Welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!
I am so sorry for the lack of posting on my blog recently! I have been SO busy with school work, and since I am only in my first year, I have still been adjusting from high school to the stress-level that is University (LOL… but really…). I did not post a reading wrap-up for last month, as I only read three books. However, I have managed to read a bit more this month, and am really happy with my reading progress for my first two months of university! Plus, I am only three books away from my Goodreads goal!
The first book I completed in September was TEAMMATE by David Ross. I started this memoir right at the end of August, and completed it during the first week of September. As you may know, I am a huge baseball fan, and was a huge fan of David Ross during the 2016 World Series. I thought that this was a great memoir, and I really enjoyed all of the stories that were shared in this book. If you’re a baseball lover, I would highly recommend picking this one up (and take a look at this)!
The second book I read in September was DON’T LOOK FOR ME by Wendy Walker. I had never read a Walker book prior to this novel, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect before I started reading this book. Little did I know, this book greatly surprised me! You can read my full review for it here!
The third and final book I read in September was THE MOTHERS by Brit Bennett. Words cannot describe how much I adored this novel, and as of right now I believe it is my #1 book of 2020! Everything about this story moved me to tears, including the beautifully developed characters and very interesting storyline. Of course, I rated it 5/5 stars.
The first book I read in October was OTHELLO by Shakespeare. A lot of the books I have been reading for school have been short stories or specific segments of different novels. Therefore, in my wrap-ups, I am only going to be sharing the books I read completely from front to back. Believe it or not, this is the first time I had to read a Shakespeare play completely on my own. Since I am doing school completely virtually this year, I had very little guidance when reading this novel, however, I absolutely loved it! This was the best reading experience I have ever had when reading a Shakespeare play, and am really looking forward to reading Hamlet in November! Overall, I rated it 5/5 stars!
The second book I read in October was THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett. Similarly to THE MOTHERS, I loved this novel, even though I enjoyed that one a tad more. This story is not typically something I would have picked up, as I am not a huge fan of following a family over several generations. However, Bennett’s writing is possibly my favourite writing style out of any author… ever?! So, it was not surprising that I loved this novel as much as I did! Of course, I gave it 5/5 stars.
The third book I read this month was THE END OF HER by Shari Lapena. I had read two of Lapena’s previously novels before this one, but this newest novels was by far my favourite one of hers thus far. I read this novel in under 24-hours, which was especially significant, as I have been reading at quite a slow pace recently. This thriller was really, really great, and I really enjoyed every second of it. I would highly recommend it if you enjoy domestic thrillers! You can read my full review for this book here!
The fourth book I read this month was HARLEM DUET by Djanet Sears. This was another play I read for school, and it was actually an interesting adaptation of OTHELLO. I loved the first-half of the novel, but the second half was way too strange for me. Overall, I gave it 2.25/5 stars.
The second last novel I read was MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER by Oyinkan Braithwaite. I had heard a lot of great things about this novel, and similarly to them, I really enjoyed it! This novel is quite short, and reads very quickly because of the format. The characters were very well-developed, and very memorable. Overall, I gave it 4/5 stars.
The final book I read this month was DEAR CHILD by Romy Hausmann. I received this ARC from Raincoast Books, and since it sounded so intriguing, I decided to read it right away! This novel was originally written in German, and was translated to English and published in North America just a few weeks ago! My review will be coming out in just a few days, so keep a look out for that review!
Those are all of the books I read over the past two months! It may not be as many books as I have been reading per month recently, but I am really proud of how much I was able to read while starting University! What was the best book you read this month?
Good Night Book Owls!