September 2022 Books in Review…a bit after the fact
The start of the school year combined with the marathon training left much less time for keeping up to date with my blogging. Here it is October 22 and I’m just getting around to sharing about my September reads. I think I’ve finally come out the other side of the hectic fall to have a moment to gather my thoughts. You can tell it was a busy month, I only read four books. There was a time when reading four books in a month would have seemed like a lot, but given the amount of reading I’ve been able to do over the last year it feels a little below the monthly average. The fall was a time for many new releases. So while, the number of books I already have to read is….a lot, I still had to grab these new releases as soon as they came out. Two new releases I couldn’t wait to read were The Most Likely Club and Carrie Soto is Back.
The Most Likely Club, by Elyssa Friedland (September 3-5)
Hello, the 90s are calling. This was a much anticipated book for me this fall. I’ve been following Elyssa Friedland on Instagram and enjoyed all of the advance fun she was providing by way of Blockbuster cards, CK cologne and the like. I’ve greatly enjoyed her other books as well. This was a fun, skip my long run to finish kind of book. It really made me stop to think about where I thought I was headed in HS and the road that came after. Five stars!
Carrie Soto is Back, Taylor Jenkins Reid (September 5-11)
If you have read any of my reviews, you know that TJR is one of my absolute favorite authors. This was another book that I pre-ordered and had waiting for me on release day. While I don’t know much about professional tennis, I was sucked into the story. This book was one of those that I was sad that it as over because I wanted to know more about where the characters went after. A book about life, expectations and our own misgivings about ourselves. Another must read by TJR.
When we Were Bright and Beautiful, by Jillian Medoff, (September 11-20)
The bar for books this month was set high. I’m not completely sure what I was expecting from this Book of the Month book by Jilian Medoff. The best words to describe it were raw emotions and intense. While fiction, this book tackled some serious issues. I read to not think about serious issues- so this was a little much from that perspective and might be why it took me so long to get through. Honest thoughts- pass on this one there are too many other great books to read.
The Dinner List, by Rebecca Serle (September 21-27)
I needed the comfort of a favorite author after my last book. I’ve been carrying around The Dinner List for well over a year. While this too was an intense book, it was thought provoking and enjoyable to read. Had a great aha moment. There were definitely laughs and tears along the way. Signs of a great book!! Highly recommend this quick read by Serle.