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Books – Septemeber 2021

I had several really good books this month, so let’s hop in shall we? Linking up with Steph and Jana.

We Are the Brennans by Tracey Lange

We Are the Brennans

I love a good family drama, and man does this deliver!!! I read this in 24 hours, simply could not put it down! This will 100% make my favorite list for the year. I loved that the book rotated through the voice of different characters. So many bad decisions, secrets, drama. Highly recommend.

Bottom Line: Read it!!

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand

28 Summers

The talk of Hilderbrand quitting her “beach reads” to become a book reviewer and all the shit she talked about so many people really put a bad taste in my mouth of her. I will not be purchasing anything from her, but will still borrow from the library, because damnit, she writes a good beach book! I absolutely loved this one. This may be my favorite from her. I was so engrossed in the book and all the characters, I flew through it, even though it was rather long. The ending. Wow. I got quite emotional. Definitely put this on your list.

Bottom Line: Read it!

How Lucky by Will Leitch

How Lucky

First of all, this book takes place in Athens, Georgia near the campus of UGA. I have been there many times, and love when I can actually picture the book from real life experience. The author definitely got SEC football atmosphere just right. I was trying to decide how I wanted to classify this book, it is a little bit mystery with a kidnapping, but also, I  learned a lot about Spinal Muscular Atrophy. I read the back insert from the author, and his son grew up with someone who had SMA and I feel like he did his research and had real life experience with it. It was a very compelling story, suspenseful at times, and left me feeling optimistic and hopeful. Obviously, I enjoyed the main character, but I also loved his best friend Travis and his caregiver Marjani.

I do wish we got more of the backstory on the kidnapper. And learned more about the kidnapped girl. I also felt that there were random progressive ideologies thrown into the book that felt more forced by the author, than naturally flowing into the story.

Bottom Line: I think this is one anyone could enjoy. I will say, the writing was a little erratic. Sort of reminded me of Backman.

Yearbook by Seth Rogen

Yearbook

I did this one on audio and thoroughly enjoyed it. I love Seth Rogen as an actor, and he is a funny guy in general. I loved listening to his stories. I laughed several time and just had a smile on my face while I listened. He is a great story teller, and this was very engaging.

Bottom Line: If you like Seth Rogen, I suggest this one! I really enjoyed his own narration on audiobook, the only way I really consume this genre.

The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

The Heart Principle (The Kiss Quotient, #3)

I love Helen Hoang and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I blew through this, finishing it in a day. This is the third book in the Kiss Quotient series, but I don’t feel like you had to read the first two to enjoy this. Though I liked both of those too! I really felt like Anna and Quan progressed realistically. I really like that Hoang deep dives into anxiety, autism, depression and hard things. While this is a romance and had lighter moments, it is also much heavier than your typical HEA book. You really get to know the characters and they have a lot of depth.

Bottom Line: Read it!!!

Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena

Not a Happy Family

Double murder, family secrets and drama. What is not to love here? I was instantly hooked by this one and flew right through it. This family was seriously dysfunctional, and the murders were so violent, you know it had to be personal. The book switches POV between the characters, and none of them are all that likeable. You start wondering which one is the psychopath. Their annoying aunt Audrey was an interesting story line as well, and how she ties in the other side characters. I actually enjoyed the detectives more than the family members, working to prove one of them is guilty.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a good whodunnit, read it!

A Brush With Love by Mazy Eddings

A Brush with Love

I am trying to decide what I want to say about this one. I started it once and quit two chapters in, mainly because I had something come in from the library I was more excited about at the time. I picked it up a month later, and stuck with it. I really enjoyed Dan and Harper, and watching their relationship form and grow. I will say, with the setting in graduate school and them being in their late 20’s…I felt like it was a little immature at times? I can really appreciate Harper’s anxiety issues, and Dan’s guilt he carries to help his mom. There was definitely emotional baggage on both sides, which made this book a deeper read. Overall I enjoyed it, but I had so many good reads this month that this one doesn’t stick out. I liked The Heart Principle a lot more, which also deals with anxiety.

