The September Five

Five things that I’m digging on recently—unofficially brought to you by the milk chocolate malt balls from The Peanut Store in downtown Holland.

1. I know, I know… it’s a little silly to recommend a book that everyone has read (at least once) and is seventy years old, but the series has been the family read aloud this summer and it’s been so much fun. Books can mean different things to you at different times in your life, and this time it’s hitting me in new ways. (Side note, one of my daughters is named after a character in the book. Yep, you guessed it, Rumblebuffin Carpenter.)

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

2. An absolute stunner by Michigan’s own Angelline Boulley. I can’t remember the last time I was so deeply in on a lead character. An early leader for favorite book of the year. 

Firekeeper's Daughter

3. I’ve been reading Will Leitch’s baseball coverage for twenty years (even though he’s a Cardinals fan), but I was a little nervous about his first foray into fiction. I shouldn’t have been. How Lucky is a really good page-turner about a man with SMA who—echoing the classic Hitchcock movie Rear Window—witnesses a crime and tries to solve it.

How Lucky

4. A show about ethics and philosophy shouldn’t be this funny. Insanely rewatchable.

The Good Place

5. Pandemic Baseball Book Club: A bunch of authors of new baseball books got together to promote each other’s work. A lot of great content and links and, you know, books. My fave so far is Luke Epplin’s fantastic book about the 1948 Cleveland Indians called Our Team. But I’ve read more than a dozen of the titles in the last year and enjoyed them all.

Our Team