Thursday, October 8, 2020

September Reading List

 Is it weird that September already feels like it was ages ago and we are only eight days into the month of October. As weird as it may sound, I have always felt that the fall season is kind of a signal to a new beginning. The leaves changing color, the cooler weather, and even the appearance of the sky and smell of the air all seem to break into a new beginning. I believe F. Scott Fitzgerald said it best, “Life start all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall”.

One of my goals for 2020 was to read more {I think I might have mentioned this before}. Last year felt like a whirlwind and this year in some ways feels like life is at a little bit of a stand still. But a slower pace can be a good thing, every now and then. I have really been making a push to read this fall, and I have to admit, after so many years of not really wanting to invest time in listening to audiobooks, I absolutely love them! I officially prefer listening to books over music when I am on a walk. For the books I read in September it is about a 50/50 split between books I actually read and book I listened to; so… here is a roundup of my September reads!

Ghosted, by Rosie Walsh

I have had this book since the start of 2019 and just now got around to reading it all the way through. This is such a good book and I don’t want to give anything away, and the ending was good, but it could have been like a 5/5 type book for me if the author had just made one small adjustment at the very end of the book. 


Ghosted demonstrates how filling or just opening up an area of your life to love just how much it can help heal the pain and misdoings of the past. It’s basically everything a book should be; highly recommend!


Louisiana Lucky, by Julie Pennell

This might be one of those books where it was just me, and Louisiana Lucky is a fun book, but I was never able to get super into this book. I think in a normal year I would have, and I would have found it fun, funny, a family that came together, and a story of the meaningfulness of the sister’s relationship, and that some times keeping things simple really is for the best. 


As I have mentioned a few times on the blog I broke off an engagement earlier this year and I just found myself feeling sorry for one of the main characters trying to get her future mother-in-law to like when she had already made up her mind. I could just relate to that situation all to well and I think that if given any other year I would have found the humor in the situation, but I just found myself wanting for the to-be bride to stand up for herself, because if I could go back in time that is one thing I would definitely do differently. In the scheme of things the only thing that is important is that you feel good about the decisions you make and being in a situation where you are trying to please everyone around you is just impossible. 


We Were The Lucky Ones, by Georgia Hunter

We Were The Lucky Ones is without a doubt a must-read! Any book that is set in World War II Europe, in my opinion, is a difficult subject matter to write about, and Hunter was able to do it in an almost poetic way. 


We Were The Lucky Ones is inspired by the true story of one Jewish family who is separated at the start of World War II and survive to be reunited at the end. It is truly a story of just how far love and hope can carry one’s spirit even in the worst of times. 


Summer of ’69, by Elin Hilderbrand

Is there anyone out there who can honestly say that they don’t love Elin Hilderbrand books? She always does such a great job of capturing her reader’s attention and weaving the different lives of her characters together. 


Summer of ’69 is about the Levin family, their summer in Nantucket {who else could use a beach trip right now?!} and the many family secrets that will surface throughout the summer and how the family comes together to help one another. 


Our Chemical Hearts, by Krystal Sutherland

This book is a fast read {I literally read it in a day and a half} but it is also a somewhat sad book. Chemical Hearts centers around two high school students; one is a hopeless romantic and the other is a girl who has been through more than anyone should at her age. 


Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline

Orphan Train has been on my ‘books to read’ list for literally years, and I cannot believe that it has taken me this long to actually read. It is a touching read that demonstrates the power of resilience, second, third, and maybe even fourth chances, and the power and effect an unexpected friendship can have on your life


Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders

I love historical fiction and I usually love books about Lincoln, his wife, and his family. They were just such a central piece of a very important part of history, so it probably goes without saying that I will read basically any book that has to do with the Lincoln family. 


Even though I have an interest in the Lincoln family, I am not a fan of every book I read that is about them; and Lincoln in the Bardo is unfortunately one of those. Maybe my expectations for the book were set too his, but I lost interest in the story line pretty early on…I did listening to the book all the way through, but at times it just honestly felt like a chore. Again, maybe it was just me, and it’s a book other people will/do love, but from my personal perspective, it is not a book I would recommend.

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