What I Read in September 2017

As I predicted a few weeks ago when I wrote up my books read in August, September was a light reading month for me – I read just five books last month. That puts me at 78 books for the year, which is still four books ahead of schedule to reach my goal of 100 books for the year. That means I’m still on track, but I can’t afford any more slacking! I’m hoping to step up my game in October.


I gave 5 stars to My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, and 4 stars each to three other novels.

5 stars:

My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, by Amy Silverstein: Loved this memoir, which made me tear up several times as I read. There were a lot of beautiful moments and life lessons, and I really had no idea how it was going to end. However, there were many times where I found the author very selfish and unlikeable. I appreciated that she was completely honest in her story, but I was surprised at her lack of caring about her friends/family until the very end of the book. I’d still highly recommend this book, though!

4 stars:

Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: I really liked this book, though my interest was held somewhat intermittently. Some sections were excellent, while others were a bit slow, particularly as Ifemelu’s life flashed back and forth between the hair salon and her youth. However, the second half of the book picked up quite a bit as it switched to Obinze’s perspective, and I ended up really enjoying it.

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, by Jenny Colgan: Really enjoyed this sweet novel, and it made me really want to go back to Paris soon. There are some great meal descriptions in here (beyond chocolate) that will make any foodie really hungry!

All Our Wrong Todays, by Elan Mastai: I really loved this novel – the first person perspective pulled me in, and the voice was really engaging. The plot was fascinating, particularly the comparisons between our world and the post-Goettreider Engine world. However, some of the specifics around the time travel got really confusing in the second half of the book.

2 stars:

The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time,by Cameron Díaz and Sandra Bark: I really enjoyed The Body Book, but this one fell flat for me. The writing just wasn’t as compelling, and I found myself bored / skimming rather than enjoying it.

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