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.

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.