5 Books For Your September Book Binge

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A little escape from these unpredictable times is all we can hope for. One of the best ways to distract yourself, feel inspired, or take a “vacation” is by diving into a book. From biographies to romance to thrillers, there is something for everyone on this little list. Thanks to @hobokenbooksta, we can hopefully get through the remainder of this month and start September one book at a time — here are five must-read books for your next book binge.

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

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Romance

The last thing Emily expected when she volunteered to move in with her sister and niece after a traumatic car accident was to be roped into working the local Renaissance Faire. But a summer spent nursing her injured sister back to health and taking care of her adolescent niece came at the perfect time. Recently dumped by her super ambitious {not to mention narcissistic and egotistical} loser lawyer boyfriend, Emily is feeling a little lost. Hopeful that this time away from reality will inspire her to reprioritize and do some serious soul-searching, Emily opens herself up to any and all possibilities.

However, she didn’t really imagine running around in the stifling heat dressed as a tavern wench the entire summer. It doesn’t help matters much that the teacher in charge of the Faire, who also plays a devilishly handsome pirate, can’t stand the sight of her… unless she’s in her wench costume. Is he actually flirting with her or just really good at getting into character? She never meant to stay in Willow Creek permanently, but suddenly she can’t imagine ever leaving.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

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Autobiography/Memoir

A truly life-changing story about Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, and the victims of a faulty justice system he relentlessly fought for. Many of the people he represented were sentenced to death and awaiting execution on Death Row. Stevenson dedicated his whole life to advocating for the most vulnerable members victimized by a damaged legal system really. He primarily focuses on the case of a falsely condemned man named Walter McMillian and the instrumental role he played in saving his life.

This book will open the readers’ eyes to some of the injustices committed against people of color, people with disabilities, and people of the lowest socioeconomic class. Stevenson sheds light on some of the areas where we need to improve the most and explains why these things are happening. The more we understand, the more efficiently we can implement the necessary change.

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My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

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Thriller

A beautiful wife, a beautiful home, two beautiful children. What more could a man need? After fifteen long years of marriage, things are bound to get boring. You think you know your spouse so well, better than yourself even. But as time passes, the stresses of everyday life slowly seep in and threaten to disrupt the balance. And even after fifteen years, your significant other, the person you think of as your twin soul, can shock you in ways beyond your wildest imagination.

No marriage is perfect. Every couple has their own secrets to success, but those secrets typically don’t include murder.

The Holdout by Graham Moore

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Courtroom Drama/Thriller

A brilliant, fast-paced courtroom drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. It all began with the mysterious disappearance of a fifteen-year-old girl. Jessica Silver was the daughter of an extremely wealthy real estate mogul worth billions. Naturally, this high-profile case commanded the attention of every major media outlet in the country and her family will not rest until her case is solved. The prime suspect was Jessica’s teacher, Bobby Nock, a young African American man. The case seemed like a no-brainer and the prosecution expected the jury to return a quick conviction. Little did they know one of the jurors, Maya Seale, believed so adamantly in Bobby’s innocence that she convinced the entire jury to believe it too. When Bobby is acquitted and the trial is finally over, Maya finally feels like she can breathe again. She knows that she just saved the life of an innocent man… but did she? The Silvers, the media, and the entire country are convinced that he is guilty and does not hold back from saying so publicly.

Now, ten years later, producers want to film a true-crime documentary about the infamous Bobby Nock trial. The film crew wants all the jurors to reunite at a hotel where they will conduct interviews for the series. When Maya finally agrees to participate, she has no idea what to expect she arrives. She definitely didn’t anticipate finding one of the other jurors brutally murdered in her hotel room. Surrounded by incriminating evidence, Maya knows her freedom and reputation relies on her ability and experience as a defense attorney to find out what really happened to Jessica Silver all those years ago. In order to save herself, she must race against the clock to solve a ten-year-old cold case.

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The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

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Psychological Thriller

After moving to a small town in Maine from the busy city streets of Chicago, Dr. Sadie Foust is struggling to adjust to her new life. Once a distinguished emergency room physician, Sadie now works in a small primary care clinic on a remote island. Leaving behind shameful scandals for both her and her oldest son, Sadie is grateful for a fresh start where no one knows their secrets. However, shortly after their arrival on the island, an even bigger scandal rocks the small town: their neighbor is found dead in her home by her six-year-old daughter. The murder of Morgan Baines shakes Sadie to the core. How can she keep her family safe while there is a murderer on the loose? As she digs deeper into the mystery surrounding this senseless crime, Sadie realizes she’s not as innocent as she thinks.

Which of these books will you be reading ASAP? Let us know in the comments!

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Alex is a total Jersey girl from Hunterdon County who now resides in downtown Hoboken. When she’s not practicing yoga at Asana Soul Practice or working as a Registered Nurse in New York City, you can most likely find her curled up on the couch with a good book and glass {or three} of wine. Books have always been her passion and loves nothing more than spending her days off at Little City Books searching for some hidden gems.