What I Read in September 2019 + Reviews

Well, that sure was a quick month of reading! I find it hard to believe that I’m here typing up what I read in September 2019 and my reviews, but here we are. Last month was definitely quality over quantity with the small amount of books I read, but two of the four blew me away. So, I’ll keep this intro short and get straight into the books!

what i read in september 2019 + reviews
 
THE LAST BOOK PARTY by Karen Dukess
My rating & recommendation: 3 stars; a roundabout coming-of-age story that’s overall forgettable. It explores class differences in a somewhat high-society vacation beach town, a young woman that doesn’t yet know who she is (even though she thinks she does) or what the hell she wants, and the all-over-the-place relationships that come about as a result. No subject or character was really explored for that long, and the ones that were provided really elusive details that I guess were supposed to provide an air of mystery. I was mostly bored and left wanting more. My other gripe? It was set in the ’80s, but I kept feeling like it was a period piece. Like, it should’ve been set somewhere between the 40s-60s. Maybe it was the style of writing and the descriptions of everything? Not sure.

THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE by Katherine Center
My rating & recommendation: 5 stars; it’s not How to Walk Away, but I loved the cuteness of it all. I couldn’t put it down! This is more romance-heavy than How to Walk Away; I didn’t find there to be the same level of emotional substance as we were given in that book. However, Cassie was really relatable, and I think a lot of women can find different characteristics of themselves in her. I know I did. Really the only ridiculous thing in this book was Cassie learning parkour from YouTube videos and basically mastering it in a month. I mean, c’mon! A little over-the-top.

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens
My rating & recommendation: 5 stars; after the first 50 pages, I understood the hype. Equal parts coming-of-age/love story/murder mystery, it all finally came together. The writing is extremely descriptive and can drag at times, but once I put myself in Kya’s shoes I could see the beauty in it. That’s how she viewed and talked about the marsh herself, so it all really made sense. For a horribly lonely, somewhat depressing life, Kya also had a vivid life in the marsh and I think that’s what the author was trying to portray. There’s so many parts/quotes/lines in this book that I’m still processing and know that I will think back on often. I smiled, cried, even got angry and yelled at my book at times, which always tells me that’s a sign of a 5-star book.

A QUESTION OF US by Mary Jayne Baker
*ARC received from NetGalley.
My rating & recommendation: 3 stars; chick-lit with a lot of potential that missed some marks. I loved and enjoyed so many aspects of this book – the group of friends, how ridiculously British everything was, the friends-to-lovers romance. But, there also was so much missing and quite a few things that got on my nerves! The story/plot line was pretty disjointed as a whole throughout, and certain subplots within the group of friends were glazed over as no big deal (when, in fact, the topic matter was pretty serious). Clarrieโ€™s ongoing internal dilemma and quarter-life crisis also got old pretty fast. I understood that it needed to be discussed as itโ€™s a key character-trait throughout the book, but I also didnโ€™t need to be reminded of it on every. single. page.

Bottom line …

Things to Save in a Fire and Where the Crawdads Sing are absolute must-reads!

Currently reading: Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella; American Royals by Katharine McGee; and Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

What’s on your reading list for the month?

Letโ€™s connect on Goodreads! You also can keep up with all my reading in the archives.
 

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  1. kristen wrote:

    YAY i’m so glad you liked things you saved in a fire. i feel like i’ve heard from people that they either loved or hated it/didn’t finish. i loved, obviously. the parkour thing was ridiculous for sure lol.

    Posted 10.15.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I heard the same mixed reviews! Obviously I fell into the love category, even if I still liked Walk Away better.

      Posted 10.17.19 Reply
  2. Things You Save in a Fire is on my TBR list. Might have to move it up after your review!

    Posted 10.10.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      It’s so cute, enjoy!

      Posted 10.11.19 Reply
  3. Dara wrote:

    I love that mug! I agree on your review of Things You Save In a Fire!

    Posted 10.10.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Barnes and Noble for the mug win! So glad you agree about Fire, it was so cute !

      Posted 10.11.19 Reply
  4. I don’t get why many say Crawdads started off too slow. Sometimes when I see the books people recommend that are entirely much slower and never speed up…Crawdads was fine with the pacing!

