Not only did Harvey delay my August Book Review (read it here), he decided to bring floods to Houston and keep me at the Hospital on our ride out team for almost a week! Not only did I miss my family terribly and worry about my home, but I did not get to read as much as I would have liked. But, I rallied at the end of the month with some really great books. I hope you enjoy my September book review.
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Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup
Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul
I have had this book for quite some time, but fall always makes me want to start fresh, so I pulled this out to work on purging the house. Then I started blogging and one very late night I realized that this Ruth is THE Ruth. As in blogging queen and the expert on everything blogging. What can’t Ruth do? If I could be a 10th as successful as Ruth, I would be a very happy mom blogger. This book has it all. It offers quick and easy organization and declutter challenges as well as a full weekend plan to declutter and organize the entire house. I really enjoyed this book as decluttering makes me so happy. Although, I did not take the full throttle weekend challenge, I did put into place some of her other suggestions, especially related to electronics. I can definitely see a difference in my inbox and how I respond!
Behind Closed Doors: A Novel
I love a good thriller. There is something so chilling about thrillers that you want to hide out under the covers and keep reading into the early morning hours. Behind Closed Doors was did not disappoint. I read it in one sitting waaaay into the early hours of the morning. Fun fact, Nugget doesn’t understand that mommy read too late and that she should sleep in. It was a rough morning after reading this. This suspense book involves newlyweds Jack and Grace. From the outside their life is perfect. Perfect looks, perfect house, and perfect marriage. But, if you look a little closer something is ever so slightly off. The story follows Grace and Jack in their first twisted year of marriage.
This really was a great read, but after reading the reviews I was really excited to start this novel. I’m glad it ended the way it did but when I shut the book, I was not haunted and my skin did not crawl to quote some of the reviews. Am I a weirdo that isn’t creeped out by books? Probably. All in all, read it. It’s worth it but it was not my favorite.
If you Only Knew – Kristan Higgins
If You Only Knew: A Women’s Fiction Novel (Hqn)
This one friends was good. I would have read this in one sitting but I was being a better adult that mentioned before. If you Only Knew follows Jenny Tate a wedding dress designer and her sister Rachel as they navigate a divorce, marriage, dating and cheating. I really enjoyed the characters and their complexities. You begin to understand that everything is not always black and white in relationships and it is so easy to say one thing until it actually happens to you. Higgins tells the story beautifully and I could feel my brain willing myself to read faster. It is the perfect combination of loss, love, and laughter. Not too deep but I would not classify it as an easy beach read either. Get this one. Read it. You will not be disappointed.
China Rich Girlfriends – Kevin Kwan
China Rich Girlfriend
OOOOOH. I had fun with this one. This is the second book in a trilogy and I believe this one was my favorite of the three! China Rich Girlfriends picks up where Crazy Rich Asians left off. (Read my review of Crazy Rich Asians here) This time, however, it was much easier to get into because you know and love the characters. The story picks up with Rachel and Nick engaged with their wedding drawing near. Nick has not talked to his crazy, meddling, loaded family in several years including his Grandmother. As the wedding approaches, Rachel is still sad that she has not found her biological dad. Because Nick’s family has connections beyond, in an effort to meddle her way into their lives, Nick’s mother Eleanor has found Rachel’s father and is flying them to China to meet him. The rest of the story unfolds with all the glitz, money, and drama as Crazy Rich Asians. Girlfriends was funny, outrageous and yet still wove a love story and the power of family into the plot. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was ready to read the third installment.
Rich People Problems – Kevin Kwan
Rich People Problems: A Novel
The third and final piece of the Young story. I very much liked this one, but it felt as if Kwan was tying up all the loose ends so the reader would be able to close the book on every story line. That is not my favorite ending. I always like to be left with a little bit unknown. Something to keep me thinking about the book. However, it was still engaging, smart and funny. This third book revolves around Nick’s Grandmother and her failing health which in turn means a full on family battle for her immense wealth when she dies. Nick has not spoken to his Grandmother in many years after she denounced his relationship with now wife Rachel and rushes to be with her in her final days. As the family all descends to wish their Ah Ma goodbye and make one last case to be written into the will, drama and chaos ensue.
Kwan writes in a way that makes the reader feel as if they are sitting with the family and watching the turmoil unveil. You become sucked into the drama and find yourself hating one family member and rooting for others. This was an excellent trilogy and an author I cannot wait to continue reading.
I read some really great reads this month! I hope that you enjoy them too. What about y’all? Do you have any recommendations for October? I would love to hear from you!