Happy September, everyone. (Did anyone else blink and August was gone?) I hope this new month has started well for you all. How was August for you? Did you discover any amazing reads? Are you anticipating September reads? on my bookshelf, edition 2: anticipating september 2017
Though the start of a new month can be many things (in this case, it’s all about the shifting weather and a beautiful canvas of nature), one of the positive things a new month brings with it is the release of new books.
Since I’ve had the chance to read so many amazing books lately, and am still on this great run (best feeling ever for a bookworm), I thought I’d talk about a few of these books today. Below, I’ve collected a list of a few books that are on my read shelf and were amazing, as well as a few of the books coming out this month that have piqued my interest (SO. MANY. BOOKS.).
First up, books I’ve recently read (and think you should too) plus one I plan to read this month.
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A New Shade of Summer* by Nicole Deese
As an artist, Callie Quinn relies on inspiration to guide her wandering soul. This summer she accepts a short-term muralist job in her sister’s charming town to spend some much-needed time with her family. After meeting her nephew’s friend, Brandon, she’s eager to draw out his untapped artistic talents—however, it’s the boy’s straitlaced single father who could use a little color in his life.
Davis Carter may be the town’s favorite animal whisperer, but his experience is limited when it comes to understanding his preteen’s rebellious behavior. Desperate for a breakthrough, he follows the lead of a free spirit who claims to know the way into his son’s closed-off world. Soon, Davis isn’t the only one caught up in the hope of a new beginning. Just as Callie considers trading her unattached existence for a life rich with promise and permanence, an unexpected visit from the past threatens to send her packing once again. Davis and Callie must learn to surrender their fears so they can find a love that will outlast the summer. – Goodreads, September 12 | Add on Goodreads
Lola and the Boy Next Door* by Stephanie Perkins
Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. – Goodreads | Add on Goodreads
*Reviews coming. Soon.
ALL THIS TIME by Melissa Tagg
Bear McKinley’s past refuses to let go.
Ten years ago, Bear gave up everything—his freedom and his reputation—for his mess of a family. But after years of distance and too many attempts at starting over, he finally has a new life doing noble work in Brazil . . . until his past catches up to him once again. Suddenly he finds himself back in Maple Valley, charged with the care of his missing brother’s children, convinced he’s out of second chances to make his life count. And yet, with every day that passes, these kids, this quirky town and the woman he never stopped missing help patch the holes in his heart. Maybe this is the fresh start he’s been longing for all along. But as his newfound hope grows, so does the mystery surrounding his brother’s activities—and when the threat reaches into the lives of those he loves, it’s clear he can’t run away this time.
Fear holds Raegan’s future captive.
Raegan Walker is fine. She’s happy working a slew of part-time jobs, still living in her childhood bedroom and rarely venturing from her hometown. At least, that’s what she tells everyone . . . and herself. But she can’t help wondering what might’ve happened if she hadn’t abandoned her art so many years ago—and if Bear McKinley had never left. When Bear returns and she’s commissioned for a painting that just might revive her artistic ambition all in one week, it’s time to finally reach for more than fine. But doing so means facing the fears that have held her back all this time, including admitting the secret she’s kept from Bear and her family. With her dream and her heart on the line, how much will Raegan have to risk to finally chase her happy ending? – Goodreads, September 28 | Add on Goodreads
Guys, this book is ON MY KINDLE. Can you tell I’m excited??
IF THERE’S NO TOMORROW by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances. Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything. Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened. For what she let happen. With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed? – Goodreads, September 5 | Add on Goodreads
JANE UNLIMITED* by Jane Cashore
Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt
Magnolia—an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions. Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash—a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family’s island mansion called Tu Reviens. Jane remembers her aunt telling her: “If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you’ll go.” With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn’t know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price. – Goodreads, September 19 | Add on Goodreads
*Sounds especially interesting because it’s a five-scenario story, and each one is told in a different genre.
DEADLY PROOF* by Rachel Dylan
Riveting New Series Offers Legal Suspense with a Romantic Twist
In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.
Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower’s allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.
Determined not to make the same mistakes, he’s intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything–even murder–to keep the case from going to trial. – Goodreads, September 5 | Add on Goodreads
*This one is on its way to me which means it shall be on my September TBR. Just don’t have it on my bookshelf at this posting.
INVICTUS by Ryan Graudin
Time flies when you’re plundering history.
Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems. – Goodreads, September 26 | Add on Goodreads
WARCROSS by Marie Lu
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire. – Goodreads, September 12 | Add on Goodreads
CROWN OF SOULS by Ronie Kendig
Six months after stopping a deadly plague, Cole
“Tox” Russell and his team are enjoying a little rest. That peace is short-lived when a sniper shot hits Tox. The enemy is discovered to be one of their own, a rogue Special Forces team operator.
