It's the last Friday of the month, which means it's time to share all of the great books I read this month.
September brought my 45th birthday, a conference, a group book signing, and my first school visits. (Two in two days!). Before and after all that chaos, I was able to work in some major reading. Here are the great books I read in September.
The first book is one I'm very excited to tell you about. I did all of the above-mentioned book events with Gail Nall earlier this month and I loved that I'd just finished her book when I got to hang out with her! Exit Stage Left is Gail's first young adult release and it's a fun one.
Full disclosure: I was a drama geek in high school. Reading this book was like being thrust back into those days of eagerly awaiting the cast list being posted, only to be (in my case) perpetually disappointed in being cast as an extra. Gail expertly captures the ups and downs of preparing for a big performance, while also covering the anxiety of teen friendships and relationships. There isn't a single dull moment in this well-written book!
My next book was actually three! The Anna Banana books are so short, they were easy to read in a few treadmill walks. This series is from my publisher, so this was my favorite type of work: reading research!
A fourth book in this series, Anna, Banana, and the Puppy Parade comes out in January. (The 4th book in my chapter book series is puppy-focused, as well!) The Anna Banana books center on a third-grade girl named Anna who has an adorable little dog named Banana. Can I just say how much I LOVE the relationship between Anna and her dog? Mostly, however, the book is about friendship and the tricky navigation that comes with having two best friends at that age. I love this series and I can't wait to read book #4!
I also was able to work in some more grown-up reading this month, including this fantabulous book by my very own blogging buddy Ashelyn Drake!
Our Little Secret centers around the love story between Becca and Toby, who have been friends for years. The only problem is Toby's twin sister is Becca's best friend, Tori. Tori has a strict "no dating my friends" policy for her brother, and Becca knows if Tori finds out, she'll lose her as a friend forever. Ashelyn does an amazing job of setting up the conflict here, as well as making us really care about Becca and Toby. Toby is actually one of the best male characters I've read in a YA romance. He's sweet and funny and perfect! I highly recommend this one for your next YA fix.
Another awesome blogger-writer is C.D. Gallant-King. He's currently participating in an Inkshares crowdfunding campaign, but in the meantime, you can read his first book, Ten Thousand Days:
From the first page, I knew I was going to like this book. C.D. has one of those writing voices that pulls you in and carries you along. On the surface, this is a heartbreaking journey of a man who loses everything and must fight to get it back. But underneath, the story is much more than that...it's a little sci-fi and a little adventure--with the message that we shouldn't waste a minute of precious time.
My audiobook this month was a very unique read. I read Nova Ren Suma's book Dani Noir (soon to be released in paperback as Fade Out) back in 2009 or 2010. I loved her writing so much, I emailed her to tell her and she replied to thank me. It stuck with me and when her latest book showed up on Audible, I knew it would be a good choice for my monthly credit.
Imaginary Girls is one of those books you can't quite describe. You have to experience it. However, while you're reading it, you'll want to share the experience with others. I found myself checking reviews--which I never do while reading a book--just to see how others were reacting. It's that powerful. That unique, lyrical writing style that pulled me in with Nova's first book is here in full force, but the mystery is what gets you most. There's a supernatural element to the story, but at its heart the book is about the strong bond between two sisters. Even though this book has both extremely good and extremely bad reviews, one thing is certain: everyone who read the book was strongly affected by it. I think that's the mark of some incredibly powerful writing.
Now it's your turn--what was the best book you read in September?