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!!
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.