September 2020 Wrap-Up/TBR Update

I didn’t feel super slumpy this month, but I guess I was? I didn’t read a ton from my TBR, but I feel okay about it.

monthly tbr

Also read/reading:

Books finished this month: 5, 1 DNF
Books currently reading:
3

Overall TBR:

TBR at the beginning of the year = 296
TBR at the beginning of September = 319
Books added to TBR = 5
Books read/deleted from TBR = 5
Total on TBR now = 319

How did your reading go this month?

14 Best Book Deals for 9/29/20: Pretty Little Liars, Harry’s Trees, and more

Book Deals
As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
Less than $2

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

Less than $3

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

On Bowie by Rob Sheffield

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen


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UPDATE: Reading Goals for 2020

Reading Goals for 2020

I’m a little late on this update, but when I checked on my goals I was surprised by how much I’d gotten done! Here’s my original post from the beginning of the year. But for those of you who don’t want to click through, here’s my list:

I’m super proud of everything I’ve accomplished so far. Early in the year I read The Little Prince and the beginning of quarantine was a great time to binge the entire Princess Diaries series. I quickly binged the Twilight series before Midnight Sun came out this summer (I was never planning on reading it, but it reminded me that I had this as a goal). I was really curious to see how the series would read as an adult since the last time I read it, I was still a teenager (my review).

I only ended up reading one Kristin Hannah and Ruth Ware book apiece–I just didn’t LOVE their writing styles so I didn’t feel that urge to pick up any of their other books. For Kristin Hannah, I read The Great Alone (review)and for Ruth Ware I read The Death of Mrs. Westaway (review). I liked The Great Alone a lot more than the Ruth Ware book, but I’ll definitely have to be in the right mood before I read another Kristin Hannah book I think.

I ended up listening to the audio book for The Tale of Two Cities and I thought that ended up being a really good decision. I think if I’d tried to read it, I would have missed some things. I think I would have been more confused as to what was going on and I definitely would have missed the little jokes throughout–Dickens is funny! Who knew? So to anyone who’s struggling with reading classics, I might suggest finding an audio version!

I’ve got 1984 sitting on my Kindle right now, but I’m not sure I’ll get to it before it’s due back at the library. I still need to pick which series I want to finish, but right now I think I’m planning on doing three which would consist of four books that I own. We’ll see though…

How are your 2020 Reading Goals coming?

22 Best Book Deals for 9/17/20: Maisie Dobbs, Beach Read, A Darker Shade of Magic, and more

Book Deals
As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
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Dear Martin by Nic Stone

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

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The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers


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MINI-REVIEWS: Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All; Mexican Gothic; and The Lion’s Dean

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All

I thought this book was so interesting the way it was narrated! It kind of reminds me of The Book Thief in some ways. I liked that we learned things about Pearl and her life along the way even though she wasn’t our classic “main character”. This book felt like a slice of life from Chicago during WWII and I really enjoyed getting that view. A lot of this story is just quiet and slow, but it’s so well-written (even though I think the imagery with doors kind of went over my head). The ending made me want to go straight back to the beginning to reread the prologue. I would definitely recommend this book, but it may be something that you have to be in a specific mood for. With that being said, I think these fall/winter days coming up will create the perfect atmosphere for this book.

Overall Rating: 4
Language: Mild
Violence: Mild
Smoking/Drinking: Mild
Sexual Content: Mild

Order: Hardcover | Paperback | eBook

Mexican Gothic

This book felt so slooooow to me even from the very beginning. For a long time, I just felt like nothing was happening and it didn’t seem like Noemi was learning anything important. So that goes on for like the whole book until the last 20 pages which end up being super intense. I don’t want to give anything away, but it ended up being so different from what I expected and just really weird. It wasn’t scary or even that thrilling, though I’d probably still classify it as horror. Lastly, some uncomfortable topics were touched on that I didn’t love (incest, infanticide, and cannibalism).

Overall Rating: 3
Language: Moderate
Violence: Moderate
Smoking/Drinking: Moderate
Sexual Content: Moderate

Order: Hardcover | eBook

The Lion’s Den

I didn’t LOVE the story itself, but I thought it was written well and it successfully kept the suspense and mystery high. I think that’s tough to do, so kudos for that. Part of what helped with that was that it was really difficult to know who the “good guys” are throughout the book–there was a moment where I was even contemplating how reliable a narrator Isabelle was. Despite not loving it, it did make me want to reread some sections after I finished to pick up on the things that I missed the first time. I think another reader would really enjoy this book, it just wasn’t totally for me.

Overall Rating: 3.5
Language: Moderate
Violence: Moderate
Smoking/Drinking: Moderate
Sexual Content: Moderate

Order: Hardcover | eBook

MINI-REVIEWS: American Royals & Majesty by Katharine McGee

American Royals

This is the perfect book if you’re obsessed with the royal family and have always wondered what it would be like if America had one as well. I liked most of the characters (the ones we’re supposed to like anyway), but I didn’t love all of the relationships.  I thought there were just too many of them and wished that it had been cut back to maybe two of the four. Not everybody needs to have a romance or a romantic partner. The relationships were also a tad contrived in my opinion. They were basically all the same: “Here’s a character and here’s their love interest, but they can’t be together because of [blank] reason”. With that being said, I liked all of the relationships on an individual level. It was just the fact that they were all bundled together and were so similar to each other. Overall, this was a really enjoyable read and I would recommend it as a YA version of The Royal We.

Overall Rating: 4
Language: Mild

Violence: None
Smoking/Drinking: Moderate
Sexual Content: Mild

Order: Hardcover | Paperback | eBook

Majesty

*NOTE* This will probably contain slight spoilers.

This book picks up essentially right where the last one left off. I found this one just as enjoyable as the first, but also had the same exact issue, funny enough. Again, all of the relationships felt eerily similar and seemed to face the same obstacles. In the end, I was pleasantly surprised with how each of the relationships turned out, and again, I liked them all individually, but as a complete package it was too much for me. With that being said, I did still really enjoy this book and I just hope that in the third book (I assume there will be a third) Jeff finally finds a nice girl to be with.

Overall Rating: 4
Language: Mild
Violence: None
Smoking/Drinking: Mild
Sexual Content: Mild

Order: Hardcover | eBook

19 Best Book Deals for 9/8/20: All the Bright Places, Next Year in Havana, Trail of Lightning, and more

Book Deals
As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
Less than $2

The Glamourist by Luanne G. Smith

The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan

The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

The Liar’s Daughter by Megan Cooley Peterson

Here to Stay by Sara Farizan

180 Seconds by Jessica Park

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Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

East by Edith Pattou

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin


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September 2020 TBR

I have no idea how much I’ll be able to read this month. Hopefully this slump’ll go away.

monthly tbr
What are you guys reading this month? Let me know in the comments!