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What I’m Reading – September 2019

Happy fall y’all!! The temperatures are dropping into that ideal thrown open the windows and enjoy the fresh air range! It’s time to dig out my autumn decorations and get ready for the season. Today, I’m sharing my mini reviews of what I’m reading in September 2019. So let’s get to what to read and what to skip in September! I’m linking up with Jana Says and Modern Mrs Darcy as usual to share what we read this month!

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Work Book (for lunchtime reading):

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes – When a widow decides to rent part of her home to a struggling baseball player, neither of them expect a friendship to develop. They’re each wrapped up in their own issues, but slowly realize the company is far better than being alone. I adored the writing and characters in this book! I even passed it on to a coworker and she loved it too.

 

House Books:

The Institute by Stephen King – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (thank Scribner Publishing!!) and I started reading immediately. Full review coming this week (Jay and I are both contributing), but to summarize I absolutely loved it. On a quiet night in suburban Minneapolis, Luke Ellis’ parents are murdered and he is carted off to The Institute. When he wakes up, he discovers himself in the secret facility where children are brutally tested and punished. Each of them possess some amount of telepathic or telekinetic ability. The testing is awful enough, but Luke soon realizes he must escape before being sent to The Back Half of the building, where kids are never seen again. King is a master at writing children and this is no exception. Thankfully, this book is also suspenseful, but not scary. So, it’s a great introduction to King if you’re too nervous to read some of his other books.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert – I can understand why this coming of age novel set in the NYC theater world during the 1940’s is such a hit this summer. It just didn’t quite hit 5 stars for me. My biggest complaint was a big chunk of the first half of the novel is devoted to glorifying a lifestyle that I don’t agree with. Ultimately, there are very serious and realistic consequences, but it was mostly chalked up to the girl being young, naïve, and irresponsible. Not exactly a good excuse. Thankfully, overall I did love the setting and adored how the story wrapped up. The end was satisfying with just a touch of bittersweet to keep it from becoming to saccharine. Plus, you’ll find a fascinating cast of supporting characters throughout.

 

eBooks (reading on Netgalley / Scribd):

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren – Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced reader copy of this one! I adore Christina Lauren’s books, so I’m excited to read this one next. It doesn’t come out until October but you can preorder now. Sam and Tate fell hard for each other during a two week vacation. But a betrayal meant the end of their relationship and Tate never expected to see him again. When she steps onto a movie set years later, Tate suddenly appears. Now, she must decide if there’s any hope for a future between them.

 

Audio Books (listening on Scribd):

The Islanders by  Meg Mitchell Moore – This summer novel is billed as the perfect beach read, but I can’t say I’d recommend it. The story focuses on Anthony, a disgraced writer with a famous author father, Lou, a mom with a secret, and Joy, a small business owner. Their lives on Block Island intertwine over the course of the summer as they each learn to redefine themselves. My biggest struggle was the writing style, particularly Anthony’s point of view. Since he’s a writer, his inner dialogue often included attempts at telling his story as if he were writing a novel, which grated on me. The whole plot was a bit scattered as well and ultimately wrapped up with a few unbelievable events. I’ve seen good reviews from other readers though, so perhaps this just wasn’t my cup of tea.

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson – The best part of this so far is Jackson’s narration! I love that she reads her own novels since she has a terrific voice and the perfect inflections and nuances for her characters. When a new book club member drags up unwanted attention to Amy’s past, she must figure out how to resolve the situation. The antagonist, Roux, is eerily sinister, especially on audio. I’m close to halfway through and looking forward to how this all wraps up. Jackson is an excellent writer and I have a feeling this will be another hit.

 

Around the Web:

My Top Ten Halloween Books – Get ready for Halloween with my book list featuring novels about witches, magic, and more!

A List of Vampire Books – If you’re specifically into vampires, The Uncorked Librarian put together an excellent list of books about vampires!

 

For more mini book reviews, check out What I Read in August 2019!

