This was a weird reading month. I had a lot of vacation time (a week away with Jimmy alone PLUS a weekend with him in DC for my birthday) and I thought I’d read way more than I did.
But with a couple of exceptions, I didn’t truly connect with much this month. It was kind of odd. Anyway, I’m officially close to meeting my Goodreads 2017 goal. I wanted to read 95 books and I’ve completed 82. Wondering if I’ll meet my goal in October! Hmmm.
As always, you can follow me on Goodreads to see what I’m reading in real time.
So here’s what I read in September:
Little Fires Everywhere // Celeste Ng
I love Celeste Ng. I do. I love her uncanny ability to dissect the mundane and the every day. I love how she explores the nuances of mother daughter relationships. I’m shocked I didn’t love this more and I’m not sure I can even explain why I didn’t. It just D R A G G E D on and on for me. I got a bit more into it by the end but it never truly got its’ hooks into me.
The Arrangement // Sarah Dunn
Good Lord this one just ended up annoying the crap out of me. Everyone just came across as so self-involved and narcissistic. I knew how this was going to end up from page one and I wasn’t wrong. I have to say that I did love reading about something so foreign to me. It was a little bit naughty and salacious without being smutty.
Saints for All Occasions // J. Courtney Sullivan
I expected to love this one more than I did. I found it very slow, borderline tedious. It did beautifully examine guilt, obligation, and the ties that bind when it comes to family.
The Garden of Small Beginnings // Abbi Waxman
Abbi Waxman made me laugh out loud throughout this entire novel. I loved her so much I immediately found and followed her on Twitter. She writes very similarly to how I think about motherhood. I read several passages out loud to Jimmy. This is a sweet gem of a book that covers loss and love and starting over. I also really enjoyed learning more about gardening.
The Names They Gave Us // Emery Lord
I grew up super active in the church and could really identify with Lucy. I loved this sweet YA book. I think it perfectly captured the mixture of fear, love, confusion, sadness and faith in Lucy’s life. It hit that nostalgic sweet spot for me . I didn’t have a sick mother growing up, but I identified very much with the rest of Lucy’s story. The characters were very vividly written and I fell in love with each of them a little bit.
Before the Storm // Diane Chamberlain
This one’s just a generic mehhh for me. I mean, it was just fine. But it wasn’t anything special. I did read it really quickly and there was *something* that kept me reading, but I’m not sure what it was. It was perfectly okay.
Be Frank with Me // Julia Claiborne Johnson
Oh this book…this book. The perfect mix of wit, heartbreak, quirk, and magic. It won me over from page one. This gave me the same feels that The Rosie Project and Eleanor Oliphant gave me. It’s the story of one amazing kid and the people who love him. It warmed my heart big time.
“‘Frank will be okay, Alice,’ Mr. Vargas said. ‘He’s an odd duck, but brilliant children often are. It may take him a while, but someday he’ll figure out how to live in the world of ordinary mortals.’”
Caraval // Stephanie Garber
At times I found myself really swept away by this one. I found it similar to The Night Circus in that I could completely envision the world that Garber described. However. I found a few things realllly annoying. The way Scarlett used colors to describe feelings was completely unneccessary and got annoying fast. I’m also kinda over the damsel in distress trope. I could have used more “tough chick” and less helpless.
I chose Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang. I have read and heard SO much about this one so I’m really excited to dig in. It sounds magical. I also added Stephen and Owen King’s new book to my box.
So there you have it! September in a nutshell. So what about YOU! What did you love, hate, feel meh about?