Book Releases and Reviews September 13 and September 20, 2022

With these September 13 and 20 book releases, we’ve got more Christmas in September, as well as a few books about motherhood.

Mother Brain by Chelsea Conaboy


This book was incredible, and I wish it had been available earlier in my postpartum journey. This look at the neurological research of what happens during early parenthood was fascinating. It also helped me better understand the changes I experienced and feel less alone in my experience. I’m recommending this to all my friends who have asked me questions about what becoming a parent is really like.

My Body Created a Human by Emma Ahlqvist


A nice little graphic novel about pregnancy and new motherhood. A lot of the chapters felt super relatable. Definitely not for anyone who is squeamish about illustrations of birth.

A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone


This steamy Christmas romance was a delight to read. A porn star and a former boy band singer cast in a Christmas movie for a Hallmark-like channel attempt to maintain a squeaky clean image even as things heat up behind the scenes. I loved how casually queer this book was, with two bi leads and numerous LGBTQ side characters. A great holiday romance.

The Gospel of Wellness by Rina Raphael


I think anyone who enjoyed the section in Cultish on cult fitness, is going to love this deep dive into the wellness industry and the ways it has come to take over some the space religion traditionally held. From fitness to crystals, the book talks about how the Wellness industry has become what it is both the good and the bad.

Trigger warning for discussions of eating disorders.

We’re also excited to checkout these September 13 book releases: Duet by Phillip Hoose and Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco. As well as these book releasing on September 20: When in Rome by Sara Adams and The Vanquishers by Kalynn Bayron.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers of these ARCs for the books for review.