Books of the Month September 2019

Books of the Month September 2019

December is right around the corner, but that doesn't mean readers can't already treat themselves to some great books. That is exactly what our readers did this September when they indulged in their favorite books. Once again, the best books for Septemeber features an incredible selection of titles across all genres. Just take a look at the top picks by our readers and you'll be sure to find something that you'll enjoy too.

Best Romance

Never is a Very Long Time

by Donna McDonald

Never is a Very Long Time by Donna McDonald

For Dr. Mariah Bates there is nothing better than finding perfect dates for her clients. It's a good thing too as she quit her celebrity radio job to start the dating agency. However, things haven't exactly worked out for her either, thanks to a cheating ex and a very ugly divorce that resulted in her having to move in with her mother. To make matters worse, her cop ex-husband is out to ruin her business, so the last thing she wanted in her life is another cop. However, that is exactly what she gets when she meets someone who makes her believe in love at first sight. Never Is A Very Long Time is the first book in The Perfect Date series and it's a great romance as well as an engrossing standalone read.

Best Action & Adventure

Element 42

by Seeley James

Element 42 by Seeley James

Veteran bodyguard Jacob Stearne was expecting a mini-vacation when accompanying his heiress-boss, Pia Sabel, to Borneo on a charitable mission. The idea was to build a school but instead ends up in the locals giving chase. Pia Sabel intended on helping educate isolated children using her fortune but is forced to flee by corrupt officials. This is just the start of Element 42, an action-packed novel filled with exotic locations, a thrilling conspiracy, and even an apocalyptic virus.

Best Mystery & Thriller

Family Secrets

by Shawn McGuire

Family Secrets by Shawn McGuire

Jayne O'Shea is a former detective who hasn't been to the cozy Northwoods village of Whispering Pines in sixteen years. The reason for her departure was a family feud, but she eventually returns to prepare her grandparent's lake house for sale. Unfortunately what she finds is a house that has been trashed and a dead body in the backyard. Jayne is very reluctant to get involved, but since the sheriff appears to have no interest in investigating the death, she feels like she has no choice. It doesn't take long for Jayne to grow her list of suspects as the town is full of suspicious people, but it is also clear that the sheriff is not too keen on her making progress. For fans of mystery and thriller novels filled with twists and turns Family Secrets is a must-read.

Best Young Adult

Atlantis Riptide

by Allie Burton

Atlantis Riptide by Allie Burton

Pearl Poseidon is only sixteen years old, but she has been feeling like a fish out of water her entire life. The only thing she craves is to run away from her horrible life with her adoptive parents who only use her for profit and to escape into anonymity. Unfortunately for Pearl, a budding investigative reporter named Chase witnesses her mutant abilities when she saves a small boy from drowning. This obviously results in a lot of questions as well as some police interest. However, Pearl has even bigger problems to deal with when she discovers her true identity and about a war to decide who will rule the oceans. Atlantis Riptide is the first book in the Lost Daughters of Atlantis series and will have fans of young adult novels on the edge of their seats.

Best Fantasy


by Raine Thomas

Becoming by Raine Thomas

Living a normal life is not exactly possible when you explode every three years. This is the unique situation that Amber Hopkins has to deal with in Becoming by Raine Thomas. These explosions not only hurt like hell but also leaves her life a shambles and have resulted in five foster placements. Then, with her eighteenth birthday looming, Amber once again feels the strange and powerful energy building before the inevitable explosion occurs. However, this time things are a little different and Amber not only discovers how her fellow foster and best friend, Gabriel, really feels about her but also why she's having the power surges. Finding out that she's not entirely human is shocking enough, but things become even more complicated for Amber when she learns about her destiny.

Best Historical Fiction

William Hennessey

by Meg Buchanan

William Hennessey by Meg Buchanan

William Hennessey by Meg Buchanan is a novella that tells the backstory of her Hennessey series, which makes it a great starting point. The protagonist is William Hennessey, who is heir to the Hennesey fortune. The story opens with William giving up on university and deciding to embark on a grand tour of Europe instead. When he arrives home to visit his parents for a few days, William finds that they are staying at a neighbor's place for a few days. This prompts William to go join his parents, but what happens next will change his life forever.

Best Horror

Cemetery Candles

by Estela Vazquez Perez

Cemetery Candles by Estela Vazquez Perez

Horror fans in search of a book with characters that consort with vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and witches will love Cemetery Candles by Estela Vazquez Perez. This novel introduces readers to Victor Montenegro, a respected diplomat, illusionist, and treasure hunter with an uncanny ability to find historical treasures. Victor hires an aspiring anthropologist named Valentine Santa Cruz to educate his nephew, but end up bonding over their mutual love of the dead. Cemetery Candles is also the tale of Suzette Savarit, who in 1727 flees to the New World to escape the brutal murder of her parents. Suzette becomes a prominent citizen of New Orleans but ends up in an illicit romance with a plague survivor. To find out how these stories are entwined read Cemetery Candles.

Best Literary Fiction

Emma's Journey

by K. Wendt

Emma's Journey by K. Wendt

When Emma's friend David passes away, she is faced with the prospect of moving to another state and running a business she knows nothing about if she plans on honoring his last will and testament. To make matters worse, Emma was not aware of any of this while David was still alive. These events set Emma on a journey where she travels to David's home, but unfortunately, nobody there seems to have anything good to say about her old friend. Emma's Journey is an inspiring story and reading about how she finds herself will be a treat to all fans of literary fiction.

Best Science Fiction

Tracking the Trailblazer

by John Thornton

Tracking the Trailblazer

Tracking The Trailblazer is set in a future where Earth is a radioactive, toxic wasteland. The remnant of humanity survives by living inside domes, including the protagonists Janae and Ken, who are part of Dome 17. After a series of grueling missions to explore other domes, it becomes clear that Dome 17 is one of the only to survive. Unfortunately, Dome 17 is also facing its own failure and the only hope for safety is seven generational colony ships. The only problem is that the colony ship program was considered a failure and the locations of these ships are now unknown. In a last-ditch effort it is decided to use faster-than-light scout ships, and teleportation, both unproven technologies, to try and find one of these ships and hopefully save what is left of humanity.

Best Non-Fiction

Walkabout to Wisdom: Awakening to Nature's Teaching in the Australian Outback

by Lachlan Hughson

Walkabout to Wisdom by Lachlan Hughson

Lachlan Hughson, the author of Walkabout to Wisdom, was living in New York City for seven years by the time of the September 11 attacks on the city. Afterward, he gave up his investment banking career and returned to Australia for a two-year walkabout. It is during this journey that he came to intimately connect with Nature's teaching and the life wisdom that it has to offer all of us. It is clear that Lachlan has a love for the land and with his book he takes readers on a journey to some of the most captivating places that Australia has to offer. This book is not only inspiring, but its themes are more important than ever.

Best Paranormal

Dangerous Destiny

by V. A. Dold

Dangerous Destiny by V. A. Dold

For a paranormal romance with bite don't miss out on Dangerous Destiny by V. A. Dold. It's the first book in the League of Guardians series and features Carolyn, a witch, and Darius, a vampire. Carolyn has the ability to see the future, but cannot see her own fate. Darius, on the other hand, is sworn to protect witches from modern-day witch hunters. Then there is The Guild, an order of witch hunters that has been going since the 1600s who have Carolyn in their sights. It is up to Darius to protect her, but nothing could have prepared him for falling in love with her.

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