Welcome back! It is time for the September Book Review. I managed to squeak four books in this month but just barely! October is busy for us and so I have spent a lot of time working on preparation for upcoming events which meant less time for reading. But I reached my goal of four!
But, it was a good month for books. Just light, enjoyable reads. I needed this after last month’s generally heavier choices.
The Identicals: A Novel
Elin Hilderbrand’s latest novel to hit the shelves did not disappoint. There is something about Hilderbrand that makes you want to pack your bags and head to the beach STAT. Her stories are so idyllic with their depiction of Nantucket life and it so easy to picture yourself in the moments she creates. This novel, set in both Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, tells the story of identical twin sisters separated both in distance and relationship after a conflict years ago. Circumstances bring them together again and they temporarily switch locations for a summer, bringing love and more drama into the equation. This to me was classic Hilderbrand: vivid setting, family dysfunction, gossip, romance, and a satisfying ending.
As I mentioned last month, these books mean so much to me. I am loving reading them over with the illustrations included. These first two are just such quick reads and fun to read this time of year. The first two movies are very true to the books. Just pre-ordered the third book of the illustrated series that will come out October 3rd. Click here to add it to your Amazon cart. These also make great gifts for any Harry Potter fan, if you aren’t!
I have been loving learning about hygge (pronounced hoo-gah). Basically, hygge is a Danish term for living a simple and cozy lifestyle. I feel like the concept of hygge totally translates into this time of year as we move into the fall and winter seasons. This is a book you can read in an hour or two but a motivating concept that will stay with you for much longer. Lots of tips on minimalistic living and creating spaces that are comfortable or hyggeligt. I am in the process of trying to decorate my office at work and will work to incorporate some of these recommendations into my new space.
This Thayer novel was just okay, maybe a B-? It was a story about three sister’s who are living in their father’s Nantucket home for the first time in years, and a woman who is renting a cottage on the property. It is about recovering and rebuilding after loss, developing unexpected relationships, and the bond between sisters. There are some terrible decisions along the way and lots of family and relationship drama (as always in a Thayer novel.) I thought the character’s stories were a little far-fetched in this one and I did not love a few of the characters in general. When I secretly hope for a different ending, I am usually not completely satisfied. However, as always, Thayer delivers with her accounts of Nantucket living, food, and culture.
Well, that is it for September. Send me some recommendations of must-reads as I am enjoying the hygge of the season. Hoping to do a lot of reading and reach my GoodReads yearly goal! To see August’s book review click here. See you next month…