I had planned to take a Reading Break this month (lots going on). But somehow, I could not resist sneaking in these four books. Once again, they comprised a very mixed reading bag. My September Reads began with a very Proud Mama moment!
Title: The Political Ecologies of Landscape: Governing Urban Transformations in Penang.
Author: Creighton Connolly.
Publisher: Bristol University Press.
Book’s Blurb: This book provides both a dynamic account of Penang’s rapid reshaping and a fresh theoretical framework in which to consider issues of sustainable development, heritage and governance in urban areas worldwide.
My Review: Political Ecologies Of Landscape offers vital understanding into how urban governance can be reconfigured to create more socially-environmentally just and sustainable futures within rapidly urbanizing Southeast Asia. I sincerely recommend it for its insight and research (not only because I am the author’s Mom. 😀 ) More here…
Title: A Song of Comfortable Chairs: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.
Author: Alexander McCall Smith.
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Book’s Blurb: In this latest installment in the beloved No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Grace Makutsi encounters a pair of quandaries that will require all of her and Mma Ramotswe’s insight and intuition to resolve.
MyRating ***1/2 (rounded up for Goodreads).
My Review: This is the 23rd book in McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series. I read it as a stand-alone. Thus, I didn’t feel as if I fully connected with the personalities as I should have in this character-driven novel. More here…
Title: Aaagh! I Think I’m Psychic.
Author: Natasha J. Rosewood.
Publisher: Energy Dynamics Unlimited; 2nd edition
Book’s Blurb: We all have intuition. Perhaps even a psychic ability. So why don’t we use it? AAAGH! I Think I’m Psychic is a sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking account of Natasha’s reluctant psychic awakening.
Publishing Date: Sept 28, 2022
My Review: Lately, I have been picking up books that are not my typical reads. This book was no exception. I happened upon a copy when I was on a home exchange and thought I would glance through a few pages. The writing was witty, conversational and compelling. I was instantly hooked. More here…
Title: Philly Barker Investigates
Author: Joanne Tracey
Book’s Blurb: Join antique dealer and amateur sleuth Philomena Barker as she tackles her first case. When her dealership is broken into and an elderly customer violently assaulted in his own home, Philly joins forces with Inspector Robbie Dawkins to solve the mystery before anyone else is hurt.
My Review: A Chipwell Antique Dealer (Philly) discovers a 19th Century Whitby painting that immediately upends her small, and very quaint, corner of the world. This new cozy crime series is a captivating mixture of Midsomer Murders, Escape to the Country and Antique Roadshow. More here…
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