September wasn’t my best reading month, but it was successful in that I read several books that have been sitting on my TBR for ages. So, even though I would have liked to fit another few books in, I’m still pretty happy with what I was able to read this month. And I’m happy that it’s finally fall! Because that’s always the best reading season. Here are the ten books I read in September (and a few other things):
What I Read:
Recursion by Blake Crouch – ★★★★☆. I was curious to read this after enjoying Dark Matter a few years ago. I didn’t like it quite as much, but it was pretty good. Thrillers always make quick reads for me, and this one was no exception.
Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence – ★★★☆☆. This is a librarian’s love (and hate) letters to books. I think this is a great idea, but the execution kind of fell flat for me. Some of the letters were good, but there were a few I just didn’t enjoy. I’d say a good half of them were just okay. If you love books, this might be a fun read, but it wasn’t my favorite, personally.
Well Met by Jen De Luca – ★★★★☆. This book was so much fun! I’ve been reading more and more romance this year, and this was one of my favorites. I mean, it’s kind of a Mr. Darcy/Elizabeth Bennet thing, with a renaissance fair and a lot of Shakespeare references. I highly recommend it!
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren – ★★★☆☆. This is my third Christina Lauren book (all of which I read this year), and I think it is my least favorite, unfortunately. I feel like this story was the most up my alley, but I just didn’t love it. (Don’t let the three-star rating put you off, though, I still liked it.)
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – ★★★★★. Yes, I finally read The Goldfinch. And I LOVED it. Easily one of my favorite books of the year, if not ever. Learn from my mistake, and don’t put off reading this one.
The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang – ★★★★★. Another book I waited too long to read and ended up loving. And I’m glad I did because I haven’t had the best luck with fantasy lately, and I was happy to discover it probably wasn’t my fault.
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg – ★★★★★. It took me a while to get into this one (I tried the ebook and paperback before finally settling on the audiobook). But this is proof that books always deceiver second chances, because, it turns out I really loved this one.
Toil & Trouble by Augusten Burroughs – ★★★★☆. I’ve been a fan of Augusten Burroughs for over a decade, and I was so excited to read his newest memoir. It really enjoyed it. And I think it’s my favorite of the Augusten Burroughs memoirs I’ve read so far (which is most of them).
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle – ★★★☆☆. This book had disappointingly few dinosaurs. But I still liked it. It was a little bit like Sherlock Holmes, but with extinct animals.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling – ★★★☆☆. I’m pretty sure I bought this to read on one of my flights to Boston when I was in college. So it’s been about seven or eight years. And I finally read it! I enjoyed it. It was a fun, quick read.
What I’m Currently Reading:
The Anatomy of Dreams by Chloe Benjamin. I’m about halfway through this book (I meant to finish it this past week, but then I got a bad cold, so I haven’ been able to read as much as I would have liked). I’m enjoying it, but not quite as much as Chloe Benjamin’s other novel, The Immortalists.
The Bone People by Keri Hulme. I just started this one, but I’m kind of loving it so far. It’s one of those books that’s just beautifully constructed. I’m looking forward to reading more.
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett. This one is kind of like The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Power, and I’m kind of getting a 17th century vibe (it kind of reminds me a little bit of The Scarlett Letter or The Crucible). I’m planning on having a review up Friday, so check back in if you’re interested.
What I Watched:
The Goldfinch. I obviously had to go see the adaptation after reading the book (which I coincidentally finished the day before the movie was released). I thought it was really good. The only thing I didn’t love was that they told the story out of order, which differed from the book. I just didn’t think it worked that well. But I still enjoyed it quite a bit!
What I Did:
Tried contacts. Yes, it was a pretty boring month that this was the most exciting thing that happened to me. But it is kind of nice to read without my glasses falling off my face.
That’s it for September! I am very excited for more fall reading this year. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably know I get into Halloween reading every October, and this year’s list might be one of my best.
What was the best book you read in September?
In case you missed it, go check out my August Wrap Up!