Booked Out [August 2020]

How was your month in books? Which book was your favorite – or you learned the most from this month?


My reading month was stellar in terms of quantity – 8 books which is a lot for me (it’s usually 4-6 books). In terms of life – this month was another shit show. It feels like open season on black people with the officer involved shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin and in Louisiana and also in Louisiana, a civilian shooting an unarmed disabled man begging in the parking lot. It’s hard to come here and talk about books / reading – but I am doing what I can offline in order to bring awareness and bring about change.

So … books … I had a clear favorite this month – The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett.

the vanishing half

Believe the hype!This book was amazeballs. It follows the Vignes twin sisters who grow up together in a small, southern black community. Ten years after running away at age sixteen, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Bennett gets you into the sisters heads and how they choices have shaped them, altered their outlook on life, as well as how they raise their children. There’s so much more to this book – it’s a deep, complex story that you will not regret picking up.

Also a stand-out was The Ballad of Songbird and Snakes (Hunger Games #0), Suzanne Collins. Because The Hunger Games series is so well known and well received – this book had a lot to live up to – and in my opinion, it did it quite well. It’s the story of the childhood of President Snow (as he later became known), and also it goes a bit into the history of The Hunger Games. But from the Goodreads reviews – it seems there were quite a few people who didn’t love it as much as I did. I was actually quite surprised by this.

The Ballad of Songird and Snakes

Also read:

  • Perfect Days, Raphael Montes ☆☆☆
  • Survivor Song, Paul Tremblay ☆☆☆
  • The Glass Hotel, Emily St. John Mandel ☆☆
  • When We Were Vikings, Andrew David MacDonald ☆☆☆☆
  • How to Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar ☆☆
  • The Taker, Alma Katsu ☆☆☆


Slow summer months are over and I’ve been thrown head first into a whole lot of school insanity. I feel a little like I’m losing my mind with the transition and the changes. Not to mention, my heart is heavy thinking about the pain in the world right now and how it is affecting people I love and care about as well as complete strangers who I feel immense compassion for. Reading is keeping me grounded in so much time of uncertainty. I read six amazing books this month!

My absolute favorite this month was The House in The Cerulean Sea, TJ Klune. This book blew me away and put me through the emotional ringer. I adored this book!

I also have to mention the best thriller I’ve read in a long time, No Exit, Taylor Adams. This book was a nail biter for sure. A cat and mouse hunt that went back and forth so many times I stopped breathing. Loved it!

Also read:

  • Wilder Girls, Rory Power ☆☆☆☆
  • Looking Glass, Andrew Mayne ☆☆☆☆
  • Home Before Dark, Riley Sager ☆☆☆☆
  • Gwendy’s Button Box, Stephen King ☆☆☆

And in case you missed our posts this month – we finished #SummerAtoZ 2020 – with posts from Q to Z! What was your favorite book read this month?


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