I actually can’t believe it’s time for another monthly book roundup. While I’m sharing what I read in September, I’d love it if you left a comment with some of your favorite book you’ve read this summer. I’m trying to up my ante with books now that we’re heading into chillier weather. I want a LONG LIST of books to go into fall and winter with…. I recently purchased Sweetbitter, Delicious!, and The Secret History.
THE UNRAVELING OF CASSIDY HOLMES: 4/5 Stars
This book was touted as the next Daisy Jones and the Six…. and it falls quite short of that. It is about a band, think the Spice Girls if they were formed like One Direction. I did find the book enjoyable; it just lacked depth. I wanted more and kept hoping for it to dive deeper into the characters. The book goes through the trials, tribulations, and pressure of fame. A great “beach read.”
BIG SUMMER: 2.5/5 Stars
I hated this book tbh. The premise sounded amazing! It’s about a plus-size influencer navigating a complicated friendship with her ex-best friend. It just didn’t do it for me and I talked to a few of my friends who read it thinking I had missed the appeal but everyone agreed: it was flat. I was expecting a fun summer read and then at one point in the book it turns into a Nancy Drew murder mystery and I was like, “What am I reading?”
MONOGAMY: 3.5 Stars
So…. I’m not sure I’d recommend reading this book right after getting married 😆 It reads a lot like an Ann Patchett novel– a slow burn with careful storytelling, but I couldn’t quite get into it. The book is about love, relationships between partners and family members, friendship, grief, and even age. While I enjoyed the book because the writing was beautiful, I didn’t find the plot memorable at all.
GROWN: 4.5 Stars
Grown was a fantastic read!!! Highly recommend. In fact, I think high schools should make it required reading. While the content is pretty dark– it’s such an important topic. The main character, a high schooler named Enchanted becomes the protege of a well-known R&B artist in his late twenties. It captures how easily and quickly an adult with fame, power, and money can groom a young teen and her family. (Yes, there are striking comparisons to R Kelly in this… but it’s very much it’s own fictional novel.) I couldn’t stop reading though it made me sick to my stomach at times.
UNTAMED: 5/5 Stars
WHY DID I PUT OFF READING THIS FOR SO LONG? This may be my favorite non-fiction read of the year so far. I had heard pretty incredible things about Glennon Doyle’s latest book and it did not disappoint. WOW. I don’t even have enough words to describe how much it resonated with me… It’s a memoir, with each chapter holding its own anecdote that ties into a life-lesson. I couldn’t stop reading it and I couldn’t stop talking about it. It covers a broad spectrum of topics: advocacy, parenting, body-confidence, addiction, love, friendships, family. I had so many aha moments while reading– I feel like I had some genuine life-altering realizations.