Read It In… September


As I was prepping for this post I was muttering to myself how I really didn’t read that much in September, when lo and behold I looked at my Goodreads shelves and I actually read seven books! Not too shabby! However, only one of them was a 5 out of 5, and a bunch were middle of the road for me.

In September I read:

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Desperate Measures by Elle Casey. I loved this little chick lit novel! Three women are brought together by a book club and wind up influencing each other’s lives in life-changing ways. It had ups and downs, twists and turns and was pretty light-hearted up until it took a dark twist. I did feel that the author left things a bit unresolved at the end but maybe that opens it up for a second novel? I loved the characters and would love to see what happens to them next! Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

The Ladies’ Room by Carolyn Brown. One thing I learned from this book – you gotta be careful what you say in the Ladies’ Room! You never know who will be in the stall listening, as evidenced by the opening chapter where Trudy, in a stall, overhears her two cousins gossiping about her philandering husband and lying daughter at her great aunt’s funeral! These revelations in Trudy’s life set her off on a new path – one she is taking just for her and no one else. Great, light read about a woman taking charge of her own life and doing things her way for once. Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín. This was an award-winning movie a few years ago and while I haven’t seen the movie yet, I wanted to read the book. And… I only just liked it. Some parts dragged and I couldn’t tell if I was supposed to like the protagonist Eilis (whose last name is Lacey!) or dislike her. I was just torn on this one. I love a good novel of historical fiction and am usually drawn to stories about immigrants coming to America, old New York, etc but Brooklyn didn’t grab me. Overall Rating 3 out of 5.

Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming. I adore Alan Cumming! He’s so friggin talented and just fantastic. I thought I’d really enjoy his memoir and while I did, it really is all about his relationship with his father. I thought I’d be reading more of a general autobiography but he focuses a lot on his abusive father, their messed up relationship and how it affected him as a person. Well written and still a good book, just not what I was expecting. Overall Rating 3 out of 5.

Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books by Aaron Lansky. I was sent this book by PJ Library, a great organization that sends children and their families Jewish books! Sadie has received a book a month for the past few months either about a Jewish holiday, or some tie to Judaism. This spring they emailed and offered a book for an adult! So I picked Outwitting History. I grew up with family on both sides that spoke English peppered with Yiddish words/phrases – so much so that I forget sometimes other people don’t know what the words mean! This book was super interesting and Aaron Lansky is amazing for saving all these Yiddish books that would have otherwise been destroyed! One day I want to visit the Center/Museum he established. Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

I Was Here by Gayle Forman. Leave Me has been on my list for awhile now but I had I Was Here on my Kindle first. I hope my feelings about I Was Here aren’t indicative about Leave Me because it was meh. Cody and Meg are best friends and Meg commits suicide. Cody is sent by Meg’s parents to pick up her stuff from college and when gifted her laptop, Cody falls down the rabbit hole in trying to discover why her best friend ended her life. The push and pull of Cody and Ben’s (a boy Meg had been involved with) relationship annoyed me and I couldn’t believe how careless the author allowed Cody to be at one point in the book. Infuriating. Overall Rating 3 out of 5.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I just need to be done with Rainbow Rowell books. I didn’t like Eleanor & Park and figured I’d give this one a shot, but didn’t really like it either. Cath and Wren are twins who set off for their first year of college. Wren wants to be on her own away from her sister and Cath feels bereft so she basically becomes a hermit and dives deeper into the fictional world of Simon Snow, a Twilight-esque book/movie series where she is a fan-fic writer. I think I would have actually given this a higher rating had every other chapter not been interspersed with fan-fic writing or writing from the fictional Simon Snow series. I flicked past those real fast. Overall Rating 3 out of 5.

Well there you have it. My meh reading this month. What are you reading?

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  1. Ughhh, I felt the same about “I Was Here.” And I haven’t yet read anything by Rainbow Rowell, but people seem to either love or hate her, so I’m curious to see where I fall…
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  2. Hmm, I wanted to read Fangirl but it doesn’t sound that good! lol. So glad you and Sadie are enjoying the PJ Library!
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  3. Oooh, I really enjoyed Fangirl because I highly identified with Cath. But I agree – the Simon Snow parts were annoying. You *may* like Attachments by her, if you haven’t read it yet. It’s not YA, but adult contemporary. It’s adorable! (But I also don’t blame you for giving up on Rainbow Rowell after two flops for you!)

    I’m currently reading The Way to London and enjoying it SO much. I’m kinda upset I have plans after work and can’t just go home and read it – wah!

  4. A good reading month! I haven’t read any of those books but I am intrigued by The Ladie’s Room and Fangirl. I’ve read Rainbow Rowell before and like her writing style!
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