RTW: The Best Book I Read This Month

Today the lovelies at YA Highway are asking:

What was the best book you read in September?

Which, turns out, is a hard question to answer because I read a lot of books in September, and I enjoyed quite a few of them. I read THE PENDERWICKS on the advice of a friend and just fell in love with it. It was charming and delightful and totally the type of story that I would have devoured as a ten-year-old. I can’t wait to introduce my daughter to the series when she’s, you know, old enough to read and stuff.

But if I had to pick only ONE book, I think I’m going to give it to FUN HOME: A FAMILY TRAGICOMIC by Alison Bechdel.This graphic novel details the complicated relationship between Bechdel and her father, a harsh, distant, closeted homosexual who takes his own life when Bechdel is in college.

FUN HOME is unflinching yet gorgeous. Heartbreaking yet laugh-out-loud funny. Bechdel’s way with language sucks you in, and her drawings take hold of you, haunt you to the core and refuse to let go. I devoured this book in a day. My only wish is that I’d discovered it sooner.

What about you? Ever read FUN HOME? What was the best book you read this month?


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11 Responses

  1. I’ve never read (or heard of) FUN HOME. Thanks for putting it on my radar! 🙂

  2. Wow. I’ve never heard of this, and I don’t normally read graphic novels, but FUN HOME sounds pretty incredible. Thanks pointing it out to us!

  3. Crystal says:

    FUN HOME sounds like a great read. I’m partial to contemporary graphic novels ever since I finished Craig Thompson’s BLANKETS. Will definitely have to pick this one up!

  4. steph says:

    I haven’t read FUN HOME, but it sounds really great and emotional.

  5. I also hadn’t heard of FUN HOME before this. It’s definitely not something I’d normally read, but from the way you described it I think I need to shrug that off and add it to my TBR list. Thanks for the recommendation!

  6. WOW- sounds AMAZING- thanks so much for the rec (and isn’t the penderwicks great?)

  7. That graphic novel sounds fantastic. I shall be mentioning this to Hubby.

  8. kate scott says:

    Fun Home sounds great, thanks for sharing.

  9. The Penderwicks has been on my radar, but never heard of Fun Home. Hmmm . . . another book for the list

  10. Oh wow! I’ve never read this one, but it’s very intriguing!

  11. I need to read The Penderwicks. Been on my list for a long time. Thanks for reminding me. : )

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