As someone who loves the summer, I’m not yet willing to admit that fall is here (even though the days are clearly getting shorter and leaves are starting to cover the ground). But, I still look forward to the spooky season, and to wearing cozy sweaters, and drinking hot apple cider.
I’m also looking forward to a new month with new reads! Here is what I’ll be cracking open this month:
| My Reading Goals |
Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge 2020
The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya & Elizabeth Weil: This book fulfills the “book by or about a refugee,” prompt. This book is about Wamariya’s and her sister’s experiences of displacement because of the war in Rwanda. I’ve already started reading this book, and I know it’s going to be a difficult read, emotionally. Still, I’m happy for the opportunity to be able to read something that normally I wouldn’t pick up for myself.
Reading Women Challenge 2020 / YARC
Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao: This book fulfills the “book by an author from the Caribbean or India” prompt. Rao is originally born in India, but moved to the US when she was seven. I’ve been listening to the audio of this book and it’s really good, so far! It’s about a friendship between two Indian girls. I love the woman-love happening in this story, because it’s not often the focus of many stories. Poornima and Savitha love each other and are afraid to be torn apart. I hope my emotions can withstand the obstacles their friendship is about to go through!
I’m also counting this book towards the Year of the Asian reading challenge, since the author is South Asian.
2020 Diversity Challenge
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo: The Diversity Challenge encourages readers to focus on reading diverse books throughout the year, but they also include a different challenge prompt for each month that focuses on a specific kind of diversity. For September, the prompt focuses on Hispanic/Latinx books. You guys, I’m finally going to read With the Fire on High! I’m pretty stoked. I’ve heard so many good things about this book, and now I’m finally going to crack it open. I really hope I enjoy it as much as others!
Bonfire by Krysten Ritter: I’m excited to finally be reading this book! It was definitely an impulse buy at a store and I do like Ritter (I mostly follow her because of her knitting stuff!), so I’m hoping big-time that this book is good! It’s a bit of an environmental mystery, so I’m curious to see where that will land with me. I do like mysteries, but I haven’t read too many that focus on environmentalism before. Fingers crossed!
ARC of the Month
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton: I am so, so excited to have snagged an ARC of this book! I got to read an ARC of Turton’s first book, The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, which I love! And now, I managed to get an ARC of this, his second book. It’s a creepy historical-fiction mystery at sea! I am so excited to get into this book. I am so ready for this!
And, if I get to it:
My TBR Pick
Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer: Yes, I will own the fact that I am a Twlight fan – with a caveat. I enjoy the first book, but don’t really care for the rest of the series. I bought it right on the cusp before it became a mega-blowout-popular series and I’m a big sucker for vamp stories, so sue me! Yes, I know Meyer isn’t the best writer, but I’m not looking for the best when I read trashy vamp romance novels. This book is Twilight but from Edward’s perspective (fyi, I’m Team Edward, I will admit that). I’ve already started reading it and am mostly done, but it’s one thick book, guys, and I just didn’t have the time to finish it in August.
Wow, so funny that my TBR pick for the past two months have been vampire books…
What books are you reading this month?
If you’ve read any books from my list, let me know what you think! Do you have any of these selections on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!
It’s another month of reading dangerously and I hope I’m up to the challenge!