Starting the September wrap up I realized I read more books than I thought this month. I set a goal for myself in January to read 75 books this year and I am almost there. So far this month I have read 62 of 75 books so that means I just have to read 4 books a month for the next 4 months to reach my goal. That is totally doable and I am really excited that I will reach my goal this year. Do you guys count books like Whiskey in a Teacup and Bibliophile in your read list?
Title: The Accidental Beauty Queen (Not pictured)
Author: Teri Wilson
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published Date: December 4, 2018
This book reminded me of Miss Congeniality in book form. I needed this book at the beginning of the month after reading some heavy books in August. It gave me a laugh at just the right times. It wasn’t super deep and you don’t have to think too much with this book. Great book to pick up if you need a good laugh and a little romance. I received an ebook from Gallery Books and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Banker’s Wife
Author: Cristina Alger
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Published Date: July 3, 2018
I really enjoyed The Banker’s Wife. I didn’t give it 5 stars because the main characters names were mixed up several times in the book. They started off talking about one of them and the next paragraph they call her someone else. It would be ok if it only happened once but it honestly happened a handful of times. I really liked that this book had three strong female characters. Books these days seem to have an unreliable female lead and this book didn’t take that path. I applaud Alger for that! This book has enough twist and turns for you to be kept guessing the entire time.
Title: Fruit of the Drunken Tree
Author: Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Published Date: July 31, 2018
I am going to have a very unpopular opinion on this one. I just could not get into this book. I can usually finish a book in a couple of days but this book took me all month. I had to make myself finish it. It is hard for me not to give this book an excellent rating because the author went through some of these awful things. I can respect that but I just didn’t find Chula or Petrona were very relatable. I also found myself getting confused for much of the beginning of the book. On a happier note this book cover is beautiful!
Title: Playing With Matches
Author: Hannah Orenstein
Publisher: Touchstone Paperback
Published Date: June 26, 2018
This one was just OK for me. I felt there was a lot going on with no real character development for anyone. That being said this book was meant to be a quick easy read and it delivers just that. I enjoyed Sasha but wanted to know more about her job and friends. I had memories of Patti Stanger and her matchmaking show with this book. Another lite, easy read to get you out of your reading slump. I received this book from Touchstone Paperback and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany
Author: Jane Mount
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Published Date: September 11, 2018
This book is filled with gorgeous illustrations. I wanted to tear out every page and frame them till there was no wall left to see. If you like books about books this is another great book for you to pick up. This book will look gorgeous on your coffee table or mixed in with your other books on the bookshelf.
Title: Whiskey in a Teacup
Author: Reese Witherspoon
Published Date: September 18, 2018
I so badly wanted to love this book. I love everything Reese does but I just didn’t connect with this book. Made me feel very Northern and well I am from the South! I don’t monogram anything. I did love the chapter about book clubs and some of her recipes looked easy and really good. I think this will look great on the coffee table but as a book it fell flat for me.
Title: Evidence of the Affair
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Amazon Original Stories
Published Date: September 20, 2018
Super quick and easy read. A nice palate cleanser of a short story compared to the heavy books I’ve been reading. This story is told mostly through letters to the other character. Great short story with a slight twist.
Title: The Lies We Told
Author: Camilla Way
Published Date: October 9, 2018
This is a great book told in two different time periods. I will admit I enjoyed the earlier time period more because Hannah is a super creepy kid. I was also invested more in the characters in the earlier timeline than the current timeline. This is a fantastic twisty read. I received this book from Berkley and Read It First in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Published Date: August 14, 2018
This book was my favorite in September and quite possibly my favorite of 2018. Delia Owens wrote a lyrical book that tugs at your heart-strings. This book checks off so many boxes. It is a romance, a mystery, and a coming of age novel. You root for Kya the entire book. This book deserves all the awards. I hope it gets picked up for a movie.
Do you have a favorite from September? any suggestions for my October list?