September 2016 Wrap Up

This month has been a good month of reading overall. I definitely didn't read as much as I did last month. That was to be expected though. School officially started and my free time went out the window. I know that I won't be able to finish a book by the end of the week. I guess I have to get used to this life with not a lot of free time. I need to find that little time to read. If I don't have time to read then I will get really cranky. I need books. If anyone has any tips on how to read more it would be greatly appreciated.

1. Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood #3) Ann Brashares 5/5

“When you feel someone else's pain and joy as powerfully as if it were your own, then you know you really loved them.”

The Pants first came to us at the perfect moment. That is, when we were splitting up for the first time. It was two summers ago when they first worked their magic, and last summer when they shook up our lives once again. You see, we don't wear the Pants year-round. We let them rest so they are extra powerful when summer comes. (There was the time this spring when Carmen wore them to her mom's wedding, but that was a special case.)
Now we're facing our last summer together. In September we go to college. And it's not like one of those TV shows where all of us magically turn up at the same college. We're going to four different colleges in four different cities (but all within four hours of one another--that was our one rule). We're headed off to start our real lives.
Tomorrow night at Gilda's we'll launch the Pants on their third summer voyage. Tomorrow begins the time of our lives. It's when we'll need our Pants the most.

Once again I am in love with Ann Brashares. I had high expectations for this book because DL was telling me how good it is. It was a good book it wasn’t my favorite though. I loved the second one the most. We’ll see what happens when I read the next two.

2. Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) Deobrah Harkness 3.5/5

“You have found a woman who is worthy of you, with courage and hope to spare, Matthaios.’ ‘I know,’ Matthew said, taking my hand. ‘Know this, too: you are equally worthy of her. Stop regretting your life. Start living it.”

Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened.

Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590. But they soon realize that the past may not provide a haven. Reclaiming his former identity as poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of Night. Many are unruly daemons, the creative minds of the age, including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot.

Together Matthew and Diana scour Tudor London for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782, and search for the witch who will teach Diana how to control her remarkable powers…

I can’t talk much about this book. Because of obvious reasons. All I can say about this book was slow. I knew that going into it. It’s fantasy and history in one book. What was I expecting. What I did love about this book was the character and relationship development. It was exciting and sweet. I wish that I could give more details but I don’t want to spoil anything.

3. The Hating Game, Sally Thorne 5/5

“I’m probably not good at a lot of things, but I will try to be.”

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

This book was beyond adorable. I bought this book on impulse for the Rachel Hollis Book Club. I’m not joking. She said that was the book and I immediately bought it. I am so glad that I did. This book takes Rom-com to a whole new level. It was so adorable. I could not put the book down. It was like I was watching a really great movie. The main character was adorable and relatable. I am so glad that I picked this book up.

When authors respond to your tweets. I will never get over how awesome this is.

4. Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers 5/5 *favorite*

“Though fallen low God raised her up an angel.”

My neighbor gave me this book a few years ago. For one reason or another I didn’t pick it up. Then I didn’t know what to read next. I looked at the cover of this book a shook my head. It is a cheesy cover. Don’t judge the book by it’s cover. I picked it up though and I am so glad that I did.
I don’t even have words. I truly am in awe of the book that I just read. I can’t even really organize my thoughts. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I loved this book. If you are doubting whether or not God truly loves you read this book. The relationship between Michael and Sarah is the epitome of what a relationship should be. In every single way. If you are going to marry someone find someone like Michael Hosea. I have never read a character that is so much like Christ. To read a romance novel with Christ at the center was so refreshing. Francine Rivers delved into the scriptures and put it in this book. I cried multiple times and my heart was filled to the brim. Every emotion was felt deeply. I was sobbing by the end of it and my entire body was shaking. 

If you have a heart you will like this book.



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