July – September Wrap-Up

October 27, 2020 in Books
AD – Some of the books mentioned here are review copies or ARCs. This means that I received these books for free in exchange for an honest review. For more information, please read my Disclosure.


Why, hello! Today’s wrap-up is going to be a little different to what you might expect from me. In fact, it’s going to be very different. You see, I’m now three months behind on wrap-ups and it’s the end of October which means I’m dangerously close to being four months behind. To break the cycle of what I’ve been calling “chaotic unproductivity”, today I’m going to do one big wrap-up of all three months worth of reading.

But wait! Before you run away at the thought of having to read 40 something reviews, I promise it’s not going to be like that.

Today we’re keeping it simple. Nothing but the bare necessities: title, author, genre and my rating. And then at the end, you’ll find another list of my top 10 favourite reads from this period. So without further ado, let’s talk books!

Books I Read In July


The Passenger
by Lisa Lutz

(mystery/thriller)
★★★★

Lumberjanes, Vol 2: Friendship to the Max
by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters & Brooke A. Allen
(graphic novel)
★★★★

Heartstopper, Volume 1
by Alice Oseman
(graphic novel)
★★★★

Loveless
by Alice Oseman
(young adult – contemporary)
★★★★

Clap When You Land
by Elizabeth Acevedo
(young adult – contemporary)
★★★★

We Should All Be Feminists
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
(non-fiction)
★★★★

Beach Read
by Emily Henry
(romance)
★★★★

The Woods, Volumes 1 & 2
by James Tynion IV & Michael Dialynas
(graphic novel)
★★★★

My Riot
by Rick Spears & Emmett Helen
*REVIEW COPY*
(graphic novel)
★★★★

Frankie Comics
by Rachel Dukes
*REVIEW COPY*
(graphic novel)
★★★★

The Wizerd, Vol. 1: And the Potion of Dreams!
by Michael Sweater & Rachel Dukes
*REVIEW COPY*
(graphic novel)
★★★★

Books I Read In August


Children of Blood and Bone

by Tomi Adeyemi
(young adult – fantasy)
★★★★★

Murder on Maternity
by Holly Greenland
*REVIEW COPY*
(mystery/thriller)
★★★★

The Fiction
by Curt Pires & David Rubín
(graphic novel)
★★★

The House Guest
by Mark Edwards
(mystery/thriller)
★★★★

Welcome to Wanderland
by Jackie Ball & Maddi Gonzalez
(graphic novel)
★★★★

Giant Days, Vol. 1
by John Allison, Lissa Treiman & Whitney Cogar
(graphic novel)
★★★★★

Liebestrasse
by Greg Lockard, Tim Fish, Hector Barros & Lucas Gattoni
(graphic novel)
★★★★

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World
by Debbie Tung
(graphic novel)
★★★★★

Odessa
by Jonathan Hill
*REVIEW COPY*

(graphic novel)
★★★★★

Heart Talk
by Cleo Wade
(poetry)
★★★★

Axiom’s End
by Lindsay Ellis
(sci-fi)
★★★★

The Night Swim
by Megan Goldin
*REVIEW COPY*

(mystery/thriller)
★★★★★

BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! Roselia Stage, Vol. 1
by Dr Pepperco, Craftegg & Bushiroad
*REVIEW COPY*

(manga)
★★★★

Dear Justyce
by Nic Stone
*REVIEW COPY*

(young adult – contemporary)
★★★★★

Books I Read in September


Women in Battle

by Marta Breen & Jenny Jordahl
(graphic non-fiction)
★★★★★

Pain is Really Strange
by Steve Haines & Sophie Standing
(graphic non-fiction)
★★

Virtually Yours
by Jeremy Holt & Elizabeth Beals
(graphic novel)
★★★★★

They Both Die at the End
by Adam Silvera
(young adult – contemporary)
★★★★★

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
by Reni Eddo-Lodge
(non-fiction)
★★★★★

A Burning
by Megha Majumdar
*REVIEW COPY*

(literary fiction)
★★★★

The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo
(young adult – contemporary)
★★★★★

The Death of Vivek Oji
by Akwaeke Emezi
*REVIEW COPY*

(literary fiction)
★★★★★

Sweet Virginia
by Caroline Kepnes
(mystery/thriller)
★★★

Untamed Shore
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
(mystery/thriller)
★★★★★

Book Love
by Debbie Tung
(graphic novel)
★★★★★

Other-Wordly
by Yee-Lum Mak & Kelsey Garrity-Riley
(non-fiction)
★★★★★

Home Before Dark
by Riley Sager
*REVIEW COPY*

(mystery/thriller)
★★★★★

Fever Dream
by Samantha Schweblin
(horror)
★★★★

Grown
by Tiffany D. Jackson
*REVIEW COPY*

(young adult – contemporary)
★★★★★

Persepolis
by Marjane Satrapi
(graphic memoir)
★★★★★

Top 10 Reads
(in Chronological order)


1. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

2. Beach Read by Emily Henry 

3. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

4. Giant Days, Vol 1. by John Allison et al

5. The Night Swim by Megan Goldin*

6. Dear Justyce by Nic Stone* 

7. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

8. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

9. Home Before Dark by Riley Sager*

10. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson*

* I received free copies of these books in exchange for an honest review.

What are your favourite recent reads? Let me know in the comments below!

6 Comments

  • Victoria October 27, 2020 at 10:36 am

    There are some that are awesome which I have read. Happy reading.

    • Hayley October 28, 2020 at 7:49 am

      Thanks Victoria! 🙂

  • Stephanie @ Bookfever October 27, 2020 at 10:42 am

    You’ve read some really amazing books over the summer! 😀

    • Hayley October 28, 2020 at 7:52 am

      Thanks Stephanie, I really have! It’s been a great few months for reading. 🙂

  • Lindsey October 27, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    What a great list of books you’ve read recently! I’ve started planning my November post and realised I haven’t done a monthly post for quite a few months so feel you on the chaotic nature of let’s just get something out before missing another month. Happy reading!

    • Hayley October 28, 2020 at 8:05 am

      Haha, right? It gets away from you so quickly! Thanks Lindsey, happy reading to you too! 🙂

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