Fall Reading Challenge

I posted here about the Fall Reading Challenge hosted by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer Reads. During the time of the challenge, September 22 to December 20, I read 15 books. My local library holds a series of book discussions each spring and fall. Five books based upon a theme are chosen for each discussion series. This fall's books were about other cultures and they turned out to be the best reads of the season. Here are my top three books for the fall.

The Latehomecomer by Kao Kaila Yang tells the story of a young Hmong woman who immigrated from Thailand to Minnesota with her family. The book tells about the family's challenges in assimilating themselves into a new culture.

Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder is one of those books everyone should read. Although I thought the story was sluggish in spots, I learned a lot about genocide in Africa. The central person in this story is a young man who was in medical school when the genocide began in a country I have never before heard of. It tells about the horrible ways one human can treat another and I was outraged that these things could happen.

The book I've been recommending to everyone is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. It's set mostly in Ethiopia, but also in New York. The book is a beautifully written story about family relationships and loyalties.

So there you have it--my fall reading report. Susan hasn't announced a winter challenge, but if/when she does, I'll be ready with my list. In the meantime, I'm indulging in a cozy mystery, Holiday Grind, by Cleo Coyle and hope to finish off the fifth Harry Potter book by the end of my winter break.


  1. I loved Cutting for Stone too! What a great book, right? I'll have to look up the other two you mentioned. Thanks! And Happy Holidays!

  2. Thank you for the blog link and the book suggestions. Will keep an eye out for her winter reads! Happy Christmas, Susan!


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