Books of September 22

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Eleven books this month. A bit slower for me. I only read two paperbacks, the rest were audiobooks. But I’ve been extra busy so I haven’t had the time. I’m hoping to make more time this month for physical reading.

Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
Wow. So many emotions with this book. I already loved these characters from the movie and Practical Magic, but wow, do I love them even more.
The super rich back story and well-developed growth of Jet and Franny *chefs kiss* loved it.
I need to read it again and read the other prequel story asap.

Knife by Jo Nesbo
I don’t have much I can say about this series anymore without spoilers, but my mind is still reeling from the whiplash in this one.
I am at a loss at these events, and I’m upset at the cliffhanger.
Loved it, as always.

Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman
These prequels have been the highlight of my reading lately. I love the backstory of the Owens family.
The way these books have been connected is absolute genius and I can’t get enough. I will shout the praises from the rooftops for years to come.

Big Magic Elizabeth Gilbert
A quick book about creativity and finding inspiration. There wasn’t anything mind-blowing here, but the way she tells her story inspires me to embrace my process and stop trying to fit into someone else’s box. It was a pleasant change of pace from other books that try to force you into a way that doesn’t work for everyone.

Spellbinding Sentences by Barbara Baig
I loved 90% of this one. Plenty of examples and exercises to expand on the way I create sentences.
But the last 10% made my brain hurt. Haha. The technical sentence formatting put me back in middle school English class and I’m afraid that’s the part I’m always going o struggle with. But that’s what the pros are for.

A Fair Maiden by Joyce Carol Oates
This was a very well-written book with beautiful descriptions and creepy vibes. But overall, the story made me feel icky. Which may well have been the point.
Every character was unlikeable, so I couldn’t root for any of them to succeed. I felt sorry for Katya, for sure. But she didn’t make things easier on herself by interacting with a disturbing old man or calling in her strange cousin for help.
The ending left me with more questions than answers. But the book was pretty great for what it was trying to be.

Things you Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
As far as romances go, I like this one enough. Cassie is a great main character and I like how she slowly gets over her problems throughout the book.
A few things were pretty cheesy, but that’s romance. There were plenty of genuine moments with laughter and sadness to make this book heart wrenching. I’ll be checking gout more of this author.

The Bone Houses Emily Lloyd-Jones
I enjoyed this book so much. A fantastic adventure and a magical revelation. A lot of darkness, but plenty of light and love too.
My favorite character had to be the goat. Loved it following along and helping through their quest.
I need more books from this author.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
A wonderful and heart-wrenching story. Even knowing how it had to end, you can’t help but hope they find a way around it.
So emotional and lovely. The friendship and the love. I wanted to give them all a hug.
And such an interesting concept – knowing the day you’ll die. I don’t know if I’d like it better that way, but it sure is something to think about.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Goldem
A beautiful look into a world I’m unfamiliar with. The character depth and relationships were very well rounded, and I enjoyed seeing where their paths took them.
The ending felt a little rushed to wrap everything up, but I still liked the book and was pleased with the experience.

The Last Draft by Sandra Scofield
This will prove to be a priceless asset to my library of craft books. I tabbed and highlighted so much of it and I’m sure I’ll reread it several times. I’ve already used it alongside my current editing project.
This book had so many great tips and exercises, I will cherish it on my writing journey for years to come.


I had one book I didn’t get to finish before my library loan expired and I had to get back on the holds list 馃檨 I was hoping I’d get to finish it before the month was over, I’m next in line though so I’m amped to get to read the last few chapters soon.
What did you read this month? Are you on track to finishing your reading goals for the year? I’ve had to adjust my goal twice now for setting it too low. I’m aiming for 150 now and I’m at 118. Fingers crossed, nothing stops me from getting there.

Thank you so much for reading!

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