Books,  Reading

September 2020 Reads

Hiya! πŸ˜€

Wrapping things up at the very end of the month! Find excitement in the little things, right? πŸ˜›

I’m only ten books from my 2020 Reading Goal. I have a few longer books I want to read that I’ll probably get started on in November, but I’m surprised this is turning out to be a great reading year. I was pretty sure I was going to come up short after only finishing one short story between April, May, and June. And I was okay with that. I don’t set reading goals to stress myself. I set them to make sure I’m prioritizing something that’s important to me. I could set a goal of 12 books, basically one a month, and that would be fine, too, but that wouldn’t get me to prioritize it.

In other news, I have finished organizing my house except for some cord management in the office, which is literally only four cords, and I plan on doing that tomorrow. It’s kind of weird to be settled after being in flux for 6 months.

In any case, here’s what I finished reading this month. ^_^

36: Memoirs and Misinformation
Author: Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon
Genre: Memoir, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Audiobook
Rating: 3 stars
At first, this made me feel like I was watching a movie shot by someone on acid. It was very weird and the blending of fact and fiction wasn’t making a lot of sense. But by the halfway mark, I had gotten used to it, and it started reading like a fever dream. It was entertaining and a little humorous once I got out of the initial tunnel of confusion. It starts with a depressed Jim Carrey flipping through Netflix and spiraling into some alternate reality that grows more ridiculous and nightmarish as it goes. The narrator did a good job capturing the different character’s personalities, but dude, this was so trippy.

37: Blazing Justice: A Choose Your Own Romance
Author: Thea Landen
Genre: CYOA Romance, Short Fiction
Rating: 4 stars
I haven’t read a CYOA book in so long! It’s about a new lawyer who’s helping to solve a murder in a quiet suburban town, and you get to choose who she falls for: the detective, the murder suspect, or her boss. At first I was only going to read the two endings I was most interested in, but since it’s around 70 pages, I ended up reading the entire book. I sandwiched my top choices between my least favorite option, but my least favorite option, while still being my least favorite ending of the three, was probably my favorite section to read because it took the character the most out of her comfort zone, and it was really entertaining.

38: The Voice of Knowledge
Author: Don Miguel Ruiz
Genre: Philosophy & Religion
Rating: 4 stars
Isn’t that a pretty book?! I thought this would be a good follow up toΒ The Four Agreements, which I read almost exactly a year ago. I feel like some areas, like the other book, will require a second or third read, but it gave me a lot of things to mull over, and I think it’ll add a little extra bit of peace to my life. In basic terms, this book talks about why people are miserable and gives some ways on how we can stop being miserable.

39: Ask Me How I Got Here
Author: Christine Heppermann
Genre: Contemporary, Poetry
Rating: 5 stars
This is a novel in verse about a Catholic girl who gets an abortion and how her life changes afterward. Contemporary is my least favorite genre to read, and while I like poetry that reads like a story, I don’t typically like novels written in verse. Somehow I thought this was a good idea, mostly because I read a poetry book by the author a few years ago and loved it. I ended up loving this as well. It wasn’t like other stories I’ve read in verse, in that it was formatted more like a traditional poetry book. I think this form factor made it easier for me to follow the different “chapters” in this story, and I could have easily read 100 more pages.

40: Sulwe
Author: Lupita Nyong’o, Illustrator: Vashti Harrison
Genre: Picture Book
Rating: 5 stars
The artwork in this is so stunning! And I loved the message in this story. Sulwe feels like she isn’t beautiful because her skin is darker than her family’s, and I almost cried. I feel like it could have been a tad longer to smooth out a couple of transitions, but it was so touching and beautiful.

41: Wild Symphony
Author: Dan Brown, Illustrator: Susan Batori
Genre: Picture Book
Rating: 5 stars
This is so awesome!! There’s an app that comes with orchestral accompaniment for each page, and it’s so extra, I loved it. The artwork is fun and whimsical, there’s a search and find activity you can do on each page involving finding scrambled letters that spell out a different instrument. And my favorite part: an animal from each part will often sneak onto the next part with their instrument, and it was so cute. At the end, everyone plays together, and it was fun being able to pick out all the individual instruments in the song playing on the app.

42: Know My Name
Author: Chanel Miller
Genre: Memoir
Rating: 5 stars
I’m so happy I finally finished this, because this was quite hard to read at times. It’s a memoir written by a woman who blacked out and was assaulted at a frat party. This details everything from putting the pieces together to her whole journey through the court system. So eloquent.

43: Mindfulness OCD Workbook
Author: Robin Taylor Kirk & Sarah Fader
Genre: Workbook
Rating: 4 stars
This was a good month to try this, but all the meditation exercises were supposed to be done for ten minutes, and that’s waaay too long for someone who’s been unable to meditate for more than three minutes. But it’s a tool in the tool kit, and there were a few things in here that I think will really work for me.

All righty. I hope everyone had a great month. Happy End of September! πŸ˜€

4 Comments

  • Michelle Athy

    You got a lot of variety in this month. Very cool. I finally finished reading a book (the new Courtney Milan, of course) and I started reading another last night. I can’t seem to concentrate on contemporary set books because *waves hand around at the world in 2020* and I couldn’t concentrate on any book in the spring and most of the summer, but I think I can get back on the reading train this fall. I’m 4 books away from goal!

  • Tonja Drecker

    This was a deeper month on the reading end for you, wasn’t it? The artwork in Sulwe is amazing! I found the transition a bit jolty, too, but it was really a lovely read. And a CYOA…wow. I loved those when I was young. The idea of building one into a romance is kind of neat…never thought of it. I know, a few years back, there were some kid books authors who were trying to take the CYOA into an interactive/online version, but I never heard anything about those again. So, I guess they never worked out. Good luck with the cabels!

    • Krystal Jane

      It was a deeper month, and I feel it. Lol! I’m looking forward to only reading fiction and more fantasy for the rest of the year.

      I know someone who was working on an adult sci-fi CYOA once upon a time, but she never finished it. It sounded so good.

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