I was a bit too ambitious with my TBR last month. I only finished 2 of the 6 on the list (Educated, by Tara Westover was excellent), DNF-ed one, and read a YA that I hadn’t included but couldn’t resist (The Way You Make You Feel, by Maurene Goo). So, for September, I’m cutting the TBR down to 4 titles. I hope they’re good!
Here’s the TBR for September 2018:
The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang
I’ve heard that The Kiss Quotient has similarities to The Rosie Project which I really enjoyed. It was a Book of the Month pick in June and I like supporting Asian American authors, so Hoang’s debut has a lot of pros for me.
Summary: Stella Lane comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old. It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional–which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. . . Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all of the other things he’s making her feel. Their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic. ~From the publisher
Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey To Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine, by Edward Lee
I’ve been an Ed Lee fan since he was on PBS’s The Mind of Chef. He was eloquent on the show and his food looked incredible. Lucky for me, Ed Lee’s restaurant Succotash is only a 45-drive away, and I’m happy to report the food doesn’t just look good, it tastes absolutely delicious. Buttermilk Graffitti got an endorsement from Rebecca on Book Riot’s All the Books podcast (one of my favorites), so I think it’s going to be a delectable read.
Summary: American food is the story of mash-ups. Immigrants arrive, cultures collide, and out of the push-pull come exciting new dishes and flavors. But for Edward Lee, who, like Anthony Bourdain or Gabrielle Hamilton, is as much a writer as he is a chef, that first surprising bite is just the beginning. What about the people behind the food? What about the traditions, the innovations, the memories?
A natural-born storyteller, Lee decided to hit the road and spent two years uncovering fascinating narratives from every corner of the country…Sixteen adventures, 16 vibrant new chapters in the great evolving story of American cuisine. And 40 recipes, created by Lee, that bring these new dishes into our own kitchens. ~From the publisher
Gaudy Night (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Book 12), by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries keep popping up in various book recommendation podcasts, blogs, etc., so I’ve been meaning to give them a try. It so happens that this month’s Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club pick is Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club. It’s the perfect excuse to give the series a try.
Summary: Harriet Vane’s Oxford reunion is shadowed by a rash of bizarre pranks and malicious mischief that include beautifully worded death threats, burnt effigies and vicious poison-pen letters, and Harriet finds herself and Lord Peter Wimsey challenged by an elusive set of clues. ~From Follett
New York Trilogy, by Paul Auster
My recent trip to New York City was just plain awesome and while it’s not likely that I’ll ever move there, I can definitely read tons of literature about it! As I mentioned in my post about the trip, I’ve made a personal goal to read as many books set in New York City for the next year. The New York Trilogy has been in my library for an embarrassing number of years and it has New York in the title. I think it would be the perfect book to start with for my reading goal.
Summary: Moving at the breathless pace of a thriller, this uniquely stylized trio-logy of detective novels begins with City of Glass, in which Quinn, a mystery writer, receives an ominous phone call in the middle of the night. He’s drawn into the streets of New York, onto an elusive case that’s more puzzling and more deeply-layered than anything he might have written himself. In Ghosts, Blue, a mentee of Brown, is hired by White to spy on Black from a window on Orange Street. Once Blue starts stalking Black, he finds his subject on a similar mission, as well. In The Locked Room, Fanshawe has disappeared, leaving behind his wife and baby and nothing but a cache of novels, plays, and poems. ~From the publisher
What do you plan on reading this month? Please share in the comments below!