September 2019 Book Review

Today, I am doing something a bit different! I will be reviewing the books I read for the month of September.

With a lot of lengthy bus rides in Costa Rica and needing to decompress at the end of the day from Spanish, I have been doing a lot of reading.

Reading is a passion of mine and I love to share great reads with friends, hence the reason for this post!

For the month of September, I read 5 books:

Without a Country by Alse Kulin

Without a Country follows the lives of a Jewish German couple, the Schliemann’s, and their move to Turkey prior to the start of WWII. The book covers the family’s struggles of adjusting to Turkish culture and the challenges they face as the war progresses in Europe.

This is the second book I have read by Alse Kulin — I read The Last Train to Istanbul earlier this year. I loved how this book spanned multiple generations of the Schliemann family and offered a different perspective on WWII.

Naturally Tan by Tan France

I am a HUGE fan of Queer Eye on Netflix. When I saw Tan France had written a memoir, I knew I needed to pick it up and read it. Naturally Tan covers Tan France’s life from the racism he endured as a Pakistani in England to his self-discovery as a fashion guru to coming out and meeting his now husband.

While reading the book, I could feel Tan’s personality in the writing that is emulated on the show. In my opinion, this made the book feel very authentic and real.

The Dressmaker’s Gift by Fiona Valpy

This book happened to be an Amazon Prime “First Read.” The Dressmaker’s Gift bounces between present day and WWII spanning three generations of one family. The main character, Harriet, moves to Paris to follow in the footsteps of her grandmother in the fashion industry. While in Paris, she learns about her grandmother, Claire’s, history of working for the resistance during WWII.

The Sun and Her Flowers and Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Books 4 and 5 for September were poetry by Rupi Kaur. Kaur has a gift for putting words together to pack a punch regarding feminism, immigration, and so much more! I plowed through both books very quickly and having a feeling I will read re-read them both again. If you need something quick and beautifully written, I highly recommend both books!

What books did you read for the month of September? What should I add to my to-read list?

Follow me on Goodreads here to see what I am reading and marking to-read!

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Sydney xo

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