Alec King is perhaps the only person as skilled as Tox, and he’s out for justice. Furious with orders that got his men killed, he intends to make those responsible pay. And he insists Tox join him, believing they are the same breed of soldier. Afraid his old friend is right, Tox battles a growing darkness within himself as he and his team engage in another deadly encounter with antiquity. It appears Alec is cheating–he’s using a mysterious artifact, a crown that history has linked to some of the worst slaughters in humanity. Racing to stop Alec before his vengeance is unleashed, Tox must fight the monster without becoming one. – Goodreads, September 5 | Add on Goodreads
GENUINE FRAUD by E. Lockhart
The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.
Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her. A girl who refuses to be the person she once was. – Goodreads, September 5 | Add on Goodreads
THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE MY HOUSE* by Stephanie Perkins
Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.
One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.
International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down. – Goodreads, September 26 | Add on Goodreads
*Considering how much I adore ‘Anna,’ I’m cautiously optimistic about this one. I never read the horror genre, but since Perkins name is one the cover, I’m optimistic this one might come with some sense of “wit.”
HOMETOWN GIRL by Courtney Walsh
Beth Whitaker isn’t supposed to be a small-town girl. She’s always dreamed of leaving Willow Grove, Illinois, for the big city, but she feels trapped, struggling to make up for a mistake that’s haunted her for years. Just when Beth is finally ready to break free, her sister impulsively buys a beloved but run-down farm on the outskirts of town, and she begs Beth to help with the restoration. Reluctantly, Beth agrees to help—and puts her own dreams on hold once again.
Drew Barlow hasn’t been back to Fairwind Farm since he was a boy, and he’s spent all these years trying to outrun the pain of a past he thought he buried long ago. When he learns that the owner has passed away, his heart knows it’s finally time to do the right thing. Returning to Willow Grove, Drew revisits the old farm, where he attempts to piece together his memories and the puzzle of the crime he witnessed so long ago.
Both on a journey to find peace, Beth and Drew are surprised when they begin to experience a restoration of their own. But when long-buried secrets break through the soil and the truth unfurls, will it threaten their budding relationship—and the very future of the farm? – Goodreads, September 19 | Add on Goodreads
This list is a mere few of the books arriving in stores this month. The reason they’re featured is because I’m curious about or anticipating these few. Tell me, what books have caught your eye? Comment down below with all the book love and thoughts.
I've read Genuine Fraud – just need to get my review posted. I'm excited to read Invictus and There's Someone In Your House!!
Awesome! I'll look for your review, Lauren. Hope you enjoy the two September reads you're anticipating. :)
I was really excited about Cashore, Lockhart, and Perkins, but now I am scared, because early reviews have been meh. I am super pumped about Warcross. My co-blogger has already endorsed it, and I so love Marie Lu.
Uh-oh! That's a bummer. If you do read any of these, I'll be curious to know what you think. As for Warcross, I'm seeing that one earn SO MUCH BUZZ. Hope it's worth the hype – and I'm happy to know your co-blogger loved it. :)
Hometown Girl and Genuine Fraud are going on my TBR list right now….;) I'm not into horror stories, but There's Someone Inside Your House might be one I will try. I will wait and see what you think.:)
I know what you mean, Amanda. I'm SO NOT into horror stories either, but as it's Perkins… well, I AM curious. We'll see what I think as the reviews come in and its release edges closer.
Hope you enjoy 'Fraud' and Hometown Girl. The latter sounds SO DARN CUTE!
Invictus, definitely Invictus! Such an original plot!
YAY! I hope you enjoy Invictus. It sounds really unique, so I'm definitely curious. :)
Thanks for visiting!
So many great books to look forward to :) I'm most excited about Jane, Unlimited, Invictus, Warcross and There's Someone Inside Your House!
Also, hope you enjoyed Lola and the Boy Next Door!
'Jane' sounds crazy unique, Lindsey. I'm not sure if it'll be a "me book," but I love that it takes such a unique approach to telling its story. :)
I'm cautiously optimistic about 'House' (because STEPHANIE PERKINS!), and thanks! I loved 'Lola.' Maybe not quite as well as 'Anna' but very nearly.
Thanks for visiting, as always.
Great picks! I'm hoping to win All This Time by Melissa Tagg in the giveaway! :)
YAYYAYYAY! Excellent choice, Heidi. I cannot wait to hear what you think about All This Time. It's a stunner. :)
PS: I will have a giveaway exclusively featuring 'Time,' so keep an eye out for that, too! :D