Quarter 3 Wrap-Up | 2020 Reading Challenge

When I laid out my plan for my 2020 Reading Challenge, I decided to forgo my monthly wrap-ups, and instead write quarterly wrap-ups to discuss my reading progress and any general Reading Challenge updates. September has now drawn to a close, which means it’s time to look back on the third quarter of 2020.

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I finished two less books this quarter than last, but no matter, it was still an extremely successful stretch of reading. Considering the reading slumps I fell into at the end of August and the middle of September, I’m happy with the books I did finish (and don’t regret the ones I DNF’d).

Below is the list of books I finished over the past three months. I have linked any discussion or book review post if you are interested in reading them, and all books are physical copies from my own shelves, unless otherwise noted.

JULY

May Day (Seekers #1) by Josie Jaffrey

The Clue of the Judas Tree by Leslie Ford

Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Donn Fendler as told to Joseph B. Egan

The Aunt Who Wouldn’t Die by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay (eARC)

Summer by Edith Wharton

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe

The Woman I Kept to Myself by Julia Alvarez

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

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A House is a Body 🔷️ Shruti Swamy This short story collection (out today!) is gorgeous. In the most stunning, shocking, deep, grotesque, moving, thoughtful, descriptive, real ways. Shruti Swamy's writing is captivating and her range of storytelling is exceptional – is this book on your TBR yet? (full review and content warnings on the blog) 💭 ☆ S Y N O P S I S In two-time O. Henry-prize winner Swamy’s debut collection, set in both the U.S. and India, dreams collide with reality, modernity with antiquity, and myth with identity.  Women grapple with desire and ego, as in “Earthly Pleasures,” where Radika, a young painter living alone in San Francisco, begins a secret romance with one of India’s biggest celebrities. Other stories explore domesticity and identity, as in “A Simple Composition,” in which a husband’s professional crisis leads to his wife’s discovery of dark, ecstatic joy. And in the title story, an exhausted mother watches, paralyzed with fear, as a California wildfire approaches her home. With the edge and precision of a knife blade, the stories of A House is a Body reveal the small but intense moments of beauty, pain, and the power that contain the world.  ☆ Many thanks to @algonquinbooks for inviting me on the blog tour; I was sent a copy of the eARC by the publisher in exhange for an honest blog tour review. ☆ #bookstagram #igreads #books #bookish #booksofinstagram #readersofinstagram #bookphotography #bookishlove #booklover #bookpost #bookquotes #bookblog #bookreview #blogtour #ebook #pubday #AHouseIsABody

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AUGUST

A House is a Body by Shruti Swamy (Blog Tour/eARC)

The Anomaly by Michael Rutger *DNF

Stories by Katherine Mansfield *DNF

The Maid of the North: Feminist Folk Tales From Around The World by Ethel Johnston Phelps (illustrated by Lloyd Bloom)

The Unfinished Clue by Georgette Heyer (audiobook)

His Only Wife by Peace Adze Medie (Blog Tour/eARC)

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this quote from French writer Georges Perec: "If you do not keep on sorting your books, your books unsort themselves." 📚 ☆ Yesterday I finished tidying my bookshelves-I love starting with neat and sorted shelves at the beginning of the month. But now to move into the inevitable: the unsorting…💭 ☆ Currently in what state are your shelves, stacks, piles, or collection of books? ☆ aclu.org blacklivesmatter.carrd.co communityjusticeexchange.org ☆ #bookstagram #igreads #books #bookish #booksofinstagram #readersofinstagram #bookstagrammer #bookblogger #shelfie #bookblog #bookpost #bookishfeatures #bookphotography #bookishlove #booklover #bookshelfstyling #bookshelvesofinstagram

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SEPTEMBER

Fires of the Faithful (Eliana’s Song #1) by Naomi Kritzer

Crooked House by Agatha Christie (audiobook)

Icelandic Folk and Fairy Tales selected and translated with foreword and notes
by May and Hallberg Hallmundsson; illustrations by Kjarten Gudjónsson

Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie (audiobook)

The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Series #1) by S.A. Chakraborty (reread)

I also read quite a bit of poetry, and started a few books that are on my Fall TBR. I have drafted an October TBR—because no matter what, I still love making TBR lists—so stay tuned for that in a couple of days. This is my favorite time of year—in general—but also for reading, so I’m excited for the books I’ve singled out to spend time with over the next month or two.

How has your reading gone so far this year? What have you enjoyed or discovered? Let’s chat in the comments. 📚

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