I can feel a nip in the air. It is gone by the time the sun is high in the sky, but that walk to the bus in the morning has me thinking about the fall. And honestly, since fall is my favourite season, I am ready for it.
But before we can look forward to the changing leaves, the cozy sweaters, and the pumpkin spice lattes we have to look back at this month of books and reading.
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The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen has been one of my favourite authors throughout my entire life and she has always been a constant throughout my tween and teen years. I still quickly run to read everything she puts out and this one did not dissapoint. This was a great of end of summer read and was a fun, lighthearted read for those last warm days.
Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but it captured my mind and heart for the time I was reading it. This book follows two sisters from their childhood in the 1950’s to the 21st century. This book was an important look at the role of women and motherhood as America changes. The characters in this book were engaging and I loved following them throughout their lives and how things changed in their relationship and their lives.
Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham
This book is intimidating, I won’t lie, but is filled with so much information about an event that I know the basic facts about, but not what really happened and what led up to that night in April. The amount of characters can get overwhelming, but the author does a really good job of making it easy to understand and follow.
Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
Nothing like a little Christmas in August to take the heat off a little and this book was the perfect one. I love Jasmine Guillory’s romances and the fact that this one featured an older couple was great. If you are looking for a cute romance to pick this fall, this is one to get.
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
This book is definitely in the top 5 books that I have read this year. Creepy, mysterious, and thrilling this book took me to places that I never expected. This story exists in a world where women have power, power over men, but they are sent away in their 16th year, the Grace Year, so that they can tame these powers and come back either be dutiful wives, or labourers. Except not everyone comes home, and those that do are scarred both mentally and physically.
Breakout by Kate Messner
I don’t find myself reading middle grade very often, but when I do I often wish that I picked up more books in this age group. This book features budding journalists, a prison escape, but also a look at racial discrimination and the inequality of the prison system. I also loved the artwork and graphic imagery throughout the book and had such a great time in the world of this story.
The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger
I grew up in “gifted” programs so I can relate to some of the themes of this book, but this takes things way further than I could ever imagine. Families and friendships are tested when a new school just for gifted kids is opening up within the community. This book is filled with drama, but also with emotions and heart.