TBR & Wrap Up | September reads and October TBR (2020)

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So, it’s October and this post is overdue. September was a really interesting month and I read so many new favorites. I didn’t read as much as I’d hoped but I’m pretty happy with the ones that I did. I’m sure some of these you already know about but here are all the books I read in September!

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The Immortal Bibliophiles Book Club | September Book Pick (2020)

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For September we’ll have two book club picks! We’re trying a new approach where we read our chosen books during the whole month and have a discussion by the end. For this month I chose one book in particular while the other was chosen by the members! I’ve heard amazing things about both of them. You can choose to read both or just one of them.


September Book Club Picks

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What does it mean for a family to lose a child they never really knew?

One afternoon, in a town in southeastern Nigeria, a mother opens her front door to discover her son’s body, wrapped in colorful fabric, at her feet. What follows is the tumultuous, heart-wrenching story of one family’s struggle to understand a child whose spirit is both gentle and mysterious. Raised by a distant father and an understanding but overprotective mother, Vivek suffers disorienting blackouts, moments of disconnection between self and surroundings. As adolescence gives way to adulthood, Vivek finds solace in friendships with the warm, boisterous daughters of the Nigerwives, foreign-born women married to Nigerian men. But Vivek’s closest bond is with Osita, the worldly, high-spirited cousin whose teasing confidence masks a guarded private life. As their relationship deepens—and Osita struggles to understand Vivek’s escalating crisis—the mystery gives way to a heart-stopping act of violence in a moment of exhilarating freedom.

Propulsively readable, teeming with unforgettable characters, The Death of Vivek Oji is a novel of family and friendship that challenges expectations—a dramatic story of loss and transcendence that will move every reader.



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In the midst of a family crisis one late evening, white blogger Alix Chamberlain calls her African American babysitter, Emira, asking her to take toddler Briar to the local market for distraction. There, the security guard accuses Emira of kidnapping Briar, and Alix’s efforts to right the situation turn out to be good intentions selfishly mismanaged.




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Author Interview | Xiran Jay Zhao, Author of Iron Widow

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Today’s interview is with the author of the upcoming Iron Widow, Xiran Jay Zhao!


And we’re back with another author interview! I’m beyond excited for today’s post. Iron Widow is one of my highly anticipated books and I’m looking forward to bringing you a *tiny* bit closer to finding out about this book if you haven’t already. I got the chance to interview Xiran Jay Zhao and to chat with them about their book, author advice, which character they would swap places with and much more!

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5 Books by Black authors that I read and loved recently


I’m here to share with you some of my recent favorite books by Black authors. I’m hoping to do this every month where I share with you diverse books to add to your tbr and look out for. I read some really great ones and I’m really hoping you’ll read these books!


Justin A. Reynolds, author of Opposite of Always, delivers another smart, funny, and powerful stand-alone YA contemporary novel, with a speculative twist in which Jamal’s best friend is brought back to life after a freak accident . . . but they only have a short time together before he will die again.

Jamal’s best friend, Q, doesn’t know he’s about to die . . . again.

He also doesn’t know that Jamal tried to save his life, rescuing him from drowning only to watch Q die later in the hospital. Even more complicated, Jamal and Q haven’t been best friends in two years—not since Jamal’s parents died in a car accident, leaving him and his sister to carry on without them. Grief swallowed Jamal whole, and he blamed Q for causing the accident.

But what if Jamal could have a second chance? An impossible chance that would grant him the opportunity to say goodbye to his best friend? A new health-care technology allows Q to be reanimated—brought back to life like the old Q again. But there’s a catch: Q will only reanimate for a short time before he dies . . . forever.

Jamal is determined to make things right with Q, but grief is hard to shake. And he can’t tell Q why he’s suddenly trying to be friends with him again. Because Q has no idea that he died, and Q’s mom is not about to let anyone ruin the miracle by telling him. How can Jamal fix his friendship with Q if he can’t tell him the truth?

Justin A. Reynolds is one of my favorite authors! He wrote Opposite of Always last year and it automatically became one of my favorite reads. This one was no different. I got a review copy two months ago and just loved it so much! His stories always have so much feeling with this touch of sci-fi. Highly recommend you pick this one up.

Release Date: September 22, 2020

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Stuck at Home Book Tag


It’s time for the Stuck at Home Book Tag! I was tagged by one of my favorite people, Mieke over at The Little Mouse that Reads.

The Tag Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about to do this tag

What are you currently reading?

52886627 The Empire of Gold (The Daevabad Trilogy, Book 3): Amazon.co.uk ... Raybearer (Raybearer, #1) by Jordan Ifueko

I’m reading some pretty amazing books if I do say so myself 😍

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The Immortal Bibliophiles Book Club | August Book Pick (2020)

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It’s August! and what does August mean? That we have a new book club read! Last month we read The City of Brass and it became one of my new favorite books (as you all know by now). This month the theme is summer reads. I’ve gone through some lists to see what books fit this category and the members of the club chose one I’m super excited about!


August Book Club Pick

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In a novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love, National Book Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.

And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other. 

Here it is!

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