September Wrap Up

Almost a week into October and I still haven’t done my wrap up … well, here it is! I’m late because October is typically insane for me with work, so I don’t think I’ll be doing as much reading as usual this month. But that’s OK, cause September was Chock Full of Books! I read several for blog tours and many more print than usual. No audiobooks this month though.

Well, truthfully, I did START an audiobook. I only listen to them when I drive, and since I work from home, I don’t drive much! So, this one, I got about 5 chapters in, and just couldn’t take it anymore. I was embarrassed, for both myself for listening, and also the author. I don’t want to get into it too much because for some reason people LOVE this book, but I will just say it rhymes with “Squirrel, Squash your Mace” and don’t be mad. Sorry, just not for me!

Major milestone in fact. My FIRST DNF EVER. I’m not going to count it though since it was an audiobook. I can do that right? I’ve never given up on a book. I hated this book THAT much. I’m sad that I actually just said that “I hate a book” out loud. But I did. I said it. Moving on.

 

SEPTEMBER READS: Audiobooks: 0  |  eBooks: 7  |  Print Books: 8

 


 

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

36636727This extremely personal story had me fully absorbed from the very beginning. I was unaware of the extreme brutality and uncertainty many Columbians faced in the era of Pablo Escobar, and many still face today. Enthralled by this story of fear, class, violence, and family – I didn’t realize until the very end that the book was semi-autobiographical and it just broke my heart for Contreras and her family. Lots of feels throughout this one.


 

Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper

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LOVED. Ahhh… I think I’m in love! Someone get me all the Emma Hooper books in the world, because I am so enamored with this sweet, adorable book – so lyrical and poetic and just enchanting. The characters are so quirky, the writing is fun and it reads like a fairytale. A new favorite!

 


 

Deepest Blue by Mindy Tarquini

37712598There’s a whole lot of everything in this book – death, magic, sex, laughter, music, folklore – it’s a barrage of the senses, and a uniquely creative lyrical world that leaves you with an alluring sense of wonder and hope. You definitely get a bit of Neil Gaiman mysticism as well as Paulo Coehlo lyricism. A wonderful, original story that’s awoken a part of my imagination I hope to visit again soon!

Check out my full review here.

 


 

Gina in the Floating World by Belle Brett

40007006I read this book as part of the #NSFW @Booksparks blog tour. I don’t typically read anything that is NSFW and mostly prefer SFW (lol) but I’m reading a LOT out of my comfort zone lately and I’m realizing that the zone is most definitely getting a bit wider! NSFW does imply that the book might be a bit dirty, a tad naughty, and make you blush – definitely… but I LOVED this story. There was nothing raunchy or gross (OK maybe a teeny tiny bit but it wasn’t like reading filthy smut) and the story is fascinating – I did not want it to end. I felt like a fly on the wall in this underground world that although I’d never be a part of, it’s intriguingly dangerous and seductively captivating.

Check out my full review here.

 


 

Silver Goodbye by John H. Cunningham

41047658How have I NOT yet read anything in this series!?! Apparently this is the 7th book featuring the kick-a$$ Buck Reilly, and I’m just realizing this?! I have a MAJOR book crush on this guy. He can come save me any day! The story propels you on a whirlwind mystery, treasure hunting adventure with hurricane force speed. It doesn’t’ slow down from start to finish and you won’t want it to.

Check out my full review here.

 


 

Hippie by Paulo Coehlo

 

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OK, so I’m a fairly big Paulo Coelho fan. I loved The Alchemist and several of his other writings. His prose is lyrical and thought provoking and I just love that it’s like nothing else I’ve ever read, no matter what the subject. But, well… I was really bored reading this.

 

 


 

Nell and Lady by Ashley Farley

39864868Really excited to have been picked by BookSharks for a Book Happy Hour pop up blog tour – Nell & Lady is so sweet, with a touch of mystery, and whole lot of heart. I loved every minute of it, and applauded some tough subjects throughout that were handled so smart and creatively. From race, to privilege, to sexual assault, there’s no shortage of drama and secrets in this one – but it’s heartwarming and fresh, and full of love for family and the strength to find forgiveness.

Check out my full review here.

 


 

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

34840184I thought it was a fun book – a definite beach read you can breeze through within hours. But the substance was pretty lacking, the character development was pretty superficial and what could have been a riveting and exciting murder mystery was just blah. I felt so unsatisfied at the end, and pretty disappointed. But if you like light stories where you don’t have to pay much attention – this is great, and sometimes I like those kinda stories – it was a welcome break from some pretty intense thrillers I had been reading. This was only my second book of hers, and I think I’ll read some others of hers still, but if they keep making me hate the people of Nantucket, I might have to stop!

 


 

Bury Me in Montauk by Jay Dowski

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You guys. This is a really cool book. Do yourself a favor, head on over to Amazon, and grab a copy. It’s a fast paced high stakes mystery thriller. The story is insanely well thought out and will literally keep you on your toes guessing til the very end. I plan to do a full review soon, and a Q&A with Jay, so be on the lookout!

 


 

The Perfect Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

37638145Amazing. Incredibly clever and unique. A riveting story that is equally exciting and heartwarming. This is one of the most creative time-travel books I’ve ever read – it’s not sci-fi, it’s not fantasy, it just seems SO REAL. It makes you believe crossing time is a possibility in the future. Or maybe it already is 🙂 Hands down – a new favorite for 2018!

Check out my full review here.


 

Crudo by Olivia Lang

38212166I had a really hard time reading this. I didn’t quite get it – is Liang supposed to be Kathy? Is Kathy a real person? But is she the dead person who lived years ago, or is she the person now, in Trump’s America – who seems to be totally losing her mind?!?! And what are the references in back for? I felt they were a bit unnecessary. I don’t even know how to review this one so I’ll just leave it at that.

 


 

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

36399096I have been obsessed with getting my hands on a copy of this book since the second I heard about it! What a super creative and clever idea for a novel. I have NO idea who I’d pick for my 5 – of course a family member, but how to choose which one!? And I’d love to pick so many long-gone artists, incredible influential women, maybe a hottie actor? Wink, wink. BUT, to be honest – I’d rather have 5 pets that I’ve lost! And no dinner necessary just treats and toys and rolling around in the grass. Is that weird? A fun read for sure!

 


 

I Do Not Trust You by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz

Wo37638243w was this a fun book! It’s like Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones meets The Mummy. I was riveted from start to finish reading this book and I was not expecting it! It’s not typically something I’d pick up because I tend to think history can be a bit dull (sorry!) but this made history SO fun, and following the clues made me want to know more about all these cultures and gods and myths… or are they myths really?????

Check out my full review here.

 


 

The Gold Feather by D.L. Pasquani

39872928I read this book, not knowing much about it, when I met Dani on Instagram and I happily told her I’d read her novel. I love nothing more than to discover, support and spread the word about indie authors. They need reviews and people to read their work – their blood, sweat and tears – more than anyone, and I am always happy to oblige! I’ll be reading the sequel to this soon, and sharing a full review on both!

 


 

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

34467031Late to the party again! But again, better late than never! I’m getting though a lot of Need-to-Reads these days and this one has been on my list for a while! (Another 6 month library wait!) Manhattan Beach has been everywhere and I was really excited to read it. It’s a really good, fairly solid story, but (unpopular opinion alert!) I found myself really bored in the middle and struggling to get through parts!

 


 

 

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