It’s that time again where I share what I’m hoping to read this month – woohoo! That’s right, it’s time for my September TBR.
You might remember that last month I shared a pretty ambitious 20 book heavy TBR. And naturally, I strayed from that list. Out of those 20, I only read 6. I failed my NEWTs and will not be graduating from Hogwarts. *cries*
However… I did manage to read 14 books in August which is pretty good! I’ll have a joint July and August wrap-up going live sometime in the near future so keep an eye out for that!
So what’s my reading plan for September 2020? Well, I’m not taking part in any readathons. (Though believe me, I was tempted!) But I will be focusing on two key events taking place this month: Latinx Heritage Month (September 15th – October 15th) and Banned Books Week (September 27th – October 3rd). I have a general TBR below which will be followed by the books I’ve chosen to read specifically for these events. Let’s get to it!
The Turn of the Key
by Ruth Ware
Okay so I confess I don’t know all that much about this one. From what I gather it’s about a creepy high-tech house, a live-in nanny, the death of a child and it’s somewhat based on The Turn of the Screw? So yeah, very excited to be kicking off the spooky season with this one!
The Grace Year
by Kim Liggett
A dystopian novel where women are feared and their sexual prowess is considered a weapon? Sign me up.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Time for an education on systemic racism in the UK. I’ve already started this one and am really enjoying it so far. There’s a lot of history here that I didn’t know which goes to show just how whitewashed our school history lessons really were. Slavery and civil rights were painted as a predominantly US issue when the reality is very different. In fact, slavery was abolished in the US years before it was abolished here. Who knew? Not me.
I’m only on chapter 2 at the moment so still have a lot to learn from this book I’m sure. If you’ve been looking for an anti-racist book to check out, make it this one.
Too Much and Never Enough
by Mary L. Trump
I didn’t manage to finish this audiobook last month but I’m hoping to finish it in September now instead. Memoirs like this aren’t usually my cup of tea but this one is so great. As Mary L. Trump is a psychologist, a great proportion is centred around emotional abuse and the impact/consequences it has on a person. And yeah… it’s just an interesting perspective to see.
Women in Battle
by Marta Breen & Jenny Jordahl
You know me, I love a good graphic novel. Women in Battle is a graphic guide to intersectional feminism across the world and over the last 150 years. It’s aimed at YA/teen audiences so it is pretty accessible but has some images that made me feel uncomfortable as a HSP. (Think lots of violence/gore/murder.) But it packs a lot into it and I’ve come out the other end knowing a lot more about feminism than I did. (Yes, I’ve already finished this one. That’s what happens when you don’t finish your TBR post on time!)
Pain is Really Strange
by Steve Haines
As someone who suffers from chronic pain, I wanted to read this little graphic guide to understand what pain is. I’ve already finished this one and sadly it left a bad taste.
by Jeremy Holt
A diverse romance graphic novel centred around a fake dating app? Yes, please.
They Both Die at the End
by Adam Silvera
This one is set in a near future where people receive a call on the day of their death letting them know they’re going to die today. (I have mixed feelings about this.) So this centres around two teenage boys who team up as Last Friends on their final day so that they don’t have to die alone. I’m expecting big emotions from this one. BIG.
by Silvia moreno-Garcia
I was reading this on Scribd last month and was loving it – so you can imagine my frustration when I’d exceeded my usage and lost access to it. Anyway this one is about a young woman in Mexico who gets a job looking after these rich American folk and I believe it ends in murder and a potential cover-up? I’m not that far into it to be sure but it’s beautifully written and I can already tell that I’m going to be a big fan of Silvia Moreno-Garcia. (Also yes, I’ll be reading Mexican Gothic in October. How could I not??)
With the Fire on High & The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo
I loved Clap When You Land so much that I just couldn’t wait to dive into Elizabeth Acevedo’s other works. So this month I’ll be going for both With the Fire on High and The Poet X. Am I excited? You bet!
You Had Me at Hola
by Alexis Daria
As you may know, romance isn’t really my genre of choice – but I do make exceptions. I loved watching Jane the Virgin so I’m really excited to see that telenovella style storytelling and romance here.
Like Water for Chocolate
by Laura Esquivel
My husband has been recommending this book to me for years now. He read it in Spanish at school, loved it and is sure I’ll love it too. Apparently it’s about a couple who aren’t allowed to marry so the guy marries the sister of the woman he loves in order to be close to her anyway and there’s magical realism and recipes… and yeah, I’m pretty excited.
by Marjane Satrapi
Finally, the book I have chosen to read for Banned Books Week. I did a lot of research into books that have been banned or challenged and Persepolis was on last month’s TBR but I just never got around to it so that seemed like the perfect choice.
If I can squeeze in a second “banned book” then I will but this TBR is already pretty ambitious. (Especially since I have a few ARC requests awaiting response…)
For more on Banned Books Week, check out:
- The Banned Books Week website
- The ALA’s most challenged books lists
- Book Riot’s quiz to find out which banned book you should read next
Which books are on your September TBR? Let me know in the comments below!
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