27 In Books

September Reads in Review

It’s raining books!!! After a relative drought in August where I struggled to finish even one book, I was a reading machine this past month, knocking out five of my 15 in 2015 books. And, get this, I actually really liked almost all of the books I read! That’s got to be some kind of record.

  1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. This was a stinking cute story and I’m really glad I finally got to it on my list.  I had to occasionally remind myself that this was a YA book and it’s target demographic really believes they fall in love within 3 days and are all about clandestine love, but beyond that I really liked it! Definitely recommend this one.
  2. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Honestly, I’m having a hard time coming up with any super specific or unique to say about this one. It was part murder mystery-part cultural commentary and I’m not sure either part blew me away. I’d skip this one.
  3. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.  I’ve been on a Liane Moriarty kick lately and this book definitely sparked it. It has a bit of a plot twist that I probably should have seen coming, but didn’t and I appreciate that. I like the complexity of her novels and how all these different stories find a way to intertwine into one very compelling plot. Read this one!

  1. The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison. This was another book on my 15 in 2015 list and I was less than impressed. Maybe it’s because I read so many similar books lately, but it didn’t really have anything that grabbed me, including the plot, its “twist” and the characters who I found unsympathetic and kind of annoying. Skip this one.
  2. Two Across by Jeff Bartsch.  A random selection as I browsed the shelves and I actually really enjoyed it! It was a very cute little love story, even if I did get a tad frustrated with the characters taking forever to get their acts together. If you are looking for a quick, happy read, pick this one up.
  3. Dietland by Sarai Walker. This was another random selection and I honestly don’t know how I feel about it.  I agree with the main message of the book (yay women!), but I was kind of turned off by the intensity with which it was presented. Of course, maybe that was the point? I want to recommend this one just to read what other people thought of it.
  4. New York: The Novel by Edward Rutherford. Full confession, I was completely unaware of the heft of this particular book when I originally selected it. Imagine my surprise when I pulled an 862 page tome off the shelf at the library. But you know what? It didn’t read like an 862 pager. It was so good! I highly recommend this one, especially if you’re into history!

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