Because I’m a sucker for the new and shiny books, I ended up placing a lot of holds at my library at the same time—and getting them all at once. And with books that are brand new, you get less time to read them. And when Jonathan Safran Foer’s enormous new book must get read in time for a book signing, you panic. So that’s what happened in the month of September. We’ll not discuss the fact that it’s now November, and my reading has precipitously dropped off this semester (December edit: LOL JK, the procrastination only got WORSE). I did really like this debut novel, and while it narrowly misses the cut for absolute favorites of the year, it deserves consideration to be included in the conversation. Full review here.