September 2020 Wrap-Up

September really was a mix of books/genres. I started my Latinx Book Bingo TBR, but I’m not going to go into what the bingo card looks like until my October wrap-up.

I read 11 books! Let’s go into the mini-reviews in order of how I read them!

Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar – 2.5 stars

I’m sure this is a fine popular history book, but because I’m used to more academic history books, this was boring. There wasn’t enough of Ona Judge’s life to make it into an entire book so 75% of the book was spent on historical context. I’m at least glad I know about her now.

The Legend of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee – 4.5 stars

The best thing I read all month, easily. I was taken aback at how the book started, and I was hooked throughout the rest of the book. The training! The betrayals! The romance! The violence! I cannot wait to read the sequel and I hope Yee writes more A:tLA tie-in novels.

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson – 4 stars

I’ve always known I needed to read Jackson’s novels, but this solidified that her entire backlist needs to be at the top of my TBR. Read my review here!

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden – 3.75 stars

I wasn’t expecting a middle grade book to be this spooky, but Arden achieved that! I loved the cast of friends and again, the atmosphere was perfect.

Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Rift – 4 stars

So far this is probably my second favorite of the graphic novels. This was just a solid collection dealing with tradition vs innovation and industrialization.

I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan – 3 stars

This book was slower than I expected, but it was still a perfectly fine mystery. Read my review here!

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – 3.5 stars

This was a weird book, but I loved being creeped out by the descriptions and the slow burn to try and figure out what’s wrong with the house and family. Clearly, this book isn’t for everyone, but it definitely worked for me.

The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag – 4 stars

I enjoyed this graphic novel and how it used magic to talk about gender roles and toxic masculinity!

The Hidden Witch by Molly Knox Ostertag – 4 stars

I liked what this added to the world Ostertag has made. I would love a tv series with these characters! I can’t wait to read the third book!

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson – 3 stars

I missed the liveshow but I read this for the Black Girls with Magic Book club! It was good! It just didn’t enthrall me as much as it has for other readers, but I definitely appreciated the dark, witchy themes and the vibes of deep dark woods.

An Impossible Distance to Fall by Miriam McNamara – 2.5 stars

I tried to read this in one day for the Queer Lit Weekend, but it wasn’t happening because I wasn’t utterly entranced with it. The motivation was shakey, not for leaving to join the circus, but to do this death defying stuff on a whim. The main, miscommunicaton conflict was really stupid. Overall, a 3 star read but those two things dropped the book’s rating for me.

What did you read in September? Have you read any of these books before? Let me know in the comments!

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