Books I Read September 2023

by - Tuesday, October 10, 2023

September was not the best month of reading. I started reading so many books that I didn't finish because they just weren't keeping my interest. The few books I did finish this month were a mixed bag. A couple were quite good, others were only so so. 

Sept 2023 books - 1

Five Stars

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBIKillers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book has been sitting on our bookshelf for years, and I finally got the nudge to pick it up and actually read it, and I'm so glad I did. I didn't know much about the Osage murders before reading this book, and Grann told the story in such a gripping way, it was almost hard to believe it was a nonfiction book. Highly recommend.

Four Stars

The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie PostThe Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post by Allison Pataki
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wish I could give half stars because I think this book lands as a 3.5 for me, but I'm rounding up here. I've been to Post's DC Hillwood estate and have really enjoyed the gorgeous grounds and her wild collection of fine art and jewelry, and I was excited to learn a little more about her through this book. While I overall enjoyed the story, I thought there were some parts that were a little slow, and I sort of hated that the book was broken into parts that were based around the men she was married to. In some ways I felt this reduced her a bit too much. But if you can get past that, reading about the fictionalization of the life she lived during the time she was alive was really interesting.

Three Stars

Our Missing HeartsOur Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was a bit hard to read, maybe because it's too close to being true with everything going on in this day and age, and I kind of struggled to get through it. Book bans and children being stolen from homes was maybe just a little darker than I was hoping for when I picked up this book.

Without a HitchWithout a Hitch by Mary Hollis Huddleston
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I thought I'd like this book more than I did because it seemed like it would hit the right notes for me, but I struggled a bit because I didn't love the main character. Lottie is a bit lost in life. She had big plans in college, but then got sidetracked by her relationship with her college boyfriend. When that relationship blows up just before graduation, Lottie isn't sure what to do with herself. She falls into a job at florist and eventually finds her way to a wedding planning firm. This was a mix of Lottie trying to find herself and a bit of a romance. The romance parts were sweet, the Lottie finding herself parts fell a bit flat for me.

The Guilt TripThe Guilt Trip by Sandie Jones
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this book on the heels of a few other suspense/thriller type books and kept wondering when the murder would happen. Turns out that wasn’t the plot of this book. Instead a group of friends heads to a destination wedding where a secret threatens all their relationships. This book was a bit slow, though toward the end I wanted to keep reading to see if I guessed the twist.

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