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Reading Life: September 2019

Whew, September passed by in the blink of a sleep-deprived eye. Somehow I read a couple books, and thank goodness I’m keep track of dates and thoughts in writing, or I would never remember anything. Life with two kids is rolling along, but one of the bumps is certainly the lack of time for anything outside of the daily routine; even when I have downtime I’m usually too drained to do anything that requires brainpower. As we enter the next season, I’m looking forward to cozy days ahead which hopefully include some good books… whenever the weather (& my children) decide to cooperate.

I’m no longer tracking my reading with daily photos, but I started an old school pen-and-paper journal to keep track of what I’m reading. It’s surprisingly therapeutic to write it down by hand! You can check out what I’m reading (including a handwritten review from my journal) on my Instagram feed @ladykatiestitchery


September 2019 Thoughts


Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed, by Lori Gottlieb

Start date: 8/27/2019
Finish date: 9/14/2019

Genre: Memoir
Source: Modern Mrs. Darcy
5 stars

It’s hard to describe this memoir but it’s full of fascinating details and poignant stories; I’m still thinking about it at the end of the month! As she faces a midlife crisis, a therapist’s own journey in therapy is interwoven with her patients’, whose experiences range from a young newlywed facing cancer, to a high-powered executive grieving the loss of a child, to an aging artist who can’t forgive herself for her past. So well-written and impactful!

Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me, by Adrienne Brodeur

Start date: 9/9/2019
Finish date: 9/24/2019
Genre: Memoir
Source: Book of the Month Club
3 stars

How you feel about airing dirty laundry is probably how you’ll feel about this book. A secret affair and a serious lack of boundaries between mother and daughter, affecting their family for decades, is the catalyst for this memoir. Although it’s another memoir in the “truth is stranger than fiction” category, it’s not quite as extreme as The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls or Educated by Tara Westover. It was well written (and cathartic for the author, I’m sure), but did it need to be written? I’m not sure, but it was still a gripping read.

I also read 25 picture books in 5 days!

Of course, we also reread many of these over and over again (which is why I don’t count reading to Amelia in these monthly reading logs). Check out this post for more details on the 5×5 Reading Challenge!

Currently Reading:

Conversations with Friends, by Sally Rooney

Start date: 9/27/2019
Genre: Fiction
Source: Backlist

I needed an eBook to read during nursing sessions, but so far this one isn’t grabbing me quite as much as Normal PeopleI’m sure it will grow on me once I get further in.

My thoughts on Normal People here.

How Not to Die Alone, by Richard Roper

Start date: 9/29/2019
Genre: Fiction
Source: Book of the Month Club

I needed a book to read at the breakfast table, and so far this one is giving me The Rosie Project meets After Life (Ricky Gervais’s Netflix show) vibes.

My thoughts on The Rosie Project here.

Books read in September: 2
Books read in 2019: 25
Currently reading: 2

So that’s what I’ve been reading during the ninth month of 2019!

I’m always looking for more book recommendations – are you reading any good books?

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