chapters in and so far it has been different than his Western novels. The wording of the book is in the style of the 1600’s. The way of describing things is radically different than other books I read by him. And, so far, it’s been ok. I prefer his Westerns, so I’m not sure if I will enjoy it as much as I hoped to. Yet, I’m going to read the whole book before I can officially say if I love or hate the book.
The Christmas Book Shop by Jenny Colgan
The last book I picked up and read is The Christmas Book Shop. I heard about this book last year around Christmas time. I wanted to buy it back then, but, since it was Christmas time and the book was fairly new, it was sold out. I waited until this year to buy it. After sitting around my house for a few months, I picked it up and began to read it. I plan on reading it before Christmas time, but my decision to read summer novels I own first made me put it aside for the time being. So far I really enjoy the book. I enjoy the book so much don’t want to let too much time pass before I pick the book up again and finish it!