    Posted 10.10.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I get what you’re saying! That’s why books are so fun because everybody has a different experience.

      Posted 10.11.19 Reply
  5. Quality over quantity is always good, and I’m glad you loved two out of the four!

    -Lauren

    Posted 10.9.19 Reply
  6. I have to try crawdads again. i got it when it first came out but at the same time as eleventy billion other books (that suddenly came at once at the library) so i had to return it.

    Posted 10.9.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Gotta love when that happens with library holds/check outs! Hope you give it another go.

      Posted 10.9.19 Reply
  7. Crawdads was excellent.

    I actually liked Things You Save in a Fire more than How to Walk Away. It felt more put together and cohesive to me.

    Posted 10.8.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Absolutely loved Crawdads. I see what you’re saying about Walk Away vs. Fire – I honestly loved them both for different reasons!

      Posted 10.9.19 Reply
  8. Gina wrote:

    Ooh a couple of hype books in there! Things You Save was cute. You’re totally right – not as much substance as How to Walk Away, and that’s fine. And the things that bothered you in that one bothered me a bit more, but I’m glad I wasn’t alone in finding that a bit absurd.

    Posted 10.8.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Haha, no not alone at all! I was literally laughing out loud at some of those parts because it seemed so ridiculous.

      Posted 10.9.19 Reply
  9. That is a fantastic mug; I love it! Crawdads and Things You Save in Fire are both on my TBR.

    Posted 10.8.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Thank you, Barnes and Noble for the win! Hope you enjoy both books when you get to them.

      Posted 10.9.19 Reply
  10. SMD wrote:

    I love that mug! Very cute.

    I didn’t like Fire as much as How to Walk Away, but it was still pretty good.

    I loved Crawdads and am hoping to meet the author when she’s around here in November.

    Posted 10.8.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Barnes and Noble for the cute mug! SO jealous that you may get to meet the author, that’ll be a cool experience I’m sure.

      Posted 10.9.19 Reply
  11. Kay R.D. wrote:

    I have a BOTM copy of things you save in a fire and cant wait to get to it!

    Posted 10.8.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I hope that you love it!

      Posted 10.9.19 Reply
  12. Heather wrote:

    Yay I’m so glad you loved Things you Save and Crawdads!!! Also, I love your mug and basically everything about the esthetics of this post. LOL.

    Posted 10.8.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      LOL, thanks friend! Yes, loved both those books – probably two of my favorites this year!

      Posted 10.9.19 Reply
  13. Jill wrote:

    I’m adding Things You Save in a Fire to my library list! Can You Keep a Secret was a fun read!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

    Posted 10.8.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      It was so fun and cute, just what I needed!

      Posted 10.9.19 Reply
  14. Brittany wrote:

    I have heard such mixed reviews on Where The Crawdads Sing from people I know. I feel like I need to read it based on how you described it! Adding it to my list… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Brittany | http://www.pointed-north.com

    Posted 10.7.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I hope that you like it! I can definitely see/understand the mixed reviews. The first 50 pages are a total doozy, but then it really turns around (in my opinion). Let me know what you think if/when you get to it!

      Posted 10.9.19 Reply
  15. Caroline wrote:

    I agree with you 100% about Things You Save in a Fire. How to Walk Away was much more heartwarming to me and I ugly cried at the end. While sitting at Starbucks. Yeah. Haha. Anyways! Thank you SO much for sharing your thoughts on Where the Crawdads Sing. I have been on the fence about it but I think that I’ll read it now. Have a great day!

    Posted 10.7.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I really loved Crawdads! It isn’t for everybody, but I still think it’s worth trying. Enjoy!

      Posted 10.9.19 Reply
  16. Debbie wrote:

    I will look forward to reading Where the Crawdads Sing when I get through the mountain of other books waiting for me!

    Posted 10.7.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      You can borrow it whenever you want!

      Posted 10.9.19 Reply
  17. Biana wrote:

    I just watched can you keep a secret which was adapted from the book – super cute! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    Posted 10.7.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I’m dying to watch the movie now, I loved the book!

      Posted 10.9.19 Reply

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