Oh friends, I am G-I-D-D-Y about today!!
So far this year, I’ve read a handful of “good” books, but I don’t know…I’ve been struggling a bit to find GREAT books.
Now, I’m not saying all of these are great, but I am saying that I have enjoyed reading these books this month more than any other this year.
If you are in a book rut and need a pick me up, this post is for you.
If you are just looking for something different to read right now, this post is for you.
Basically, I hope this post is for everyone 🙂 .
I know I already posted this but…
…it just speaks right to my fall book loving heart 🙂 .
Happy Book Day!
I’m kicking my review off with…
…Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella.
Well, I love books by Kinsella. They’re funny, they’re clever, they’re almost always based in London/with a British lead character, they’re always PG, they’re always happy, light and bright. This novel here was…okay. I liked the story (a girl goes to Italy, finds a boy, they come back to London and their lives start to unfold). I would say though that out of all of her books, this one will probably be the most forgettable. It was cute, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, but it wasn’t necessarily memorable. If you are just looking for an easy read about a girl who goes to Italy to find herself, finds a boy, goes back home to the real world and life unfolds (with some hard things…there was a subplot that was really hard/deep/moving), then this one is for you. I loved the friendship angle in this one. Anytime I see an author highlight a group of really solid/loving/supportive friends, I’m a big fan.
Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena which was our first #bestiebookclub read for The Bestie Breakdown podcast!! You guys, THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN!!! If you listened to the episode, then you know that I LOVED THIS BOOK!! It’s a suspenseful little story about three adult siblings whose parents were just brutally murdered in their own home. The police have reason to believe all three kids had motive…but so do several other people. This one is suspenseful, surprising and a real page turner. I could not put this book down and loved every page! If you’re like me and don’t love reallly scary books, this one is for you. If you do enjoy a mystery/thriller, then you should totally read it too! For more details, listen to our podcast episode (on your favorite platform). If you’re looking for a spooky October read, I cannot recommend this one enough!!
Okay, deep breaths, Shay.
The third book I read this month was…
Thin Girls by Diana Clarke.
My very favorite author, Elin Hilderbrand, shared this novel on her Instagram feed and said she could not put it down. I downloaded it to my Kindle and friends, I cannot tell if it’s the best book I’ve read all year or the worst.
My mouth was agape during the whole thing.
I could not look away.
Did I love it? Possibly.
Was I disturbed? Yes.
Have I recommended it to every single woman I know? Yes.
Do I tell them all that I kind of loved and hated it? YES!
I’m still not sure what I think, but I’ll tell you this…I doubt I’ll read any other book this year that leaves more of an impression than this one here.
This is a story about adult twin sisters in New Zealand. One is in a rehab center for eating disorders and the other, is in an abusive relationship. This is a fictitious tale, but oh my word, it’s so graphic that it was really hard for me to imagine that the author did not live this life. In fact, when I was done, I googled the author because I kept thinking “surely, this was written out of personal experience”. Nope. This is just her story. This book is VERY rated R for subject matter and content (the author goes into great detail about eating disorders and its affects on the human body and mind). This story also deals with the struggles of sexuality and coming to terms with who you are and why you behave the way you do. I’m telling you, IT’S COMPLEX, but I cannot stop thinking about it or talking about it, so I must really love it. This story covers so many important topics from eating disorders, mental health issues, family conflict, acceptance, change, death…I could go on. It’s painful to read but meaningful too. I would LOVE to hear from some of you who have read it. Wow. That’s all I can say. Wow.
The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer was the fourth book I read this month. Now, if you’ll recall, back in 2019, I named her book The Things We Cannot Say my NUMBER ONE BOOK OF THE ENTIRE YEAR!! Every time I pick up a Rimmer book, I think of that one and know that the bar was set realllly high. It’s not only the best book of 2019, but I would say it’s one of my top five books EVER. So…I was excited to read her newer one The Warsaw Orphan this month. Once again, Rimmer takes historical fiction to another level. This is a story of a young woman living in Warsaw during WWII back when the Jewish Ghetto existed. It took me longer to get into this book than it did her other books (there are several moving parts and a variety of characters), but once I got going, I GOT GOING. Now, where in some Rimmer books, she toggles back and forth between historical events and present day, in this novel, she stayed firmly planted in WWII the entire time which made the story harder to read (there was no time to catch your breath…it was page after page of hard things happening to innocent people). I loved this story. It was so hard to read at times (I literally would look away from my Kindle), but the story (based on real events) is so gut-wrenching and terrible, that we MUST NOT FORGET IT. If you love historical fiction, read this. If you love a good book about strong female characters, read this. If you love a little romance weaved in or a little hope…read it. This book will be one of my favorite reads this year. It’s amazing and you all should read it if for no other reason than to read the hard things and never forget.
Help, I’m Drowning by Sally Clarkson was my final book this month and actually, I read a little bit every day as I did my quiet time. If you haven’t read books by Sally Clarkson, you should!!! Her book The Mission of Motherhood is still probably THE BEST parenting book/mama book/encouraging me with small kids book that I’ve EVER read. Her Biblically based books are always part self-help, part encouragement, part girlfriend and always Biblically based. I loved this one because she wrote it during quarantine and it addresses non-mom issues (unlike many of her other books), but instead addresses loneliness, depression, anger, lostness…it was really encouraging to read that someone as amazing as Sally Clarkson has bad days and down days. If you need a boost of encouragement, let Sally help you. She’s one of those authors that consistently speaks right to my soul.
Five books down this month! Okay, tell me…what did you read in September?! I would love some recs going into October please!!!!
Don’t forget, I keep a running list of every book I’ve read in 2021 right 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.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2019 (all 54 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2020 (all 54 of them), click here.
Enjoy your last day of September. This month sure did fly by!! Love you all! xx