Bottom Line: Cute read if you are into romance. Definitely worth it if you struggle with anxiety.

**I received a copy of A Brush With Love from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

The Therapist by B.A. Paris

The Therapist

It took me months to get through this book. I kept putting it down for something else. It was a rather slow and boring to start. I feel like BA Paris books are becoming quite a formula and there isn’t much to excite me about them anymore? Also, most of the main characters are kind of dumb. I found myself just not carrying most of the book. There were a few shockers, but the beginning was just so boring. Trying to figure out why her neighbors act weird and who this person is that came to the party. Meh.

Bottom Line: The narrator was great. I have heard her do other books and I think she reads them quite well. This one though, there are so many other good books I read this month…I would mostly just say to skip this.

**I received an audio version of The Therapist from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

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15 Comments

  • Reply Heather September 14, 2021 at 7:45 am

    I also have A Brush with Love from NG and excited to read sometime!! Something about The Heart Principle just didn’t click for me even though I knew to expect it to be heavier etc. It was still good, but not great, for me. I’m starting that Shari Lapena this week for book club next month!

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer September 14, 2021 at 7:48 am

    We were certainly on the same page and read several of the same books this month!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo Vincent September 14, 2021 at 10:37 am

    I gotta go back & read We are the Brennans!
    What did you think about Not a Happy Family – that ending!!!!!!!!!! That Epilogue was EVERYTHING

  • Reply laura September 14, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Love loved We are the Brennans and Not a Happy Family. I’ m going to see if the library has Rogen’s book so I can listen to it!

  • Reply SMD September 14, 2021 at 11:15 am

    I loved 28 Summers despite the nagging feeling that I would not like EH face to face LOL.

    I will probably get around to reading the Brennans and Not a Happy Family at some point!

  • Reply Kelly September 14, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    I’ve requested Not A Happy Family from the library, and I can’t wait to read it. Such a bummer that you didn’t care for The Therapist. I’ve loved some of her other books, but for some reason, I haven’t felt compelled to pick up this one yet.

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says September 14, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    The Therapist was not good. Do not recommend. But I loved Yearbook, although I think you have to be a fan of Seth Rogen to truly enjoy it. Someone who’s not quite sure who he is probably wouldn’t like it. I mean, maybe they would. Probably not, though.

  • Reply Joanne September 14, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    I hadn’t heard of We are the Brennans but it sounds great!

  • Reply Nancy @ NY Foodie Family September 14, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    The Therapist is on my to read list. I’m waiting for Not a Happy Family to come in from the library. I enjoyed 28 Summers.

  • Reply Kimberly September 14, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    We are the Brennans sounds fantastic because I am a huge fan of dysfunctional family drama. I think Elin could have announced her pivot without being petty, and her words really tarnished my opinion of her.

  • Reply Kristin September 15, 2021 at 6:24 am

    I didn’t like the title of We are the Brennans (reminds me of Parenthood and I haaaated that show), but everyone seems to recommend this book. Maybe I’ll go for it.

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag September 15, 2021 at 10:54 am

    Yay for some great reads. I have Not a Happy Family and How Lucky from BOTM but need to read them still.

    -Lauren

  • Reply Danielle Butler September 15, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    I am reading Not a Happy Family right now. So far so good. I would be interested in reading Seth Rogans book. Too bad on the Therapist. I have it added to my list since I like that writer.

  • Reply Becki September 16, 2021 at 7:10 am

    The Seth Rogan audiobook sounds interesting. I can only focus on audiobooks when I’m driving, though…I’ll have to keep it in mind for my next road trip 🙂 Thanks for sharing and enjoy your month!

  • Reply Andrea Nine September 17, 2021 at 5:55 am

    Loved 28 Summers and getting We Are The Brennan’s start. My mom is reading Not a Happy Family right now then I will. I’m almost done reading Beach Read. It’s a 4star I’d say. Great reviews friend.

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