What I Read – July 2020


I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsMaya Angelou (Ballantine Books, 2015)

Me and White Supremacy – Layla F. Saad (Sourcebooks, 2020)

Five Wives – Joan Thomas (Harper Collins Canada, 2019)

Tokyo Ueno Station – Yu Miri (Riverhead Books, 2020) (translated from the Japanese by Morgan Giles)

Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt, 2018)

Sisters – Daisy Johnson (Riverhead Books, 2020)


God in My Everything – Ken Shigematsu

If I Had Two Wings – Randall Kenan

2020 GOALS

Books Read: 60/100

Books Reviewed: 54/75

Current TBR: 176 (previously 174)


Summer is not traditionally a great reading time for me. Being away from home doesn’t usually translate into extra reading time at this stage of my life (ie. as a mom to little kids). And while we’re not doing any big trips this year, we camped twice in July and spent lots of time outside. I sneak reading in when I can and overall I’m satisfied with a total of 6 books for this summer month.

ARCS – I have an e-ARC copy of Between Inca Walls waiting for me that I plan to start as soon as I finish If I Had Two Wings. As for my hardcopy ARCs, I skipped ahead to read Sisters because I was so excited about it. I still need to read The Big Door Prize, The Party Upstairs, and He Must Like You, all of which came out in July. None of my hardcopy ARCs have August pub dates so that buys me a bit of time.

My next non-fiction read will be Halfbreed by Maria Campbell. I’m slowly working my way through God in My Everything so I don’t foresee more non-fiction in August than those two.

My most recent library books are Radicalized by Cory Doctorow and A Clockwork Orange. Radicalized is currently a contender for Canada Reads 2020 so I hope to read that soon. A Clockwork Orange has been on my TBR for years but I might delay my library hold rather than read it this month.

10 thoughts on “What I Read – July 2020”

  1. A Clockwork Orange is an interesting read because you have to learn some made-up diction. Also, there is a difference between the U.S. and U.K. editions of the novel — an entire last chapter.

    1. Oh, that’s good to know. I wonder which edition we have most commonly in Canada. I’ve never seen the movie either so I actually know very little about the story it just seems like a book I should eventually read.

  2. I hope you didn’t force those girls to sit on top of that rock! We have a family photo of the four of us siblings as kids sitting astride a fallen log. Our dad thought it would look great but the tree was oozing sticky sap and insect life and our smiles are somewhat forced – we never really forgave him… 😉

    1. Oh no! I did! Well, Pearl climbed up and then I suggested Rose sit beside her for a picture. They didn’t seem to mind but I guess I won’t really know until it comes out in therapy!

  3. Ooh, what did you think of Sisters? I’m so excited to read that one!
    And I’m glad there were no real injuries. It looks like Pearl and Rose are having a good summer! Fake birthday parties sounds like a great time, I may follow their example to break up the days with a little extra festivity- bonus points when it involves cake! 🙂

    1. I loved it! I should have a review up on Friday!

      The girls looove celebrating birthdays! Theirs, ours, a stuffed animal’s, their toys cars! The cake is only real some of the time but always a good idea.

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