My September 2021 Reading Wrap-Up

Despite another busy and speedy month, September was great for reading this year. I finished ten books, three of which I’d started in August. You may notice that I was on a bit of a romance kick. Nine of the ten books I read can be labeled as romances, though they did range in types.

Among historical romances, I adored To Love and to Loathe by Martha Waters, Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore, and The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Then there were some excellent contemporary romances: Sweethand by N. G. Peltier, The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes by Xio Axelrod, The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood, A Lot Like Adiós by Alexis Daria, and The Sweetest Remedy by Jane Igharo. Bolu Babalola’s short story collection, Love in Color, includes love stories set in both the past and the present.

Latinx Heritage Month began on September 15th and will extend to October 15th. As such, I made sure to read some books by Latinx authors this month: A Lot Like Adiós and The Beautiful Ones. I’ll be reading more Latinx books in early October, too.

My September books also took me to locations around the world: Trinidad, Scotland, Nigeria, Mauritius, and the numerous settings in Love in Color, for example. The Beautiful Ones even offered a made-up world, not too unlike Western Europe circa 1900.

All of the books were inspiring and ultimately uplifting. I’d enthusiastically recommend them all! Check out my full reviews of each book by clicking below:

All My August Book Reviews:

Martha Waters - To Love and to Loathe

To Love and to Loathe

In the past two years, I’ve slowly been dipping my toes into historical romances, and now more than ever, I’m finding that I really like them! Up to now, I had only read four (two by Evie Dunmore and two… Continue Reading →

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N. G. Peltier - Sweethand


Earlier this year, Sweethand by N. G. Peltier was one of my most anticipated books of March. Admittedly, it might be that adorable cover that caught my attention – cake?! headphones for music?! a cat?!? – but the summary confirmed… Continue Reading →

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Xio Axelrod - The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes

The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes

One of my most anticipated releases of May this year was The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes by Xio Axelrod. I was pleasantly surprised when it was featured as one of Book of the Month‘s add-on picks in May,… Continue Reading →

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Evie Dunmore - Portrait of a Scotsman

Portrait of a Scotsman

After loving Evie Dunmore‘s first two books – Bringing Down the Duke and A Rogue of One’s Own, both part of the League of Extraordinary Women series – I’ve spent the past year excitedly waiting for book #3. Finally the release date arrived, and… Continue Reading →

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Ali Hazelwood - The Love Hypothesis

The Love Hypothesis

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood has been on my radar for most of this year, and it was one of the books I was most looking forward to this month. Then I found out that it was one of… Continue Reading →

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Vinod Busjeet - Silent Winds, Dry Seas

Silent Winds, Dry Seas

Thanks to a local independent book store, Silent Winds, Dry Seas – the debut novel by Vinod Busjeet – was on my radar among books being published in August. Once it was out, I decided that the audiobook version might… Continue Reading →

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Alexis Daria - A Lot Like Adiós

A Lot Like Adiós

It was a full year ago when I read You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria, and I ended up really loving it. The first in her Primas of Power series, I was excited to read the second installment. Now… Continue Reading →

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Silvia Moreno-Garcia - The Beautiful Ones

The Beautiful Ones

I first discovered Silvia Moreno-Garcia through her novel Gods of Jade and Shadow two years ago when it was a Book of the Month selection. I loved it, and last year, I loved Mexican Gothic just as much. This year,… Continue Reading →

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Jane Igharo - The Sweetest Remedy

The Sweetest Remedy

Earlier this year, I loved Ties That Tether, the debut novel by Jane Igharo. Since then, I’ve been counting down the days to when her second book, The Sweetest Remedy, would be available. Luckily for us all, it was included in Book… Continue Reading →

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below!

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