What I’ve been reading: September 2019


Woohoo, it’s fall! We’ve pulled out the fall jackets, there are pumpkins adorning the house, and it’s getting pretty cozy around here.


This month’s reading stood out in some interesting ways: 

  • Personal finance reading (because I love it)
  • Rediscovering why some books get on my nerves (Malcolm Gladwell, I’m looking at you; and WWII historical fiction, I think we need a break)
  • A fantastic debut novel that I didn’t want to put down (The Most Fun We Ever Had is one of the best books I’ve read this year)


Here’s what my September reading life looked like…

The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

3 words: creative, riveting, classic

Give this book a whirl if you like… old-fashioned mysteries with a modern twist, first-person narratives from the Watson perspective, British mysteries, outsider’s perspective on crime-solving, layered stories, author as a characters in a novel

Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way by Tanja Hester

3 words: inspiring, practical, honest

Give this book a whirl if you like… Your Money or Your Life, planning for the freedom of financial independence, a roadmap to having the option to work less or retire early

Keeping House: Creating Spaces for Sanctuary and Celebration by Emma Bloomfield

3 words: pretty, browseable, useful

Give this book a whirl if you like… decorating books you can dip into, helpful tips for making a home more comfortable

The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You by Robert L. Leahy

3 words: practical, encouraging, thoughtful

Give this book a whirl if you like… learning how to manage anxiety, practical steps to reduce worry

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

3 words: absorbing, suspenseful, twisty

Give this book a whirl if you like… WWII espionage, women spies, researching a mystery from the past, betrayal 

(Confession: I read it primarily because I absolutely love the cover art)

This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live by Melody Warnick

3 words: personal, informative, domestic

Give this book a whirl if you like… practical tips for loving where you live, memoir/self-improvement books, author as a participant in the book’s activities

Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel by Margaret Atwood and Renee Nauth

3 words: stark, dystopian, disturbing

Give this book a whirl if you like… dystopian novels, feminist fiction, graphic novel versions of novels

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell

3 words: engaging, provocative, smooth

Give this book a whirl if you like… curious anecdotes, societal commentary, bite-sized pieces of information, readable writing

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

3 words: absorbing, character-focused, warm

Give this book a whirl if you like… big-hearted stories of family dysfunction, Chicagoland novels, sisterhood, parenting, stories of long and happy marriages


Anyone else read — or want to read — any of these? What were your favorites of September?

2 thoughts on “What I’ve been reading: September 2019

  1. Chris-er

    I want to read The Most Fun We Ever Had. It sounds like a book I would enjoy. I love books that are set in places I am familiar with. I am currently reading The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens which mainly takes place in Minneapolis. So fun to recognize freeways, neighborhoods etc. when reading!

    • Chris-er! Hello there! The Life We Bury sounds pretty darn riveting. And it’s always more fun when you know the area the author describes. If you read The Most Fun, we gotta talk… (can’t wait!)

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