It’s BOOK REVIEW DAY!!!
I’m not sure there is a quote that more accurately describes me.
A few housekeeping things before we get to today’s post…which by the way contains four books AND I LOVED THEM ALL!! Woohoo! I didn’t love them all last month, so this month was an extra special delight! First up…
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Finally, one more thing before we get to the books I read in September…
…don’t forget, I pulled together a list of my favorite Fall Reads for you guys this season. I’ve read all of these books and LOVE them! They’re all so perfect to read during the fall. Enjoy those too!
Okay…on to today’s reviews!
I want to make sure I’m really clear about something, when you ladies give me book suggestions, I take them seriously! Here’s what I do after each post, I go back through the comments and write down books that appeal to me on a sticky note. Today’s post includes the final four books that were on my July Book Review sticky note (I actually had two notes for that month!). If I haven’t read your book suggestion yet, it doesn’t mean I’m not going to! I just means, I haven’t gotten to it on my sticky note yet. So, please keep those suggestions coming! As you’ll see today, they are almost always spot on for me. Thank YOU!!!
First up, after I read a Mary Kay Andrews book this summer, all of you told me to read Hissy Fit!
Cuteness. This book was just CUTE! It made me want to read even more of her novels (suggestions, please!). This fictional book is about a jilted bride who throws an epic hissy fit when she finds her fiance cheating on her and well…there are small town repercussions that follow. This story also has a deeper layer because as she’s recovering from the embarrassment of what happened at her rehearsal dinner, she also starts to wonder why her mom ran off so many years ago and what might have happened to her. There is a little love story, a little mystery, a lot of funny and some great characters. Now, I don’t want to discourage anyone from reading this book…but I will say that it did feel a bit long to me. I have the page numbers turned off on my Kindle because I like to just read without knowing how far into the book I am, buuuuut when I read this book, I did swipe up a few times to see how much longer because it did feel long to me. And then the ending was really abrupt. Which seemed ironic after a long book. Right? It was long…but good. I think you’ll all like this one, but I at least wanted to mention those two things. #chicklitforlife
Okay, I feel like everyone is reading Big Sexy Love. This novel was highly recommended, so I was eager to jump in with two feet. Here’s the thing though…it wasn’t anything like I thought it would be. I honestly think it was poorly named. Big Sexy Love to me, had my mind going one direction, but it was actually much deeper than that title lends with some substance and depth I wasn’t expecting. Yes, it’s total chick lit…but a more substantial one (at least in my opinion). I wonder if it were called something else if more “non chick-lit” readers might pick it up? Anyway…those are my initial thoughts 🙂 . This is a fictional story of a young British woman who sets out for NYC (her first time ever leaving her hometown) to find her dying best friend’s long lost boyfriend. See? I bet you’re already confused by the title 🙂 . This story is about stepping out of your comfort zone, finding friends that feel more like family, exploring new places and meeting new people, discovering that life is so much different outside of your “box”, pushing yourself to be a different version of you than you ever imagined and more. It was really a delightful read and I hope…it has a sequel. I thought all of the characters were developed enough for a second book to spin off. I really liked this one. I don’t know if I would call it a “laugh until you cry romantic comedy” because I thought it was more about the main character and her self discovery than anything else…but they don’t pay me to title and subtitle books so what do I know? Read this one!
Whoa! I was absolutely consumed with Educated. So many of you told me to read this memoir (especially after I read and loved The Sound of Gravel so much), and I can see why. This book was spell-bounding. I could not put it down! This is the true story about how one girl was born and raised in Idaho by parents who did not believe in any sort of formal education and how she rose above. It’s about being motivated, being a self-starter, realizing the bigger picture and not letting family, fears, or other outside influences determine who you are and who you will always be. It was amazing! After I read this book, I had a long talk with my older kids about it. The author really makes you feel like there are no excuses in life…you can be the best version of yourself if you really want to be. I was telling everyone to read this book and one friend texted me and said that it was like The Great Alone…but true. YES! That is so true! (And we all know how much I loved The Great Alone!) This has been the year of me reading about women (both real and fictitious) that have tenacity. Women that have true fortitude that comes from some place deep within. I highly recommend this book! From beginning to end, I was consumed.
I finished up my month by reading the very last book on that sticky note…How to Walk Away. Friends, I loved it so much that as soon as I was done, I went online and bought another book by Center. This is why I love your suggestions so much…THEY’RE ALWAYS SO SPOT ON!!! This novel was so darn good!! I could not put this book down and finished it in two days (insert me staying up waaaaaaaay past my bedtime!). This novel is about a new bride-to-be whose whole world is thrown upside down when she’s in a plane crash. And I’m not going to say anything else…I do not want to spoil a minute of this juicy read. This is chick-lit but heavier. There are those light and fluffy moments I love so much in chick-lit, but also some thought provoking moments too that will make you wonder what you would do in the same situation. This book could totally be in my top 3 for the year! I also loved how it wrapped up because it tied up every loose end and didn’t leave you hanging. This was such a good book!! I cannot wait to read more from Center! Please tell me her other books are just as wonderful!
There you have it…my September Book Review!
I have another sticky note already going, but let’s start me one more. What should I be reading next?! Comment and tell me please!!
To see the complete list of books I read in 2016 (all 62 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2017 (all 62 of them), click here.