What I read in October 2020

This was a light reading month! I made my way through three books (two of them I finished in the past few days) and I’m not mad about it at all. According to Goodreads, I’m still on track to reach my goal of reading 50 books before the end of the year!

(Okay, so I just checked and I need to read 9 books in the next two months to meet my goal. So… we’ll see! COVID brain is real and not allowing me a whole lot of attention for books. If I don’t meet my goal, I won’t be upset about it.)

As usual, every link in this post will help support our bookstore! But if you want to help Jeff Bezos colonize the moon, you can order your books from him. I won’t judge you.

The cover of “Take a Hint, Dani Brown” by Talia Hibbert

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
Get the paperback copy here.
Get the audiobook version here.

What do you know? Another romance book! I’m telling you–my brain wants to read romance these days! It’s predictable. It’s fun. I know it’s going to end well–and this one really did. I read the first one in this series last Christmas and fell in love with Talia Hibbert’s writing. And Dani Brown was such a fun character. A little witchy. Super bi. I’m in!! This delivered and I gave it 5 stars.
Fun fact about me, I can’t listen to romance novels on audiobook. They make me blush too much. So I read all my romance novels in hard copy and I’ve already got another one on deck. Up next for me is Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo.

The cover of “Plain Bad Heroines” by Emily M. Danforth

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth
Snag the hardcover copy here.
Get the audiobook version here.

This book was super fun and super spooky and super queer and super, super satisfying. It’s a wild ride–it goes back in time between the early 1900’s where we learn about the Brookhants Boarding School for Girls and tragedies that befell students there and present day where some Hollywood filmmakers are telling the story of what happened at Brookhants. This book was longer than I usually listen to–and I had to listen to it, I had 8 hours in the car alone for a road trip I took this month.
Someone asked me if this was a ghost story and my honest answer was, “Um… I… don’t… know?”
Even though I listened to this on audiobook, I’d love to get it in print because I’ve heard the hardcover copy has a lot of illustrations–not unlike those in turn-of-the-century boarding school texts. FIVE STARS!

Book cover of “Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the 21st Century” edited by Alice Wong

Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the 21st Century edited by Alice Wong
Get the paperback version here.
Here’s the audiobook version.

I read this book with a book club that I’m a part of. It’s a collection of essays written by different folks who experience disability in one form or another. What I liked about this book is that not everyone who is included in this book is a prominent figure or Capital A Activist. Some were just regular people talking about their regular lives. I think telling our stories is how we make change. And that’s why I’m happy to keep reading these stories and passing them along to others.
This book opened up something brand new in me–something that I’m excited to keep learning about and exploring. Five stars!

Welp! That’s what I read this month! Did you read anything that you really loved?

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