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September Reading Round-Up

Okay, this round-up is a few days late, but it is not lost on me that I am posting it on the best day of the year – October 3rd!


Without further ado, here are the books I read in September!


True Biz 4/5

This coming-of-age story is the perfect back-to-school read. It took me a little while to get into the story, but once I got to know the characters, it was almost impossible to put them down. This book is very character driven and feels like a love letter to the deaf community.


Carrie Soto Is Back 5/5

Does it feel serendipitous that I finished this book while watching Serena play possibly her last game of tennis?


The first quarter of this book was hard for me to get into, but once the story moved from the backstory, it became impossible to put down. I loved rooting for Carrie, and I adored the father/daughter aspect of the story. I love anything sports related, and this book was a masterpiece.


(I want to note that I was put off that there was a large amount of Spanish in this book simply because Reid has said that she doesn’t speak Spanish, and I wonder how someone from Argentina would have handled this story. And the one French line in the book was incorrect, which drove me a little crazy.)


Love & Gelato 4/5

Really fun vacation read! Lighthearted with a delightful cast of characters. I love YA, and this book was perfect for reading in one sitting on an airplane.


Pride and Prejudice 5/5

I’m not sure why it took me so long to get to this classic. I think my love of this book came after learning more about Austen and her writing style. I adored it.


Death on the Nile 3/5

Though I enjoyed the story, I found it hard to follow. There were many characters, and the sense of place didn’t feel grounded.


The Overdue Life of Amy Byler 3.5/5

This book was a fun vacation read. The themes would have resonated with me more if I were a mother, but it had a delightful cast of characters. However, I wish the plot had been a little tighter.


Every Summer After 4/5

This is a great beach read. If you are a fan of Emily Henry, I think you would enjoy this book. However, I wish there had been more development of the side characters.


Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President 4/5

The events around Garfield’s death have always fascinated me. This memoir beautifully weaves Garfield’s life, his assassin’s life, and the technological advances of that time. As we watch the world grow and change today, I think there is much we can learn from the death of Garfield. Finlay Donovan Knocks Em Dead 4/5

I love Finlay Donovan. This book was as page-turny as it was humorous. I don’t often read series, but after reading the first book, I couldn’t wait to spend more time in Finlay’s world. I love this series!


Bird by Bird 5/5

I wish I had read this book years ago. It is as funny as it is heartfelt and filled with practical advice. Even if you are not a writer, I highly recommend this book!


A Slow Fire Burning 3/5

I can’t put a finger on why this book wasn’t for me. I think there were too many loose ends suddenly tied together, an overuse of familiar tropes, and a cast of characters that all felt too important. This book also lacked a sense of urgency, which meant I lost focus while reading it. Three stars because of the writing.


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