Fiction & Nonfiction Read in September 2018

I read an interesting mix of books in September. I thought about just blogging about the novels I read but decided to include the nonfiction books, too.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway, by Ruth Ware

The Death of Mrs. Westaway, by Ruth Ware

This book really kept me guessing! Harriet “Hal” receives a letter requesting her attendance at the funeral and reading of the will of her grandmother. Or is Mrs. Westaway her grandmother? Hal’s mother is dead, so she can’t ask her. Or was the woman who raised Hal really her mother?

Hal has never heard of Mrs. Westaway, but she could really use some inheritance money. Off she goes to meet this family she’s never known to try to be their long-lost relative long enough to grab her inheritance and run. That’s just the beginning. Sound like a novel you’d enjoy?

Ruth Ware is also the author of The Woman in Cabin 10, which I read last year and blogged about on October 4, 2016:  What I read in September.


The President is Missing, by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

The President is Missing
The President is Missing, by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

Right off the bat, I’ll say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I’d never read a book by James Patterson, so I thought this one would be a good first selection. It did not disappoint.

The premise of the book turned out not to be what I was expecting. The book kept me on the edge of my seat – which isn’t easy for a 500+ page book. Since I am technologically challenged, the story grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let me go. I’m not going to ask anyone how plausible the story line is because I’d just as soon not know the answer. If it’s possible, there’s nothing I can do to stop it.

If you enjoy a thriller with non-stop action, you’ll like The President is Missing. If you aren’t a fan of former US President Bill Clinton, do yourself a favor. Forget he was the co-author and enjoy the book.


Women, Food and God:  An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything, by Geneen Roth

Women, Food and God
Women, Food and God, by Geneen Roth

I went into this book not knowing what to expect. Now that I’ve read it — well, more than half of it, — I don’t know what to say.

Don’t quote me on this, but I think the takeaway I was supposed to get is that it’s not about the food. If you over eat it’s because you’re trying to fill a void in your life. The deeper the book got into meditation and analyzing yourself, the more my mind drifted to other things. Things like, “What’s for supper?”

One thing I found in the book more than once was the recommendation to only eat when you’re hungry and to eat what you want to eat. I have tried to be more cognizant of eating when I’m hungry and not just because the clock tells me it’s time to eat.

If you’ve read the book, I’m interested in knowing what you thought of it. Maybe I missed something critical and life changing.


The Harvard Medical School Guide to A Good Night’s Sleep, by Lawrence Epstein, M.D. with Steven Mardon

Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night's Sleep
The Harvard Medical School Guide to A Good Night’s Sleep, by Lawrence Epstein, M.D. with Steven Mardon

I see you rolling your eyes. You’re saying, “You’ve got to be kidding!” I’m not kidding. I read the book. It includes many recommendations, depending on what your sleep problem is. There were five categories. The problem was that I checked off three.

That led to some confusion over which path I should follow to help with my sleep. For instance, for one of my problems it recommends that I stay on a daily schedule, including eating meals at the same time every day. So much for Ms. Roth’s recommendation to only eat when I’m hungry!

I have instituted some of the general sleep hygiene guidelines. One recommendation is to cover all the lights from electronic equipment in the bedroom. I now have a box over the light on my TV converter box, a dark blue washcloth over my clock radio, and business cards propped up over the green light on the side of my hearing aid Dry & Store.

I’m doing better about going to bed at a regular time. I no longer watch TV in bed. (The box over the converter box helped take care of that!) I listen to soft instrumental music when I go to bed. I try not to look at a computer screen for two hours before I go to bed. I try not to eat anything for two hours before bed.

After following these basic guidelines for a few weeks, I will probably have to see a sleep coach for additional instructions. With chronic fatigue syndrome, my circadian rhythm is off by four to six hours. After dealing with this for 31 years, I’m tired fighting it, and I don’t know what a sleep specialist can do about it. Time and a few appointments with a sleep coach will tell.


Snap, by Belinda Bauer

I read the first four or five chapters of this thriller before I had to return it to the public library. The first three chapters really had my attention. Then, it took a turn and I wondered if I’d missed something.

I’m interested enough in the characters to try to read it again. Have you read it? What did you think about it?

Since my last blog post

I’ve been following the United States Senate Judiciary Committee hearings about the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh for appointment to the United States Supreme Court. The political science student in me just can’t help herself. The hearings became quite explosive on Thursday and Friday. This promises to be another interesting week. I’m seriously considering not looking at Facebook again until the current crisis ends.

