September 2019 Book Review

It’s the last day of September!!

I have all the mixed emotions about this.

I love September so much, so I’m sad to see it go, but I’m suuuuuper excited about October too.  Want to know what I don’t have mixed emotions about?  My SEPTEMBER BOOK REVIEW!!  Today, I’m sharing the four books this month that I read and maybe, you’ll share some with me too!  Don’t forget, if you’re looking for a fall book outside of these suggestions, you should read any one of these…

…I promise you, you will love each and every one of them.

Okay, on to today’s post.  This month, I read four books…all fiction, all recommended by you, and all (for the most part) good.  Here we go…

…the first book I read this month was Love and Other Words which came highly recommended by so many of you after I read The Unhoneymooners in July.  Don’t hate me, but I didn’t love it.  (I’m sorry!!!)  Here’s the thing, it was cute, it held my attention, I wanted to see how it would end, it was entertaining, but I kept having one dominant thought as I read it: I never would have acted that way/talked that way/behaved that way as a pre-teen/teenager.  I just found that part a little too unbelievable.  For those of you who haven’t read the book, it toggles back and forth between present day (which I enjoyed!) and then about 10 to 15 years prior when the main characters were younger (it takes you through them being like 11 to 18).  I thought the teen chapters were a little too mature/sophisticated/not what I would call “norm” for me to believe.  I also thought the big “twist” at the end was a bit far-fetched and perhaps a bit forced.   Do you guys hate me now?  So many of you recommended it that I just knew I would love it, and it was okay, but not my favorite.  All of that to say, I do really like these authors (I believe it’s two women who use the name Christina Lauren) and will read many more of their novels.  Which Christina Lauren book should I read next?  I want to give another one a try!  Side note, I felt like this novel was rated R.

I love Kristin Hannah novels!!  I have read several over the years and liked them all (The Nightingale, Winter Garden and then of course, one of my very favorite books ever was The Great Alone), so when someone suggested I go back and read Night Road (one of her earlier books), I thought that was a great idea!  Friends, there were several times throughout this book when I thought to myself “this could be one of my favorites this year”.  I loved it!!  It’s a fictional story about a mom, her teenage twins and their best friend.  It’s complicated.  It’s messy.  It made me tear up TWICE.  It’s gripping.  It’s shocking.  I had to know how it would end.  Even though it’s a work of fiction, this book made me stop multiple times and ponder both motherhood (and the pressures we put on ourselves and our kids) and how choices we make can so greatly affect others.  My only complaint about this novel is that it ended too quickly.  I thought the story was so well-developed, but the end felt very rushed to me.  Other than that, I really liked it.  I was caught up in the characters, their lives and the choices they made.  Kristin Hannah just never lets me down!

Okay, I typically love Katherine Center novels.  I think I’ve read four or five, so I was really excited to jump into her newest one, Things You Save in a Fire…but it was just okay to me.  I know so many of you also read her books, so I’m anxious to hear your thoughts on this one as well!  I liked it, I thought it was interesting, but it wasn’t my favorite.  I thought the story was a little too predictable and I didn’t feel the chemistry between the two main characters.  I don’t know? Maybe I’m crazy???  I always think about How To Walk Away when I think of Center books because that one really spoke to me…this one, not so much.  This fictional story is about a female firefighter from Austin who moves to Massachusetts to help her sick mother and joins the fire department up there.  I mean…it was okay.   I can’t think of anything else to say about it.  Hahaha!  I didn’t dislike it, I just didn’t love it.  Please tell me if you’ve read this one!!

I ended the month with A Stranger in the House because Meagan told me I “had to read it”, and I’m so glad she did!  This was the perfect way to end my month!  You guys know how I don’t always love thriller/scary/suspenseful books, but this one was perfect for me!  It wasn’t too scary, it wasn’t too psychological (sometimes, I cannot keep up in those!), it wasn’t too long, it wasn’t too heavy…it was just a good suspenseful novel that kept me up a little late each night as I wanted to know how it was going to end.  I was really pleased with this one!  If you’re looking for a good book with a whole lot of suspense, here you go!

That’s my September Book Review!  Right now, Smith is still working his way through the John Grisham books for kids (the Theodore Boone series) and Kensington is reading The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis.

Okay, I would like to read a biography in October…which one should I read???  Also, are there any other “fall” books I should read before I start reading my Christmas ones??  Comment and tell me please!!

Don’t forget!!  To see a running list of the books I’m reading this year, click HERE.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2015 (all 63 of them), click here.
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.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2018 (all 61 of them), click here.
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  • Erika Slaughter September 30, 2019 at 4:47 am

    I know we discussed this last night but by the time the kids go to bed…I’m ready to be SNOOZING! hahaha! I think I’m halfway through a book I’ve been reading for weeks. Not because it isn’t good, but because mama is tired.

    • Kristen Hardison September 30, 2019 at 6:00 am

      Me too Erika! I finally finished “You’ve Been Volunteered” yesterday! It took me WEEKS. I liked it but I guess the beginning of school makes me tired! #kindergartenteacherlife #momlife Okay for a biography! I read Stephen Curtis Chapman’s autobiography a few years ago and loved it! I now want to read something presidential since I just got back from an amazing trip to DC! Oh! And the author who wrote “Tattooist of Auschwitz” has a new one out tomorrow about Cilka! Not a biography but I can’t wait to read it! AND the author of “The Wedding Date” has a new one out next week! #somanybooks #solittletime ❤️

      • Ashley September 30, 2019 at 8:38 am

        Omg thanks for the heads up about the Cilka book! The Tattooist of Auschwitz was rough but probably one of the best books I’ve ever read and would recommend to anyone! If you’re looking for a DC book, check out “Mrs. Kennedy & Me” by Clint Hill (true story) about a “personal Secret Service agent who details his very close relationship with the First Lady during the four years leading up to and following President John F. Kennedy’s tragic assassination.”

        • Melanie October 1, 2019 at 10:33 am

          “Mrs. Kennedy and Me” was one of my tops in 2018.

    • Paula September 30, 2019 at 6:13 am

      I concur! School & fall activities have me drained.

    • Beth October 4, 2019 at 3:25 pm

      I just finished Goldie, A lotus grows in the mud. It is about Goldie Hawn. I found it to be a wonderful book about a great lady. I hope you enjoy it!

