Allie’s Reading List: Autumn 2020

Hey fellow readers! Autumn has been a really good season of reading for me! I read or listened to 17 books, and many of them were GREAT. What have you read this season? I’m always looking for recommendations. I usually get my books either from Book of the Month, my local library or bookstore. Also, be sure to check out Goodreads for daily reading updates and more frequent book reviews! I’m also always posting what I’m currently reading on Instagram. Let me know if you decide to check out any of these books. Happy reading!

Here’s what I’ve read from September through November:

Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland

Honestly, the cover of this one drew me in. It was a good book, but not my favorite. It has lots going on, including family drama, tragedy, romance, and secrecy. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

A Room Called Earth by Madeleine Ryan

I really loved that this book was written by a neurodiverse writer about a woman with Autism Spectrum Disorder. While I loved the premise, the writing style was hard for me to get into. I’d say give it a try! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away my Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store by Cait Flanders

This book was recommended to my from a friend, and it was OK. It definitely inspired me to be a more mindful shopper and clean out my closet! I listed to this as an audiobook. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan

I love, love, LOVED this book! It drew me in from the start with the intertwined relationships, drama, and romance. Such a fun read, but beware it’s long! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

I got this book from Book of the Month to switch it up since I usually read the same few genres (and finish the BOTM 2020 reading challenge!). This book was fun to read, including a spell that gives a girl magical powers, mythical creatures, and of course romance. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Troubles in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

If you know me, you know I HAD to read this book the second it came out. I am self-proclaimed as Elin Hilderbrand’s biggest fan LOL. This was the third in her Paradise trilogy, and it definitely lived up to all of my expectations. I love this entire trilogy, and highly recommend checking it out! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride

I listened to the audio version of this book, and I absolutely loved it. I loved hearing Sarah McBride’s personal experience as a trans woman, including her personal story and her experience in politics. Congratulations Sarah on being the first transperson elected to the U.S. Senate! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder by Reshma Saujani

This was another book that was recommended to me by a friend, and it was OK. I liked the premise, but it didn’t really speak to me on a deeper level. I listed to this as an audiobook. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

This was an incredible book. My boyfriend’s sister RAVED about it before I started it, so I went in with high expectations (which can be either good or bad). I ended up really enjoying this book. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because it was super long, but I feel like everything was necessary for the plot. This story travels through time between the 1700s and the present, following the life of Addie LaRue, a girl who cannot leave a mark on the world due to a spell. Until… someone finally remembers her. The ending was simply magical. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

I read this book in 2 days! It was a super fast read, and really powerful. Set in Nigeria, this book tells the story of Vivek Oji and tackles gender identity and sexuality through a unique lens. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim

This book was pretty “meh.” Here’s my review from Goodreads: “I was pretty disappointed by this book. I felt like the author could have developed the characters a lot more, and some things were really repetitive. Other things were just completely unbelievable/unrealistic to me, which made the story hard to get into. Bummer!” ⭐ ⭐

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama

I listened to this as an audiobook and enjoyed it! I loved learning about Barack Obama’s heritage, and I’m even more excited to read his new book A Promised Land. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir by Michele Harper

This was a great book! As someone in the medical field, it was fun to read about the author’s past patients and medical terminology. This book is beautifully written and I loved Dr. Harper’s insights and lessons from each experience. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad

This book took me far longer than 28 days to read, but I really enjoyed it. It was comprehensive, awakening, alarming, and powerful. I was able to reflect on my own life and experiences, and I feel more equipped to actively practice antiracism moving forward. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris

I loved this book! I listened to the audio version and loved learning about Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris and hearing her perspective on so many important topics. Highly recommend! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens

I also loved this book! There were moments when I was laughing out loud, and other moments when I had butterflies in my stomach wanting to know how the love story would play out. I got so invested in the characters’ relationships and it was a fun read! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

A fun and fast read to get you in the holiday spirit! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Currently Reading

I am starting One Day in December by Josie Silver

On My List

Hardcover 📚

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

Sea Wife by Amity Gaige

Summer Longing by Jamie Brenner

The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Audiobook 🎧

Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jane Sherron de Hart

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey


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