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September Reading Roundup

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It’s time for my September Reading Roundup! I made it through quite a few books in September which was nice. But it was a rollercoaster reading month, because some of the books were great, and others were…..ehhh. But that’s ok, you win some and you lose some.

So without further ado, here’s my September Reading Roundup! Oh and one more thing. If you’ve read a great book lately, please let me know about it! Just drop those below. Thank you 🙂

Origin by Dan Brown

Origin is the 5th book in the Robert Langdon series. Robert is summoned to Spain by his old student Edmond Kirsch to see a presentation. Since his time in Robert’s classroom, Edmond has gone on to become a billionaire tech genius, and one of this generations renowned ‘predictors of things to come’.

Edmond claims his presentation will answer two probing questions that humanity has had from the beginning. Where do we come from? Where are we going? But as the events of the night go unexpectedly, the presentation and scientific discoveries have the potential to be lost forever…unless Robert can help.

So normally I love these sort of books. Some tech, some suspense, clues and secrets, that’s all me. But this one just fell short for me. My first issue with it was, at times it just seemed to drag. There were so many details that seemed to be completely irrelevant. Also, the book was very touristy. It takes you to famous landmarks and explains the imagery of those places very well. But again, I’m more interested in story progression than anything else. 

I did listen to this book in audiobook form which could have tainted my views, but I remember at one point thinking the book should be wrapping up and I looked down and I had 2 1/2 hours left. Yeah.

So I would neither recommend nor discourage anyone from reading this book. But I will say it wasn’t my favorite. I do enjoy the author though, and if I was going to recommend one of his books it would be ‘Digital Fortress’. Now THAT was a great read!

3-3.5 stars

Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right by Jamie Glowacki

This is a hard book to review. First off I’d say the technique absolutely worked for us. This is the first thing we tried, and our son is doing great. So if I was rating it on technique alone, it would be 5 stars.

But this is about the actual book. And I had a lot of problems with it. First, I felt like the information I needed to teach my son this method, could have just been a pamphlet. I didn’t really care about the history, the developments or the stories. If you do, then you would definitely appreciate those parts of the book. For me, I’m more of a ‘get-to-the-point’ type girl.

The second problem I had with this book was the language. It was quite vulgar. And unnecessarily so in my opinion. I wasn’t prepared to find so much rough language in a book about potty training.

So what does that leave us with? I have no idea. The method I’d give 5 stars. The book is somewhere between 2.5-3 stars. If you’re trying to potty train, I’d definitely recommend this method, but maybe just get the sparks note version of the book.

Method: 5 stars; The book itself: 2.5-3 stars

Forever an Ex by Victoria Christopher Murray

You may have noticed that I’ve read a Victoria Christopher Murray novel the past few months. Well that’s because I kind of just rediscovered her. I used to really enjoy her, so I read all of her books, but then I forgot about her. And now that I’ve remembered, there are just so many books to catch up on! And that’s not a complaint!

So this book was the sequel to The Ex Files, the book I read last month. It’s about 3 women who, 6 years after the first book, are still dealing with grief from their exes. One is having trouble moving on, another is having trouble forgiving and the last one can’t seem to stop caring for her ex.  But experience is the best teacher, and they all have to learn their lesson the hard way.

This book was great! Go read it. Honestly, go read any of her books! But if you’re going to read this one, make sure you read the prequel first “The Ex Files”.

4 stars

Well that’s all for my September Reading Roundup! If you have any book recommendations PLEASE drop them below. I’m always looking for a good read!

Make life sweet and learn all you can.

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