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  • Writer's pictureOlivia Swindler

September Reading Round-Up

Albeit a few days late, here are the books I read in September!


(P.S. While you're here, my second book, Break the Glass, is coming out on December 5th! Preorders significantly help the overall success of a book launch, and it would mean the world to me if you preordered it! I hear it makes a great Christmas gift!)





California Golden | Fiction, 3/5

family sagas. But I had a hard time following the plot that jumped around and did more telling than showing, and I really disliked all of the main characters. I appreciate what this book was trying to do but I wish it would have been worked differently.


Love in Color | Short Stories, Fiction, 3/5

The writing in this book was beautiful. Short story collections can be a hit or miss for me, and I left this book wishing I knew each character more. If you love retellings and short stories, I think you would enjoy this collection!


River of Doubt | Nonfiction, 5/5

This book helped me to realize two things. One, I love Theodore Roosevelt, and two, I have no desire to explore the Amazon. This book is extremely well-researched and so easy to follow. Great if you love reading about US presidents outside of office or narrative historical non-fiction. Highly recommend!


I really enjoyed this thriller. It took me a bit to figure out the characters, but it was well worth it! I didn’t see the twist coming, and thought the story was really well written.


The Secret Lives of Church Ladies | Short Stories, Fiction, 4/5

I really enjoyed this collection of short stories! If you are looking to a collection similar to “The Office of Historical Corrections,” I would recommend this collection. I really enjoyed it on audio.

Happiness Falls | Fiction, 4/5

I really loved this book. If you love a slow-paced family saga, you will love this book. I really adored the characters and the tightness of the story. This is a perfect book for the fall!


“It takes a village to mend a broken heart.”


I absolutely adore Dolly Alderton. “Ghosts” is one of my favorite books and this has been on my TBR for a while. I loved how Alderton wades through life in your early 20s and how our views on love and friendship shift. Though this is a book about romantic love, it is really a book about the importance of good friends. I really enjoyed it on audio.


The Intern | Thriller, 2.5/5

I was excited by the plot of this book, but it fell short for me. I found the narration to be immature and the dialogue to be unrealistic.

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