Books of the Month: September

It’s hard to believe another month is over already, and only three more to go this year! Here’s what I read in September:

  • The Masque of the Black Tulip, Lauren Willig, historical fiction 

This is the second book in the Secret History of the Pink Carnation series. This series is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. They’re just really fun to read, and I loved Henrietta and Miles being the main characters in this one. 

  • The Coincidence of Coconut Cake, Amy E. Reichert, fiction

This was fun, light, and airy, like a good coconut cake. I love books about food and I really enjoyed this one. The story was sweet and endearing, if a little predictable. The characters were lovable. This author has two other books out, and I now have both of them on my to-read list. 

  • All the Missing Girls, Megan Miranda, thriller 

This was so good! It’s a story about two girls’ disappearances ten years apart. The action of the story is told in reverse- it starts two weeks after the second girl disappears and works back to the day of. The characters were interesting and I was kept guessing until the very end. I’d like to read it again, knowing what I know now. 

  • Counted with the Stars, Connilyn Cossette, Biblical fiction

This was lent to me by a friend at work almost a month ago and I finally got around to reading it. I haven’t read anything in this genre in a long time, and it was a good story to come back with. The narrator is an Egyptian girl who escapes with the Hebrews during the Exodus. She was a lovable character, and it was interesting to read about the plagues from the point of view of someone experiencing them. I loved the parts about the cloud they were following and imagining what that must have been like. 

  • The Deception of the Emerald Ring, Lauren Willig, historical fiction

This is the third book in the series. I enjoyed it, although not quite as much as the second. I liked Eloise and Colin’s story in this one. 

Reading Challenge Progess: 59/75 books completed. I changed my goal to 75 and now have only three months to get there! 

One thought on “Books of the Month: September

  1. 1) Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult – This book deviated from Picoult’s typical formula for a novel. There was no court case involved (shocker!). It was a very good book, and although I was told the end was surprising, I still didn’t really see it coming. I would recommend it.
    2) Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld – This was a book about twins who have special psychic abilities. The one twin embraces her gifts and is somewhat of an embarrassment to the other twin who tries to ignore hers. It was OK. Probably my least favorite book I’ve read by this author.
    3) Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan – This novel was about a group of friends who travel to an old prison one afternoon when they are young. While there, a member of their group disappears. The book is mostly set years after the disappearance, but there are some “flashbacks” throughout the novel. It wasn’t my favorite overall.
    4) Dreams from my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama – I went on a little bit of a nonfiction kick this month. I found this read to be fascinating. For one thing, the majority of it was published in 1995, long before Obama even dreamed of becoming president. For me it was really cool to read this book and get an intimate look at the life of such a well-known public figure. Parts of it were a little bit tedious for me, but overall, I enjoyed this read.
    5) Dare to be Kind: How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform our World by Lizzie Velasquez – Another of my nonfiction reads from September, this book was written by 28 year old Lizzie, who has a genetic condition that doesn’t allow her to store any fat. When she was a teenager she found a youtube video about “the ugliest woman in the world” and realized it was all pictures of her. Since then she has become a motivational speaker. Although her story is very inspiring, I didn’t find the book to be that great.
    6) Transgender Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition by Elijah C Nealy – Elijah Nealy, himself a transgender male, is a highly educated person who has done a lot of counseling of transgender youth and their families. He is a licensed social worker, has his Masters of Divinity and his PhD. This book was a pretty dry read, and I think it was really written as a guide for other counselors working with transgender youth. It was very in-depth and quite clinical. That being said, I learned a lot more than I expected to while reading this. I think it provided a valuable perspective, and I feel that I grew some as a person through reading this.


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