September was kind of a crazy month. My job has been super unpredictable and I just have a lot on my plate right now. So my reading did not go as planned. I didn’t finish everything I wanted to read, but I read a decent number of books and FINALLY finished one I’ve been working on literally all year.
Keep scrolling for everything I read in the month of September:
What I Read
In this month’s reading experiment, I read five books that other people lost on vacation. I purchased them from Unclaimed Baggage – you can buy pretty much anything from jewelry to iPads and, of course, books. You can click here to read that post if you missed it, but I’ll talk about those five books briefly before jumping into the rest of what I read this month:
Last Couple Standing by Matthew Norman – ★★☆☆☆
This was not my favorite (obviously). I just don’t love books about relationships that involve lying and cheating. They’re not fun for me and they make me want to reach in the book and slap the characters in the face (either for being awful or being stupid).
Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney – ★★★☆☆
This was similar to Last Couple Standing, but ever so slightly less annoying. I think a three-star rating may be generous, but I didn’t dislike this as much as the last book. It was another book about marriage problems. Just not my thing.
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel – ★★★☆☆
I am kind of sad about this one, because I wanted to love it. But this wasn’t even close to Station Eleven. I had issues connecting with the story and the characters, and I kind of just didn’t care that much. Definitely disappointing.
If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha – ★★★☆☆
Looking back at it, I feel like the theme of this experiment was books that aren’t terrible, but aren’t my thing. This one reminded me of Girl, Woman, Other in that it’s about different women with different experiences. And I liked it about the same. Unfortunately, I don’t think this kind of narrative works for me.
Black, White, & The Grey by Mashama Bailey & John O. Morisano – ★★★★☆
Now, this one was a good read. It’s a memoir about a white entrepreneur and black chef developing a restaurant. I’ve never read a dual memoir, so that was kind of cool.
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell – ★★★☆☆
This one started off so good! Then it just started to slog. And I lost interest. By the end, I kind of didn’t care what happened, I was just ready for it to be over. I don’t know if this would have been better if it was shorter or more exciting or what. Either way, I was disappointed.
The Hidden Palace by Helene Wecker – ★★★★★
Last month, I finally finished my reread of The Golem & the Jinni so I could get to this one. And while it wasn’t quite as amazing as the first book, I still loved it. I just love this world so much and it’s definitely one of my favorite series of all time now.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – ★★★★★
I did it! I finally finished The Count of Monte Cristo! It took me nine months, but it is done! And this was so good! Maybe a little longer than it needed to be, but it was definitely a great book. I am glad I read the majority of it this month, because some people in my life (work and personal) have been kind of shitty and it was really fun to read an epic tale of revenge. Made me feel a tiny bit better.
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner – ★★★★☆
This one, I have complicated feelings about. It is definitely the great memoir everyone is saying it is. However, I wish I had read more about it before jumping in because this book had some triggers for me (in the form of a mother/daughter relationship and also a parent with narcissistic traits). It wasn’t as bad as I would have expected, but it was also not great for my anxiety this week. Still a great memoir and worth reading.
What I’m Currently Reading
The Undocumented Immigrants by Karla Cornejo Villavincencio
This was definitely on my list of books to finish this month, but once I started reading it I realized it was going to take longer than I was anticipating. This is a really hard read, but so brilliant and powerful. I am looking forward to reading more.
Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore
I’m a little bummed about this one because I was really looking forward to it, but once I started realized I wasn’t feeling it. So this one is kind of on hold until I’m more in a romance mood. I just want to give this one a good shot because I did really enjoy the other two books in this series. If any of you have read this one, what did you think of it? How does it compare to the rest of the series?
What I Watched
This was so fun! I love Emma Stone and Emma Thompson AND Kirby Howell-Baptiste. And the fashion was just so fun to look at. I’m a fan. Will definitely watch the sequel when it happens.
Here in California, we have had about three days of fall weather so far. Today has a predicted high of 93 degrees. It is HOT. But I refuse to accept that because it is fall. And I needed a fall show to put me in the mood. And that show was obviously Gilmore Girls. I also found a giant Luke’s mug at HomeGoods, so I am living my best coffee-obsessed Gilmore life right now.
This was kind of a fun idea I came up with a few months ago when I found out you can actually buy items from other people’s lost luggage. The books were not badly priced for their condition, so I went for it. But I think this was more fun to plan than to actually do – I didn’t really love any of these books. Most of them weren’t bad, but it did kind of put me in a slump (My Dark Vanessa was also partly to blame because that took me forever to get through).
And that’s it for September! I can’t believe tomorrow is October. This year has gone by way too fast. But hopefully the weather here gets the message that it is sweater weather because I am excited about some spooky cozy reads.
What was your favorite book this month?