It’s my September Book Review!
And all the readers said AMEN!!
I am super, super, super pumped about this month’s post because I enjoyed all five books that I read. Sit back, grab yourself some coffee, open up your Amazon app and start ordering you something to read. This batch does not disappoint! (And psssst: if you’re not a reader, you should immediately stop here and go watch Ozark on Netflix. Seriously, it’s such good TV!!!)
Oh Beatriz Williams, YOU HAVE REDEEMED YOURSELF! I have been waiting and waiting and waiting to fall in love with another Beatriz Williams book and this month, I did! I loved The Secret Life of Violet Grant! If you recall, last year, I read A Hundred Summers and LOVED it! I even named it one of the top 3 books of 2016. Then, I read several of her books and they just flopped for me (The Wicked City, Along the Infinite Sea, and A Certain Age). I just kept waiting to love them as much as I loved A Hundred Summers…but then, you ladies suggested this one, and it was FANTASTIC! This is a fictional tale of two ladies (one set back during WWI and the other around the 1960s). Each chapter goes back and forth from one girl to the other, but their stories are intertwined. What I loved most about this book was that it satisfied so many of things I love in a good novel: great love story, check; suspense, check; an unexpected plot twist, check; great characters that leave me wanting more with each page, check, check CHECK! I could not put this book down. This story has more meat to it. It’s not one of those light chick lit books I adore so much…it’s perfect for those of you who like something heaveir, but I also felt like it satisfied the chick lit lover in me too. Now, I’m ready to conquer another Williams’ book!
I read the third installment of the Crazy Rich Asians series by Kevin Kwan and loved it just as much as I did the other two. Rich People Problems was…the perfect ending (Is it the end though??? I don’t know???? I can see a fourth one in his future!) of the story. If you haven’t read these books yet, you should try the first one, Crazy Rich Asians. They’re really clever and witty little novels about this huge family in Singapore. Here’s the best part about reading the third one…I knew who all of the characters were! Ha! If you’ve read the first two, then you know what I’m talking about. There are so many characters in these books and they’re so intertwined, that the author has a family tree at the front of all three books so that you don’t get confused. I must say, quite proudly, that I only had to refer to it twice reading the third book 😉 . Go and read the first one and if you love it, keep going. If you loved the first two (Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend) then I guarantee you will love this one too. It just wraps up everything quite nicely.
Whoa. The Dry was GOOD.
You girls suggested this book to me over the summer and for whatever reason, I just now got around to it…and it was such a good read!! This novel takes place in a small town in Australia and there have been some deaths…and I can’t say much more than that. 😉 This book hooked me on the first page. I thought it read quickly, I loved all of the characters, I had no idea how it was going to end…and I could not put this one down. If you like books that are suspenseful, you must read this one. This was such a fun and unexpected surprise. As much as I love the chick lit, a good old-fashioned “who done it” makes me happy too.
I’ve been on a Kristan Higgins kick lately because her chick lit books just make me smile. They read a bit like a Hallmark movie (sweet, lovie dovie and slightly predictable), but they’re always entertaining and a nice little escape. Well…On Second Thought has been my favorite so far! I liked the other ones, but I loved this one!! This book is about two sisters and each chapter is from their perspective (it goes back and forth). One sister is recently widowed at a young age and the other, is recently dumped by her boyfriend of 11 years. Both sisters are likable, relatable and I just wanted to be both of their friends. I read this one quickly and loved every page. If you are in need of a light little chick lit book, here it is. It’s just a book of good feelings.
Holy cow. Don’t read this one late at night in the dark by yourself. Eeeeks! I loved The Couple Next Door. When we were in Mexico last week, all of my girlfriends were passing this one around. We somehow had two copies and I’m pretty sure almost all of us read it before we left. This novel is full of mystery and suspense. I mean…you will be hooked right away. This story is about a couple and well, something tragic happens to them (I don’t want to say and spoil it) at the beginning of the book and then…you have to read the whole thing to see how it unfolds. Men and women alike would love this book. I did not know how it was going to end…but I was dying to find out. This is a good one that I promise you will be passing around too!!
And then one more for today…
Look at this beautiful children’s book my friend April Graney wrote!! The Marvelous Mud House is a story she wrote after her and her family returned home from Kenya a few years ago. It’s loosely based on a family they interacted with while they were there. We have LOVED reading this book this month!! I love any story that teaches my kiddos contentment, joy, fulfillment and love. If you’re looking for a sweet book for your little ones, I highly recommend this one. It’s such a sweet tale.
Okay, that wraps up my September Book Review! What did you read this month??? I would love some new suggestions! Please comment and share!!!
To see a complete list of all of the books I’ve read so far this year plus links to their reviews, click HERE.
Don’t forget, you can catch my 2016 Book Review HERE. It includes the names and reviews of all 62 books I read last year.