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Book Riot's 2020 Read Harder Challenge - June Update: Goldie Vance Vol. 1 & Tempest

Happy Saturday everyone!  I hope everyone's been staying healthy.  June has finally gone by.  Anyway, I've now completed 12 out of 24 books of Book Riot's 2020 Read Harder Challenge!  I'm officially half way through.  The tasks I completed required me to read mystery where the victim(s) is not a woman and a romance starring a single parent.  For the tasks, I selected Goldie Vance Vol. 1 by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams and Tempest (Old West #3) by Beverly Jenkins.  Read on to see my mini reviews and what's next for July: 

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Oh my gosh!  Goldie Vance Vol. 1 by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams is so delightful. It's retro setting, bright color palette, can-do energy, and inclusiveness are refreshing. There's a lot more I'd like to see with the characters and the locale, but that's what we have the rest of the series for isn't it.  I can't wait to see more of Goldie Vance and company. I wish I knew about this series earlier.

My review is also on Goodreads.

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Tempest (Old West #3) by Beverly Jenkins was such a pleasant surprise.  Romance isn't really my thing and I usually like my westerns gritty or with a dash of fantasy or steampunk, but this was actually pretty delightful. The characters of Reagan and Spring were my favorites. I wasn't particularly interested in Dr. Colton Lee and like usual I could have done without the graphic romance with a capital R stuff.  I totally wouldn't have minded if we just got to follow Reagan's or Spring's adventures without the love story.

My review is also on Goodreads.

Next Up For July:

Read a graphic memoir

My choice: Tomboy by Liz Prince - This sounds like it's going to feel quite personal.  I don't know why I've put this off for so long.

Read a play by an author of color and/or queer author

My choice: Fences (The Century Cycle #6) by August Wilson - I've seen the movie with Denzel Washington and it was impressive.  Definitely looking forward to reading the source material.

Have you read any of these books?  Are you taking part in this reading challenge?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!


  1. You're halfway there! Congrats! :) I really need to start working on my challenges again.

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

  2. Congrats on getting halfway! I'd love to check out Tomboy😁


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