Wednesday, September 28, 2011

RTW: Best Book of September, To Say Nothing of the Dog

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This week's topic:  What was the best book you read in September?

The best book I read this month was undoubtedly To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis.

No, it’s not YA, but that doesn't matter.  

Yes, it is riffing on Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat, To Say Nothing of the Dog (which I would also recommend).

It has a little bit of everything: time travel, chaos theory, séances, bombs, fires, frauds, problematic pets, boating misadventures, complicated romances, absent minded professors, and two perfect European butlers.  It crosses four eras – Middle Ages, Victorian, WWII, and the future 2050s – and at least four genres – mystery, science fiction, humor, and historical fiction. It references some of my favorite authors, from Shakespeare to Agatha Christie. And it incorporates everything smoothly and with incredible wit. I got to the end of the 500 pages and still wanted more time with the characters in their various worlds.

What book made your September?


  1. Picked both of them up at the library yesterday.

  2. Excellent! If not, I was going to force them on you when you visited. :-D

  3. One of the best books I read in September was THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. And I'm pretty sure the book I'm reading now, WHEN SHE WOKE by Hillary Jordan is going to be one, too. :)

  4. Nice - I haven't read either of those. A futuristic Scarlet Letter sounds fascinating. Thanks for the suggestions!

  5. To Say Nothing of the Dog sounds like a fabulous book! I hadn't even heard of it before.