September 2022 reading list – Which books are worth the read and which should you skip?
One of my #22in2022 goals is to read 50 books this year. So far I’ve read:
- 5 books in January
- 4 books in February
- 6 books in March
- 5 books in April
- 3 books in May
- 8 Books in June
- 5 Books in July
- 8 Books in August
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1. Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen
This is the story of two Asian American women who band together to grow a counterfeit handbag scheme into a global enterprise–an incisive and glittering blend of fashion, crime, and friendship.
2. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
The prequel to The Hunger Games, this story follows the young Coriolanus Snow during the tenth annual Hunger Games. Snow, the villain in the original series, is only 18 in this book. We follow him as he mentors a girl, Lucy Gray Baird, from the 12th District during her time in the games. If you liked the original series, then this book is completely unlike them.
3. You’re Invited by Amanda Jayatissa
I was painting my bedroom while I listened to this audiobook. It was about two girls who are no longer friends: Amaya and Kaavi. Unexpectedly, Amaya receives an email invitation to Kaavi’s wedding to her ex, Spencer, in Sri Lanka. She decides to go to try to stop it. There are so many twists and turns as the story unfolds, but nothing ends up as it seems it will. Each person has their own secret to hide and their own agenda in the plotline.
4. The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi
Sometimes a book comes into your life at the precise moment that you need it. For me, this is one of those books. I thought that Burnout, The Power of Now or The Power of Regret were going to help me or give me some insight, but, even though I liked reading them, they didn’t help me or give me what I was looking for. It reads as a dialogue between a wise philosopher and a young student in which the ideas of Alfred Adler are explained using many examples.
You do not live to satisfy the expectations of others. If you are not living your life for yourself, then who is going to live it for you?
5. The Nineties by Chuck Klosterman
Very good. This summer I watched a docu-series about the 90s, so this book is right on par for learning a little bit more. While I grew up in the 90s, I definitely wasn’t aware of many of these events. I was too young. It was nice to have this frame of reference when trying to place myself within the framework of the cultural events.
6. Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases by Paul Holes
Zack and I listened to this one in the car ride to Wisconsin. I got really into it and think it’s a great recount of Holes career. And it’s great to hear him tell his own story. He is the criminal investigator who worked on solving the East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer case. It’s really great if you’re interested in true crime.
7. I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are by Rachel Bloom
Rachel is a little too much for me in audio format. I never really liked Crazy Ex Girlfriend either. Some of the stories are too cringe for me, but she’s very open and honest about childhood. If you like her, read it. Otherwise skip it.
8. Funny Farm by Laurie Zaleski
Laurie tells the story of her life and how she came to run an animal rescue in New Jersey called the Funny farm. It all started when her mother left her father, dragging all three kids with her. Her mother didn’t have a job or a plan, but she found a dilapidated house for them to rent. They didn’t have it easy, but her mother made a life and put food on the table. Over time, her mother started taking in animals. Laurie recounts the past and also tells stories about the animals on her own farm as an adult.
I’ve read a total of 52 books so far in 2022 – which is 104% of my goal!
What’s on your reading list? Let me know in the comments below!
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