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Just like must-read books from writers born in July, September is also full of authors celebrating birthdays who have written books that are must reads for any and all book lovers. As we move from long days and plenty of light for outdoor reading to our cozy dream reading nook to spend crisp autumn days reading indoors, this is the perfect time to enjoy a book or two from the literary world’s Virgos and Libras.

On our list, there are first books from celebrated authors, banned books that feel meta since Banned Books Week is right around the corner, and classic books that became classic movies. Are you ready for some more must-read books from September born authors to add to your never ending TBR?

The Beautiful and Damned by F.Scott Fitzgerald

The Beautiful and Damned Book Cover

As he waits for the inheritance of his grandfather’s fortune, Harvard-educated socialite Anthony and his wife Gloria live recklessly in New York elite society under the heavy influence of alcohol and greed. Similar to Fitzgerald’s other novels, The Beautiful and Damned explores the complexity of marriage and intimacy and is generally considered to be based on his marriage to Zelda (Sayre) Fitzgerald.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

In 1940s Upper East Side New York, martinis flow from cocktail hour until breakfast, and an aspiring writer meets his neighbor Holly Golightly. Holly is a country girl turned socialite who spends her time with wealthy men who shower her with gifts and take her to expensive restaurants. Over the course of a year, the writer becomes more fascinated as Holly slowly reveals parts of her life.

Carrie by Stephen King

Misunderstood and unpopular Carrie White exacts revenge on the other girls who constantly torment her at school and her mother who abuses Carrie with her newly discovered telekinetic powers. During the ordeal, Carrie causes one of the worst local disasters ever seen in the town of Chamberlain, Maine.

The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells

The Island of Doctor Moreau Book Cover

Edward Prendick survives a shipwreck in the Pacific Ocean and is rescued by a passing ship transporting animals to an island that is home to the notorious Doctor Moreau. Dr. Moreau is the formerly renowned physiologist who fled London after his grotesque experiments were exposed. Now, the mad scientist continues this work on the island where he creates human-animal hybrid beings.

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

Muckraker Upton Sinclair used his undercover work in the meatpacking plants of the Chicago stockyards in this fictionalized portrayal of the lives of immigrants who were exploited and endured harsh working conditions in pursuit of the American Dream.

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

Young Constance Chatterly is the upper class woman married to Sir Clifford Chatterly, a handsome, well-built man who is paralyzed from the waist down due to an injury he suffered during the Great War. In addition to physical limitations, Clifford’s emotional neglect causes distance between the couple. Eventually, Constance seeks solace with the gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors.

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda Book Cover

Precocious Matilda is only five years old, but she is already whizzing through double digit multiplication and classic literature. Matilda’s classmates and teacher loves her, but everything is not perfect for Matilda. She has to deal with her idiotic, self-centered parents along with the terrifying school principal Miss Trunchbull. Fortunately, Matilda has the inner resources to rally to the defense of her friends and her favorite teacher, Miss Honey.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot retires to the village near the home of Roger Ackroyd, a friend he met in London. Roger agrees to keep Poirot’s presence anonymous, but that anonymity ends when Roger is found murdered, and Poirot agrees to find the culprit. 

Uncle Tom’s Children by Richard Wright

Uncle Tom’s Children is a powerful collection of novellas exploring the lives of black Americans in the American Deep South during the post-slavery era as they resist the racism and oppression of white supremacy.

Your Turn

So…have you enjoy any of the must-read books on our list? Is one of your favorite authors celebrating a September birthday? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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