What I Read in September 2019

In September, I tried to read a nonfiction book of short stories… it didn’t work out so well. I did not finish the book. So I went back to fiction! Until I read another nonfiction book, or I actually listened to it on audio. This second nonfiction book was really interesting! Read on to see which one it is.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

The Wedding Date - What I Read in September

Rating: 4 / 5

This was a nice, light romance – a nice break after a heavier book! Can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

What I Read in September - The Dinner List

Rating: 5 / 5 (audio)

I did not want to read this when it first came out because I always hated the question “what 5 people, dead or alive, would you want to meet?” I never could answer.. but then I saw this was available as an audiobook at my library and I listened to it. I actually loved the story. The synopsis says it’s a romance but I didn’t know it until I listened to this. I was pleasantly surprised that there was a story from the past that’s discussed during the dinner, which was an alternative timeline in the book.

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

The Only Woman in the Room

Rating: 3 / 5

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would, maybe because I had low expectations due to other reviews. However, I still think this story could’ve gone deeper into her childhood and how she was taught all the science she knew later on.

No Exit by Taylor Adams

No Exit by Taylor Adams

Rating: 4 / 5

A fast-paced thriller about a child kidnapping. Everything happens in one evening. I liked it for a super fast read. This book is all over Facebook groups and book recommendations for thrillers, so I finally read it after it was on sale for the Kindle for $1.99. If you like reading on a Kindle – look out for those deals!

Burn It Down: Women Writing about Anger by Lilly Dancyger

Burn It Down - Women Writing About Anger

Rating: 2 / 5 (comes out October 8, 2019)

This is a nonfiction book that contains 22 stories from different women about their experiences with anger. I was really interested in reading this and thanks to Net Galley, I was able to get an advanced copy. I feel like women aren’t allowed to express their anger like they want to. We have to go and vent to our friends while keeping a smile on at home. I wanted to like this book so much. However, I’m not sure that short stories are for me. I wanted to know more about all of the women and their experiences. Maybe this would have appealed to me more if it focused on two to four women and not 22 of them. 

It is important for these women to tell their stories though. If you like short stories and nonfiction, then this book will be right up your alley.

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

What I Read in September - The Perfect Couple

Rating: 5 / 5

This was a mystery romance book. I’m not sure if I would even call it a romance though, more on the side of mystery. I enjoyed this book – it’s a fun read!

American Royals by Katharine McGee

American Royals by Katharine McGee

Rating: 4 / 5

I mentioned this book in my On My Radar – September post. This was a cute book that bases the story on George Washington being the first crowned King rather than the first President of the United States. It’s set in present day where Beatrice is the heir to the throne and is supposed to become the first Queen rather than having the Crown go to the first male-born. I loved this idea and can’t wait for the next book in the series!

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

Brain on Fire - My Month of Madness

Rating: 5 / 5 (audio)

This is a nonfiction medical mystery – first of this kind of book for me. I thought this story was fascinating. It’s amazing that she came across a doctor in her path of her diagnosis who made the discovery of this condition just recently (at that time). I’m glad Susannah recovered and was able to write this book.

I heard about this book on a podcast called Sarah’s Book Shelves Live. I don’t remember what was said about it to make me want to read it, but I put it on my list. It’s nonfiction and it’s about a strange disease that Susannah had that doctors couldn’t figure out, so it sounded interesting. I listened to it on audio where the author narrates the book herself. When looking up the book on Amazon, I noticed that it’s a movie on Netflix! I didn’t even know that.. so now I need to watch the movie!