What I Read in September
September is my favorite month of the year, although this year it felt like it passed in the blink of an eye. Amidst the chaos of birthday celebrations, wedding planning, work travel, and the ups-and-downs of daily life, I found time to read a good amount — thank goodness because I’m behind on my reading challenge!
What I Read
Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Such a feel-good story. It’s basically a big family that comes together for one of the sibling’s wedding and everything that could possibly go wrong does. It’s funny and a quick read… and made me really appreciate our quiet family. I can only hope our wedding weekend isn’t this chaotic!
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
This was a pick for my old book club and one of my girlfriends couldn’t stop raving about the audiobook, so I listened. Once I fully got into the story, I really loved it. A year after his wife’s death, an older man finds a bracelet from his late wife that he’d never seen. He starts working his way through charm-by-charm to figure out which each means. The narrator did a great job.
The Paris Wedding by Charlotte Nash
Loved this one. An small town girl randomly gets an invitation to her ex-boyfriend’s wedding… in Paris… and all expenses paid. You follow along throughout the week as she attends lavish parties, tries to ignore her ex, and, like any good romance novel, falls in love.
The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
Not going to lie — I picked this up over summer but couldn’t get into it, so I gave the audiobook a shot. I was expecting it to be a kind of story where the girls switch places and fake out everyone around them, but it isn’t. One twin lives on Nantucket and the other on Martha’s Vineyard and, long story short, they switch islands. It’s definitely a beach read.
The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
By far my favorite book of the month. The full title is The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy In A Store, which is exactly what the book is about. Cait goes on a shopping hiatus for a whole year and ends up getting rid of like 70% of her belongings, saving a ton of money, and learning about herself — through a set of crazy ups-and-downs. It’s beyond inspiring.
A Million Junes by Emily Henry
Another one I picked up earlier in the year (or maybe last year?) and decided to come back to. It’s kind of a modern-day Romeo & Juliet where there are two rival families and a son of one runs straight into the daughter of the other. Since their families are cursed, every time they are together, bad things happen. It’s a fun read into YA books.
Going Off Script by Giuliana Rancic
I used to watch E! News almost every night. Giuliana was one of my favorite hosts, so I knew I’d have to read her memoir/journey to E! eventually. I chose to listen because she narrated herself and I’m so glad I did. It felt like we were chatting over coffee as she told me her life story. I really admire how driven she is.
Emergency Contact by Mary Choi
This was my least favorite of the group. I was on a cross-country flight and needed something to pass the time so I finished it. It grew on me over time (I mean, it’s a love story geared toward young adults — how can it not?), but let’s just say I’m glad it was a library book.
What I Started But Put Down
The Love That Split the World
Note: I’m still working on this one — I’ve heard great things and even recommended it for my book club, but I’ve found it hard to pick up. I’m determined to finish, though.
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine