Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Show Us Your Books September 2020

Another month of reading gone, with so many books I meant to read unread, and so many new ones coming out this month that I'm dying to read. 

TWTW will be up tomorrow, I meant to do it last night but didn’t get to it. 

Here's what I've been reading since the last linkup
For those of you trying to expand your authors into Black or POC and not being aware of many outside of the nonfiction we're here to talk about race books, I'm going to note that in my origin of book going forward. 

Engrossing Reads

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson - I loved this book. As an adult reading this YA novel, I liked thinking about how we set up mentorships that maybe don't always give mentees what they actually want or need. This would be a good read for teachers and school counselors too. Written by a Black woman, purchased in person at the grand opening of Black woman owned bookstore (Harriett's Bookshop) via bookshop.org

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo - This was a great read that felt carefully crafted. Loved the title and the story line. Dominican-American writer, purchased paperback from Black woman owned bookstore (Harriett's Bookshop) via bookshop.org

Black Bottom Saints: A Novel by Alice Randall - I devoured this book in less than 12 hours. I loved it! Different and beautiful. Black author. Free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Best of Friends by Lucinda BerryA little bit of everything made it more surface than a deep dive but very quick moving and readable. Quick moving and readable books, even those with plot holes, surface characters, and kitchen sink throw ins, rate higher for me in this Corona era than they ever have before or ever will again.  Free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole - The pacing of this book is off, but when it turns on, it's on. It's been a while since I read a thriller where there's something so subtly sinister about every scene that you're not sure if you're imaging it or not. Cole did an excellent job with that. Black author, pre-ordered paperback from Black woman owned bookstore (Harriett's Bookshop) via bookshop.org

Passed the Time Just Fine

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown - This is my second Janelle Brown book. I liked it enough to keep reading her. Paperback from Cory via mail, mailed on to someone else,

The One by John Marrs - I'm pretty sure I heard of this in last month's SUYB. It was a quick and easy paperback read. Very interesting premise. Paperback, purchased from Amazon

Somewhere in the Dark by R.J. Jacobs - Jessie is a great character. The story was good but she makes the book. I pictured characters from Nashville the show while reading. Free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Not Worth It
Mexican White Boy by Matt de la Pena - I didn't connect with this, but I can see how others would. This is YA but read young to me, and I don't do well with young-reading YA. Mexican-American author. Paperback, purchased from Amazon

Did Not Finish

What have you been reading? 

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