  • Amy Heinl September 30, 2019 at 4:54 am

    I loved what you save in a fire…i loved the spunk of the lead and her evolution of her character when she moved back home. I also love how her relationship changed as well with her mom and how she faced her fears to get yhe life she always wantec but was afraid to ho through. This month I read the Unhoneymooners based on your recommendation and loved it. I lost count of how many times I burst out laughing. I also read Debbiie Maccombers Window on the Bay. It was different for her and I loved this story of two dear friends who ended up being single parents and have raised their kids and now are each empty nesters who are now for the girst time focusing on their needs and the life they want moving forward. Their individual journeys are funny, bump filled with many wonderful moments of self discovery along the way. You should check it out

  • Lorraine September 30, 2019 at 4:56 am

    Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mahe

    • Michelle September 30, 2019 at 5:54 pm

      Yes! Very moving, although a tough read.michelle

  • Magee Shepler September 30, 2019 at 5:01 am

    The Better Sister by Alafair Burke! SUCH a good thriller/mystery. As soon as I read it I thought “Oooh Shay needs this on her book review list!”

  • Lindsay September 30, 2019 at 5:06 am

    I’m reading “After the End” by Clare Mackintosh right now. It gets rave reviews on Goodread but it’s taking me forever to read. I think it’s because we’re just so busy with fall sports and our family is still getting in our back to school groove. The story is touching so I’m going to finish it out, I just need more hours in the day to do so.

  • Sheaffer Sims September 30, 2019 at 5:14 am

    I’ve. Got. Nothin.
    Now, if you start doing a t.v. show review, I’M HERE. And I’ll have ALL THE WORDS.

    • Kathy October 1, 2019 at 2:01 pm

      I love your tv reviews. So humorous and well written. I hope we see more.

  • Sarah September 30, 2019 at 5:32 am

    Not really a biography, but “Fall and Rise-The Story of 9/11” by Mitchell Zuckoff is incredible.

  • Tanya September 30, 2019 at 5:41 am

    I have heard similar reviews of Things You Save in a Fire. I definitely want to read Night Road now…it sounds like a real winner. Thanks for the recommendations. You can check out my September reads here –> Tanya – The Other Side of the Road

    • Tanya September 30, 2019 at 8:09 am

      By the way, thanks for recommendation on The Things We Cannot Say. It was my favorite book last month!

  • votemom September 30, 2019 at 5:50 am

    put The Forgotten Garden by kate morton on your list! you won’t regret it!

  • Sara Darveaux September 30, 2019 at 6:00 am

    I recommend Becoming by Michelle Obama for your biography!

    • Sara September 30, 2019 at 8:22 am

      I second this recommendation! Such a great book!

    • Emily September 30, 2019 at 8:53 am

      I second that! I just finished it and really liked it.

    • Deb September 30, 2019 at 12:49 pm

      Agree!

      • Tracy Graham October 1, 2019 at 11:10 am

        Becoming by Michelle Obama!

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog September 30, 2019 at 6:03 am

    You motivate me to read whenever you do book reviews! I’ve been slacking lately – totally needed the head’s up! 💕✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

  • Kathryn September 30, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Not a Fall book, but I loved Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren. It made me laugh out loud at times and it was just a fun, light read! I’m halfway through Evvie Drake Starts Over and really like it as well!!

  • Courtney September 30, 2019 at 6:23 am

    My Life in France by Julia Child

    • Susy October 1, 2019 at 6:12 pm

      I just read this last month and got to walk by her apartment that she lived in Paris last week while we were visiting! Such a great book!

  • Amlakar September 30, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Two of my favorites lately are The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger and Where the Forest Meets the Stars. by Glendy Vanderah. If you haven’t read either of them you should give them a shot :). Have a fabulous Monday!

    • Meghan September 30, 2019 at 8:25 am

      Totally agree with these two suggestions! They’re both my favorites of the past couple of months, too!

  • Kelly S September 30, 2019 at 6:31 am

    Read the Sound of Gravel!

    • Mix and Match Mama September 30, 2019 at 6:53 am

      I loved that one!!!

    • Meghan B September 30, 2019 at 11:33 am

      I haven’t read A Stranger in the House yet, but have you read The Couple Next Door? Same author, and I really enjoyed that one. Suspenseful, but not overly scary

      • Mix and Match Mama September 30, 2019 at 12:24 pm

        Yesssssss! I had forgotten that it was the same author! Loved it!

    • Kelly L Forbes September 30, 2019 at 8:04 pm

      Becoming by Michelle Obama is SO good!!!!

  • Katie September 30, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Definitely putting the Kristin Hannah book on my to-read list!

    For a biography, would an (auto)biography still count? The new Demi Moore memoir looks incredible – raw, honest, and very real. Would love to hear your thoughts on it!

    • Liz September 30, 2019 at 7:18 am

      Definitely read Becoming by Michelle Obama. It’s a wonderful book about a spectacular woman. A great book about rearing a strong role model, especially as a mother of three girls! I loved it!

  • Molly Kissel September 30, 2019 at 6:34 am

    I don’t have any biographies or fall books to recommend, but you should definitely add American Royals by Katharine McGee to your list! It’s set in modern day but told from the premise that America has a monarchy instead of a president. The chapters are each told from a different character’s point of view, and I couldn’t put it down!

  • Lynn DePalma September 30, 2019 at 6:36 am

    I’ve been slowly getting through and so far enjoying A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. I highly recommend it! And would love to hear what you think of it.

  • Nikki September 30, 2019 at 6:36 am

    Shay, have you read Shoe Dog? It’s a memoir by the creator of Nike. SO GOOD!

  • Kimberly September 30, 2019 at 6:39 am

    Shoe Dog for biography

    Evvie Drake Starts Over, American Royals and The Floating Feldmans for fiction

  • Misty September 30, 2019 at 6:47 am

    If you’re looking for a good memoir Demi Moore’s “Inside Out” is sooooo good!! I had to make a day trip to Houston and I didn’t even mind that boring drive because it was so darn good!!! I listened to almost all of it in one day!

    • Kelly October 1, 2019 at 6:02 pm

      Agreed on the Demi Moore memoir! My friend gifted it to me and I couldn’t put it down. She’s super honest, about her (difficult) childhood, addictions, her marriages and divorces, and shares about her career. I thought it was well written and insightful, not to mention a little bit juicy. A great read!

