September 2018 Reads & Reviews

Hey! Let’s start this Monday morning right. Time to grab your favorite hot beverage and load up Goodreads – let’s talk September 2018 reads and reviews.

September 2018 Reads and Reviews

My Top Picks …

How to Walk Away by Katherine CenterHow to Walk Away by Katherine Center
girl learns to rebuild her life after a life-altering accident

THIS BOOK. All. The. Feels. One of the best I’ve read this year. Already have it on my hardcovers-to-buy list so I can have it forever. Margaret’s story and journey made me feel heartbroken, angry, inspired, empowered, etc. I was rooting for her from the beginning, but I also could understand her reluctance to pick herself back up. It’s a crazy good story, and you’re basically missing out on life if you haven’t read it yet. Definitely need to check out more from this author.

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter SwansonThe Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
man meets a “stranger” in an airport bar and together they plot his wife’s death

Again – one of my favorite books I’ve read this year! I’m not heavily into thrillers – I deeply manifest things and get freaked out/have horrible dreams days after I’ve finished reading – but this one is so, so good. Hooked from page one and kept me guessing until the very end. Lily is such a complex and interesting character. Her mind and thought processes fascinated me – I’m still making up my mind as to whether she’s a good or bad person. Let me know what you think when/if you read this book. The ending is a tad eh, but I’m willing to overlook it since the rest of the book is two major thumbs up.

Enjoyable Enough …

My Oxford Year by Julia WhelanMy Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
Rhode’s Scholar travels to Oxford and finds love in an unlikely situation

This gave me major Me Before You vibes, but with a happier (for now) ending. The story was WAY different from what I was expecting – honestly, Ella’s time at Oxford is just a quick-blink detail – but the romance between her and Jamie kept me interested. I couldn’t get Jamie from Outlander out of my head, so that obviously helped. 😉 My only gripe is that since this book really is based on their relationship and love story, we could’ve used a little more “action.” I mean, their first night together is by-passed and we’re left picking up the pieces the day after. Seemed kind of weird when it’s a pretty significant turning point for the book.

The Fortunate Ones by R.S. GreyThe Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey (Kindle Unlimited)
cabana girl falls in love with a rich older man

Not my favorite from Grey, but it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of her books so I can’t knock it completely. I was lost as to when James and Brooke fell madly in love and couldn’t live without each other. Kind of came out of left field. Some of James’ behavior also bothered me, but it is just a book and a fictional male character. Trying not to read too much into it.

Just Okay …

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica StrawserNot That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser
woman and her children go missing; neighborhood friends try to figure out her disappearance

This one didn’t do a whole lot for me. Kind of a crossover between Big Little Lies (which I loved) and Gone Girl (which I hated). It wasn’t terrible, but I also felt like it was the book that would never end. Definitely started to skim toward the end just so I could finish it. And, that ending? Dull.

Currently reading: Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

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  1. 1.28.19
    Biana Perez said:

    Just request the kind worth killing- it sounds like an interesting read!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  2. 1.28.19

    YAY how to walk away!!! so glad. loved it so hard. i agree with everything you said about my oxford year. it was like we blinked and missed the romance. bummer about not that i could tell, i quite liked it! it definitely wasn’t ‘thrilling’.

    • 1.28.19

      Thank you for always steering me toward the best books, lol. Walk Away was just the best, I loved it. I don’t know what’s the matter with me and not that I could tell – maybe my mind just wasn’t in the right space for it? I was pretty distracted when I read it.

  3. 1.28.19
    Monica L said:

    i really need to see Outlander so many references to it in this link up this month.

  4. 1.28.19

    Not That I Could Tell totally looks like the kind of book that would pull me in by the cover! I’ve heard so many good things about How to Walk Away and her other book Happiness for Beginners!

    • 1.28.19

      Happiness for Beginners has been on my TBR list forever, and I only just realized it’s the same author! So I’m sure I’ll like it because HTWA was just wonderful.

  5. 1.28.19

    I think that I own a copy of The Kind Worth Killing, and it sounds like I should read it sooner rather than later! How To Walk Away sounds like another really good book, and it’s going on my list too!

  6. 1.28.19

    Going to start The Oxford Year soon, and I’m hoping I will enjoy it! I really enjoyed The Kind Worth Killing, it’s weird that none of the characters are “good” yet you find yourself rooting for them! Lol

  7. 1.28.19
    shootingstarsmag said:

    I really want to read The Kind Worth Killing – that initial summary makes me think of Strangers on a Train. I hear good things about How to Walk Away too!!


  8. 1.28.19
    Amanda Peterson said:

    Are you on Goodreads? Would love to follow you!

  9. 1.28.19
    Ashley Ziegler said:

    I feel like so many people are reading similar books lately!

  10. 1.28.19

    The Kind Worth Killing really intrigues me. I’m all about a good suspenseful book.

  11. 1.28.19

    I think you’re the second person in the link-up to mention The Kind Worth Killing, which has been on my TBR for a very long time. And it reminds that I need to read it because I know that I will love it. How to Walk Away is on my TBR and is getting such stellar reviews. I need to place it on hold.

  12. 1.28.19
    Kristin said:

    I have The Kind Worth Killing on my TBR. I did not like The Girl with a Clock for a Heart though, so I thought all his books might be kind of similar?

  13. 1.28.19
    Caroline said:

    The last two thrillers that I read gave me nightmares so I’m taking a break from reading those for a while haha. I only saw Gone Girl the movie and I did not like it. I also hated the wife. That first one sounds really good though and I’ll add that to my list. Thank you for sharing I always look forward to your book reviews! 🙂

  14. 1.28.19

    I loved The Kind Worth Killing.

    I had zero expectations of Not that I Could Tell and ended up liking it a lot more than I thought I would.

    • 1.28.19

      I know I’m in the minority of those who didn’t like it. I just don’t think I was in the mindset for it.

  15. 1.28.19

    I enjoyed How to Walk Away, but not as much as everyone else seemed to. I adored Happiness for Beginners by her. I haven’t read The Fortunate Ones yet, but have been working through Grey’s books this year. I didn’t like Not So Nice Guy very much at all. I just read Anything You Can Do and enjoyed that one for sure! 🙂 XO – Alexandra

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    • 1.28.19

      Happiness for Beginners is on my list since I enjoyed HTWA so much. Have you read The Foxe & the Hound by Grey yet? If you enjoyed Anything You Can Do, you’d probably like that one! They’re my two favorites. 🙂

      • 1.28.19

        I liked Happiness for Beginners more… personally… but it’s a bit less bittersweet for sure. I hope that you like it! No, I haven’t read The Foxe and the Hound! Thank you for letting me know! It can be hard to know where to start or go next when you want to binge an author! 🙂 I liked Arrogant Devil and The Beau and the Belle quite a bit so far – in addition to Anything You Can Do. 🙂 XO

  16. 1.28.19
    Kay R. said:

    I really want to read the kind worth killing! Sounds awesome!

  17. 1.28.19
    Debra Stachelski said:

    As always, good recomendations! I will never catch up to all the reading you’ve done!

  18. 1.28.19

    I just got How to Walk Away from the library. It’s next on my list to read.

  19. 1.28.19

    My Oxford Year has been on my list for forever, I need to get on it! Just added The Kind Worth Killing to my library holds, it sounds like something I would LOVE!