book report: september 2019

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Progress: 50/70

I’ve officially hit 50 books this year! Typically, that’s my goal for the entire year, so I’m quite excited that I’ve read that many by the end of September. Only 20 more books to go! I read seven books this month, all of which I really enjoyed. It felt like I was just breezing through them because they were all so good

Paris by Design by Eva Jorgensen
I picked this new book up randomly at the library and only a few pages in, I knew I needed to own it. This is the Paris guide that I’ve been looking for and could never find! It’s perfect for non-touristy francophiles who are interested in good food, art, and design. Eva Jorgensen and a great bunch of contributors put together a great book with so many clever pieces, including unique souvenirs that fit in your hand luggage and cute little daily itineraries based on different themes and arrondissements. This has been instrumental in planning my next Paris trip and just a delight to look through.

Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
I was nearing the end of my big Harry Potter reread and finally reached my favorite, The Half-Blood Prince. Funny enough for how obsessed I am with Harry Potter, I actually never read the last two books. While the sixth movie definitely stays true to the book, I found - as usual - that the book provides so much more detail. Lately, I’ve been getting more and more interested in Draco because I find him to be such a fascinating, sad character and that’s especially true in this book.

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Well, I finally finished reading through the series and I can’t tell you how many times I got teary during the last one even knowing full well everything that happens. I will say that if you’ve only seen the Harry Potter movies but have never read the books, get on that immediately because they add so much more depth to the story.

The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny
Yet another excellent Louise Penny book! This one had me on the edge of my seat. It follows Gamache, his team, and the residents of Three Pines when a young boy known for telling tall tales is found mysteriously dead, which leads to the discovery of something dangerous in the woods. This launches into all sorts of conspiracies and mysterious figures arriving in town. It’s so good!

The Possession by Michael Rutger
This is the sequel to “The Anomaly”, which I read earlier this year and loved, partially because I was just so gobsmacked by the twist in the middle. I was curious how the sequel would pan out in that regard. The sequel follows the same characters from the first novel, the production team for a YouTube documentary series on mysteries. This time, they visit a small town in the Pacific Northwest that’s home to a set of mysterious walls, rumored witchcraft, and a missing girl. That’s all I can really say without giving away what comes next…

American Royals by Katharine McGee
It seems like this book (the first in a series) has been one of the most anticipated new reads of the season, as I’ve been seeing it everywhere lately. The premise is the idea that George Washington was actually crowned king after the Revolutionary War instead of president and thus, America has a monarchy in the present day. The story follows the three children of the king and a few other characters. One thing I will say is that I had a hard time connecting with the hypothetical historical context here. It just didn’t feel fully believable to me, but nevertheless, I read this book in two days and it was a very fun read in the end. If you like Gossip Girl, The Royal We, or Red, White, and Royal Blue, definitely pick this book up.

The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman
You know I love a WWII story and this is another incredible one. The thing about that era is that there are just endless amounts of incredible stories to be told. This one was so beautifully written and descriptive in a way that really made you feel as though you were right there in Germany with the characters, for better or for worse. This story follows a young German woman named Christine who falls in love with the son of the wealthy Jewish couple who employ her and her mother. It follows their story and struggle throughout the entirety of the war as they are separated for years, trying to survive and hopefully reunite.