Okay, reviewing September books in November actually feels not completely unreasonable haha At least we’re in the same season!! September was actually a really slow reading month for me, so it shouldn’t take me too long to get through these!!
Sometimes I don’t feel like writing a full review for whatever reason, either because life is busy and I don’t have time, or because a book didn’t stir me enough. Sometimes, it’s because a book was so good that I just don’t have anything to say beyond that I loved it! Frequently, I’m just wayyy behind on reviews and am trying to catch up. For whatever reason, these are books that only have a few paragraphs of thoughts from me.
The Duke’s Disappearance by Margaret Summerville – 3.5*
Another paperback from my box of eBay Regency romances, this one was actually one of the better ones I’ve read from that pile. While it didn’t become a new favorite that I wanted to read again and again, the set-up actually felt plausible and the story was a lot of fun.
Fallen by Linda Castillo – 4*
Ever since I read the Kate Burkholder series in 2019, I’ve tried to stay on top of reading the new installments as they appear. Fallen was an overall solid thriller, although there was one point where the bad guys had an opportunity to kill Kate outright and not doing so felt a little unrealistic for the situation lol I really enjoy this series a lot as Castillo does such a great job with the Amish community in her writing. I highly recommend reading these in order – I think they would work individually, but reading them as a whole gives us a real picture of Kate as a person. I have loved seeing her grow and work through various issues in her life. Also, I’m still in love with Tomasetti haha
The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton – 4*
I literally don’t even know how to review this book. It’s set in Regency-ish times and there are pirates and flying houses and a homeless pirate and romance and betrayal and tea and rogues and genteel ladies and just absolute insane amount of shenanigans. There’s a blurb on the front cover that says, “Delightfully bonkers” and I honestly can’t think of a better way to sum this one up. If you’re looking for something sensible and orderly, give this one a miss. But if you’re willing to just set aside any hope for logic and plausibility and go along for the ride, this was a pretty fun read. And the cover!!!
Flint Spears by Will James – 4*
A while back I read James’s most famous book, Smoky the Cow-Horse, and was surprised at how engaging and readable it was. The following fall, we were on vacation and stopped at a bookstore in Wall Drug, South Dakota, where I saw a reprint of another of James’s books and decided to add it to my collection. This one didn’t have much of a plot, but I found myself drawn into the story nonetheless. James follows the career of a cowboy named Flint Spears who is around when rodeos were first becoming a commercial enterprise. And… that’s pretty much the whole story. If you think about someone’s life, it doesn’t exactly have a plot, it’s just you going around doing your everyday thing and hoping for the best, and that’s pretty much what happens here. I really liked Flint a lot and learning about the origins of the rodeo and seeing how different aspects of it developed was really interesting, but there wasn’t a big finale or anything like that. James also decided to kill off a character I really liked and it honestly broke me up a lot. I loved James’s illustrations (he drew them himself), and despite this story just being kind of meandery and not really going anywhere, I would definitely read another of his books.
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – 5*
September saw the conclusion of my reread of the Harry Potter series. I still really love how everything comes together in the end, and still think Snape was a terrible person despite some redeeming qualities. Sorry, a teacher who verbally and emotionally abuses students every chance he gets isn’t a good person, period. I was struck this time, probably because I was reading it a chapter-a-day instead of as fast as I could, how much of the book not much is actually happening, the trio are just wandering around trying to figure out what they should do. It was an interesting way to write the book, and I feel like an honest way, if that makes sense. Sometimes you don’t know what to do, and you just go along and hope for a breakthrough. On the whole, this series definitely has its weaknesses, but I still enjoy it nonetheless.