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 | The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

★★★★

“All that was necessary was a law degree and a uterus: a lethal combination.”

Margaret Atwood, The Testaments

The much-anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments by Margaret Atwood takes place 15 years after the original story. We’re taken back to the time of Gilead following the first-hand story of three women living during its reign.

It took me a while to put my thoughts down on paper. The Handmaid’s Tale is one of my favorite books of all time so to finally get a sequel was an exciting moment for me. I don’t usually love multiple points of view stories but I really enjoyed how this was written from three very different perspectives. Then seeing how the three intertwined. It gives you insight into how some of the different roles in Gilead really operate, not just from a handmaid’s perspective.

I thought it was really interesting that Aunt Lydia was the true common character between the books and not Offred. At first, I was a little upset it wasn’t following Offred but after I got used to it, I didn’t want to put it down. You get a really great story of what happened to Aunt Lydia before Gilead that we don’t get in The Handmaids Tale and it was so interesting. Not what I expected at all! 

If you watch the show, the show is very different. I’m curious to see if they will end the same way.  I have such a “book hangover” from this one. I finished it on a plane with some time in the air left to spare and I could hardly pick up my next read. Do you need to read The Handmaids Tale first? Yes. There is a lot of background information in the first book that you need to fully grasp the second. Plus, it’s amazing, so why wouldn’t you want to read it? If you read The Handmaid’s Tale and feel like you need “closure,” don’t get your hopes up. While I do feel some sense of closure, I don’t feel like Atwood really tied up all the loose knots. Regardless, I definitely recommend picking this one up!

You can buy The Testaments by Margaret Atwood on Amazon.


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Book Review | It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

★★★★★

“It stops here. With me and you. It ends with us.”

Colleen Hoover, It Ends With Us

After Lily Bloom bombs the eulogy at her father’s funeral, she finds herself on a Boston rooftop where she meets Ryle Kincaid. Two strangers and they begin telling each other their “naked truths.” Six months after that night, Lily runs into Ryle again in unforeseen circumstances. Meanwhile, teenage Lily meets Atlas Corrigan who is living in an abandoned house behind hers. The story goes back and forth between present-day Lily and teenage Lily, who’s life we learn about through journal entries written as letters to Ellen Degeneres. 

Okay first, WTF kind of name is Ryle. Once I got past that his name was Ryle (not Kyle), I really loved this book. Colleen Hoover really pulled at the heartstrings with this one. I fell completely in love with Ryle from the very beginning. Throughout the novel I found myself playing the Team Ryle or Team Atlas game. It had the perfect amount of romance for me without being too cheesy or over the top.

The story itself was told really beautifully. There is a domestic violence theme in the book so I will give that trigger warning. You can just feel that this story means something to Hoover. Then I learned she wrote the novel from her own personal experience with her parents’ relationship growing up and was moved. For her to tell this story to her readers in such an impactful way was really special. 

To sum it up, I’m not a big romance reader plus this was my first Colleen Hoover book, but I loved it. In fact, it inspired me to read some more (light-hearted) romance novels. For how much I love Hallmark movies, I actually can’t believe I haven’t read more romance. This is besides the point. I highly recommend picking up It Ends With Us if you haven’t already. Plus I just learned Justin Baldoni is turning it into a movie! How exciting!

You can find It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover on Amazon.


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Book Review | Final Girls by Riley Sager

★★★★★

“Final Girl is film-geek speak for the last woman standing at the end of a horror movie.” 

Riley Sager, Final Girls

Final Girls is a psychological thriller about 3 girls who were the ones left alive after a mass murder. Quincy, the main character in the story survived the Pine Cottage killings. After Lisa, the first final girl, is found dead in her apartment, Quincy can feel in her gut that there’s something not quite right. Then Sam, the second final girl, shows up at Quincy’s apartment and creates chaos. 

Rily Sager did such an amazing job with this one. There were so many twists and turns, I kept thinking I was on the right track to solving everything and then he’d throw a wrench in everything. I should’ve known though, the foreshadowing in the book is incredible. At one point in the story, we learn that Quincy won’t say the Pine Cottage murderer’s name since it all happened. Then, in the next retelling of Pine Cottage, we learn his name. Somehow, even though all that foreshadowing is there, Sager still managed to baffle me.

The story goes back and forth telling Quincy’s present-day story and exposing what happened that night at Pine Cottage. I loved the way Sager would narrate something about Quincy’s life now and then go right into something related that happened at Pine Cottage.

I read this book as a buddy read and we were supposed to read up to chapter 30, well I couldn’t put it down. The story was so engrossing, giving me something new to hook onto after each and every chapter. If you like psychological thrillers, I highly recommend picking this one up. It has a different premise than any other thriller I’ve read. And it was a really great read! 

You can find Final Girls by Riley Sager on Amazon.


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Book Review | The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

★★★★★

“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

What took me so long to read The Hate U Give? Now that I’ve read it, I have no idea! Starr lives with her mother, father, and two brothers in Garden Heights. A neighborhood full of violence, gangs, and now, police brutality. Starr has witnessed this violence first hand her whole life and is ready to speak up against it.

First, I have to commend the person who narrated the audiobook, Bahni Turpin was fantastic. I loved the voice of this book. It’s written from Starr’s perspective and it has its typical teenage girl moments. I love all of the pop culture and music references that are thrown in. I often found myself humming the theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. If you’ve read the book, you know why.

The relationship between Starr and her father Maverick may be one of my all-time favorites. You can just feel the love they have for one another. And when Starr does something Maverick knows she shouldn’t be doing but wants to commend her for it, you can just feel it in the narrative. In reality, all the relationships in this book are ones you can relate to on a personal level. Consider the relationship between Hailey, Maya, and Starr. Hailey is that friend we’ve all had who somehow manages to get you to do whatever she wants. Hailey and Maya conquering this as teenagers is something we all had to go through.

This book made me laugh and definitely made me cry. There wasn’t one moment I wasn’t completely hooked into. Thomas did a great job of taking really tough topics and making them digestible for both young readers and adults. This one is a must-read for anyone. I still can’t believe it took me this long to read it. It was brilliant.

You can find The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas on Amazon.

“People say misery loves company, but I think it’s like that with anger too.”

Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

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