September and October Reads 2019

I’m only about halfway through my reading goal for 2019. I had set my goal at 52 books, thinking I could read one book a week. But with wedding planning, traveling, and a job that really took everything out of me, that didn’t happen.

According to Goodreads, I’m 16 books behind schedule. While I’m almost certainly not going to meet my goal with two months left in the year, I am trying to make an effort to make up as much as I can. Especially with my growing TBR list.

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens ★★★★☆

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Kya Clark is abandoned as a child at her family’s home in the marshes on the North Carolina coast. Never having been assimilated to society, she lives in the shadows. Locals refer to her as the “marsh girl.” When Chase Andrews is found dead, Kya is their first suspect.

This novel got a lot of hype, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as everyone else did. It is beautifully written and it’s a unique story. Owens does a great job weaving Kya’s childhood story in with the story of Chase Andrew’s murder investigation. However, it moves very slowly and didn’t have the suspense that I expected it to.

Would I recommend? Yes. I think it’s worth the read but go into it knowing that it’s not a fast-paced book and something that you’re going to want to take your time with.

The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney ★★★☆☆

The Perfect Wife

After his wife, Abbie, goes missing, Tim begins trying to recreate her as artificial intelligence. AI Abbie awakes uploaded memories and slowly begins to navigate her new life as a robot. AI Abbie begins to look for clues to figure out what happened to real Abbie and doesn’t quire trust Tim.

The Perfect Wife was an interesting read. It was fast-paced, and each little clue AI Abbie found had me on edge. The sci-fi thriller aspect is something that I haven’t seen before, but I think it turned out to be a little too much sci-fi for my taste. The ending seemed a little too rushed and confusing to me. I had to really read carefully to be clear which point of view I was reading and what was happening.

Would I recommend? I’d recommend if you’re interested in sci-fi and AI, but it wasn’t for me.

Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston ★★★★★

Red, White & Royal Blue

First son of the United States, Alex, has some fixing to do after he and Prince Henry of Wales cause an incident at a royal wedding. After a couple press appearances to try to convince the world that they’re friends, Alex and Henry actually become friends and then fall in love.

I loved every word of Red, White, & Royal Blue. It was such a great feel-good story. It’s a love story that is equal parts sweet and sexy that you won’t be able to put down.

Would I recommend? Yes, this is a really sweet love story that I really enjoyed.

This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps ★★★★☆

This Will Only Hurt a Little

Busy Philipps shares everything from her childhood memories to stories of acting to her marriage and the births of her children in this well-written memoir.

This is such a real, raw memoir that really goes into deep and hard to talk about subjects like rape and abortion. The more serious parts are broken up with humorous stories. I laughed out loud reading this. I love that Philipps was able to so seamlessly tackle the emotional subjects while still sharing funny stories and keeping it light.

Would I recommend? Yes, I loved learning more about Philipps in her memoir.

Looking for Alaska by John Green ★★★★☆

Looking for Alaska

Miles Halter wants to go to boarding school to find “The Great Perhaps.” When he gets to Culver Creek boarding school, he makes new friends and finally feels like he belongs somewhere. And then something tragic happens.

I’ve loved everything I’ve read by John Green so far. I picked this one up because I wanted to read the book before I watched Hulu’s series. This is a great coming of age story that includes a heartbreaking plot point. The story is broken up into “before” and “after.” The “before” part dragged on a bit for me, but with no context to what the “after” was, I kept reading to find out what happened. Despite the heartbreaking event, I enjoyed the “after” part a lot more.

Would I recommend? Yes.

Trophy Life by Lea Geller ★★★★☆

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Agnes Parsons has become accustomed to her new life where she wants for nothing. Most of her day is spent taking care of herself and keeping in shape while a housekeeper handles the house and a nanny takes care of her baby, Grace. Her husband takes care of all of the finances, and Agnes doesn’t take much of an interest until her husband disappears and Agnes learns he’s been falling behind on bills.

This is a light read that I thoroughly enjoyed. After relying heavily on her husband, Agnes gets a job a middle school and has to learn how to take care of herself again. I really enjoyed watching Agnes learn about her husband’s indiscretions and really come into her own. I found myself rooting for her as she navigated the unfamiliar territory of teaching middle schoolers.

Would I recommend? Yes, this a cute heartfelt read.

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