What’s On Our Shelf – September 2018

See what we are reading this month!




I have been having better reading months since I went back to studying online and I am hoping to finish at least 10 books during the month of September.

Top Recommendation from August:

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so.

Carrying over from August:

Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult.

June’s husband and first daughter were killed several years ago and their murderer is on death row. Her second daughter needs a heart transplant but the only match is the murderer. 

I picked this one up at a second hand book shop last month and got through 150 pages in one sitting and it’s been sitting beside my bed ever since.

11.22.63 by Stephen King

Jake has the chance to go back in time and change the day that President J.F. Kennedy was assassinated.

This is the first King I have ever read and it is not a horror. However it is a tome and it’s going to take me a while to get through. Christian listened to this one on Audible several months ago and has been begging me to read it since.

Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

(You can see the list here)

This month I want to try and knock two off this list by reading Mrs Dalloway and Middlesex.


Before Kingdom of Ash (if you haven’t pre-ordered this yet, what are you waiting for?) is released on October 23, I am wanting to finish the Throne of Glass novels. I am 60 pages into Heir of Fire as I write this.

Bookclub Reads:

My favorite online Bookclub does not have set books but rather themes/tags/shelves from which people recommend and read books with the aim of stretching their reading habits. View the bookclub here. This months theme is “friendship”:

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Theodore Finch who thinks about death often and Violet Markey who is filled with grief from her sisters death tour their state to find natural wonders. But as Violet’s world grows, Theodore’s begins to shrink.

Another book that Christian recommended to me

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

Who can resist a description like that? And it’s YA that will apparently make me cry and so that sold me even more.

Christian Books:

I’m trying to incorporate reading Christian books into my Quiet Time and this month I would like to get through two.

Grace is Greater by Kyle Idleman

This Changes Everything by Jacquelle Crowe

Random “Looks Interesting” Reads:

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonassen


Legendary by Stephanie Garber

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win. I’m about 100 pages into this exciting sequel to Caraval and already my heart has been stolen. The first book in this series was one of my favorites I’ve read all year.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

A child dies in detention and just like that this book takes off. My fiancée recommended this one to me and I’m about an hour in on the audible version.

Dune by Frank Herbert

Up until a few weeks ago, I had never actually heard of this book. I read Ender’s Game earlier this year and absolutely adored it, so in my search to find another science fiction read that would be close to as enjoyable, AJ found Dune for me. It’s a rather long one, so I’m not sure if I will finish it this month, but I will certainly try.

Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Steinbeck has been on my list for a million years and it seems like a good time to attempt one of his books.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

This is a must-read for me. I’m going to be reading and likely reviewing this book in the next few weeks and simultaneously accomplishing one of my bucket-list reading goals.


I should receive props for this one. I’m flying all the way to South Africa to get a copy of this. Well, that’s not exactly the only reason I’m going to South Africa, but definitely going to be an exciting bonus!

Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

My fiancée has gotten me into Gilmore Girls lately and together we are attempting to accomplish the reading challenge (see list here). This month my goal is to read/finish The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. I’m about 70 pages in already and it is very reminiscent of The Great Gatsby, which is one of my all-time favorite books, so I’m rather excited for this Hemingway classic.


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