 

 

23 Comments

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    Kasey
    September 10, 2019 at 9:03 am

    I have never read a Stephen King book, and just really need to! Also, I’ve been really wanting to read Never Have I Ever!

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    SMD
    September 10, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Even when I don’t like the book, I always love Joshilyn Jackson’s writing. I read and liked Never Have I Ever this month.

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    Brittany Always
    September 10, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Steph posted about Jackson’s book also, definitely adding it to the TBR! Love her. And thanks for the Halloween recommendation link, I’m totally in the mood for fall/spooky!

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    Kristin
    September 10, 2019 at 11:18 am

    I’ve never read Elizabeth Gilbert, but this seems like a sweeping story I could get into.

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    Julie
    September 10, 2019 at 11:53 am

    I just started the evvie book. Good to also hear you enjoyed the joshilyn one. I keep getting mixed reviews on it.

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    Kay R.D.
    September 10, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Im currently reading city of girls and loving it

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    Tanya
    September 10, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    I’m listening to Never Have I Ever right now, and have to agree about the narration. Love it, and so addictive. I didn’t know it was the author reading it! Thanks for the recommendations. Tanya – The Other Side of the Road

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    Allison
    September 10, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Yay for fall! I loved Evvie Drake too. I listened to it on audiobook while walking the dog in the mornings. It was cute. I loved the Maine culture and baseball thrown in.

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    kristen
    September 10, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    i have twice in a blue moon coming up soon, i’m a little scared to read it since it doesn’t seem to be going over well for most of my friends… but i do love their books! i quite liked city of girls, didn’t love it, but liked it.

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    Dara
    September 10, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    I don’t want to read City of Girls because I didn’t like Eat Pray Love! I would definitely read a non scary Stephen King – I loved 11/22/63!

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      Rachel Kamery
      September 13, 2019 at 11:05 am

      I wasn’t a fan of Eat Pray Love either! City of Girls is at least much better, but it’s not one that I’m going around saying “you have to read this!!” Firestarter is another excellent non-scary Stephen King.

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      Terrie
      September 15, 2019 at 10:57 pm

      The Green Mile is another excellent non-scary one but I have to say 11/22/63 is one of my all time faves and I’ve read most of his!

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    Nancy @ NY Foodie Family
    September 10, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Never Have I Ever has been on my to read list. I’m not sure if I’m going to try Christina Lauren’s newest, after my review of one of their books this month, or give them a break. Evvie Drake sounds like a good read!

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      Rachel Kamery
      September 13, 2019 at 11:04 am

      I like mixing Christina Lauren in every few months. I can’t read them back to back ha. Too similar.

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    Michael
    September 10, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    I really enjoy Stephen King and this one sounds excellent. side note… have you read Doctor Sleep and if so will you be seeing the movie?

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      Rachel Kamery
      September 13, 2019 at 11:03 am

      I haven’t read Doctor Sleep yet since I’m afraid it won’t live up to The Shining. Also didn’t know it was going to be a movie!

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    Heather
    September 11, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Hope you enjoy Twice in a Blue Moon when you read it!! 🙂 Evvie Drake is on my list – I’ve heard mixed things but I like the premise!

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    Jill
    September 11, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    I can’t wait to read The Institute! I’m anxiously waiting for my next Libro.fm credit to come in.

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    Tina
    September 15, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    I really enjoyed Never Have I Ever. The Institute is my current read and I’m loving it! It’s reading like one of his classics.

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    Alexandra Consolver
    September 16, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    I am excited for Twice In A Blue Moon. I have been told and told to read City of Girls…but I’m not sure if it’s my thing. I don’t love sort of party big city historical fiction…but we’ll see. Maybe. LOL Here from SUYB! XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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    Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    September 23, 2019 at 9:24 am

    I love Stephen King and I am so excited to read this one! Twice in a Blue Moon looks really good too!

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    Kathy Martin
    September 23, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Nice variety of books. Stephen King is usually too scary for me but this one sounds good. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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      Rachel Kamery
      September 24, 2019 at 9:37 am

      The Institute would be perfect for you then!

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