To Be Read: September 2022

With autumn fast approaching I want to plan my next reads as soon as possible. I seem to have gotten myself out of a slump and I’m really excited for my September reads. As autumn doesn’t officially start until the end of September (I think?) I want to get a few beachy reads out of the way first. 

I haven’t done a to be read with more than two books for quite some time now, but there are so many books I want to read next month I don’t have a choice. Hopefully, I can find the time to read them as I will be starting a new job soon (exciting, more on this in a life update post maybe?). 

Beach Read by Emily Henry

I feel like I need to read this as soon as possible before the cosier weather comes around. Honestly, I am way too excited for it, I’m not a hot weather person. I’m guessing from the title that this is a summery read, so I need to get started very soon. 

Beach Read will be my first Emily Henry and I’m so excited for a contemporary romance. I’ve been loving those lately. 

Synopsis: Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

Again this is literally a book about summer so I need to read it within the next few weeks. I’ve already started eyeing up my Christmas arcs so time is running out on summer reads. 

I don’t know a whole lot about this book other than people seem to either love it or hate it. I’m kind of excited to see where I sit between those. Don’t worry I’ll be doing a full review so you can find out.

Synopsis: Piper Bellinger is fashionable, influential, and her reputation as a wild child means the paparazzi are constantly on her heels. When too much champagne and an out-of-control rooftop party lands Piper in the slammer, her stepfather decides enough is enough. So he cuts her off, and sends Piper and her sister to learn some responsibility running their late father’s dive bar… in Washington.

Piper hasn’t even been in Westport for five minutes when she meets big, bearded sea captain Brendan, who thinks she won’t last a week outside of Beverly Hills. So what if Piper can’t do math, and the idea of sleeping in a shabby apartment with bunk beds gives her hives. How bad could it really be? She’s determined to show her stepfather—and the hot, grumpy local—that she’s more than a pretty face.

Except it’s a small town and everywhere she turns, she bumps into Brendan. The fun-loving socialite and the gruff fisherman are polar opposites, but there’s an undeniable attraction simmering between them. Piper doesn’t want any distractions, especially feelings for a man who sails off into the sunset for weeks at a time. Yet as she reconnects with her past and begins to feel at home in Westport, Piper starts to wonder if the cold, glamorous life she knew is what she truly wants. LA is calling her name, but Brendan—and this town full of memories—may have already caught her heart. 

Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong

I’ve had this arc for months now and I really need to get around to it. I know there’s a bit of drama going around about Chloe right now but it’s really not that serious.

Foul Lady Fortune sounds really interesting and I will be reviewing it before the publication date so keep your eyes peeled. 

Synopsis: It’s 1931 in Shanghai, and the stage is set for a new decade of intrigue.

Four years ago, Rosalind Lang was brought back from the brink of death, but the strange experiment that saved her also stopped her from sleeping and aging—and allows her to heal from any wound. In short, Rosalind cannot die. Now, desperate for redemption from her traitorous past, she uses her abilities as an assassin for her country.

Code name: Fortune.

But when the Japanese Imperial Army begins its invasion march, Rosalind’s mission pivots. A series of murders is causing unrest in Shanghai, and the Japanese are under suspicion. Rosalind’s new orders are to infiltrate foreign society and identify the culprits behind the terror plot before more of her people are killed.

To reduce suspicion, however, she must pose as the wife of another Nationalist spy, Orion Hong, and though Rosalind finds Orion’s cavalier attitude and playboy demeanor infuriating, she is willing to work with him for the greater good. But Orion has an agenda of his own, and Rosalind has secrets that she wants to keep buried. As they both attempt to unravel the conspiracy, the two spies soon find that there are deeper and more horrifying layers to this mystery than they ever imagined.

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