The Siberian American: Seven Books I Read in September

Monday, October 9, 2017

Seven Books I Read in September

Hey, friends! Last week was a bit on the rough side around here. Last Sunday night, Chris caught some sort of intestinal virus with a 104 fever, so I spent the week taking care of him while also trying to make sure the baby and I didn’t get it. Thankfully, he’s finally improving, and it looks like I missed it, so things are on the upswing! As for my reading, I managed to finish the month with seven books after spending the first 20 or so days reading the first book on this list. I’m currently at 78 books read for the year, about two ahead of schedule if I want to get to 100 books this year. Honestly, though, as I get closer to the birth of our baby boy, I’ve been caring less about volume and just enjoying the books I’ve gotten to read.


Roses of May by Dot Hutchinson
I was hoping for this sequel to be a continuation of The Butterfly Garden, and it really wasn't. Inara and Bliss did make several appearances, but they weren't the main characters. I did think the plot was interesting, just not quite as good as the first story. It took me quite a bit longer than usual to get into the book. I will be definitely be finishing the trilogy, though, when the last book comes out!


Until I Met Her by Natalie Barelli
(c/o NetGalley)
Most of this book felt more like a drama than a thriller to me, but it was still good. I didn't really like Emma or Beatrice (or any of the minor characters), which would normally ruin the book for me, but it actually made for an interesting read. My only complaint is I didn't know there would be a sequel until I finished reading it (it still doesn't say it on GoodReads). I like to be prepared for that, so I don't wonder why all the loose ends aren't tied up. That said, even though I will read the sequel, I do think this book works as a stand-alone novel.


Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
(c/o NetGalley)
This book was a little hot and cold for me. There were several places where it felt like it dragged, but overall, it was an interesting read. I was hoping for a bit of a stronger ending, but I don't regret reading it.


Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict
(c/o NetGalley)
This was a quick, interesting historical fiction centered around Andrew Carnegie and his mother's maid. Although the maid is a fictional character, the book was still a good way to learn more about Andrew Carnegie.


The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
(c/o NetGalley)
I enjoyed this book of identical twins who have spent years not speaking to each other. It was a little slower than I expected at times, but it did pick up and turned out to be a good read at the end.


Next of Kin by James Tucker
(c/o NetGalley)
I was surprised by how much I liked this book! It was a fast-paced thriller that kept me guessing. You really feel for Ben, who loses his whole family in one night and is then hunted by the killer. This was a great first novel, and I am interested in reading more books in this new detective series!


When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
(c/o NetGalley)
This was a beautiful, powerful read of the aftermath of a car accident that left three high school cheerleaders from a small town dead. It rotates between four characters-one of the girls's moms, the mother of the son also involved in the accident, a cheerleader who should have been in the car, and a teacher. Though the story is heartbreaking, it also focuses on the craziness of the rumor mill in a small town. This is my second Marybeth Mayhew Whalen book, and I'll definitely be reading more!


Favorite reads in September: Carnegie's Maid, Next of Kin, and When We Were Worthy

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27 comments:

  1. I'm definitely adding When We Were Worthy and Next of Kin to my list! They both sound like great books. I just recently got Anatomy of a Scandal from Netgalley, so I'll make sure to remember that it's a little slow at times. I'm glad that Chris is on the mend and that you and the baby didn't catch what we had! It's the worst getting sick!

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  2. When we were Worthy sounds like a book I'd totally pick up.

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  3. So glad to hear Chris is feeling better and you managed not to get sick. I haven't really read very much the past few months but I have When We Were Worthy on my iPad, so reading your review makes me excited to pick it up at some point. Carnegie's Maid isn't something I'd typically go for, but something about it is drawing me in!

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  4. Ooooh I need to add Carnegie's Maid to my list! So sorry Chris was sick, but so glad you didn't catch it! Hope he continues to feel better <3

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  5. So sorry to hear about Chris but thankful you and the baby didn't get affected. Doesn't sound like a fun sickness to have. 78 books for the year is impressive and I'm intrigued with a couple on your list since I haven't read any of them. xo Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

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  6. Oh no! Poor Chris! That is absolutely awful! When We Were Worthy sounds really interesting! Adding it to my list. The Identicals is already on there!

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  7. So glad you and the baby didn't get sick! I really enjoyed Roses of May, actually a bit more than I liked Butterfly Garden, even though Garden is the better book. The Girl Power of Roses of May got me through a down time so I reread bits of it whenever I need the lift. :D You made me break my new rule to not request any new netgalley books since I just requested Next of Kin. I can't help myself. I'm a sucker for a good thriller!

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  8. I'm in the middle of When We Were Worthy right now. It's much better than I thought it would be and also better than the other book by this author that I read last year.

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  9. I definitely want to read some Marybeth Mayhew Whalen books someday - have heard nothing but good things! Sorry to hear Chris was so sick but happy to hear that you seem to have dodged it!!!

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  10. That's good you avoided getting sick. That's just the worst! I haven't heard of Next of Kin but I think I should go check it out. It seems like something I would enjoy.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  11. oh my gosh, poor Chris! hope he is better now and hope you and the baby are safe from it. i was so excited when i requested the roses of may but i've heard not great things so i keep putting it off. didn't know there would be a third. i've never read a book by Elin Hilderbrand but i have a bunch on my list. i'll add that one too. Next of Kin sounds terrifying, adding it. i think i requested When We Were Worthy from netgalley, or it is on my TBR. i really enjoyed her other book i read.

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  12. think I have some of these already in my TBR but I'll be adding some more. Next of Kin and When We were Worthy both sound good to me.

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  13. I felt the same about The Roses of May but will definitely finish out the trilogy.

    I'm going to check out When We Were Worthy.

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  14. Next of Kin sounds like my kind of read. Love a good suspense book. I also added When We Were Worthy to my to read list.

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  15. We were Worthy sounds really interesting!! I'm adding it to my list!

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  16. When We Were Worthy sounds so good! Adding it to my Goodreads list now!

    Glad you didn't get sick. Being sick while pregnant is miserable!

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  17. I'm interested in The Roses of May but if it were a continuation of the first one, I'd be more interested. I added Next of Kin to my list!

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  18. The two books I think I'm adding to my TBR from this round of SUYB are The Other Einstein and Carnegie's Maid, and then I find out they are by the same author! Haha, I guess I have predictable taste. :-)

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  19. Next of Kin seems like a book I'd enjoy

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  20. Ooh... When We Were Worthy has me most definitely intrigued.

    PS Glad you were able to fend off the virus!

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  21. I need to start reading more thrillers by male authors LOL! I felt the same way about the Identicals and I'm glad your husband is feeling better! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  22. Next of Kin sounds really interesting. I've heard great things about When We Were Worthy. Adding it to my Goodreads right now!

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  23. Glad you have been enjoying your reads, and glad that Chris is on the mend and you guys did not get his icky cold! :) Focusing on quality over quantity can be hard sometimes, but when you're in that mindset ... run with it! Enjoy it! :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  24. When We Were Worthy sounds super interesting. Since I'm from a small (football) town books like that always make my ears perk up. I'm definitely adding Carnegie's Maid to my TBR list! I can't wait to read that; it sounds great!

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  25. I am SO out of touch. How did I miss the announcement that you were having a baby boy?!?! Hearty congratulations to you and Chris. Sending you love from afar.
    Added When We Were Worthy

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  26. The Identicals is on my list (has been for a while). I haven't read any Hilerbrand books. Hopefully I get to it next month for my read your shelves challenge.

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