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My September Book of the Month box arrived today, and I wanted to share my picks with you! If you aren’t familiar with Book of the Month, it’s a subscription service where you get new, popular, and early-release hardcover books for cheaper than a regular hardcover book. They have a huge selection of add-on books we well! Want more information? Read more here.
Cost: Each Book of the Month renewal is $15.99 plus tax, with add-ons being $10.99 each (after your third regular price box ships). Get your first Book of the Month box for $5 when you use my referral link!
My September Picks:
Older women often feel invisible, but sometimes that’s their secret weapon.
They’ve spent their lives as the deadliest assassins in a clandestine international organization, but now that they’re 60 years old, four women friends can’t just retire—it’s kill or be killed in this action-packed thrillerby New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award-nominated author Deanna Raybourn.
Billie, Mary Alice, Helen, and Natalie have worked for the Museum, an elite network of assassins, for 40 years. Now their talents are considered old-school and no one appreciates what they have to offer in an age that relies more on technology than people skills.
When the foursome is sent on an all-expenses-paid vacation to mark their retirement, they are targeted by one of their own. Only the Board, the top-level members of the Museum, can order the termination of field agents, and the women realize they’ve been marked for death.
Now to get out alive they have to turn against their own organization, relying on experience and each other to get the job done, knowing that working together is the secret to their survival. They’re about to teach the Board what it really means to be a woman—and a killer—of a certain age.
When the beautiful and precocious sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are orphaned at a young age, they are taken to a small Massachusetts town to be raised by their eccentric aunts, who happen to dwell in the darkest, eeriest house in town. As they become more aware of their aunts’ mysterious and sometimes frightening powers – and as their own powers begin to surface – the sisters grow determined to escape their strange upbringing by blending into “normal” society.
But both find that they cannot elude their magic-filled past. And when trouble strikes – in the form of a menacing backyard ghost – the sisters must not only reunite three generations of Owens women but embrace their magic as a gift – and their key to a future of love and passion.
An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets…. From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” (Kirkus Reviews) set in glamorous 1950s Mexico.
After receiving a frantic letter from her newly wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find – her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.
Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.
Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.
And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.
It’s almost time for The Upside Down Readathon! I’ve been planning my TBR for weeks, and I am so excited to get started! This readathon will run from September 5th through September 11th, and will consist of reading prompts, photo prompts, and buddy reads. If you haven’t heard about this readathon, but want to prep for it before it gets here you can check out the host’s videos, as well as the graphics down below for more info!
I’m back on YouTube! Since I will be posting more bookish content along with my seasonal and lifestyle content, I wanted the BookTube Newbie Tag to be my first video back! Stay tuned for more bookish and seasonal videos, and subscribe if you aren’t already!
Booktube Newbie Tag Questions:
1. Why did you start this channel?
2. What are some fun and unique things you can bring to Booktube?
3. What are you most excited about this new channel?
4. Why do you love reading?
5. What book or series got you into reading?
6. What questions would you ask your favorite booktubers?
7. What challenges do you think starting a booktube channel will be the hardest to overcome?
If I’ve learned anything from reading reviews, spending time on Goodreads, and watching Booktube, it’s that everyone rates books in a different way. So, I wanted to create a guide to help you better understand how I rate my books! Let me know how you rate your reads in the comments below!
These are top-tier books for me! Any book I absolutely couldn’t put down, a book that’s a new favorite, or books I literally cannot stop talking about!
4 star ratings are my most common ratings on Goodreads, Storygraph, etc. These are books that I thoroughly enjoyed, but didn’t have that extra little thing to push it to a 5 star. I would recommend most of my 4 star reads to anyone!
These are books that I enjoyed for the most part, but there was something keeping it from being a 4 star (writing style wasn’t my favorite, it failed to keep my attention throughout the entire book, the plot lacked something, I saw every twist coming, etc.).
These are books that I finished, but had a lot of trouble getting through for one reason or another.
DNF. If a book is a 1 star read for me, I usually DNF it. I have way too many books on my current TBR to spend my time reading something that could possibly put me in a reading slump.
I can’t believe we’re already this far into summer! Being on the coast of NC, the summer weather tends to stick around a lot longer than most areas, but I’m still looking forward to fall! For my favorites this month I’m sharing some bookish things, my new favorite wall art pieces, and more!
Thriller Reader Mug: One of my favorite planner sticker shops Sweet Bean Plans has started creating new products including coffee mugs! I finally got my hands on one of the coffee mugs and I’m obsessed! I can’t wait to grab another one soon!
Book of the Month: I’ve only been subscribed to Book of the Month for 4 months, but I’m loving it! They always have a good variety of picks and add-ons, and you get a hardback for cheaper than retail! Sign up here with my link to receive your first box for $10.
Cloud Nine Candle Shop Wax Melts: I’m a huge candle and wax melt person! We have several wax warmers throughout our home, and I’m always switching up the scents (especially for the new seasons!). I recently placed a huge order with Cloud Nine Candle Shop and I am in LOVE with every scent I purchased. It all smells amazing and I can’t wait to place another order soon!
Beauty + Skincare
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides: I’ve been using this collagen powder for almost a year now. It’s one of the only collagens I found that I could use in water, smoothies, or coffee (because it has no taste) and was gluten-free! I’ve seen a big improvement in my skin, hair, and nails since I started using this.
Find Your Happy Place, Dr. Teal’s, and Buff City Soap Bath Products: When we moved into our new apartment, the thing I was most excited about was the bathtub (we didn’t have one in our last place)! I take a bath several times a week, and I love bath products! Bath salts, bath bombs, scrubs, etc. I always have a ton of stuff to use on hand! Lately, I’ve been obsessed with all things Buff City Soap (the bath bombs, bath truffles, and shower fizzy’s are a must), bath salts from Find Your Happy Place, and Dr. Teal’s bubble bath and scrubs.
Dashing Diva Nail Strips: These things are a must for my manicures! Nail polish, no matter how long-lasting, chips on my nails. Dashing Diva nail strips last two weeks and won’t chip! I love that they always have great seasonal options to pick from too! I can’t wait to grab some for fall and Halloween!