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September 2021 Book Round Up

October 1, 2021

I just finished reading the last book that I will be able to fit in before September ends and let the record show that I have not recovered from it yet. Normally I wait to write these book posts until after the first week of the new month, but I wanted to get a little […]

I just finished reading the last book that I will be able to fit in before September ends and let the record show that I have not recovered from it yet. Normally I wait to write these book posts until after the first week of the new month, but I wanted to get a little ahead for October and have this ready to share on the first. I am doing this mostly because I want to share all of these amazing books with you as soon as possible, and the second is because there are only a few months left in the year and I have a lot to share with you in the coming weeks so clearing my to-do list is important. 

September 2021 Book Round Up

Alright onto what I read last month. 

One Last Stop: This was the perfect lighthearted romance that I needed to read. It had a little bit of magic, characters that make you smile, and a happy ending that will quite literally bring tears to your eyes. This story is not only about romance, but also about finding family in unusual circumstances. 

Seven Days in June: I listened to this on Audible and could not turn it off. This romance follows two teens who reunite after over a decade apart. Over seven days the two, now both successful authors, fall back in love but it’s never that simple. I loved this story not only because of the plot line but also because of the observations it makes about living in America as a black artist. 

Velvet Was the Night: This book was picked for my book club and it was such an interesting read. Definitely not something I normally would have read. This book follows a secretary named Maite and a man named Elvis who are desperate to solve the mystery of a missing woman. What they don’t realize is how this will bring them together. I found this book to be really rewarding after I finished it but I was tempted to put it down while reading. It’s a slow historical novel that really immerses you in the story. 

It Ends With Us: Alright, this is the book I put down less than an hour ago, and I have to say, I am still shaken by this book. Colleen Hoover wrote one of my favorite books, Verity. She has done it again. I didn’t look up this book prior to breaking it open but I should say there is a trigger warning for domestic violence. This book was so gut-wrenching and heartbreaking. I don’t want to give any spoilers so here is a short synopsis from GoodReads. 

“Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most. Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up — she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.”

Every woman and really every person should read this book. Not only is it unputdownable but it also sheds light on domestic violence and the complexities around abuse better than any other book I have read. Stop what you are reading, and pick this book up today.

I am happy to report that now that the seasons have changed I am out of my reading slump. I have two books that I am currently reading along with a lengthy TBR pile that I am determined to put a dent in before the end of this year. 

To Be Read Pile

September 2021 Book Round Up

Beautiful World, Where Are You

The Season

Payback’s A Witch

One By One

The Neighbor’s Secret

Portrait of a Scotsman

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