Happy October! It’s finally starting to feel a little bit like fall here in Nashville, and I am SO ready for sweaters season. I bought a few new pieces from Target over the weekend, and I can’t wait to wear them this season. September was a pretty good month of reading with four books under my belt. I absolutely loved one book and really didn’t enjoy another, so it was a pretty balanced month of reading. Let’s get into my September reading wrap up!
1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass is a story about a young assassin who must compete to become the King’s Champion to earn her freedom. After spending a year in Endovier, a slave camp, Celaena trains day in and day out with the Captain of the Guard, Chaol, while forming something more than friendship with the Prince, Dorian. This is the first in a series of eight books, and truthfully, this one was nothing extraordinary, but I’m hoping to see plot development and character growth in the books to come. I gave this book 3/5 stars.
2. Educated by Tara Westover
Tara Westover’s break out memoir was simply fantastic. It was a non-fiction read that I couldn’t put down. Tara writes about her life growing up in a very strict Mormon household and how she broke away from her family to pursue an education. The themes of family loyalty, ignorance, and education are topics every reader can relate to. I gave this book 5/5 stars. Read my full review of Educated here.
3. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
Unfortunately, this was not my favorite book. It claims to be a fictional retelling of the World’s Fair and the murders of H.H. Holmes, but it truly reads like a timeline of events. The occurrences are connected by a thin string, and it feels like two separate storylines rather than a cohesive book. I didn’t love the story because I really didn’t care that much about the World’s Fair, but I did appreciate how well researched the book was. I think if I had gone in with the proper mindset of reading a non-fiction book about the history of Chicago and the World’s Fair, I would have been much less disappointed. Honestly, I just wanted to read about murder. I gave this book 3/5 stars.
4. The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile
The Enneagram seems like the latest personality test craze, but I can honestly say I really enjoyed reading this book about it. Cron and Stabile breakdown the types completely and give a comprehensive look at what each type is like when they are in a healthy, average, a poor mindset. If you’re late to the game, the Enneagram is a personality test that gives everyone a number, 1 through 9. They have wings, act like other numbers when they are healthy and stressed, and have good and bad traits. For example, I am a 1 with a 9 wing. It means I have a huge inner critic and am a big perfectionist, but I’m a little softer than a straight 1. I act like an unhealthy 4 when I’m stressed (doubting myself) and a healthy 7 when I’m feeling safe (saying yes to more opportunities. If you love figuring people out and relating to them, this book is for you. I gave this book 5/5 stars.
What books did you read in September? Let me know in the comments below.