So we have reached the end of the 3rd quarter of 2020 so it is time to do my top 5 books from July to September. I was looking at the previous post from January to March, which you can read here  and my April to June, which you can also read here.  

Both mentioned in the introduction  on how England was either going into Lockdown or coming out, except Lecister. Now a lot more areas of England have quit a few restrictions and the rest of England can not meet  more people than 6.  

So back to the books like the times before,  I have chosen this list from 4 and 5 star reads I have completed in July, August and September, though they are not shown in any order. There will also be either a link to Goodreads or a review on this blog if I have written one.

Top 5 Books


Books I paid for

Girl Woman other
Bernardine Evaristo

book cover of girl woman, other by bernardine evaristo

Girl Woman other is a novel mainly set in England based around the lives of, 12 mainly black women, of various sexuality and gender identification.

The book is mainly divided into 4 parts, with the first 3 containing 3 chapters about people who are closely connected to each other, either relations or very close friends and work colleges. With the last part concluding all the previous stories.


I got the following books from Netgalley for a fair and honest review

The Skylark’s Secret
Fiona Valpy

book cover The Skylark's Secret

Loch Ewe, 1940. 

Gamekeeper’s daughter Flora has her life altered by World War II as her remote highland village finds itself turned into a base for the Royal Navy’s Arctic convoys. With  life in her close-knit community changed forever. 

In defiance of his disapproving father, the laird’s son falls in love with Flora, and as tensions build in their disrupted home, any chance of their happiness seems doomed.


Flora’s daughter, singer Lexie Gordon, is forced to return to the village and to the tiny cottage where she grew up. Having long ago escaped to the bright lights of the West End, London still never truly felt like home. 

Now back, with a daughter of her own, Lexie learns that her mother—and the hostile-seeming village itself—have long been hiding secrets that make her question everything she thought she knew.

As Lexie pieces together the fragments of her parents’ story, she finds the  courageous, devastating sacrifices made in her name. It’s too late to rekindle her relationship with her mother, but can Lexie find it in her heart to forgive the past, to grieve for all that’s lost, and finally find her place in the world?


I got the following book from Booksirens for a fair and honest review.

Who She is
Diane Byington


Who is she tells the story of Faye a young girl, who’s family has moved around America, so her dad can find work, moves to Florida just before he 16th birthday. On her first day in the new school she decides to take up running, shortly after deciding to run the Boston marathon with her friend, despite the fact in 1967 women could not enter the race. However her mum and dad are against this idea, as a doctor diagnosed she has epilepsy, though they do allow her to run. During her run, Faye seems to get images coming to her mind.

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I got the following book from the author for a fair and honest review.

Dust & Lightning
Rebecca Crundon

Dust & Lightning book cover

By the year 4054, humans have inhabited multiple solar systems are, taking a spaceship is as commonplace as taking an aeroplane.

However, not everything about the future is so advanced. The central planets, led by Earth, have risen high at the expense of cheap labour on distant worlds.

Dissent is widespread and arrests are common. Sometimes prisoners are released; sometimes they disappear without a trace, sent to labour camps in other solar systems.

When Ames Emerys receives a letter telling him that his brother Callum has died en route to the remote planet of Kilnin, he takes the first ship he can off Earth, desperate for answers. But the secrets Ames uncovers prove far more dangerous than he could have imagined.

And trouble isn’t far behind

So there you have it: my list of the top 5 books i read, in the third quarter of 2020. This quarter was hard to chose as i have read some great books. Meaning books like, Ken Follet’s The Evening and the Morning and Diana Byington could have had two books on the list with, If She Had stayed all this means there could be some more books in my top 20 from this quarter at the end of the year.

Comment below,  on your favourite books of this quarter.

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