Monday, October 4, 2021

September Reading List

 I know we have only been in the month of October for just a few days now, but I already feel like summer was so long ago. I completely love how the air is starting to shift, store windows are a little warmer and cozier, and the fact that Christmas items are slowly starting to make their way into the retail world; it just makes the soul feel a little lighter. 

I am so happy to report that I was able to put a little bit more of a dent into the number of books I want to read for the year this past month than I was able to in August. I thought 2020 would be the weirdest year ever, but 2021 has proven to be just as weird in slightly different ways. I am honestly kind of in shock that 2021 is drawing to a close… I honestly feel like we should still be in the month of March, but I also love fall, so there’s that. Anyhow, in the meantime, here are the books I was able to read during the month of September!

The Light in Hidden Places, by Sharon Cameron

If you haven’t read this book already, I highly suggest you do. This is the first book I have read by Sharon Cameron, and I cannot wait to read more of her books - absolutely beautiful writing!


Stefania, a Polish teenager, in the midst of World War II, is faced with many challenging decisions, but always chooses humanity and love over the easy the way during Polish life in the 1940s. Stefania takes on the responsibility of her six year old sister, and short after takes on the task of hiding 13 Jews in her home, despite the obstacles the present themselves throughout the book. 


The Hard Way Home, by Jean Grainger

This was one of the audiobooks I listened to last month. I have to say this book has a great narrator, but I honestly wish some things in this particular story would have turned out a little differently for the main character, Liesl. 


Liesl left Berlin with her brother at the start of the war in 1939 on the Kindertransport bound for Ireland, and has never truly felt at home anywhere since. She is presented with the opportunity through her University to go back to Berlin to compete in a debate contest. While there she has a chance encounter with a childhood friend that brings back a flood of good memories from her younger years and sparks a connection to her past that she hasn’t experienced in years. Unfortunately, what appears to be a whirlwind romance takes an unexpected turn. 


The Optimist’s Guide To Letting Go, by Amy E. Reichert

I feel in love with Reichert’s writing after The Coincidence of Coconut Cake {highly recommend}, and was so thrilled to come across another one of her books. I have to admit that I like The Coincidence of Coconut Cake slightly more than this one, but The Optimist’s Guide was a really great read as well!


After losing her husband, Gina does her best to make it through each day while trying to raise a teenage daughter, and is really only able to find comfort in her daily process of running her grilled cheese truck. When Gina’s mother suffers a stroke it forces her to look in herself and explore the unexplained and unanswered moments of her mother’s past, which takes both Gina and her sister on a journey, and the understanding the find in the past eventually sets them both on a happier life path of their own.


Malibu Rising, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

If you need a distraction from your own life, then this is most definitely the book for you. Without a five out of five star book – the character development, relationships, and storyline is something to be applauded. 

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