Sunday.29.December.2019 – Saturday.4.January.2020 

The first week of 2020 is over and I’ve managed to read 3 amazing books, making progress on my personal AOC challenge.


Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story by Debbie Tung

This is a wonderful little book. It made me feel so completely understood. It features a college-aged Debbie making her way through college and feeling a bit like an outsider. The comics are lovely and really capture the introvert life {5*}

Book Love by Debbie Tung

Another Debbie Tung comic! This one resonated with my bookish life. The comics are once again lovely, but there is a certain something lacking in this book. There was no “aha” moment. So while I really did like this book, I am not head over heels in love with it. Still enjoyable though {4*}

Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller

If there is one book that should be required reading this year, this is it. Everyone needs to experience this book. Chanel Miller is Emily Doe, the Stanford rape victim. Her story is harrowing. I cried through pretty much the whole audiobook (that she narrates!). Her writing is thoughtful and eloquent. I was heartbroken, angry, empowered. As a fellow gaucho alum, I may be a little biased. But seriously, I cannot recommend this book enough. Read it, read it, read it. {5*}


The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

An ARC I received through BookishFirst. As soon as I saw Marie Lu’s name, I knew I had to have it. The cover is stunning. And the story is so good!! Ahh, my heart is happy.

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I’m only half an hour into this audiobook and I am already enjoying it. It is just so incredibly relevant. 


Um, I’m not sure! I’m not that far into my current reads so who knows what book I’ll be in the mood to read after.


The one where I make my blogging return: New Year, New Bookish Resolutions


6 thoughts on “2020: Week 1 Reading Roundup

  1. I quite like the sound of there not being a-ha! moment, it’s nice to read something that’s comfortable and easy and that captures a part of our lives without needing to drive a message in. But I think it really depends on the mood we’re in!

    :O are a you an alumni of the same university/college? I’m torn about reading Chanel Miller’s story. I remember reading her article that was released during the trial and feeling traumatised. I want to read it, but I know I’d have to be in the right frame of mind because I think it’ll be triggering and traumatising for a lot of us. One day.

    Definitely can’t wait to read We Were Eight Years in Power! Coates prose is sensational and soothing (from what I’ve read from the preview) for a topic that’s the opposite of soothing.

    And also thank you for recommending Queenie and Americanah. I’ve enjoyed both immensely. I’m getting all my diverse recs from you – so please keep sending them my way!

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    1. Very true! Every once in a while I pick it up and reread a comic or two. It’s a great little book.

      Yeah I am! I had graduated by the time she was there. Her victim impact statement was heartbreaking. I remember reading it at the time too. It appears in the end of the book. But yeah, the book is traumatic. You have to be mentally/ emotionally prepared to read it. This book gutted me. Many books have made me cry. Not like this one though. I cried the whole way through. It’s a powerful read. So don’t rush into it. Read it when you’re ready.

      Coates is a great writer. Planning to read more by him this year.

      Yay! So glad you liked them!! ❤


      1. I literally do not have any comic (other than Diary of a Wimpy Kid series) or graphic novels in my physical TBR. I really need to buy some more, but they can be so expensive! The first on my list is Persepolis.

        I’ve made a resolution to cry less for this year because I spent most of 2019 crying lol. I’ll save books like this for December 2020.

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      2. Omg! Yes!! And they’re really quick to read so I always wonder if it’s worth it to spend so much money on them. I’ve gone back to reread some of the Book Love comics so I guess they are worth it? Persepolis is amazing btw!!

        Girl, same. Read it when you’re ready. Because it’s a lot…


      3. Oo, I hadn’t thought of that, they are more expensive to buy… but I guess graphic novels are probably more something we can borrow from the library! Eek, I have it on my definite TBR for this year, I can’t wait to get around to reading it, I’ve heard so many positive reviews!


      4. That’s what the libraries are for – I can’t afford them right now, but thank God for libraries. I’ve dedicated space this year to commit to reading more graphic novels, Book Love and Persepolis are now top two. Really want to read more manga as well because I’ve never read a single manga as of yet.


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