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September Reading Roundup

Fall is officially here! There are few things I love more than curling up with a good book and a cup of tea and watching the leaves change. This month was filled with some up-all-night type thrillers and incredible audiobooks!





The Maidens - 4/5

I could not stop reading this book. I listened to the audiobook and thought it was so well narrated. I am glad that I read this one before The Silent Patient because I don’t think I would have liked this one as much if I knew how good The Silent Patient is.


Rebecca - 4/5

I want to read more classics, and this one felt like a great place to start! I love the Alfred Hitchcock movie and felt like the book was just as twisty. The writing is phenomenal, and the imagery is fantastic. (Also, who doesn’t love a book where the house is basically as much of a character as the people!)


Infinite Country - 4.5/5

I listened to this on audio and loved it. It took me a minute to get into the story, but I could not put it down once I understood the characters. This book is very quick and tightly written. I loved the characters and the descriptions of Colombia. I highly recommend this book!


The Guncle - 4.5/5

If you need a good heartwarming story, read this book. It felt very close to home at moments--see two siblings being shipped off to live with their uncle for a while after the death of their mother--and I loved the way it talked about grief and family. Highly recommend!


We’re Going to Need More Wine - 3/5

I didn’t know much about Gabrielle Union before reading this book. I loved her storytelling, but I don’t think I was the right reader for this book!


The Lost Art of Disciple Making - 5/5

This book is very quick and to the point, which I really appreciated. I think I read it in one sitting. If you are in a position where you find yourself discipling, this is a must-read.


An Echo in the Bone - 3/5

I am slowly making my way through the Outlander series. The writing in this book was as captivating as the others, but I found myself skimming a lot. It just felt slow at moments.


The Taliban Shuffle - 3.5/5

This book was really interesting, especially given what is going on in Afghanistan right now. I wanted to learn more about the history of the area and how the U.S. has been involved. I enjoyed this book, but it felt a little too long. (It’s the book Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot is based on!)


The Hawthorne Legacy - 4/5

I devoured the first book in this series, and though I enjoyed this one, the plot didn’t hold my intention in the same way. However, I still highly recommend reading this Young Adult series if you haven’t already!


The Office of Historical Corrections - 4/5

I enjoy reading short stories, and it has been a while since I read a collection of short fiction stories. I really enjoyed this collection and was really moved by the namesake novella. I really enjoyed it on audio!


The Last Bookshop in London - 4/5

I enjoyed this historical fiction, but I had a tough time with the main character. She felt a little wishy-washy to me. BUT I thought the writing was gorgeous, and I hadn’t read a WWII novel based in London.


Ghosts - 5/5

This might be one of my favorite books of the year. I loved the writing. I found myself not only laughing out loud but deeply relating to the main character. I have rarely felt so understood. Seriously, read this book.


The Silent Patient - 5/5

Thrillers and fall go hand and hand for me. I could not put this book down. I picked it up on a Saturday morning and didn’t put it down until I finished it. I loved the writing, and the plot was so well crafted. It is not often that I can truly say I didn’t see a twist coming, but seriously, I did not see the twist coming.


Know My Name - 5/5

I don’t know where to start with this book. This book is brave and courageous and beautiful, and I already want to reread it. Read this book.


The Thursday Murder Club 3/5

I was excited to read this book, but it ended up feeling a little flat for me. It is similar to The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules, but I found myself getting lost with all of the characters and flipping back and forth a lot. I understand why people loved it, but it just wasn’t for me!



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