  • Claire September 30, 2019 at 6:48 am

    Great reviews! I recommend Michelle Obama’s autobiography — so good.

  • Alexis deZayas September 30, 2019 at 6:48 am

    I’m reading the Twilight Wife by A. J. Banner right now and really liking it!

    • TDunham September 30, 2019 at 10:46 am

      Becoming by Michelle Obama was really good!
      And informative!😊

  • Claudia September 30, 2019 at 6:49 am

    Try When Breath Becomes Air. It’s a memoir and not a biography but it’s so so good. Its about a doctor who has lung cancer.

    • Taylor September 30, 2019 at 9:26 am

      I agree!! I was sobbing by the end of that book.

      • Claudia September 30, 2019 at 5:04 pm

        Right!? Loved it.

    • Summer September 30, 2019 at 1:50 pm

      I second “When Breath Becomes Air!” Such a good book!!

    • Jayne October 1, 2019 at 1:25 pm

      Claudia, I agree! That one is really good. I also echo the many recommendations for Michelle Obama’s book. It’s fantastic! Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is also an amazing autobiography.

  • Amy September 30, 2019 at 6:52 am

    I just finished reading The Only Plane in the sky an oral history of 9/11 and it was absolutely amazing. Just such a powerful and moving read. Maybe the best book I have ever read. You really must read it.

    • TDunham September 30, 2019 at 10:47 am

      I second this choice! Such a good and meaningful book!

  • Anna September 30, 2019 at 6:56 am

    I’ve read three Katherine Center books (How To Walk Away, Things You Save In a Fire, and Happiness for Beginners) and I agree! I think there needed to be more interaction between the main characters before they declared their love for one another. I also felt like the forgiveness part with her mom was just too easy. Don’t get me wrong – I still stayed up till 1am reading it haha, but it’s not my favorite Katherine Center book.

  • Julie September 30, 2019 at 6:58 am

    The Bakeshop at Pumpkin and Spice by Donna Kauffman
    A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
    The Witch’s Kind by Louisa Morgan
    Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

    • Allison September 30, 2019 at 9:05 am

      Yes, the Bakeshop at Pumpkin & Spice is the perfect October read! It also includes recipes after each story, yummy!!

  • Robin September 30, 2019 at 7:02 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed Julie Andrews’ autobiography called “Home”. She is the narrator on the audio book, and it was just delightful.

  • Amy in PA September 30, 2019 at 7:04 am

    A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner is a great book. It’s in September but will be an enjoyable read before starting Christmas books. Strong female characters, New York City, historical fiction. Toggles back and forth between Ellis Island (1911) and 2011 – 10 yr anniversary of 9/11 attacks. You’ll love it!

    • Beth Miller September 30, 2019 at 8:43 am

      Yes! Susan Meissner is one of my favorite authors!!!

    • Katharina September 30, 2019 at 8:46 am

      Yep, I really enjoyed A Fall of Marigolds too! It’s good and perfect for this time of year!

    • Callie October 1, 2019 at 4:47 pm

      A Fall of Marigolds is one of my all time favorite books!

    • Kelly October 1, 2019 at 6:03 pm

      YES! I loved A Fall of Marigolds. And also by Meissner, and I loved equally as much if not a bit more, Secrets of a Charmed Life. Both are so good!!

  • Heather September 30, 2019 at 7:07 am

    Shoe Dog and just finished Orphan Train and enjoyed it!

  • Meagan Ruse September 30, 2019 at 7:13 am

    I’m so happy you liked Stranger in the House! Thrillers are my fav!

  • Abby Conaway September 30, 2019 at 7:15 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE all of Shari Lapena’s books! I’ve yet to read anything by her that didn’t grab me from the first page!

  • Amber Bienkowski September 30, 2019 at 7:15 am

    Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez is a fantastic read that will make you laugh and cry – so good!
    The Royal Treatment: by Melanie Summers – first book in the 3 book series!

  • Elspeth September 30, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Not exactly a biography but Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley is so good!! All about simplicity and the important things in life!
    http://www.elspethsdaybyday.com

  • Laura Grillo September 30, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Halfway through “The Secrets We Kept” by Lara Prescott and really enjoying it!

  • Maria Zandri September 30, 2019 at 7:29 am

    I started the Outlander series a few months ago and it’s amazing! I’ll highly recommend them. Not quick reads, but so worth the time investment. It makes the show easier to follow along with too! I’ve been reading a book, then watching the season.

  • Lori September 30, 2019 at 7:29 am

    I really enjoyed Where the Forest Meets the Stars and think you would too!

  • Mary Catherine Ray September 30, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Have you read Firefly Lane? It’s also an older one by Kristin Hannah…. probably one of my favorites books ever!

    • Mary September 30, 2019 at 11:59 am

      I second this recommendation! I’ve read it several times 🙂

  • Laura September 30, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Song of a Wounded Heart by Lora Jones. A true story that will deepen your faith as she shares the story of her family.

  • Kara September 30, 2019 at 7:45 am

    I’m currently reading Becoming by Michelle Obama and am really enjoying it. It’s interesting to hear her perspective. I would recommend it!

  • Katarina September 30, 2019 at 7:49 am

    I’m really loving The Royal We right now!

  • Dena September 30, 2019 at 7:51 am

    The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney was so so good!

  • Susan Crivella September 30, 2019 at 7:54 am

    I also did not love What you Save in a Fire, it was too short or something. There was no depth and too predictable. It felt like it was written to meet a deadline (very quickly) I didn’t really like it at all! Maybe because I’ve loved her other books so much more

  • Vivi Mackenzie September 30, 2019 at 8:03 am

    I read three great ones this month: Waiting for Tom Hanks, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, and Evvie Drake Starts Over. If you are a fan of romantic comedies (especially Meg Ryan & Tom Hanks movies!), then you will LOVE these. I needed a break from some intense-tear-up-my-nerves-keep-me-up-at-night books I’ve read lately, and these were perfect choices. As for biographies, I loved Leah Remini’s Troublemaker. Her inside scoop on Hollywood and Scientology was fascinating! Happy Reading!

    • Kelly October 1, 2019 at 6:05 pm

      I loved Waiting for Tom Hanks!! Perfect book for Fall (It also put me in a Gilmore Girls frame of mind for some reason).

