Books Read in September: 21
Books Read for the Year: 165/175
Topical Books/Monthly Goal Books:
Amanda, by Deborah White Smith (TBR). Found this one moderately annoying.
Seeking Him by Nancy Leigh DeMoss (spiritual). A solid read.
Wives and Daughters, by Elizabeth Gaskell (classic). Do you know how mad I was when I realized the author died before finishing this? It was slow to start, but I ended up enjoying it immensely.
What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman (nonfiction). Eh. Not a fan.
The Rabbit Girls, Anna Ellory (cultural). This was so difficult to read, but so good!
29 Seconds, by T.M. Logan. What would you do if you could make one person disappear—and no one would ever know? When Sarah rescues a young girl, the girl’s father offers her this chance…and she decides to take it to get rid of her intolerable boss. Nothing about this book was an easy read.
Trapeze, by Leigh Ansell. Corey has been part of the circus her whole life, as a trapeze artist. When the circus catches on fire, she finds herself living a “normal” life in a small town, where no one knows who she is. But secrets—no matter how big or scary—are hard to keep.
The Color of the Sun, by David Almond. I don’t even know what to say about this. I finished it, but decided not to review it. I can’t tell you what the plot was, or the point, or really anything.
Echoes of War, by Cheryl Campbell. I love this cover, but the book was merely meh. Fascinating dystopian premise—but the execution left something to be desired, along with the MC.
The Widow of Pale Harbor, by Hester Fox. I loved Fox’s first book, The Witch of Willow Hall, but didn’t enjoy this one quite as much. It tried really hard to be gloomy and atmospheric—and succeeded—but I guessed the killer pretty early on, and the romance between the two main characters felt a little forced to me. Still an enjoyable read, though.
The Stranger Inside, by Lisa Unger. This was an interesting murder mystery/flashback to childhood trauma/healing from the past read.
What Happened that Night, by Deanna Cameron. Clara’s sister killed the neighborhood golden boy for what he did to Clara. Or did she? Clara thinks she knows why her sister did it, but the truth is far darker than she can imagine.
Six Goodbyes We Never Said, by Candace Ganger. Naima is grieving for her father, a fallen Marine, and struggling with her crippling OCD and other mental health issues. Dew still hasn’t processed his parents’ deaths or learned how to handle his anxiety. Can the two of them help each other process?
The Immortal City, by Amy Kuivalainen. Part murder mystery, part scientific mystery, part myth, this wasn’t a bad read, but parts of it were a little too rough-draft for me.
Coming Home for Christmas, by RaeAnne Thayne. An enjoyable romance read dealing with mental illness.
A Wedding in December, by Sarah Morgan. Talk about family drama! This is three romances in one book, and very enjoyable.
Pretty Guilty Women, by Gina LaManna. When four women confess to the same murder, it’ll take a while to sort out the truth. Loved this thriller!
The Wendy, by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown. I loved this re-telling of Peter Pan, and I can’t wait to read the second one next week!
Today We Go Home, Kelli Estes. I really enjoyed this tale of Larkin, who fought in Afghanistan and is still reeling from the choices she made there when she finds the diary of Emily Wilson, who disguised herself as a man to fight with the Union army during the Civil War. An excellent read!
Sword and Pen, by Rachel Caine. The final book in the Great Library series. I wanted to absolutely adore this book, like I did the rest of the series, but I didn’t quite like it as much as the other books in the series.
Every Body Yoga, by Jessamyn Stanley. I loved the voice and body positivity in this!