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What I Read in September 2017

What I Read in September 2017: fall books reviews

I counted and I’ve read 42 books so far this year. Say what!? I had no idea I had read that many this year because I wasn’t really logging them on GoodReads. Now I want to set a goal to read a total of 60 before the end of the year.

Anyways, I thought September was going to be a slow month book-wise for me. Lol nope.

A couple of these were just so great that I blasted right through them like nothing. Because of that, today I have five new book reviews for you! We’ve got some nonfiction, thriller, romance, and young adult on today’s list.

So let’s get started!

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari Review

Modern Romance

I freaking love Aziz Ansari. I found him from Parks & Rec and then listened to some of his comedy shows on Spotify. This man is hilarious. If you don’t know who he is, please please open up Spotify or Netflix right now.

Anyway, this book has been out for almost two years now but I only found out about it recently. Apparently, everyone else just found out about it as well because I waited for almost two months for this book to come in at the library! Totally worth it though.

Just be forewarned, this is not a humor book or biography. This is a research book interwoven with humor. So it’s not dry at all. I swear, if my textbook were written by Aziz, I’d be staying up all night to read them.

So yes, please read this book. Plus, I credit this book to giving me to courage to call and ask out my cute car salesman – even if he did stand me up. But that’s a whole different story. And f you don’t know who I’m rambling on about you obviously don’t follow me on Instagram or Twitter. You can read more about that story here though!

Description from GoodReads: 

“At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?” 

But the transformation of our romantic lives can’t be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighborhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate.

But I Love Him

This was actually my second time reading this. I read this for the first time four years ago and finished it within a day. I just really enjoy how she wrote the story “backward” to say. Such a unique way to show how the world of abuse works from the victim’s perspective and why they can’t bring themselves to leave.

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Description from GoodReads: 

“Sometimes at night, I wake up and stare at the heart for hours. I think of how I collected each piece from the beach, how I glued it all together into one big sculpture. I wonder if Connor realizes what it means, that he’ll always have a piece of me no matter what happens. Each piece of glass is another piece of myself that I gave to him.

It’s too bad I didn’t keep any pieces for myself.

At the beginning of senior year, Ann was a smiling, straight-A student and track star with friends and a future. Then she met a haunted young man named Connor. Only she can heal his emotional scars; only he could make her feel so loved – and needed. Ann can’t recall the pivotal moment it all changed, when she surrendered everything to be with him, but by graduation, her life has become a dangerous high wire act. Just one mistake could trigger Connor’s rage, a senseless storm of cruel words and violence damaging everything – and everyone – in its path.

Misunderstandings by Tiffany King review

Misunderstandings

I’ve grown a little tired of romance novels, but I picked up one last one. I was intrigued by the whole stuck in an elevator together thing because Lord knows if I got stuck in an elevator with one of my ex’s I’d have no idea what would go down.

I liked that this was told in alternating chapters from past to present. So when they first meet to when they’re stuck together. It keeps the reason why they hate each other secret until almost the very end, and it was totally unexpected. I will be adding more books by this author onto my TBR list.

Description from GoodReads: 

Just when she thought things were going up…

Two years after a devastating breakup, Brittni Mitchell has moved on from Justin Avery—or so she tells herself. But when she returns to Seattle for her best friend’s engagement party, Brittni finds herself the victim of a disastrously timed elevator breakdown. She’s trapped with the last person she wants to face, and forced to recount the past she desperately wants to forget.

She’s going to have to look back…

When Brittni left her podunk hometown for a big city college experience at the University of Washington, hooking up with a guy like Justin Avery was not part of her plan. Between Justin’s attention-grabbing tattoos, cigarette smoking, and bad boy attitude Brittni quickly chalked him up as “Mr. Wrong.” But his charm was unrelenting, and Brittni’s decision to give Justin a chance quickly turned into the worst choice she ever made.

So that she might be able to move forward.

Now she’s stuck with Justin—literally—and the complicated web of misunderstandings that tied up the truth for two years is about to unravel.”

When a Ghost Screams

This was just another little book filled with “real” ghost stories written by the same author from last month’s post. I liked this book less than the other one, but it did actually have cool pictures this time, unlike the other one.

The stories in this were a lot harder to believe, hence the quotes around the word real, but it did the trick of keeping me entertained while at work. So there’s that.

Description from GoodReads: 

Hauntings–the word conjures up immediate and insatiable curiosity. Paranormal author Leslie Rule explores a new twist on this strange phenomenon when she explores brutal deaths–and subsequent hauntings–all over America in When the Ghost Screams. No sector of the country is left untouched by these mystical happenings. The Midwest, Northeast, Southwest, and, of course, Salem, Massachusetts (to which the author has her own bizarre connection), all have unique and gruesome cases of their own ghostly incidents.

Accompanied by the author’s own dramatic black-and-white photographs, When the Ghost Screams also introduces sidebar articles on notorious crimes and trials featuring ghosts.”

Find Her by Lisa Gardner book review

Find Her

I’m not normally a thriller person, but after seeing so many people check this out at the library I decided to pick it up for fall’s sake. It seemed creepy enough for a nighttime September read. And yes, that was very true.

The book is told in alternating POVs from Flora when she was kidnapped five years ago, the detective working the case and Flora present day. Honestly, I thought the detective chapters were pretty boring. It was the slightest bit cool to see how the authorities work in these cases, but it was also dry. Flora’s chapters, on the other hand, were gripping with suspense and emotion.

I also immediately thought of Kayla while reading this. So girl, if you see this, you gotta read this book!

Description from GoodReads: 

Flora Dane is a victim. 

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.

Flora Dane is a survivor.

Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.

Flora Dane is reckless. 

. . . or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.”


I plan to read exclusively creepy books in October so stay tuned for a special book reviews post next month!

What have you been reading lately?

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  • Wow, you’ve read so many books!! I think I’ve read maybe like 5 this year haha. But these all sound like great books! I’ve heard so many great things about Modern Romance. Recently I’ve started reading the Harry Potter series for the first time, I’m about halfway through the fourth!

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

    • Harry Potter really is perfect for the fall and winter time, so you chose wisely! I hope you enjoy them! The fourth book was my favorite as a kid.

      xo
      Caitlyn

  • I LOVED Modern Love! My boyfriend got it for me for Christmas and I read it in two days, it was not what I was expecting but I so agree…if Aziz wrote my textbooks I’d have no problem getting through them. I’m excited to read the other books you mentioned! I always enjoy your book review posts :)
    paige / eyeliner wings & pretty things

    • Awe thank you for the kind words, Paige! Reading is one of my biggest passions, so I love sharing it with you! Let me know if you ever read anything I recommend!!

      xo
      Caitlyn