  • Sarah B September 30, 2019 at 8:12 am

    I read Night Road almost two years ago and it’s one that I still think of often! Loved it! Educated is a great memoir.

  • Katie Boyle September 30, 2019 at 8:13 am

    It won’t be a light read, but you (and all your readers) need to read White Fragility. It’s an incredibly important and eye opening discussion about race that has rocked my world and changed my perspective on everything. It’s especially important for white mamas raising children of color.

  • Crista September 30, 2019 at 8:14 am

    I really love “Barbara Bush: a memoir”. I laughed and cried! She’s so funny, but also lived so much life. I don’t know if a memoir satiates your biography wish, but it’s a good one!

  • Jeannie Bruce September 30, 2019 at 8:16 am

    I just finished reading the Dress Makers Gift. I highly recommend it. It is about 3 women in France during WW2 and their work with the French Resistance.

  • Debbie Lang September 30, 2019 at 8:16 am

    I just purchased Demi Moore’s biography “Inside Out” to read in October. It sounds like it is very well written, and I’m intrigued by her life and the struggles she had to find herself.

  • Katie September 30, 2019 at 8:18 am

    I loved The Sun Does Shine. So good! It’s about a man on death row. I also didn’t love Love and other words. It Was ok but not my favorite. I did love Roomies by Christina Lauren. That’s actually the book that got me reading some of her other books.

  • Leslie S September 30, 2019 at 8:19 am

    For an (auto)biography, you should check out Born A Crime by Trevor Noah!

    • Allena October 1, 2019 at 12:40 pm

      SOOOO good! I loved it! Such a talent for taking such a hard childhood and making it funny!

  • Diana September 30, 2019 at 8:21 am

    I highly recommend Becoming by Michelle Obama, and Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. Both are really good! There’s also a young adult version of Hidden Figures too that would be great for Kensington if she’s interested, you both could read them together if you want and have a mother-daughter book club! 🙂

  • Dana September 30, 2019 at 8:21 am

    I haven’t read these biographies but I think the biography of Mother Teresa or Nelson Mandela might be good. Prairie Fires sounds interesting too if you were one to watch/read Little House on the Prairie series.

  • Kate September 30, 2019 at 8:24 am

    I loved Stranger in the House too! Also have recently read Waiting for Tom Hanks based on suggestions here and LOVED it, so good.
    How not to fall in love accidentally- Catherine Bennetto – was awesome, purchased that after enjoying your suggestion of her Make or Break.
    Also hoping there is more by Laurie Gellman after loving the Class Mom series!

  • Susan September 30, 2019 at 8:25 am

    For a biography – I loved Andre Aggassi’s book, Open.

  • Rebecca Pettit September 30, 2019 at 8:28 am

    I feel the same way about the Katherine Center book. It’s my least fav of her books. Have you read her book The Lost Husband? I loved that one!

  • Sandra Reynolds September 30, 2019 at 8:29 am

    The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
    Someone We Know by Shari Lapena

  • Hillary September 30, 2019 at 8:29 am

    I agree regarding Things You Save in a Fire! This was my first Katherine Center book so I was expecting a lot more and was a bit disappointed! It was way too predictable (at least the overall story line was) and felt sort of like a Nicholas Sparks novel at times. I can handle that when I know that’s what I’m getting myself into, but the not here! I also found the main character to be unlikable at times. That being said, I did finish it and I did like second half more than I did the first half. I would try another one of her novels, for sure.

  • Gracie Van Dyke September 30, 2019 at 8:30 am

    I usually can’t ever suggest books to you because I almost always read books you’ve suggested haha
    However, this month I read A Fire Sparkling by Julianne Maclean and it was very good!! You should definitely add it to your list! 🙂 Thanks for always sharing with us!! I’ve always loved reading but you’ve gotten me back into it again 🙂

  • Katie Hayes September 30, 2019 at 8:38 am

    I just finished “School of Essential Ingredients” and I think you would love it! (Sorry if you’ve read it… I get a lot of my book list from your site!) 🙂
    Also, “The Day the World Came To Town” is a fantastic true story from 9/11. I loved it. It is uplifting and fantastic.
    Thanks for your recommendations! I love them!

    • Natashajk September 30, 2019 at 11:08 am

      I loved The Day the World Came to Town. You should also read Channel of Peace which is a plane passenger’s experience of Gander. Have you seen Come From Away???

      • Katie Hayes October 1, 2019 at 10:12 pm

        Oooh! I’m checking out this book now! Thanks! I think the Gander stories from 9/11 are so interesting. 🙂

  • Yvonne September 30, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez is so good, I really think you would enjoy it!

  • Beth Miller September 30, 2019 at 8:42 am

    I thought the same about Things You Save in a Fire. My husband is a firefighter, and some of the things she wrote about were just too ridiculous and would never happen! I also didn’t think the main characters had chemistry. It was forced and just ok. Love her other books though!

  • Candace September 30, 2019 at 8:45 am

    You said you wanted to read a biography, but if you want to consider a memoir instead (close enough??) you should try My Life From Scratch by Gesine Bullock-Prado. It’s about her transition from a Hollywood exec to opening up a bakery. I think you’d love it. Cool side note: she’s Sandra Bullock’s sister. It was SO fun to read.

  • Cherie September 30, 2019 at 8:46 am

    I didn’t care for Things You Save in a Fire, either. The story was good but it was too much “stream of consciousness” and not nearly enough dialogue, in my opinion.

  • Laura September 30, 2019 at 8:54 am

    I’m not finished yet, but I am loving Shanghai Girls right now!

  • Amy Jarrell September 30, 2019 at 8:58 am

    I just purchased Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller. I’m wondering if any of your readers have read it yet. It just released last week. I know it’s going to be a tough read. But, I want to support this woman.

  • Melanie M. September 30, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Have you ever read any books by Mary Higgins Clark? If so, do you like her writing? I think I have read all of her books and have never been disappointed.

  • Kim September 30, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Night Road was one of my very favorite books ever as well as Firefly Lane also by Kristin Hannah. I just finished Ugly Love by Coleen Hoover and it was so so good!! I’m looking forward to reading Demi Moore’s book and I’m currently reading One Day in December and loving it so far. I hope you get your Fall weather soon I can tell you are over the heat lol, me too!!

