I posted reviews for two of my September reads here and here, but now I’m catching up on the others! I read a lovely assortment of genres, so here you have my September review wrap up for those I haven’t discussed yet:
THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL by Anne Frank
My grandfather and I love World War II, so he gave me this book for my birthday. I’m sure you know this is Anne Frank’s diary, compiled by her father, Otto Frank. I read this book slowly because I wanted to let it sink in, and I’m so glad I took that approach. It was fascinating and heartbreaking to read an account of the war through a child’s eyes. Anne was so witty and full of life, and her maturity showed through in certain passages while others reminded the reader she was only a young girl. The final entry is dated August 1st, 1944, and the Franks were arrested only three days later. Edith Frank gave all her food to her daughters, and she died of starvation in Auschwitz. Margot and Anne were transferred to Bergen-Belsen, where they died within a few days of each other in early 1945. Otto Frank was the only survivor. To imagine him discovering Anne’s diary, the only link between him and his murdered family, and getting to know a whole new side to his daughter is both awe-inspiring and devastating.
THE RIVER AT NIGHT by Erica Ferencik
I won a copy of this book in a giveaway! This thriller follows four friends who go camping and white water rafting for their girls’ weekend. The main character, Winifred, isn’t exactly a thrill-seeker, so she’s nervous about the whole trip. Her fears come to life when things take a turn for the worst and the women struggle for survival. While a quick, fun read, this one wasn’t my favorite. I didn’t really connect with the characters or the story, and when I got to the suspenseful parts, I still felt like some development was lacking. Overall, I just wanted more. Despite this, I’m glad I read this one and am so grateful for the giveaway win!
NORTHANGER ABBEY by Jane Austen
This book was another birthday gift! I’m a big Jane Austen fan, but I’d never read NORTHANGER ABBEY. The story focuses on a group of young people navigating the world of love, and the main love interests are Catherine Morland and Henry Tilney. These two were my favorite characters, and my favorite part of their relationship was their ability to match wits with one another. The book isn’t very long, which makes it a quick, fun read, and the writing is delightful. The characters are witty and intriguing, but would you expect anything less from Jane Austen? We all know she’s brilliant.
THE OTHER ALCOTT by Elise Hooper
Growing up, I loved Louisa May Alcott’s works. THE OTHER ALCOTT is a historical fiction story about Louisa’s sister, May, who aspires to be an artist. It was fascinating to hear May’s story and learn more about her relationship with Louisa. May wants to follow her artistic dreams, and Louisa is a successful writer whose work supports her family, but she wants to branch out into other genres. May travels to Europe to study art, and I loved visiting the cities with her and hearing references to some of my favorite artists. I related to both sisters, their aspirations, and their devotion to their family. Despite their differences and a rift in their relationship, Louisa and May love each other. The writing is so beautiful, and it’s obvious how much care and research went into crafting such a fascinating and heart-wrenching story.
That concludes my September review wrap up! I would recommend these books to adult readers. I read a lot of interesting works this summer, and I hope my October wrap up is just as exciting!