Booked Out [September 2020]

How was your month in books? Which book was your favorite?


This was the month I re-discovered NetGalley and eBooks. I’m still on track towards my goal of getting through 75 books this year. This is another month where I had a clear favorite – The Sun Down Motel, Simone St. James.

The Sun Down Motel

Duuuuddeeeee this is the perfect book for the Fall season with it’s easy suspense, dramatic turn of events, creepy hotel and haunting. Loved this! You need to read it – and … go into it blind. You really don’t need to know anything more than what’s explained in the first few pages … Carly is looking for her aunt who disappeared 35 years ago in Fell, NY. It was Kim’s favorite in April’s Book’d Out – and she mentioned that the audiobook rocked socks in our Mid-Year Book (F)reakOut Extravaganza … so I’m kicking myself for not listening to it instead – but I didn’t want to wait a gazillion years on the library hold!

American Dirt (Book)

Also a stand-out was this month was American Dirt, Jeanine Cummins … this book is pretty controversial because the author, who is white, chose to write a story about Mexicans and an immigrant story. Now, I liked the book and DID NOT subscribe to the fact that you have to only write about your own culture – but reading THIS opened my eyes. For me, it’s not necessarily that a white person chose to tell the story of a Mexican fleeing for her life – I still don’t really have a problem with that – BUT the fact that she got a 7 figure deal when there are other MEXICAN writers who could have gotten the same deal and written a more authentic book – that is problematic to me. The fact is that the book industry continues to NOT champion writers of color enough. They (we) are not given the same opportunity – even to tell their own stories.

Also read:

  • A Spy in the Struggle, Aya de Leon (to be released 29DEC2020) ☆☆☆☆
  • Little Eyes, Samanta Schweblin ☆☆☆
  • Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia ☆☆☆☆
  • War Girls, Tochi Onyebuchi ☆☆☆☆
  • In the Tall Grass, Stephen King and Joe Hill (novella) ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Saga Vol. 1, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Artist) ☆☆☆☆ – my first graphic novel (amazing)


This is my favorite time of year for reading and I love putting a ton of spooky, supernatural, and scary thrillers on my Fall TBR. I’ve really loved everything I read this month and I can’t wait to keep making my way through this stack in October.

My favorite this month was The Broken Girls, Simone St. James. I have already read he Sundown Motel by her and loved it so I was excited to check this one out. It’s super tight but I enjoyed The Broken Girls just a tiny bit more. Both books switch back and forth between different decades and I just felt that The Broken Girls handled that better- the mystery meshed really well. That being said, the supernatural elements in The Sundown Motel were much creepier imo. So, like I said, hard to pick a favorite.

Also read:

  • The Year of the Witching, Alexis Henderson ☆☆☆☆
  • The Haunting of Tram Car 015, Dejeli P. Clark ☆☆☆
  • Down Among The Sticks and Bones, Seanan McGuire ☆☆☆☆
  • The Guest List, Lucy Foley ☆☆☆☆
  • Malorie, Josh Mallerman ☆☆☆ 1/2
  • Silver in the Wood, Emily Tesh ☆☆☆ 1/2
  • The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle (haven’t rated yet)

And in case you missed our posts this month – we announced 2020 Wicked Good Reads! Come join us for some posting fun and share you favorite #WickedGoodReads.

What was your favorite book read this month?


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