Book Haul Monthly Wrap-Up

September 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up & Book Haul

Hello Readers! Fall is officially here for us and thanks to the cooler weather, I’ve been spending more time outside reading. I’m pretty happy with my reading for last month. I’m caught up on my ARCs and I’ve finished up my Popsugar Summer Reading Challenge. They just released a Fall Challenge (thankfully with only 10 prompts) and I’ll be attempting it, but my regular Popsugar Challenge comes first. I have about 7 books left to read on it, as well.

Looking back at My September TBR, I was happy to see I’d read all but one of the books on my TBR, plus some extras! I ended up reading a total of 12 books for a total of 3,508 pages!

I celebrated my one year blogiversary last month with a giveaway, and I’m happy to finally be able to announce the winners! Thank you to everyone who entered and for making this past year even bookishly better. <3 Congrats to the winners!

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Be sure to check out The Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction!

(Link to synopsis on Goodreads through the book title.)

September Wrap-Up

I started the month off wrapping up summer with a reread of one of my favorite series, the Just One series from Gayle Forman. This book contains the two books, plus the novella from the series. It was great to return to a book I love so much.

Rating 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Carry by Toni Jensen is a poetic memoir about an indigenous woman’s encounters with gun violence. It’s current and powerful and I highly recommend it!

Rating 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
My Review

The Darkest Evening was my first Vera Stanhope novel. It’s a deliciously slow-building mystery, perfect for those long winter nights.

Rating 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
My Review

A Better Man was one of my favorite reads this month. I read this one in one day, but I was inspired and left hopeful by this relevant memoir.

Rating 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
My Review

I started reading The Lost Love Song, an ARC I had for October, and then I couldn’t put it down. It was a lovely surprise, and I’ll have a full review coming soon!

Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Love, Zac was another memoir I had received from Algonquin Books. Heartbreaking, but very enlightening.

Rating 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
My Review

I’d been wanting to read I’m Thinking of Ending Things for awhile. Especially since the release of the adaptation on Netflix. The book is definitely better.

Rating 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Mistletoe & Mr. Right is the second book set in Moose Springs, and even better it’s set at Christmas. This is another one that publishes in October but I couldn’t wait. My review will be up soon!

Rating 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

For Banned Book Week (which is this week) I finally picked up All the Bright Places. This super-hyped book didn’t quite live up to the hype for me. Although, I did think it was very well written. Just overly YA.

Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

I read The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle with my son. It was my first Sherlock Holmes, I believe, and a super hard book to read out loud, by the way. We did enjoy the atmosphere of the moors and the mystery of the hound.

Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

September Book Haul

I added a few physical books to my shelves thanks to My Book HookUp Box,, and one ARC through Sourcebooks Early Reads program.

My Book HookUp Books

I was excited my September Book HookUp Box from The Strand arrived by the end of the month. I received a copy of We Are Not Free by Traci Chee, a young adult historical fiction book about Japanese-American teens during World War II and the internment camps in San Francisco. This one just published and has great reviews! And an ARC of The Ravens by Kass Morgan and Danielle Page, a book about a sorority of witches. Need I say more?? πŸ˜‰ I’ll be sharing an unboxing post soon!

My Paperbackswap books

Sourcebook Early Read

I received a copy of Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards through Sourcebooks Early Reads. This one sounds like a good one to read bundled up by the fire over the holidays!


A hitched ride home in a snow storm turns sinister when one of the passengers is plotting for the ride to end in disaster.

When Mira flies home to spend Christmas with her mother in Pittsburgh, a record-breaking blizzard results in a cancelled layover. Desperate to get to her grief-ridden mother in the wake of a family death, Mira hitches a ride with a group of friendly college kids who were on her initial flight.

As the drive progresses and weather conditions become more treacherous, Mira realizes that the four other passengers she’s stuck in the car with don’t actually know one another.

Soon, they’re not just dealing with heavy snowfall and ice-slick roads, but the fact that somebody will stop at nothing to ensure their trip ends in a deadly disaster.


My Purchases

I couldn’t resist picking up From Thailand With Love by Camilla Isley on Kobo when it was on sale earlier this month. It’s been described as an Indiana Jones-esque romance, and I’m down for that.

Amazon First Reads

And lastly, I added Roommaid by Sariah Wilson as my Amazon First Reads choice for September. It’s a rags-to-riches romantic comedy that sounds like fun!

How was your reading month? Have you read any of these books? Did you add any of them to your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Wandering!

13 thoughts on “September 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up & Book Haul”

  1. Wow, it looks like you had an incredible month of reading with all those 4 and 5-star reads 😍 I still have to read Mistletoe & Mr. Right but so glad to see you enjoyed it! And you’re so lucky you got We Are Not Free because I’ve been wanting to read that since I first heard about it earlier this year. It looks/sounds so good! I hope you enjoy it. Have a great October reading month, Dedra πŸ™‚ Hope you’re doing well!

    1. Yes! It’s always a nice surprise when a book I already had my eye on shows up in my subscription box. πŸ™‚ October is gonna be a bit of a mixed bag of books as I’m trying to finish up my challenges with all those prompts I’ve pushed to the end of the year. Ha! Happy Reading to you, too. <3 <3

  2. That series of Forman’s is one of my favorites! I especially loved Willem’s book and was so grateful we got that ending novella. It was everything for me.

  3. 3,500 pages sounds so intimidating… that’s a lot of reading! It sounds like you had a very productive month. I really need to read All the Bright Places. I’ve also somehow missed that Gayle Forman series in my collection, so I’ll definitely have to find it soon.

    I also don’t think I congratulated you on your one year of blogging! That’s such an amazing achievement and feeling. I’m glad you’ve made it this far! ❀

    1. Oh yay! I’m glad to hear you liked another book by the author of Five Total Strangers. I knew nothing about that book or the author. But the past few days I’ve seen some positive reviews. I’m getting more excited for it now. πŸ™‚

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