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Five Star Reads from September!

I had a great reading month in September! I participated in 30 Books in 30 Days and Series September and had so much fun with both readathons. I also had a lot of five star reads, so I'll jump right in!

Sammy Keyes by Wendelin Van Draanen

I read the last five books in the Sammy Keyes series and all five were 5 star reads for me! I love Sammy and her friends so much and was so sad to see the end of the series, though I loved the ending!

A Ben of All Trades by Michael J Rosen

This is a short book highlighting earlier aspects of Benjamin Franklin's story. I loved learning a little more about Benjamin Franklin and liked the book's focus on how Franklin's exploration early in life helped him become the man he was. I listened to the audiobook, but I read that the illustrations are well worth reading the physical book.

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett

This middle grade book about two boys who love to prank people was funny and a wild ride. I loved the themes and I can see my kids loving it when they are just a little older.

Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie

I read at least one Agatha Christie book a month as I'm working my way through her many novels and they are often my favorite reads of the month. This Poirot mystery was no exception and was such a fun read.

Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke

The kids and I read the first Mighty Jack book last month and the Zita the Space Girl books earlier this year. This month, we finished both graphic novel series (the series have the same book as the final book in their series) and absolutely loved them both! The finale was so well done and really showed the growth of the characters from both series.

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

I grew up watching this movie with my friends and have always loved it, so when I found out that there was a book, I had to read. The book had its differences from the movie, of course, but I loved it. It's great in its own way, just as the movie is.

Murder by Invitation Only by Colleen Cambridge

This series follows the fictitious housekeeper of Agatha Christie as she solves mysteries that seem to occur in her presence. I loved the first two books and was happily anticipating this new release in the series. It was just as enjoyable a read as the others and I can't wait for the next release!

Enola Holmes and the Mark of the Mongoose by Nancy Springer

Enola Holmes is another series I've loved for a long time. I didn't realize until recently that there was a new book in the series out, but when I did, I devoured it. It is so fun to watch Enola solve mysteries and get herself out of tight predicaments. It was a highly enjoyable read.

Zoey and Sassafras by Asla Citro

My kids and I listened to volumes 1-6 on Audible and all loved it. It follows a little girl who loves science and can see magical creatures. It was the perfect combination for my own girls! The narration was also well done and the story cute.

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty

I love Liane Moriarty's writing style, I think she is so good at giving just enough information that the reader is then dying to know more. It works particularly well with the thrillers she written, which this one is a thriller. It's a wild ride.

Diana: Princess of the Amazons by Shannon Hale

This middle grade graphic novel follows Diana, the only child on the island of the Amazons, as she tries to find a friend. The illustrations are lovely, the story is fun, and the characters are all likable. I also read the sequel and rated it 5 stars, though I think I liked the first book in the series more.

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

This was my only reread this month. I read it aloud with my kids and it was so fun to share a childhood favorite with them. They loved it and literally squealed at the marriage proposal at the end. It was a fun way to finish the month!

What did you read in September? I would love to hear about the books you loved in the comments below!

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