I knew that September was going to be a really tough month. Two conferences within 10 days and we were launching our first course through Businessese. It was everything I expected. I was frazzled and exhausted for most of the month.
I only got through 7 books this month, but I’m told audiobooks count equally, which brings the total to nine.
This is a whole separate discussion: when you tally the number of books you’ve read, do you include audiobooks? It feels like a totally different category to me, but others say no. Tell me what you think?
One more note before we start. As I’ve done these throughout the year, I realized something: I hate writing these posts. They aren’t full reviews and they get way too long, especially when I have a particularly busy book month. Since I already have this partially drafted, I’m finishing it and hitting publish. But, going forward, I’m going to change up the format. I’m going to try just spotlighting the books that I really love and recommend. If you want to follow along with everything I read, follow me on Goodreads.
Now, let’s move into the recaps.
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I’ve been a big fan of Beth Harbison for years. A friend sent me the Shoe Addicts books a few years ago and I’ve been hooked.
This book was good, but it was also darker than I expected from Harbison. I felt like the ending was really abrupt, but I still enjoyed watching the characters grow and come together.
Recommended if you like Harbison, but be prepared that it is a tough read at times.
I struggle with Neil Gaiman: he is one of the best writers out there, but fantasy is not one of my preferred genres. I decided, however, that I didn’t care and that I needed more of his writing in my life. Very simply: he puts the right words in the right places and the results are perfect.
This book is SO GOOD. It took me a while to get through it, but you should read it and love it. I think the series trailer looks outstanding.
There are a lot of business gurus, but it’s important to find the ones who resonate with you. I definitely have a few, and Racheal Cook is someone who speaks in a way that makes me listen. I was first introduced to her Fired Up and Focused challenge podcast and I binge listened to every episode over a week.
It’s also no secret that I’ve never met a personality quiz that I don’t want to take, and Racheal has a quiz to help you learn about your business sweet spot. (I’m a Mastermind.) This book dives deep into finding your business sweet spot and offers simple ways to build your business based on your personality and your business sweet spot.
I definitely recommend this one for anyone who is building their business or feels a little stuck as an entrepreneur.
Because I decided to do a Neil Gaiman binge after American Gods, Cat told me that this was the next one to read. OH MY STARS! I loved this book.
It’s about a boy raised by the ghosts in a graveyard after his family is murdered. The characters are delightful and the story is pretty much perfect. Definitely a good read. (Although this is a young adult novel, so keep that in mind.) 100% recommend.
More from my Gaiman binge and the sequel to American Gods. I liked it, although not as much as American Gods. Read it, but only after you’ve read American Gods. Also, work through any spider phobia issues before you start.
A month after reading it, I have very little memory of what this was about. I had to go back to Goodreads to remind myself. Somehow, that seems like a bad sign. That said, I did really like the book at the time. I apparently just didn’t retain anything about it.
Like most Hilderbrand books, you get complicated characters with a lot of intersecting stories. Oh, and Nantucket. In this book, the characters are brought together by the death of a famous chef. (Lots of ex-wives and kids and they all come together to the house in Nantucket that connects them.)
It’s a good read, but it didn’t stay with me. If you like Hilderbrand, you will like this. I recommend it.
I’ve written before that I am exhausted with the bored 40-something wife trope. This book had a little bit of that theme, but it was well done.
This is about a group of adult friends who used to be in a college band. Now they’re all grown up and they have kids of their own. I really enjoyed the relationships between the characters. The relationship between the younger characters was great and the middle age piece felt real, instead of like contrived drivel.
I got this from the library because Amazon recommended it. I definitely recommend it, but I don’t know if I would have paid full price. (And you know that’s my ultimate compliment for a book.)
And, we can’t forget the audiobooks.
I did the free 3o-day trial of Audible. (Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks along with a 30-day free trial.)
During my trip to Phoenix for the Blended Conference, I listed to Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Then, on my trip to San Diego for FinCon, I listened to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Of course, I read both of these for the first time over the summer and loved them deeply. The books are read by Jim Dale and he is a treasure.
As my first audiobooks, it was a nice change. It was especially nice when the first one carried over for carpool. I want to get on the waiting list for more from the library. I really like them, but they are a bit expensive when I can listen to podcasts for free. Yeah, I know. The struggle of wanting to read all of the time, but not having an adequate book budget.
That’s it for September and that’s it for this style of recap.