  • Patty September 30, 2019 at 9:09 am

    I always enjoy your book reviews and the comments from other readers. I agree with those who recommend Becoming by Michelle Obama. It’s fascinating to learn how she was raised and became such a strong woman, and I just loved the insights into life in the White House. A historical fiction I really enjoyed is The Gown: The Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson.
    Happy reading!

    • Natashajk September 30, 2019 at 11:10 am

      All of Jennifer Robson’s books are so good. I highly recommend them!

      • Allena October 1, 2019 at 12:43 pm

        I knew you’d respond with that Natasha! I LOVE everything Jennifer Robson has written – all her books are fabulous! I think she has 5?

  • Julie September 30, 2019 at 9:09 am

    My favorite book so far this fall has been “Red at the Bone.” It was getting a lot of attention and I was curious, and ended up reading on my Kindle in ONE day. It’s short, but just so beautifully written. I read “From Scratch” which is a kind of biography but really more a love story about the author (an actress) and her husband and about Italy and the healing power of food! I agree with others that Michelle Obama’s book is an incredible and inspiring read. It is long but goes by super fast. “The Size of Everything” is another biography that I read about in a magazine…haven’t read yet but sounds really good and has been on my list! Thanks for your recommendations. I had “Things you save in a fire” on my list, but I basically always agree with your write ups so maybe I’ll skip that! :).

  • Kim S September 30, 2019 at 9:11 am

    After the End by Clare Mackintosh is so good. It’s like the movie Sliding Doors. It toggles between two different futures they want for their sick son. I also didn’t like Love and Other Words. I loved the beginning but then as the book went on I didn’t like either character.

  • Kathy September 30, 2019 at 9:12 am

    For a non-fiction book, have you read Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt’s, The Rainbow Comes and Goes? Loved it. Listed on audio to hear her voice.

    I read Ghosted this month and really enjoyed it. Kept me guessing.

  • Kelly Lane Nation September 30, 2019 at 9:14 am

    If you are looking for a gritty bio….Sally Field’s My Life in Pieces was an interesting and eye-opening one!

  • mt September 30, 2019 at 9:22 am

    endurance by alfred lansing

  • Lisa Jensen September 30, 2019 at 9:26 am

    I love Kristen Hannah books. Night Road was one of my favorites! I just finished reading, Where the Crawdads Sing”. Loved the book, couldn’t put it down.

  • Taylor September 30, 2019 at 9:29 am

    I agree with your review on Things you Save..it was just an ok read for me. I’ve been reading a lot of thrillers this fall & I definitely recommend The Silent Patient before you dive into Christmas books. The twist at the end was so good I couldn’t believe it.

  • Elizabeth Stidham September 30, 2019 at 9:31 am

    I just finished Before We Were Yours and it is one that sticks with you! Two non fiction I’ve loved recently are Atomic Habits and Killers of the Flower Moon (starts slow but fascinating… and making a movie staring Leonardo DiCaprio!)

  • Paige September 30, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Try “Becoming” by Michelle Obama. I promise it’s not political but just a good biography!

    I bet you’ve read it already but “The Elizabeth Smart Story” was amazing. You felt right there.

    Also, haven’t read it but many people have recommended “When breath becomes air” to me!

  • Paige September 30, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Oh also

    Educated!! So so gooood

  • Tara G. September 30, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Eric Metaxas Amazing Grace or Deitrich Bonhoeffer. Brother Andrew (God’s Smuggler) is another favorite of mine.

  • Kathy Shirk September 30, 2019 at 9:43 am

    I recently read “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk” – it was so interesting to learn about this woman that walked the Appalachian Trail in 1955 when she was in her 60’s. I finished an other nonfiction book, Three Women, that read like fiction. I picked it up after I saw it recommended somewhere and was surprised at the contents at first, but it is worth the read.

  • Rachel September 30, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Shay, I just finished Evvie Drake Starts Over, and I thought of you while reading it!! It seems like a book you would just LOVE!! So cute.

  • Stacy September 30, 2019 at 9:53 am

    I’d recommend Educated for a biography.

  • Shannon September 30, 2019 at 9:57 am

    I have to jump on the Becoming: Michelle Obama bandwagon! It was an incredible read. It was almost like you could hear her telling her stories. May end up being my favorite for 2019!

  • Kristin September 30, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Totally agree about Things You Save in a Fire. I recently read Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum and loved it. And then I told my friends to read it and they loved it, too. It’s a YA novel but has such a sweet storyline with a tiny bit of suspense thrown in. I finally got around to reading Pachinko and Normal People after seeing them on so many “must read” lists for 2019 and they were both awesome fiction reads. Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham, The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney and The One by John Marrs were all really good reads, too, in the suspense/psychological thriller genre. Halfway through The Perfect Nanny by Leila Silmani right now and not sure what I think yet. Listening to Ladies who Punch (the View tell all) on Audible and will start John Boyne’s A Ladder to the Sky after that (I loved his book The Heart’s Invisible Furies). And I can’t wait for Christina Lauren’s new release this month!

    • Beth September 30, 2019 at 12:05 pm

      I also loved Tell Me Three Things! 😍

      A few other YA books that I loved as much as that one are Eleanor and Park and also Letters to the Lost and the sequel Call it What You Want.

  • Celeste Clark September 30, 2019 at 10:01 am

    The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad (the author won the Nobel Peace Prize) or Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza

    You will love them both!

  • Eileen McAllister September 30, 2019 at 10:04 am

    I read about 75 books a year of all genres and types Here’s my top ones so far this year in the order I’ve rated them. Synopsis can be found on Amazon, They are all great stories which you won’t soon forget. Enjoy!!
    Ask Again, Yes (story about two families set in a suburb north of Manhattan)
    The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna
    The Gown (historical fiction about the making of Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown)
    Once More We Saw Stars (memoir about how a marriage survives in light of a loss)
    How to Forget: Kate Mulgrew (biography)
    Single Thread (historical fiction set around Winchester Cathedral in 1930s England)
    The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty (biography)

  • Maggie September 30, 2019 at 10:09 am

    My favorite post of the month! I always get your blog up whenever I am out book shopping, I even buy books for my Mom based off of your suggestions. I did just read The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda, which was suspenseful and very good. I was also recommended The Cactus by Sarah Haywood, it takes place in Britain and is pretty Bridget Jones esque. So far I really like it!

