THAT’S A WRAP | SEPTEMBER 2019

September was a great month of reading for me! I read a lot of 4 and 5 star books. Volume-wise, I read more than I usually do to so that’s a win in my book (you see what I did there). Below are my brief reviews for each. For full reviews, check out my other blog posts.

Recursion – Blake Crouch

★★★★★

What a whirlwind of a novel! When technology is both your friend and your enemy. I really enjoyed the story line of this book. It kept me hooked the whole time.

Becoming – Michelle Obama

★★★

Look, for me this book didn’t live up to the hype. Michelle Obama’s life story is incredible and I think she is an amazing human. I just didn’t enjoy the book as much as I was hoping I would.

It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover

★★★★★

I really enjoyed this one. It was a beautiful story adapted from Hoover’s life. It’s inspired me to read more romance novels. Trigger Warning: domestic violence.

The Chestnut Man – Søren Sveistrup

★★★★★

What a page turner! This thriller had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Investigating multiple murders throughout the novel I couldn’t wait to find out what happens.

The Kiss Quotient – Helen Hoang

★★★★

Great romance novel! Really cute and interesting story line. I would say this errs on the side of erotic but don’t let that turn you away.

Only Mostly DevastatedSophie Gonzales

★★★★

This was so adorable! Set to release in March of 2020, this LGBTQ YA (that’s a lot of acronyms) really pulled all the heartstrings. All. The. Feels.

The Testaments – Margaret Atwood

★★★★

Oh the long awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. This was everything I needed. I was so upset at end of The Handmaid’s Tale that I needed to know what happened. If you loved The Handmaid’s Tale, definitely pick this one up.

The Wedding Date – Jasmine Guillory

★★★★★

I am seriously not normally a romance reader but I read so many this month and loved it! The Wedding Date is such a cute, funny contemporary romance story. The typical, “let’s pretend to be dating” story done really well.

Lock Every Door – Riley Sager

★★★★★

Sager is definitely a new go-to author for me after this one. So many twists and turns. You’ll never guess “who done it.” If you love psychological thrillers, be sure to read this book.

The Bride Test – Helen Hoang

★★★

I just wanted more from the sequel to The Kiss Quotient. It was definitely a slow build. It was a quick and easy read but with all the other great books I’ve read this month, it wasn’t the best.


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Book Review | Recursion by Blake Crouch

★★★★★

“Life with a cheat code isn’t life. Our existence isn’t something to be engineered or optimized for the avoidance of pain. That’s what it is to be human – the beauty and the pain, each meaningless without the other.”

Blake Crouch, Recursion

In Black Crouch’s latest novel, Recursion, he follows the lives of Barry, a detective in New York City, and Helena, a scientist trying to create a technology to restore memories of people with Alzheimer’s. Helena is recruited by Marcus Slade to work with him on her device and given an unlimited budget. When Americans start experiencing False Memory Syndrome, memories that don’t seem to be their own, Helena and Barry’s lives soon become intertwined.  This was my Book of the Month June pick and I don’t know why it took me so long to read it!

I’m not sure I even know how to write this review without spoilers. Blake Crouch uses a unique concept that hits close to home for a lot of us, making advances in technology and the people behind it the villain. Crouch does a great job of making you want to like the villain in the beginning and slowly bringing you around to thinking they’re bad. Technology is so prominent in our current culture you never want to think anything bad could happen from it so of course, you want to like the people behind it. It honestly reminds me of some of your superhero stories like Spiderman and Ironman where the villain uses technology to destroy the world. 

I loved how the characters in the story’s lives come together. While they may not know each other in the beginning, they become quite acquainted in the end. It’s really interesting how Crouch manages to make the whole fictional world of people connected in a way. It’s great how the scientist is a badass female character too. We don’t see this often. 

This book is action-packed! Every turn of the page left me wanting more. I’m a sucker for sci-fi and Recursion did not disappoint. This is the first novel I’ve read from Crouch and I will certainly be reading more now.

You can buy Recursion by Blake Crouch on Amazon.


Product links are affiliate links with Amazon. I always choose the lowest priced item for you. If you purchase through my link I receive a small commission so I can buy more books and get you more content!

All opinions are my own.