What We’re Reading Wednesday, September 29th

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Happy Wednesday, book friends! I’ve had quite the reading month this September, and I’m surprised to say there’s plenty of new books to talk about this week, even though we last checked in just one Wednesday ago. 

The past week has brought a noticeable change in the weather here in PA, with cooler mornings bringing out my sweatshirts. More and more, I love the crisp feel of a fall morning… even if it is a harbinger of winter. 

There was some wild energy out there this week, with a lot of unexpected calls and emails taking me every which direction at work. Once Saturday came, I wanted nothing more than to sit on the couch and do nothing. So, I ended up finishing two books that day, naturally. 

So, why don’t we check in and see where life has taken me, book-wise, this past week? 

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Recent Reads

Last weekend was the last weekend for a full month where I had a whole day free and available to myself. 

So, I started & finished Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori on Saturday. It’s a delightfully small book at around 160 pages. Big thanks to fellow Bookstgrammer Bepi’s Books, who generously held a giveaway for their 100th follower, which is how I got my copy of this book!

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I thoroughly enjoyed the weird little tale of a woman coming to accept what she sees as a satisfying & purposeful role in society. Though I never worked in a convenience store per say, my memories of working at TJ Maxx made some of the narrator’s reflections on her work life feel familiar, even if her way of viewing the world was quite, um, different from my own. Not sure what that means? You have to read it to find out, I think. 

Once I finished that I turned my attentions to wrapping up a digital review copy of Bad Luck Bridesmaid by Alison Rose Greenberg (thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC). 

This was a slow start for me as I noted in last week’s post, but once I understood that it wasn’t going to be a straightforward romantic comedy despite advertisement otherwise, I settled in and really enjoyed it. It’s really a story about a young woman coming into her own and embracing who she is, with a few steamy moments along the path to self-acceptance. 

If you’re curious about this one, which comes out in January 2022, my full review is available here: Like Its Protagonist, “Bad Luck Bridesmaid” Defies Expectations
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Current Reads

As the weather at last feels crisp and the neighbors put up their elaborate Halloween displays, I turned my attentions to Arsenic & Adobo by Mia P. Manansala, a so-called “cozy mystery.” 

I am many things, but a self-identified mystery reader is not one of them. Still, I felt in the mood for something different to open spooky season, and since we’ve already established that thrillers aren’t really my thing, I decided to go for a mystery of the cozy variety instead. 

So far, I’m enjoying this food-centric mystery novel… even if I am not super familiar with the conventions of the genre and don’t really know what to expect! It’s nicely fast-paced with a diverse and interesting cast of characters, and I’m curious to see where it goes. 

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In my earbuds, the great Princess Diaries audio re-listen project marches on, with Royal Wedding to round out the set. The narrator for this one is different to the prior books as narrated by Clea Lewis. This makes sense given the massive year gap between Book 10 and this re-visited tale of a grown-up Mia’s life, but is still jarring as the character voices are vastly different. 

Up Next? 

I am oh so excited for fall and for spooky season, so I am hoping to make October the month of the witch. I want to tackle a few recent witchy releases, including: 

Also likely? Hitting up the Mediator series on audio next to continue the Meg Cabot nostalgia spree, provided I can find good audiobook versions. 

What About You, Dear Reader? 

So that’s what I’ve been up to this week in reading! 

What about you? Are you clinging to the summer beach read vibes or leaning in to spooky season? Or maybe you’re not in the Northern Hemisphere and you’re gearing up for a different season altogether! 

Let me know what you’ve been reading lately so I can expand that ever-growing TBR! 

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