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September TBR list additions



Every month I share with you the books that caught my attention and that made it to my TBR list. I tried to be a bit more selective than last month when it just exploded, but...... well, books! I read a total of 9 books in September, added these 17 to my TBR, so it's a net add of 8 books to my list this month.


You can see my full TBR list, all 600+ of them on my Pinterest Terrie's TBR List board. I keep it updated with what is on my list and remove books once I've read them. They're further divided by genre folders to help me (or you) find something I'm in the mood for.



Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

Genre: Memoir

Published 2013,


I added this book because: my goal to read more memoirs; found on #BookRiot

Synopsis: Ward loses 5 men close to her in 5 years and writes about the poverty, systemic racism, and lack of hope that lead to the deaths





How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones

Genre: Memoir

Published 2019, 192 pages


I added this book because: goal to read more memoirs; found on #BookRiot

Synopsis: written by an award winning poet, it's the memoir of a black gay man at the crossroads of sex, race, power







The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

Genre: Fantasy

Published 7/20, 368 pages


I added this book because: on a #BookRiot list of black feminist books to read

Synopsis: a debut novel, a young woman raised in a puritanical society finds she has dark powers and comes from witches





The Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publish date 3/30/2021


I added this book because: I like historical fiction and this sounds interesting

Synopsis: an epic saga of three women in three different eras in France: duty and hope, love and courage, and the strength we find standing in honor of those who came before us





The Survivors by Jane Harper

Genre: Mystery

Publish date 9/20/2020, 384 pages


I added this book because: I love Jane Harper!

Synopsis: a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences and when a man returns to his small town home years later, a body is found on the beach which brings up many family secrets






The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published 2010, 369 pages


I added this book because: found it mentioned on a FB book list

Synopsis: little white Irish orphan girl finds herself indentured on a southern plantation housed and treated like the slaves; when she is moved to the big house and forced to choose, loyalties and truths are tested





Pretty Things by Janelle Brown

Genre: Suspense

Published 2020, 496 pages


I added this book because: on Bookbub list of books to binge read

Synopsis: two damaged women: one a con artist, one a socialite, meet in Lk Tahoe and when their lives intersect, there's desire, duplicity, and revenge in this twisty, suspenseful story







The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Genre: General Fiction

Published June 2020, 343 pages


I added this book because: on Bookbub list of binge worthy books

Synopsis: twin sisters run away at 16 and 10 years later they both have families: one living with her black daughter in a black neighborhood, the other passing as white until......their daughter's paths cross and life choices are questioned







The Last Flight by Julie Clark

Genre: Thriller

Published June 2020, 288 pages


I added this book because: good premise, Bookbub list

Synopsis: two women running away from their home situations exchange plane tickets; when one of the planes goes down the remaining woman assumes the other woman's life and secrets; suspenseful!






Rising #1 After the Thaw series by Tamar Sloan

Genre: YA, Dystopian

Published ?, 300 pages


I added this book because: it sounds like an appealing series (6 books currently)

Synopsis: the world has killed itself with global warming and surviving humans have gathered in a 'super greenhouse' and the young have to save the world









The Way of Shadows #1 by Brent Weeks

Genre: Fantasy

Published 2008, 645 pages


I added this book because: I needed a book with an assassin for one of my reading challenges and this author is highly recommended

Synopsis: a young man who's grown up in the slums apprentices himself to a killer and learns to navigate the world of politics, strange magics, and death (first of trilogy)






The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Genre: Nonfiction

Published 1923, 127 pages


I added this book because: I've never read it and it satisfies some reading challenges

Synopsis: classic of inspirational, motivational poetry and essays









Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Genre: General Fiction

Published: 2019, but now in US, 352 pages


I added this book because: I read everything by this author

Synopsis: a poignant comedy, a bank robber takes a group of people at an open house hostage and as the tension mounts, the hostages start sharing secrets; finally the robber must decide if he would rather face the police or stay with this group of impossible people. (I'm #358 on my library hold list!)






Miracle and Other Christmas Stories by Connie Willis

Genre: Holiday

Published 1999, 336 pages


I picked this book because: saw it on a book blog and it seemed like a good holiday read

Synopsis: a collection of 8 stories that boldly reimagine Christmas stories while celebrating the power of love










Dark Pattern #4 by Andrew Mayne

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Published 2019, 316 pages


I picked this book because: it was on sale for Kindle and I enjoy this author

Synopsis: continuing the story of Theo Cray who solves murders by using his unique mathematical skills; this serial killer may get the best of him (mixed GR reviews, but I'll give it a try anyway)







Sea Wife by Amity Gaige

Genre: General Fiction / Thriller

Published April 2020, 288 pages


I added this book because: from a #BookRiot list and sounds intriguing

Synopsis: literary and thriller with a bit of mystery, it's the story of a marriage in trouble and the parents decide to take their 2 young children and sail around the world for a year. The start is great but eventually cracks appear - told from his captain's log and her memories of the trip





Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

Award: Women's Prize

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published March 2020, 372 pages


I added this book because: I saw it recommended on a few book blogs

Synopsis: a fictional biography of Shakespeare's marriage, wife, and the death of their son at age 11; four years later Shakespeare writes Hamlet.








The Godmother by Hannelore Cayre, translated

Award winner of prestigious French crime novels

Genre: Mystery

Published 2019 in English, 199 pages


I added this book because: recommended by Mel at #StrongSenseofPlace blog (great podcast too!)

Synopsis: a 53 year old woman who works as an interpreter of phone taps is suddenly in need of money. She learns of a major drug deal and decides to embark on a new career - infiltrate the drug market and become the Godmother. Gritty crime novel of contemporary Paris.

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