Recent Reads | September Roundup

Ever since jumping on the e-reader train (you can read all about my Kindle Voyage here), the amount of reading I’ve been engaging in has skyrocketed. Ryan even has mentioned that I’ve been like a machine because I have been plowing through at least a book a week.

Since I enjoy reading other book reviews so much, I thought it would be fun to start incorporating my own reviews onto the blog on a monthly basis. It’s a good way for me to track what I’ve read throughout the month and gather my thoughts once I’ve finished book.

So, without further adieu, here’s what was on my reading list in September.

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham – 3 stars
Considering I didn’t have the highest expectations for this book – let’s face it, I’m a huge fan of Lauren Graham on TV, but I wasn’t so sure about her authoring skills – I was pleasantly surprised! It wasn’t my most favorite book that I’ve ever read nor did I find the story that original, but it was a good, quick read that I didn’t have to think about too much once I put it down. 

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison – 2 Stars
I’m not even sure what to say about this book. I had pretty high expectations since I had heard if you enjoyed Girl On The Train – which, I did – that you would enjoy this book, too. Wrong. I found the story to be ridiculously boring and uneventful. I also didn’t think the characters or their stories were well developed – everything went back and forth so much between the two main characters and the past to present day that I had trouble following along. This book’s only saving grace for me is that it is set in Chicago, which always is fun since that’s where I grew up.
The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan – 4 Stars
I think I could read this book every month and never get sick of it – I loved it so, so much. The best way I have been describing it to people is it’s a blend of dramatical royal fiction, like the E! Network show The Royals, blended with some fact about the details and planning surrounding Prince William’s and Kate Middleton’s wedding day (they even stuck to Alexander McQueen as her dress designer in the book!). The only reason I didn’t give this a full five stars is because it did get slow and repetitive in some parts, but if you’re looking for a light, chick-lit read, this is your winner.

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave – 5 Stars 
I first heard about this book from Carly, and let me say – she was not kidding that this book should be added to everybody’s reading list immediately! This is probably the best book that I’ve read in quite some time – there’s a lot going on, but all the stories come together to a resolution and ending that, to me, is something that makes you take a step back and reevaluate your own life and how you’re living it. Plus, it’s set in California’s wine country, which makes for the dreamiest background when you’re letting your imagination run wild while reading. I laughed, I (a little) cried – this book is simply everything.

What have you recently read? Leave me suggestions in the comments!

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