September is over already? Somehow? Are we sure it’s not still March?? No.
We consume so many books in a month, that we don’t always get the chance to talk about all of our favorites. So, we’ve decide to set aside a monthly post specifically for talking about our favorite reads that would have otherwise flown under the radar.
September was a month of a lot of rereads, which was basically half of my book consumption. And unfortunately, the other half is made up of some subpar books, and a book I don’t feel comfortable discussing. On the upside, The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware, was the secret gem of the month. Initially, I picked it up to hold me over until my library loan of Ruth Ware’s new book, One by One, comes through but it really set the mood for my “spooky” Fall TBR that I wrote about last week! Since finishing it, I have started two other books that could be considered “spooky” or at least very atmospheric fantasies. (Usually a hard sell for my mood-reader self.) Anyways, The Death of Mrs. Westaway is mystery/thriller that follows a story centered around more than just shock and suspense. The entire time I was reading, my brain was racing the pages trying to figure it all out before it was revealed. I’m currently at 3 for 3 with not being able to guess Ruth Ware’s endings, which is a change of pace for me and this genre.
September was a great reading month for me compared to the mild slump of August. I lowkey only wanted to read romance novels and rereads, but whatever we are still in a pandemic, I need escapism. Which I found in the FIVE historical romances I read in a single month. Prior to this I thought I didn’t like them. Read about that whole experience here. My favorite book in September (not mentioned in that post even though it is a historical), was Brazen & the Beast by Sarah MacLean. This is the second book in the Bareknuckle Bastards series and I did not read book one first. Although, I ended up reading book three and want to read book one at some point. This book is not the *most* historical, but I loved Hattie and Whit so much. I don’t really have a lot to say about this except I loved the setting and Hattie and Whit’s banter. Their first meeting was iconic. It’s a bit steamy and some dumb stuff happens, but it was the perfect escape.
What have you been reading?
xoxo, Bree & Tree