September has been such a long, busy and difficult month and I’ve read very little. I still managed to read 6 books throughout September which is more than I expected this month.
So, I am back with another what I’ve read this month post! I have some thoughts that I wanted to share on the books I read throughout September. Here is a bunch of mini reviews for the books I read in September!
When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed
Omar and his little brother, Hassan, arrived in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya, seven years ago. Their father was killed the day they left home, and they haven’t seen their mother since they joined their neighbors who were fleeing to Dadaab. Now Omar is eleven and Hassan is nine, and Omar has quit school to look after his brother, who has an intellectual disability.
When Omar is given the opportunity to return to school and carve out a future for himself and Hassan, he feels torn. He loves school and could have the opportunity to earn a coveted scholarship to a North American university–and with it a visa for himself and Hassan. But is it worth the risk and heartache of leaving his vulnerable brother for hours each day?
I’d never heard about this graphic novel until I randomly spotted it in a bookshop last month. I’m so glad I picked it up because this story is heart-breaking, raw and needs to be read by everyone. It shows the true story of Omar who spent his childhood in a refugee camp. This books needs more recognition because it is truly incredible.
How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie
I have killed several people (some brutally, others calmly) and yet I currently languish in jail for a murder I did not commit.
When I think about what I actually did, I feel somewhat sad that nobody will ever know about the complex operation that I undertook. Getting away with it is highly preferable, of course, but perhaps when I’m long gone, someone will open an old safe and find this confession. The public would reel. After all, almost nobody else in the world can possibly understand how someone, by the tender age of 28, can have calmly killed six members of her family. And then happily got on with the rest of her life, never to regret a thing.
When Grace Bernard discovers her absentee millionaire father has rejected her dying mother’s pleas for help, she vows revenge, and sets about to kill every member of his family. Readers have a front row seat as Grace picks off the family one by one – and the result is as and gruesome as it is entertaining in this wickedly dark romp about class, family, love… and murder.
But then Grace is imprisoned for a murder she didn’t commit.
I picked this one up a couple months back and carried it around with me as my ‘just-in-case’ book for a while. So, it felt fitting to finally read it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and its sarcastic and unreliable narrator. I would highly recommend this one if you are a fan of crime books with humour throughout. I wrote a full review of this one which you can find here.
Here is a little snapshot of 3 of the books that I’ve read this month along with the rating I gave them. I enjoyed them all and definitely recommend them!
- A Pho Love Story by Loan Le – ★★★
- Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth – ★★★★
- Love from A to Z by S.K Ali – ★★★★
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.
Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.
This is the first book that TikTok has persuaded me to push up to the top of my TBR and for good reason. I loved this book it is sweet and just a wonderful all-round romance book. If you haven’t read this one yet, I would highly recommend it!
Books read this month: 6
Pages read this month: 2,168
Books read this year: 84
Pages read this year: 29,364
There you have it, that is everything I read in September! What have you read in September and what are you looking forward to reading in October? Let me know in the comments!