What I Read in September & October 2020

My 2020 Reading Goal

My Goodreads challenge reading goal is 100 books this year. This is my largest challenge ever, but I’m really feeling it this year.

As of October 31, I hit 75 books! So, doing pretty good!

What I Read in September 2020

BETTY by Tiffany McDaniel – A stunning, lyrical novel set in the rolling foothills of the Appalachians in which a young girl discovers stark truths that will haunt her for the rest of her life.

Stars – 5/5          |            Read my Review           |             See on Goodreads           |            Buy it here

Between Wild and Ruin by Jennifer G Edelson – As Ruby unravels her own powerful connections to both Ezra and the pueblo ruin, she’ll learn surfaces are deceiving.

Stars – 5/5          |            Read my Review           |             See on Goodreads           |            Buy it here

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) by Sarah J. Maas – From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Stars – 5/5          |                   See on Goodreads           |            Buy it here

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea.

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Stars – 5/5          |           See on Goodreads           |            Buy it here

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara – A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer—the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade—from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

Stars – 5/5          |            Read my Review           |             See on Goodreads           |            Buy it here

The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir by Michele Harper – An emergency room physician explores how a life of service to others taught her how to heal herself.

Stars – 4/5          |            Read my Review           |             See on Goodreads           |            Buy it here

All the Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle – When Deena’s wild and mysterious sister Mandy disappears – presumed dead – her family are heartbroken. But Mandy has always been troubled. It’s just another bad thing to happen to Deena’s family. Only Deena refuses to believe it’s true.

Stars – 5/5          |                     See on Goodreads           |            Buy it here

READ THIS NEXT  From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty

What I Read in October 2020

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire –

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Stars – 4/5          |                    See on Goodreads           |            Buy it here

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Big Questions from Tiny Mortals about Death by Caitlin Doughty – Best-selling author and mortician Caitlin Doughty answers real questions from kids about death, dead bodies, and decomposition.

Stars – 5/5          |            Read my Review           |             See on Goodreads           |            Buy it here

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi – What does it mean for a family to lose a child they never really knew?

Stars – 5/5          |            Read my Review           |             See on Goodreads           |            Buy it here


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

READ THIS NEXT  The Cuts that Cure by Arthur Herbert

Stars – 4/5               |             See on Goodreads           |            Buy it here

Internment by Samira Ahmed – Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.

Stars – 4/5          |            Read my Review           |             See on Goodreads           |            Buy it here


There There by Tommy Orange – One of Barack Obama’s best books of 2018, the New York Times bestselling novel about contemporary America from a bold new Native American voice.

Stars – 5/5          |             Read my Review | See on Goodreads           |            Buy it here


Right now, I’m reading The Power and The Stand.

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Ashley Hubbard

Ashley Hubbard is a blogger and freelance writer based in Nashville, Tennessee focusing on sustainability, travel, books, plants, coffee, veganism, mental health, and more. She has two other websites - wild-hearted.com and odditiesandcuriositiestravel.com

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