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What I Read In September 2023.

september reads

Here’s everything I read last month! Got through a few books – some good, some just okay! What are you reading right now?

You can find my reading lists here and previous what I read posts here.

And you can follow me on goodreads here.

I do have a book of the month membership – I love it so much. I get so many of my new releases and debut author books there. You can sign up for one here.

All of these books are linked through bookshop (if available!) and I highly suggest shopping through there because it will support your local indie bookstore. You can choose the local bookstore to support! I support Penguin Books when I buy which is my fave here in Pittsburgh.


Things We Left Behind – 4.5 stars

I can’t believe I’m saying it but I liked this one so much. I really didn’t care for the other books I’ve read by this author, especially the two before this. But this one, I loved. The story is an enemies to lovers/(kind of) second chance romance trope and follow Sloane who is a librarian and Lucian who is basically just a… powerful mogul. There are a few great storylines in this book and it’s also pretty steamy so… be prepared.

Forget Me Not  – 3 stars

I did like this one, but I could not get into the main male character. Like at all. This story follows a wedding planner who has a tangled past with a florist. He is super grumpy and kind of miserable but he just comes off… kind of mean to me. And I feel like he is never really fully redeemed – like his miserableness is just a part of who he is. That being said, I did like the writing and the storyline. Just wish he was a little more likable.

Shucked – 2.5 stars

This one took me quite a while to get into. The story follows Sunny who returns to her hometown to open a coffeeshop, and she opens it right across the parking lot from her brother’s best friend’s oyster bar. Yes, that’s a mouthful. He was also kind of grumpy like the guy in the story above, but it was slightly redeeming. There are so many parts of this story that aren’t really

You, Again – 3 stars

This is a modern day retelling of one of my favorite movies ever – When Harry Met Sally. We’ve got another enemies to lovers trope here with Ari and Josh, who meet and instantly hate each other, but cross paths later and become friends. This one also took me some time to get into, but I ended up really liking it. The characters and real and can be unlikeable, but ultimately the end is good!

The Connellys of Country Down – 4 stars

I adore a great family drama book!! This story follows The Connellys (shocking, I know), but mainly Tara, and their dysfunctional but very real lives. Tara has just been released from prison and is trying to get her life back in order. This was SO GOOD. Some characters are awful, but you feel for them. It’s the second book by this author that I ended up loving.

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    7 Comments on “What I Read In September 2023.”

  1. I have a love / hate relationship with your reading lists. Love, because the recs are always amazing. Hate, because my TBR list never gets any shorter!! ;)

  2. Your book posts are my favorite, and I really appreciate that you introduced me to BOTM because that blue box every month is my new favorite gift to myself!

    Am sad to see no five star reads this month!  I don’t think I’ve seen you post fantasy books, but I would highly recommend checking out Fourth Wing if you want to try something new.  Best book I have read in a very, very long time, it is amazing and has converted several of my friends into fantasy readers :) 

  3. I downloaded Connellys of Country Down on your recommendation! Perfect beach read for me while on vacation. Thank you! 

  4. Do u think we need to read the first 2 to “get” things we left behind?  

    • no!

  5. I love all your book suggestions! Will you be doing an autumn/winter reading list this year?

  6. Jessica, have you read The Wishing Game? I can’t remember if I saw it recommended here or on Joy’s site. I read it in less than a day; I was so hooked! The writing gets a bit juvenile, but the storylines are so beautiful.