book report // what i read in September

I always think I’m a slow reader, but when it came time to round up what I read in September, the list felt longer than usual! This month I loaded up my Kindle with lots of fiction which is always my favorite thing to so when I’m feeling like staying in and getting cozy on the sofa. With fall upon us, I have the feeling I’ll be reading more and more!

Here are my favorite books that I read in September:

All The Light We Cannot See — Anthony Doerr

OMG you guys, the best book I read this month, hands down. I simply couldn’t put it down. I loved everything about it, but especially loved the cadence of how the stories of a blind girl and Germain soldier mingled and paralleled. If you want a read you simply cannot put down, this is it for sure.

The Twelves Lives of Samuel Hawley — Hannah Tinti

This is my second favorite book that I read this month. The story of a girl and her father with a sordid, complicated past was really engaging and definitely built and built until a super-suspenseful ending.

The Light We Lost — Jill Santopolo

If you want a book that will dredge up everything you’ve ever felt in a past relationship and make you cry… this is it. The writing is clean, simple, and straightforward, while the relationships in the book are anything but. I wasn’t a fan of the main character, but I still really enjoyed this book.

Wondering Who You Are: A Memoir — Sonya Lea

I had mixed feelings about this one. It’s a memoir about how Lea’s husband’s brain was severely damaged during an already intense surgery for a rare cancer. The book is about how they re-learned about each other and how she coped with the reality of being married to a different person. There were times it made me sob because of how heartbreaking the changes were for Lea, but at times I also lost patience with the narrator. If you’re looking for an intensely deep read, this is it.

What are you reading now? I’m always looking for more recommendations! And find more book recommendations here.

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  1. 9.21.17
    Kasey said:

    LOVED All the Light We Cannot See. I wish I had more time to read!!

    • 9.21.17
      joanna said:

      I was SO obsessed with that book. Now Amazon only sends me referrals for books similar lol

      • 9.21.17
        Kasey said:

        Have you read Homegoing? It was also really, really good.

        • 9.21.17
          joanna said:

          not yet! i will have to add that to my kindle wishlist for sure. thank you!

  2. 9.21.17

    wondering who you are sounds heartbreaking…. i am reading carly simon’s memoir right now and it’s intense… what a life she has lived!

    • 9.21.17
      joanna said:

      It really was! The more I think about it, the more the word ‘heartbreaking’ really describes this book. I’ll have to look into Carly Simon’s memoir. Thanks for the tip, friend.