I am excited to share the list of the books I read in September.
If you are a regular to this “book lover” feature of my blog, you may have noticed I was not as enthused to read this Summer as I usually am. My reading list was small as I focused more on works of fiction.
Suddenly, at the end of Summer, I became inspired to read again. I even renewed my yearly Audible membership and added books to all my “for later” or wish lists.
There are always too many books to read, really. As I scratch one off my lists, I add five more. Such is the life of a book aficionado.
Books I Read In September
Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
by Brené Brown
She shares intimate stories of her own struggles, which is never an easy task. Opening our heart leaves us vulnerable to the barbs of others. Yet, she openly and bravely shares her research.
For me, this work has been transformative. It has inspired me. It has never left me neutral or unwilling to take steps forward.
This book did not disappoint me.
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If you are new to Audible, you can get two free books just to try it out for one month.
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Three Steps to Happiness! Healing Through Joy
by Jacob E Teitelbaum
I had a really hard time with Mr. Teitelbaum’s views on right and wrong. According to him, and if I understood correctly, there is no right and wrong, everything is up to each individual. I personally do not agree with this statement at all. To me, it is akin to saying that since a child molester feels he is following his heart then what he does is not wrong.
I could never tell victims of abuse that what they suffered is not wrong. There is evil in the world, no doubt about it. Moreover, I also believe that my heart can steer me wrong as it can be deceived, something which happens to countless individuals when they fall in love with the wrong person.
My gut, however, is a lot more trustworthy.
Overall, this book has some good nuggets. Nevertheless, it was not for me.
Note: I started two other Audible books but have yet to finish either one of them.
Breaking Out of Food Jail: How to Free Yourself from Diets and Problem Eating, Once and for All
by Jean Antonello
This book is quite long (according to my Kindle: 10 plus hours). It is full of very valuable information, as well as some pertinent testimonies.
Jean’s philosophy about diets is like my own so, for me personally, reading the book was redundant. Those who suffer from an eating disorder or know someone who does may benefit from this book.
On a side note, the Kindle version of this book is free if you have Kindle Unlimited.
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I normally do not share the fiction books I read. However, I decided to break this rule this month. I found a new author whom I loved!
It contained all my favorite elements: great characters, plenty of suspense, and mystery with some elements of surprise. Moreover, it was not gory nor foul. It also had a small touch of romance, and a plot I could not unravel.
There is also good news, the sequel is coming out in October! Squeal!!!!
And as if this were not enough, the Kindle version of this book is FREE if you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber.
If you read it, let me know what you think!
A Hollywood Murder by Cynthia Hickey
Kelly Cannon wants to become an investigative reporter. However, right now, she has to be content with the job that pays the bills: being a paparazzi for a Hollywood paper.
While taking pictures at a big shindig for the Hollywood elite, she becomes embroiled in a murder investigation when her name makes it on the suspect list.
She intends to clear her name.
After all, her father was a detective, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…right?
Killer Snapshot is the second book in the series.
Kelly has been (offered?) another job…as an actress. This is not a favorite gig but she likes the pay scale.
Before long, she finds herself in the midst of another murder, one she has no intention of investigating.
Book 3 – Shoot to Kill – is out. However, I have not read it…yet.
It’s on my to-read list—along with a gazillion other books (as always).
Random Acts of Outrage
by Christy Barritt
“Random Acts of Outrage” is book 6 in the Holly Anna Paladin series. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Then again, I love Christy Barritt.
Holly is a foster mom to a teenager. She is still dating Drew, who eems like the perfect man.
Her world is turned upside down when Sarah – her foster daughter – disappears. Was she kidnapped? Did she run away?
Holly intends to find her…with or without help.