I’m trying to follow the news of the recovery after Hurricane Florence in eastern North Carolina and South Carolina, but the news is getting more difficult to access as politics and other topics are taking the spotlight.

Sample Carolina Hurricane Quilt Blocks
Sample Carolina Hurricane Quilt Blocks

If you sew or quilt, a blogger I follow has launched a project to make quilts for the people affected by Hurricane Florence. If you’re interested or know someone who might be, you can learn about the project at Links to instructions and all the information you need can be found on Carole’s blog. I plan to try to make a few blocks to contribute to the project.

The news reports and photographs of the tsunami in Indonesia over the weekend are heart wrenching.

Until my next blog post

I hope you have a good book to read. I’m reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris. It’s based on a true story.

If you’re a writer, I hope you have productive writing time.

Thank you for reading my blog. You could have spent the last few minutes doing something else, but you chose to read my blog. I appreciate it! I welcome your comments.

Let’s continue the conversation. Have you read any of the books I mentioned in today’s blog post?


15 thoughts on “Fiction & Nonfiction Read in September 2018

  1. I do hope your sleep continues to improve. I read a book last year called Why We Sleep that seems similar to the one you read. That book helped me to finally seek help for my chronic insomnia. As to the Kavanaugh situation, I have systematically unfollowed for 30 days anyone being nasty in either side of the argument. This helps in the interim but in 31 days they will all be back in my reader and I’m likely to explode! Be well!


  2. Thank you for your encouragement about my insomnia, Alison. Regarding unfollowing people on FB for 30 days, I just realized they’d pop back up the week before the elections in November. Not good timing! LOL! I don’t think I can take this political vitriol on FB much longer.

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  3. Hi Janet🌷😊
    I will definitely check out the first three books. Thank goodness I can sleep at night. I go through periods of insomnia. When it returns, I will out your recommendation.
    I hope those changes bring you the sleep you need💕
    It sounds like you are still working through the effects of Florence… my prayers are with you🙏❤️


  4. Oh, yes, I know. The timing is horrible on the expiration of my unfollows! I will just have to stay off social media beginning November 1! I am going to schedule a sleep study soon because although my new regime is helping my sleep, my gyn says I will need to get off estrogen within a year. I’m actually looking forward to a diagnosis as to what ails me…and then will begin the new research to a “cure”.


  5. I hope you get some definitive answers from your upcoming sleep study. I’m with you on wanting a diagnosis. I’ve never understood people who dodge finding out what’s wrong with them. I want to know so I can do whatever can be done to try to correct/heal the situation. I’m holding off on scheduling anything with the sleep coach I’ve been referred to until after my sister’s surgery in November and her recuperation. I’ll be nurse, cook, maid, etc. for the duration. I’m glad I can be here for my sister. You know how that is.

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  6. Hi Katrina. I appreciate your good wishes. We’ve completely recovered from the rain we had from the hurricane. My sister and I have been slow to get the dead limbs (and live ones, as far as that goes) picked up in our yard. We had no damage except to some trees. Counting our blessings! We cancelled a long-planned trip to the beach for the middle of October. We don’t really want to eat fresh local seafood in the area around the NC/SC border right now after all the pork industry sludge and/or coal ash that has been and is still draining into the ocean. Might take a day trip to the mountains instead. I always look forward to your comments. Thank you!

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  7. Thanks Janet 🌷
    You are always kind😊 Happy to hear you and yours are doing well after Florence. I heard about the sad pork problem and others, human or animal, that didn’t make it through the after effects. 😢
    Have fun on the mountain ⛰
    Happy Holiday to you and your sister 💕


  8. Hi Janet, I’ll tell my wife about “Women, food, and God.” To tell you the truth–generally a good practice–my books to read for the rest of my life are pretty well set, mostly about the arts and artits, and the classiccs. I don’t read the new stuff, except nonficttion. thinking “Why should I read Bill Jenkins when I can read Emily Dickinson?” And reading time is so limited.

    Biut I read all your posts and particularly enjoy the little sections about your life

    Best wishes,


    I think oyu would enjoy my current post.


  9. Your wife might get more out of “Women, Food and God” than I did. It was too “out there” for me. Yes, reading time is limited, but I have found some good new writers. I don’t want to Bill Jenkins either, but I’m always on the lookout for a good debut novel. Thank you for your thoughts.


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