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September 2020 Reads

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How many of my September reads have you read? Let me know in the comments which one you enjoyed the most! I’m slowly getting out of my reading slump, but I still didn’t get very many books finished this month. But I truly enjoyed what I read, and that’s all that matters!

Midnight Sun

Rating: 5 out of 5.

When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

Synopsis from GoodReads

I really don’t think Midnight Sun needs any introduction or opinion. You either loved it or hated it. I personally loved it and it proceeded to watch all of the movies after finishing this book!

You Should See Me In A Crown

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.

But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight, she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.

The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?

Synopsis from Goodreads

You Should See Me in A Crown was Reese’s YA pick for September, and I enjoyed the overall premise. It’s not the best YA book I’ve read, but it was fine.

The Last Story of Mina Lee

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A profoundly moving and unconventional mother-daughter saga, The Last Story of Mina Lee illustrates the devastating realities of being an immigrant in America.

Told through the intimate lens of a mother and daughter who have struggled all their lives to understand each other, The Last Story of Mina Lee is a powerful and exquisitely woven debut novel that explores identity, family, secrets, and what it truly means to belong. 

Synopsis from GoodReads

The Last Story of Mina Lee was Reese’s Book Club pick for September. I wrote a separate review so click here if you’d like to take a look! I highly recommend this book; I learned so much about Korean culture and cuisine!

The Secret Keeper

Rating: 5 out of 5.

During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.

Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

Synopsis from GoodReads

I’m completely obsessed with Kate Morton and her writing magic! The Secret Keeper is absolutely phenomenal and my favorite out of my September reads! I guarantee you won’t be able to guess the twists and turns in this book. The ending literally sent me reeling!

The Chaperone

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922 and the summer that would change them both.

Drawing on the rich history of the 1920s,’30s, and beyond—from the orphan trains to Prohibition, flappers,  and the onset of the Great Depression to the burgeoning movement for equal rights and new opportunities for women—Laura Moriarty’s The Chaperone illustrates how rapidly everything, from fashion and hemlines to values and attitudes, was changing at this time and what a vast difference it all made for Louise Brooks, Cora Carlisle, and others like them.

Synopsis from GoodReads

To be honest, I haven’t finished The Chaperone yet, but since I have one more day in September, I’m determined to finish it! So far I really like it, but it’s not one of the favorite historical fiction books I’ve ever read.


And that’s a wrap on my September reads! Thanks for reading! My Bookish Bingo hasn’t improved, but I still try every month!

BookishFirst bingo card for my September reads

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