September 2022 #ReadingWrapUp

September 2022 Reading Wrap Up

On this last day of September, are you reminiscing about your reading month?

September 2022 Reading Wrap Up (collage of covers)

I read various genres in September and it was a pleasant and productive reading month! Out of the 10 books completed, I had two 5-star reads, six 4-star reads, and two 3-star reads.

My most memorable reads this month were one fiction and one nonfiction: The Winter Orphans, page-turning and heartfelt hisfic; and An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth (review coming soon).

Did we read any of the same books?

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The Winter Orphans by Kristin Beck (ARC)

5 Stars. (ARC) Historical Fiction. Compelling, heartfelt, and page-turning. My review of Winter Orphans here.

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

5 Stars. Fascinating Nonfiction. The audio is wonderfully narrated by the author. Review coming soon.

When We Had Wings by Ariel Lawhon, Kristina McMorris, and Susan Meissner (ARC)

4 Stars. (ARC) Tense WW11 Historical Fiction (by a dynamic trio of authors). Review coming 10/18/2022.

A Brilliant Night of Salt and Stars by Rebecca Connelly

4 Stars. Historical Fiction. A Titanic story told in part from the Carpathia’s POV. Riveting. Review coming soon.

Christmas at the Borrow a Bookshop by Kily Dunbar

4 Stars. Contemporary Women’s Fiction. Review coming soon.

Once Upon a December by Amy E. Reichert (ARC)

 4 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary Women’s Fiction (with a side of magical realism). Closed Door Romance. Review coming 10/5/2022.

Lucy By the Sea by Elizabeth Strout (ARC)

4 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary Literary Fiction. Character-driven. Melancholy. Review of Lucy by the Sea here.

Godmersham Park by Gill Hornby (ARC)

4 Stars. (ARC) Historical Fiction. Character-driven. Review coming 10/25/2022.

Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout

3 Stars. Contemporary Fiction. Character-driven. Melancholy. Not reviewed.

A Song of Comfortable Chairs by Alexander McCall Smith (ARC)

3 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary character-driven literary fiction. Review coming soon.

September 2022 Reading Wrap Up QOTD:

What was your favorite September read?
Did we read any of the same books?
Which of these books is on your TBR?

September Blog Posts:

The Choice: Embrace the Possible Review
Top 5 Things I Would Never Tell a Bookworm
A Brighter Flame Review
Block Editor Update
The Thursday Murder Club Review
Lucy by the Sea Review
Top 5 Reasons to be With a Bookworm
Fall 2022 TBR
The Matchmaker’s Gift Review
Book Blogger Memory Challenge
The Winter Orphans Review
Top 5 Bookworm Problems
An Autumn Kiss Review
The Girl From Guernica Review
The Wedding Veil Review
Top 5 Ways to Catch a Bookworm
The Lost Ticket Review
The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett

Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
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~Denise J Hughes

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~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text

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  1. What a great reading month you had Carol! I’m dreaming of the day that I can share my books for the month. I know I could do it now, but some months I start many books, but only finish a few. lol

  2. Hi Carol — just got The Girl from Guernica from the library — on your recommendation! And perfect descriptor for Elizabeth Strout books — Melancholy!! I haven’t read Lucy By the Sea yet, but looking forward to it. Spent 4 days in Big Bear last week and read with a big bowl of pop corn every day on the back deck! heaven. Hope you are getting blissful reading days too!!

    • Buckle your seatbelt for Girl From Guernica! I’m not a huge fan of Strout’s but I liked Lucy by the Sea better than the others I’ve read. I just started The Winners tonight! Reading in Big Bear sounds lovely! Happy October reading! Thanks for commenting!

  3. I’m looking forward to your review of An Astronaut’s guide to life on earth as I’m always looking out for new non-fiction to read.

    • I’ll probably review it for nonfiction November! I thoroughly enjoyed it! (Audio is narrated by author!) totally TBR worthy!

  4. Hi, Carol –
    Looks like you had a great reading month in September! I haven’t read any of these books specifically, but I think we must have similar reading tastes – I also enjoy historical fiction and Elizabeth Strout. I need to read her most recent books about Lucy Barton, et. al. They sound great!

    I found your blog on Twitter. I wanted to let you know that I’ve chosen your blog as my Blog of the Month for my October newsletter, going out this weekend! I can’t wait to share your lovely blog with my readers and to see your future posts!

    Book By Book

    • Thank you soooo much Sue! I’m thrilled we’ve connected and that we share reading tastes! I’m hopping over now to read your blog and subscribe!

  5. What a fantastic reading month you had, Carol. I can’t believe my library doesn’t have the audiobook of Chris Hadfield’s book. I have a few of these to read over the next week or so and am looking forward to them. I hope October is another wonderful reading month for you. I think my favourite read in September was either, The Girl From Guernica by Karen Robards, Snowed in for Christmas by Sarah Morgan or Girl Forgotten by Karin Slaughter. They were all 5 star reads for me.

    • Loved Girl From Guernica! Might be my fav of the year! I hope you can figure out a way to get an audio of the Hadfield book. He’s a Canadian so it’s too bad your library doesn’t have it! Maybe you can persuade them?

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