What I’m Reading: September

September is always the busiest month of the year for me – I’m not sure why it always surprises me! This year I’m traveling to the East Coast for a slew of family events and then continuing on to Portugal for a week of work/play! (ALL PORTUGAL SUGGESTIONS WELCOME – I’LL BE IN LISBON!) After that I’ll be home but cramming for an engineering licensing exam while also trying to celebrate my birthday. Oof!

In terms of books, I have so many books I want to read, and after sticking to a strict TBR in August I want to give myself some wiggle room. So here are my top 3 for this month!

The Witch Elm by Tana French
Pub Date: October 9, 2018
Publisher: Viking Books
IT’S FINALLY HERE! I’ve been waiting years to read a new book by Tana French and I cannot wait to read this book!

Goodreads Desciption: Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who’s dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life – he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family’s ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden – and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin 
Pub Date: February 13, 2018
Publisher: Berkeley Pub
This book was actually gifted to me by the author, who’s been following me on instagram for a while now! I was so honored to have her reach out and the cherry on top was that this book has totally been on my radar since its pub date back in February! (I said I would read this last month but didn’t have time. It’d definitely a priority for me this month!)

Goodreads Description: Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have been best friends since their early twenties, when they first began navigating serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school. Now they’re happily married wives and mothers with successful careers–Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina are chaotic but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years. 

As chief resident, Nick Xenokostas was the center of Zadie’s life–both professionally and personally–throughout a tragic chain of events in her third year of medical school that she has long since put behind her. Nick’s unexpected reappearance during a time of new professional crisis shocks both women into a deeper look at the difficult choices they made at the beginning of their careers. As it becomes evident that Emma must have known more than she revealed about circumstances that nearly derailed both their lives, Zadie starts to question everything she thought she knew about her closest friend.

Autumn by Ali Smith
Pub Date: February 7, 2017
The Challenge this month for #theunreadshelfproject2018 is to read a FALL book – think blankets, hot apple cider, leaves falling, sweater weather…. I could go on. And since there’s never been a more “fall” book than one titled Autumn, I’ve decided to read this one! I picked this one up at a used book store last month and I’m excited to get to read it so soon! (Fall doesn’t really hit San Diego until ~ November so I was giving myself some time 🙂 )

Goodreads Description: Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Two old friends–Daniel, a centenarian, and Elisabeth, born in 1984–look to both the future and the past as the United Kingdom stands divided by a historic, once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand-in-hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever.

A luminous meditation on the meaning of richness and harvest and worth, Autumn is the first installment of Ali Smith’s Seasonal quartet, and it casts an eye over our own time: Who are we? What are we made of? Shakespearean jeu d’esprit, Keatsian melancholy, the sheer bright energy of 1960s pop art. Wide-ranging in time-scale and light-footed through histories, Autumn is an unforgettable story about aging and time and love–and stories themselves.

What are you planning to read this month?

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