off the shelf: september 2021 edition

Many of you know that I am a bookworm at heart. That's a hobby that got largely neglected over the course of law school, studying for the bar exam, and my post-bar job hunt. However, now that I've gotten settled - moved into my own apartment, been at my firm for a few months, not constantly stressed about finances - I've been able to get into creative pursuits and reading again.


So, comin' in hot: every book I read in September 2021!


  1. The Infernal Device Series by Cassandra Clare: This is comprised separately of Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess. Easily one of my favorite series, Infernal Devices has a kind of steampunk-feel with the Downworld of vampires, warlocks, and demon hunters in 1800s London. The protagonist is an orphan, Tessa Gray, a girl on a quest to find her brother, who disappeared months ago and was never heard from again. These books are full of adventure, fantasy, sass, and a bit of romance - and two dashing male leads that you're sure to fall in love with. My link gets you all three books for about $23 - best deal you'll find!

  2. All This Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott: A story that was a major trip. A car crash, a seemingly perfect couple, and the rebuilding of what it means to love and be loved - all through the lens of profound loss. This author also wrote Five Feet Apart, which was made into one of my favorite movies of 2020.

  3. Atomic Habits by James Clear: This one, truthfully, is still in progress. I read a chapter or two while I eat breakfast every morning. It's an incredible look into the psychology behind habits, and how we can build good ones and break bad ones. The more I read, the more inspired I am. James Clear focuses on how your habits affect who you are, rather than just what you do.

  4. The Selection, The Elite, The One by Kiera Cass: Put all three of these together because they're a trilogy, and once you read one, you really can't pump the breaks. Trust me. It's impossible. This link goes to the first book, which is largely a combination of The Bachelor and Hunger Games (although without the whole murdering-each-other aspect of things).

  5. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus: I read this book in one afternoon and absolutely loved it. I'm not usually huge on thriller-who-done-it books, but this had me hooked. Think Breakfast Club, but with homicide. Detention gone VERY wrong - and the four prime suspects don't know who to trust. Bonus: it's also being made into a TV show, which premieres on Peacock on October 7th! You still have a few days to read up before you watch.

TOTAL BOOK COUNT: 9 books.


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