  • Kim Nations September 30, 2019 at 10:09 am

    You need to read The Stranger by Harlin Coben. It is so good..

  • Lisa September 30, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Thanks for the reviews! Loved Night Road! Just finished Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah and really enjoyed that as well! Stocked up on some books recently, I hope I didn’t buy “ Love and Other Words” lol! I love your reviews because they save me from reading a bad book many times. I don’t have time to waste reading boring books 🤗

  • Rhonda September 30, 2019 at 10:18 am

    My favorite Christina Lauren book is Roomies. It’s rated R, but cute and fun and I liked the characters. I’ve also read Love and Other Words, Half Night Stand and Honeymooners and still preferred Roomies. If you want to try another CL book, I’d recommend that one one!

    • Diana Stevens October 1, 2019 at 1:56 am

      A beautiful book to read is called The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Please read Amazon’s reviews. They have over 4800 4 1/2 star reviews. This is an unusually lovely book.

  • Susy September 30, 2019 at 10:26 am

    I select my books per three categories each month:
    Travel: Dear Bob and Sue
    Places: See You in the Piazza by Frances Mayes
    Biography: He’s Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly

  • Heather F September 30, 2019 at 10:44 am

    This may not really fall into your genre of choice, but I promise you will love Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. It is a quick, super exciting, and engaging read!

    • AHSIA October 2, 2019 at 10:50 am

      I agree. Dark Matters was very good.

  • Diane September 30, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Shari Lapena’s newest page turner, Someone We Know, is a great read! Hugs from Waco!

  • Kimberly K September 30, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Henry
    The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
    I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou

  • KD September 30, 2019 at 10:55 am

    This month I read “Never Have I Ever” by Joshilyn Jackson and really liked it. I also read Sally Hepworth’s newest and will def be checking out more of her books from the library!
    For a biography, “Left to Tell” by Immaculee Ilibagiza is wonderful or “Escape” by Carolyn Jessop (well, I guess these are more memoirs than bios!).
    For a fiction read, have you read anything by Rainbow Rowell? I love Eleanor and Park and also Attachments by her — such a witty writer!

  • Cathy Meagher September 30, 2019 at 10:57 am

    I just love your book reviews and I am amazed that you can read so quickly. Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors and Night Road is one of my most favorite books ever! I’m sure you have read Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, but that is another very favorite of mine. It made me read other books by Francine Rivers and I have loved them all.

  • Lisa Sipe September 30, 2019 at 11:00 am

    My sentiments EXACTLY on Love and Other Words! I ended up closing it and not finishing it. Plus I’m not a fan of Rated R anything. I appreciate your honesty! I really wanna read Barbara Bush’s Memoir. Anything on Mother Theresa of Calcutta will stick with you and make you wanna live a JOYFUL life. Her life of service and faith and joy are extremely inspirational.

    • Alexis Jalovick September 30, 2019 at 8:37 pm

      Ahhhh I posted for like a year trying to get you to read Night Road. 😂 I knew you’d love it!! So glad you read it.
      I actually really loved Katherine Center’s new book. Such good lessons in it and I loved the whole storyline. The way she writes is just so good.
      Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren is SO cute!! Try that one! I love their books.
      One of my VERY favorite books of the summer was The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez. I flew through it. Chick lit but with so much depth. Highly recommend!!

  • Katie Meldrum September 30, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Ohhhh! Night Road is one of my top 3 Kristin Hannah books (along with The Nightingale and The Great Alone). BTW, both of those 2 are going to be made into movies. YESSSS! But, back to Night Road. I find myself still thinking about Lexi from time to time…. isn’t that strange?? I had the same thought about the ending. I wanted to know more…
    Anyway, I am currently reading Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson. It isn’t a biography, but it is still very good. Not too long either. Only about 200 pages.

  • Lori Reggio September 30, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Educated was wonderful. I also just finished Shamed! Excellent Suspense involving Amish culture.

  • Mandee September 30, 2019 at 11:35 am

    I just finished Roomies by Christina Lauren. Super cute!! Also rated R, but I really liked it 🙂

  • Beth September 30, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    I liked Things to Save in a Fire but didn’t love it like so many people seem to. I LOVED Night Road. So so good. Have you read Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah? So good! Also, I would read Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren next. I liked it even better than Unhoneymooners.

  • Leslie S September 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks for the Theodore Boone series recommendation! We have ordered several and they’re great for girls and boys!! THANK YOU SMITH!!

  • Monika September 30, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    I recommend Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup- about a really smart girl who makes some really dumb (not to mention unethical!) decisions in the pursuit of money/Silicon Valley fame. I watched the documentary on HBO first which made me want to read the book. It’s nonfiction but reads better than most fiction thrillers IMO!

    • Monika September 30, 2019 at 2:22 pm

      Oh oops just saw the biography part…it’s nonfiction but not biography!

    • Monika September 30, 2019 at 2:23 pm

      Oh oops just saw the biography part…it’s nonfiction but not biography! I really enjoyed Michelle Obama’s biography:)

  • Julie Kitchens September 30, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    A Child Called It for your Bio/Memoir … I have suggested it before but it truly is a book that will change you. Its a 3 part book but can be read alone. A Child Called it is the first and its just an amazing story of survival from his mother. He was abused in every way possible and he watched his mother care for his siblings in an endearing way. Its a book you will never forget and one I am so glad I have read. He is now a public speaker and its just amazed at how he survived what he did. Read the reviews and the forward…you will not regret it.

  • Lauren September 30, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    I have thoroughly enjoyed several Kathryn Center books, and I didn’t like Things You Save in. Fire. I put it down before I finished so I could read something better! I’m reading a book called Ghosted which is well written and compelling! Page turner.
    I loved Last Christmas in Paris. It is one of my favorites this year.

    • Natashajk October 1, 2019 at 7:18 am

      Oh, Last Christimas in Paris was really good! I read it last year on Christmas Eve and LOVED it! (it’s by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb).

  • Anita chaplin September 30, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    DEMI Moore has a new bio out!

  • Sarah Dizard September 30, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    I just read the prenup by Lauren Layne. I can’t recall if that’s one you have recommended? It was light, funny and an enjoyable read!

  • Jocie September 30, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Recently I have read Circe, and recommend to those who like mythology, Small Fry, and liked it a lot, and Dark Matter which may be my favorite book of the year

  • Kelsee September 30, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    I like Things you Save In the Fire, but I also felt like it was pretty predictable which made it just okay to me. I’m definitely going to need to check out Night Road and Stranger in The House though!

