Time for our September booktube wrap-up!
Lots of good books, as usual. Though there are plenty of thrillers here (I’ve been on a suspense/thriller kick lately), I took a turn to some more contemplative books, as well. It was a rewarding exercise in slowing down, settling into the characters’ lives, and enjoying the surroundings.
Here’s a wrap-up of the books I read during the month. Click each title to read my full reviews.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Successful and well-to-do Stella has autism and wants to enter the dating world. Enter her male prostitute guide. Do they develop real feelings? Anyone who’s seen Pretty Woman knows the answer to that.
The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Aiden jumps into different bodies, Quantum Leap-style and repeats the day over and over, Groundhog Day-style, to solve the mystery of who killed Evelyn Hardcastle. The real tragedy is the crappy estate party he must repeatedly endure.
How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
Perky Margaret has everything lined up nicely for the life ahead of her: well-paying job and dreamy fiance. When a plane accident leaves her paralyzed, she must quickly reassess her future. Perhaps a cranky, hunky physical therapist can help.
The Ensemble by Aja Gabel
Four people in a string quartet grow from dysfunctional, ill-adjusted young adults into somewhat functional, slightly better-adjusted adults over the course of twenty years. Along the way, they play their sweet, sweet strings.
Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
After a love-soaked week, lovers separate with promises to keep in touch. But then he ghosts her, becoming completely untraceable. All signs point to him just not being that into her. And still, she persists.
The Family Tabor by Cherise Wolas
A family gets together for the holidays. That’s pretty much the whole story. But within their seemingly still lives are seething inner turmoils that threaten to break them apart. Think of it as a series of internal soap-operas, but more intelligent.
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
The Last Time I Lied? Neverrrrr! (disclaimer: the last time I lied was one sentence ago). Emma returns to a doomed summer camp as an adult, hoping for a better outcome then when she was a kid and her cabin-mates went missing.
Our House by Louise Candlish
It’s your classical love story. Man meets woman. Man marries woman. Man sells their family home out from under her without her knowledge. Much of the story dwells on an argument about speeding tickets, but it eventually gets there.
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