Friday, September 30, 2016

Best Books of September

It's once again time to tell you about the best books I read this month. Here are my favorite September reads!




I have a lot in common with the first author I read this month. She wrote a series of chapter books for Aladdin and now she has a new middle grade book out for Aladdin M!x. I did both of those things, in reverse order. But even if we didn't share that in common, I'd be a fan of Allison Gutknecht's books. She's just pure awesomeness.



In The Bling Queen, a 12-year-old fashionista named Tess decides to enter a contest held by her favorite fashion blogger. Only her friend-turned-arch nemesis decides to enter, too. In addition to the bling battle, Tess also has an ailing grandma with a missing locket, which makes her even more endearing as a character. Allison has a knack for creating likable characters and plenty of twists and turns in her stories.

Next up is another Aladdin M!x book--this one by a very accomplished author. I remember reading Barbara Dee's books when I was still trying to get published. Her books are always page-turners.



Truth or Dare is all about honesty vs. deception. The main character, Lia, tries hard to fit in with her group of friends, but she seems to be losing ground. So instead of going with them to camp, she decides to spend the summer with her aunt. When she returns, she makes up a detailed, bold fib during a game of Truth or Dare...but this book has an underlying theme of honestly. Not just being honest with your friends, but being honest with yourself.

My next book is from one of my favorite blogger-authors, Sandra Cox. I want to just take a month off to read everything she's ever written (it would take that long--she's very prolific!). Her latest is this beauty:



In Sundial, a sundial transports a woman back in time, to a place where she meets a man named Jesse, whom she keeps confusing for "Aaron." She can't explain her confusion, but she follows him through adventure after adventure. He also feels there's something familiar about her...but to find out the rest, you'll have to read the book! With unforgettable characters and rich historic detail, this is one time-travel romance you'll have a hard time putting down.

If you read blogs regularly, you'll likely know all about the next book I read. Jacqui Murray made her way around the blogosphere with her tour for this one:



From the first word of To Hunt a Sub, I knew that the author was someone who was a truly intelligent woman. The research and technical details she included in this book had me in complete awe. A cybervirus is crippling submarines--and as subs sunk to the bottom of the ocean, I found myself having a hard time breathing. It's up to Zeke and Kali to save the entire country using their brains. If you love thrillers, this is definitely one you can't miss!

Murees Dupé is another familiar face in the blogosphere and her book is one that catches your eye from the start:



The Amaranthine focuses on a highly relatable woman named Claire. Claire works for a nightmare boss and is largely unrespected by everyone. It reminded me of Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman in Batman! This ordinary Cinderella-ish woman just happens to exist as the soul mate for a hunkalicious immortal warrior named Alex. As Claire begins to realize her place is with the immortals, she tries hard to fight her growing feelings for Alex. If you're a fan of vampires and werewolves (or just romances in general), you can't miss this one!!!

What are you reading now?

24 comments:

  1. A lot of interesting books on your list and beautiful covers. I loved The Amaranthine. Looks like there several more I need to add to my ever growing TBR list.

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    1. I think I get all my to-reads from online friends these days!

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  2. The first one looks like something my daughter would like.

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    1. She'd love it!!! I know when I was a kid, I would have been drawn to that cover even if there were 100 books around it. Okay, so I'm adult and I'm still drawn to it!

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  3. I now need to find some of these books since I have been reading some of these people's blogs.

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    1. I always feel like I know bloggers a little better after I read their books, for some reason!

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  4. Ah, thanks, Steph. I appreciate being included with this great list of authors. You're the best!

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  5. So much awesomeness up there!! I need to take a month off to read too. Maybe a spot near the beach?

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    1. I'm for that! I usually end up staring blankly out at the waves, though!

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  6. That's quite a swath of awesome there--love the sound of all of them!

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  7. I'm amazed at how much you consistently read each month!

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  8. looks like another great list

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  9. So many books. So little time.

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  10. Looks like you have been doing a lot of great reading! I have Truth or Dare on my TBR list already, and it looks like there are more to add now. :) Great reviews!

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  11. The Bling Queen looks like my kind of book in the day!! I will recommend it! :) Thanks for sharing.

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  12. The Bling Queen looks like my kind of book in the day!! I will recommend it! :) Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I want to read them all. Such great reviews. Awesome covers. I'll never catch up. Thanks for telling us about them. The first two my granddaughter would love.

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  14. To Hunt a Sub sounds awesome. Definitely added it to my list.

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  15. Again thanks for including me on your September list:) It put a smile on my face...not to mention it gave me more books to add to the tbr:)
    Hope you're having a great weekend.

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  16. I'm kind of jealous that you get to read so many books in a month. :P Sounds like you had a good time at it too. Granted, I'd probably read more books if the ones I've been reading weren't so bloody long, but...

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  17. Thank you so much for the review and mention, Stephanie. Sorry I am responding so late.

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