    Not biographies, but this month I read “Darling Rose Gold”, “Pretty Guilty Women”, “The Whisper Man”, and “When We Believed in Mermaids.” I really enjoyed all four. If you haven’t read “Honeymoon With My Brother,” I would suggest that for more of a memoir type book.

    Can’t wait to see what you read next month!

  • Carrie Burke September 30, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    I just met Kristin Hannah last Friday when she came to Austin. She is just as awesome as her books!

  • Becky T. September 30, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Have you read any of Clint Hill’s books? Mrs. Kennedy and Me was fascinating. My grandmother, aunt and I all read it and couldn’t stop talking about it. He also wrote one that I think is called “Five Presidents”. Have you read “Founding Mother’s” about the wives of the men who started this country? It was fantastic and so eye opening.

  • Stephanie September 30, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    A Secret History of Witches is amazing for Autumn especially on audiobook! Recently read The Girl He Used to Know ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Physick Book Of Deliverance Dane on audio for Autumn ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Miracle Creek ⭐️⭐️⭐️ and The German Midwife , The Gown and The Winemakers Wife were all ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ For me. Things you Save in a Fire was 5 stars for me. I loved the theme of forgiveness. It really spoke to me. I love how each person gets a different meaning and feeling from books. Happy Reading!,

  • Connie September 30, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    I’ve read Class Mom, You’ve Been Volunteered, The Tattoo of Auschwitz and Meet Cute in the last 6 months. All great books. I know you read at least three of them. Next on my list I’m going to read Where The Crawdads Sing. As well as Demi Moores new book. I have a bunch on my list thanks to you! 🙂 Thank you so much for your recommendations throughout the years! We go to the Library often here. I don’t read enough, but it’s better than not reading at all.

  • Connie September 30, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    It should say The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

  • Georgia September 30, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    I, personally, loved Things You Save in a Fire and didn’t care too much for How to Walk Away. I, too, did not care for Love and Other Words, although I did want to find out what happened and kept my interest throughout the book. My favorite Shari Lapena book is The Couple Next Door and her newest one, Someone We Know, is pretty good too! I love your recommendations and always look forward to Book Review Day!

  • Liz Thorson September 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    I second followers suggestions for Becoming (Obama), My Life in France (Childs), When Breath Becomes Air (Kalanithi), Shoe Dog (Knight) and Killers of the Flower Moon (Grann), all terrific, thought provoking, interesting, fascinating, some heart wrenching and shocking. From autobiographies to memoirs to historical non-fiction, this is quite a collection of good reads, I think.

  • Renee Williams September 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Aw, I wish I was Kensington and reading The Magician’s Nephew for the first time!

  • Shoshanah September 30, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    It’s quite and undertaking, but years ago I read the official biography of The Queen Mum and really enjoyed it. Even though it’s so long, it was one I couldn’t put down. I figured as an Anglophile you’d appreciate it as well.

  • Allison Stein September 30, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    I love Book Review day- It’s always one of my favorite posts of the month! I always have a notebook handy to jot down new book and author suggestions 🙂 We had a Fall Break from school this month, so I was able to read a few more books than normal. I recently discovered Patti Callahan Henry and loved The Bookshop at Water’s End and The Favorite Daughter. I love her characters and also the settings in her books and just ordered a few more off of Amazon! I also read The Friend Zone by Abby Jiminez and had a hard time putting it down! It was a quick and easy read and I was rooting for the characters throughout the whole book. Another southern author I love is Karen White and some of my favorites are The Sound of Glass, The Beach Trees and Flight Patterns. Karen White also has collaborated with Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig to write a few novels and The Forgotten Room is a great one to start with! I second (or third & fourth) Firefly Lane and the follow-up novel Fly Away- I can’t wait to watch this on Netflix!!

  • Kara Messner September 30, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    I read “Things you Save in a Fire” because I LOVED How to walk away. I will agree that How to Walk away was just THE BEST and hard to compare, however, I really enjoyed the newest book and found that I was looking forward to picking it up and was engaged the whole time. It was not mind blowing or super deep, but for me, it was a really fun read!

  • Jana September 30, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    I saw that a couple people commented above but I also wanted to encourage you to read The Only Plane In The Sky by Garrett Graff. It was just published this month. I read a lot of books (finishing up #119 of the year tonight) and I never buy books. I am a die hard library lover and I got this book on both audio (45 narrators and so well done) and ebook the day it was published. I read the book in two days and then listened to it on audio as well. When I finished, I went on Amazon to buy the hard cover. It is the most powerful book i have ever read and I wanted my husband to read it, my adult children to read it, my parents to read it… It is absolutely heart wrenching at times but a book I think every American should read. You will feel like you are in the planes with the people when they realized they have been hijacked, in the towers when the planes hit, walking up the stairs with the firefighters… I have been to the Pentagon Memorial, the Flight 93 Memorial and both the Memorial and Museum in Manhattan and I still learned so much from this book.

    • Natashajk October 1, 2019 at 7:24 am

      I am anxiously waiting for my library’s copy to come in so I can read it. I’ve heard such great things about it.

  • Amy Hart September 30, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Have you read “The Most Fun We Ever Had” by Claire Lombardo? Haven’t finished but really enjoy her writing so far.

  • Nicole September 30, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    I would recommend Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas for your biography next month! It’s so good! Very interesting details about WWII and is so encouraging as a Christian.

  • Lauren Christine September 30, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    I love these posts so much because they make me feel better about how much I love reading! I have always chosen reading over watching TV and when I was younger my friends would make fun of me for that! Also, you have got to read the Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls if you haven’t already. It’s one of my favorites!

  • Heather Maclean September 30, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    I just finished this book I highly recommend it. It was so good, even had a good cry while reading!
    Carole Radziwill – What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love.
    Enjoy!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 1, 2019 at 4:43 am

      It was my very favorite book of the year in 2014!!!

  • Amanda September 30, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    I agree with those who have recommended Educated by Tara Westover and Becoming by Michelle Obama! Other phenomenal nonfiction books I recommend highly are: Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett and one that is one of the best books I have EVER read called The Bold World, by Jodie Patterson. All incredible!

  • P. Mayo September 30, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Try Kelly Rimmer’s books! Highly recommend BEFORE I LET YOU GO and THINGS WE CANNOT SAY.
    Wow…big WOW! Before rated high on Good Books

    • P.Mayo September 30, 2019 at 8:19 pm

      I mean GoodReads!!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 1, 2019 at 4:42 am

      Things We Cannot Say is one of the very best books I’ve ever read!

  • Kim September 30, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    You really need to read Untether by JT Mestdagh. It’s young mans story about how he overcame countless surgeries, health issues and and being told he had severe learning disabilities and would be illiterate for his whole life. with the support of his family and his strong faith in Christ.he accomplished so much, even successfully climbed Mt. Kilmanjaro

  • Claudia Mcconnell September 30, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Orphan train and also before we were yours are both great reads!!

  • Kristy Moore September 30, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    I have a book suggestion for your ‘littles’ (the youngest two). There’s a really cute book series called the Heartwood Hotel series. It’s about a little mouse who looses her family and moves into a hotel (a tree) and the adventures that happen. I realize you’d have to read it to them, but our Grade 1 and 2 students loved it!

  • Amber Terrell September 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    I have now read every single Christina Lauren book. I highly recommend Roomies. Jenna Dewan bought the rights to this book and the authors are working on the script now! Such a good book!

  • Janet September 30, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    I read Night Road several years ago. I think it should be required reading for high school students AND their parents. We always told our girls they could call at any time and we would come get them – amnesty call. These are conversations families need to have for the safety of their
    teenagers!

  • Bridget October 1, 2019 at 5:23 am

    I’m reading America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie. It details the life of Maths Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson’s daughter, based on letters she and her father wrote. It’s very well written and quite interesting! I’d highly recommend!

  • Julie October 1, 2019 at 5:42 am

    The Storyteller’s Secret. My book club just read it and it was so good. For a lighter read try a summer in Paris.

  • Kristine October 1, 2019 at 7:22 am

    I would highly recommend The Unwinding of the Miracle. It is an unbelievable true story. You can Google it and watch interviews of the author before she passed away.

  • Kelley Sawyer October 1, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Read “Becoming Mrs. Lewis”- it’s the historical fiction biography about the woman who marries CS Lewis. It’s great!

  • Julie October 1, 2019 at 10:25 am

    The Only Girl in the World is a memoir I read recently and I won’t forget for a long time. The strength of the author is amazing!

  • Lynn October 1, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Did you ever read The Shack by William Paul Young? Very good

    • Lori C October 1, 2019 at 3:11 pm

      One of my all time favorite books!

  • Carmen October 1, 2019 at 11:16 am

    The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

  • Heather October 1, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    My two very favorite books that I’ve read this year are “The Huntress” and “The Storyteller’s Secret.” Please check them out!!

  • Keisha Dawson October 1, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    I just finished “You’ve Been Volunteered” on Sunday, and I loved it just as much as “Class Mom”. I also read “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and “Sunset Beach” in September, and I enjoyed them both!

  • Laurel M October 1, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    I love reading school themed fiction in the fall! Try Rush by Lisa Patton or Gifted Schoo by Bruce Holsinger. Both were so good!

  • Susy October 1, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Currently reading Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Henry about C.S. Lewis and his wife and loving it. Also, we love to read the whole Chronicles of Narnia series for family read-a-loud. He is such a prolific author!

  • Samantha October 1, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    I love love love your reviews every month! This month I read The Lost Husband, my 3rd Katherine Center book, and I really liked it! I picked it because it’s being made into a movie with Josh Duhamel!! Also, if you like Kristen Hannah, you must read Firefly Lane. That was my first book by Kristen Hannah back in like 2006! Also being made into a series for Netflix! I have preordered the new Christina Lauren book and can’t wait to read it this month!

  • Allison Ferrell October 2, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Read The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner for a biography. It’s heart wrenching. There was literally a part where tears were STREAMING down my face.

    • Mix and Match Mama October 2, 2019 at 9:24 am

      I read that one! It will stick with me forever!!

  • Jamie McCormick October 2, 2019 at 10:03 am

    A great biography for you to read would be Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter by Randy Schmidt. He actually has a few books about the Carpenters that are great.

  • Kim Morrison October 2, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Read Jesus, My Father, the CIA by Ian Morgan Cron. It’s a memoir but I loved it. The audio book is also really good, read by Ian.

  • Marie October 4, 2019 at 12:04 am

    You HAVE to read Evvie Drake Starts Over! The cutest romantic comedy between a young window and a baseball player set in Maine… best rom com I have read in years!!!

  • Ashley October 5, 2019 at 7:40 am

    I’m currently reading The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, but like Erika said, I’ve been going to bed when the kids do so its taken me a while! I felt the same way about Katherine Center’s newest book but I really loved the part that referred to How to Walk Away because I totally remember her character in that book!

  • Paula October 6, 2019 at 7:35 am

    I just finished The Woman in the White Kimono this morning and I thought of you even though I don’t know you. It’s the story of a Japanese woman and an American serviceman after World War 2, and the story of the serviceman’s daughter present day. It’s fiction but based on true events – very moving. Honestly, I don’t know if it would be a tough read for a you – woman with Asian daughters, or whether it would give comfort. 🥰

  • Rachel Brown October 7, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Okay I know I’m a little late in commenting so not sure if you’re still reading them…but I really think you should read Little Princes by Conor Grennan. It’s his memoir about traveling back and forth to help the orphans in Nepal. He eventually opens his own orphanage as he is so drawn to these children. It’s heart warming, he’s witty, you will laugh and have tears rolling down your face! I think you would enjoy this book especially if you’re looking for a sort of biography this month.

  • Christy October 10, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    I too love Kristine Hannah just finished an older one Home Front…..warning it’s a tear jerker. About a mom who
    leaves her family to serve her county in Iraq and the toll it takes on her family.

  • Erin Lloyd October 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Have you read The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware. She wrote The Woman in Cabin 10. It’s so good!!! Just finished it!!!

  • Kristin October 18, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    I know you read your books on a Kindle. Do you purchase each one, use a subscription service (if so, which one). or your library? I haven’t had success finding a service that offers the books I like to read & our library’s e-service is not compatible with Kindle.

  • Kristin October 19, 2019 at 8:44 am

    The Giver of the Stars by Jojo Moyes