Lately With Lila September 2020 | Bookopolathon, Meddling Teen Detectives, The Start of Spooky Season, & Sbooktober TBR!

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Hello, dear friends, I hope you are all safe, happy, and healthy (and if you are not, I am wishing good vibes your way)! Well, it seems we can cross yet another month off the seemingly unending list that is 2020—can you believe it? It feels like March was just yesterday but also an eternity ago? And also it feels like next year is just around the corner yet also eons away?? What a strange year we’ve had…

Anyhoo, strange years aside, I’m happy to say that September was a relatively prosperous reading month for me. After months on end of only managing to finish at most two books, I actually managed to finish…wait for it, y’all…three books! I know in the bookish community that’s not a lot, but when you consider that I’ve only finished one or two books per month for the past year and a half? Um? I’ll take it! So let’s take a look at those books, as well as my other September 2020 favorites!

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  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer Vol. 1: High School Is Hell by Dan Mora and Jordie Bellaire (★★★☆) Coming from a total Buffy newb—this graphic novel was awesome! It’s a modern “retelling” of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and it’s a very easy place to pick up and start with no real background knowledge. The endearing characters and fun plot made this one a great read!
  • Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles (★★★☆) Aaaah, I loved this book so much! Full of compelling characters and an intriguing plot, Where Dreams Descend was such a dazzling read! My only gripe is that now I have to wait at least a year for the sequel 😉
  • The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty (★★★★) Y’all know I’m a super-fan of The Daevabad Trilogy, so seeing it come to an end is bittersweet. That being said, I couldn’t have asked for a better finale! The Empire of Gold was the perfect conclusion and it left me very satisfied.


  • The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab (Audio/ARC) By some miraculous mistake, I received the audiobook of Addie Larue as part of my October audioARC package—a snafu which left me screaming in joy! I still can’t believe my luck and I intend to devour this one immediately.
  • Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse (Audio/ARC) Black Sun is a Native American fantasy that I’m SO excited to have in my hands! Plus, I’m reviewing this book for a book tour, so it’s one I’ll definitely be reading this month!
  • Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (Audio/ARC) I technically began Legendborn months ago, but I’m still finishing it up. I’m beyond so in love with this book and I can’t wait to see how it wraps up!
  • This Is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi (Audio/ARC) This is another book I’m super hyped for and that I’m also part of a book tour for. This is a super cute looking contemporary involving a bookstore and a group of girl who work there. It looks like so much fun and I can’t wait to dive in!
  • The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi (Audio/Library) My library loan for the audiobook of The Silvered Serpents just came in and, y’all, I am do freaking excited! I adored The Gilded Wolves and I’ve heard great things about this sequel, so hopefully I’ll be able to dig into this book soon!
  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik (Audio/Purchase) Last on my list is A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik, which I purchased in September. This book looks delightfully dark! It’s about a girl attending a school where the only options are to graduate or die trying. I honestly don’t know much about the story beyond that, but the basic premise has me intrigued.


I’m taking part in Sbooktober this year and luckily my regular October TBR jives with this year’s set of prompts! To find out more information about Sbooktober, check out the readathon’s Twitter.

“Room”PromptSelected Book
Costume PartyFantasy Costume ↝ Read A FantasyLegendborn by Tracy Deonn
RefreshmentsDevil’s Food Cake ↝ A Black CoverThe Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab
Dance Floor PlaylistI Put A Spell On You ↝ A Book With MagicBlack Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
FestivitiesCarve Jsck O’Lanterns ↝ A Face On The CoverThis Is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi



Thank you to the kind publishers who approved me for these ARCs and ALCs, as well as to for distributing the ALCs

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I actually discovered Notion about a year ago, but I only started using recently, just before the Notion craze hit the bookish community haha! I’ve been using it to organize my life, my classes, this blog, my creative endeavors, and just my thoughts in general and, I gotta say, so far it’s been working (which is like a miracle for someone like me with severe ADHD). I’ve been having so much fun making and customizing my own templates and I’m glad to have found an organization tool/system that seems to work—now let’s just hope I stick with it!


Okay technically I finished the last 15ish minutes of this film on October 1st, but I watched the vast majority of it in September, so I’m saying it counts! Anyhoo! I absolutely ADORED Enola Holmes! It reminded me so much of myself when I was younger and of my own relationship with my mom. Everything about the film was so adorable and I can’t help but hope we get several sequels! I definitely recommend Enola Holmes if you haven’t already seen it!


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It’s been said before, but needs saying again…How the f*ck are we only in October in this never-ending hell dimension that is 2020???! God, is it not over already??! Have we not stared into the void and seen our souls enough—just let it end already!!!

Okay, but in all seriousness, I feel like nothing has proved the weirdness of that wacky little thing we call time more than 2020. But we can breath a little easier, friends, because we’re just two months away from the end of 2020 and then we can move on and never look back!

Anyhoo! Rants about 2020 aside, September was pretty bland for me. I soldiered through my classes, tripped over my first test (but made it through!), and even managed to turn in a few assignments late. What can I say? I’m a champion at online school (*weary sigh*). But! Nevertheless, I have persisted and I’m hoping that’s what matters!

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It’s Spooky Season, friends! Time to break out the bats and spiderwebs and fake blood and celebrate 🎵the most wonderful time of the year🎵! I actually don’t yet have any real plans for this Halloween (I mean, other than chowing down on some candy haha) but I’m hoping my friends and I can coordinate some kind of virtual event, whether it’s watching a spooky movie together or getting all dolled up with nowhere to go and breaking out the alcohol (don’t worry, we’re all of age). Other than that, though, October is basically a wasteland of unending schoolwork! Although, I did see several vloggers cooking what looks like delicious meals, so I’m definitely planning on attempting to replicate some of those. Besides this, though, it’s really all possibility from here on out. Regardless, whatever may come, I’m ready for adventure!

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  • How was your September?
  • Is there anything you’re looking forward to coming up in October?
  • How are you celebrating Spooky Season?

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Lila @ Hardcover Haven

Lila is a twenty-something college student studying physics and a lover of literature. When she's not busy reading or saving the world through science, Lila can be found singing jazz and blues and obsessing over hedgehogs (a.k.a. the cutest animals in the multiverse!)

25 thoughts on “Lately With Lila September 2020 | Bookopolathon, Meddling Teen Detectives, The Start of Spooky Season, & Sbooktober TBR!”

  1. Awh thank you so much for sharing two of my posts! You’re a star and honestly I’m still trying to process most of this year, never mind the fact we’re in October and I’m nearly 20 *sobs* Also I adore Buffy hehe, I haven’t read any of the graphic novels but I used to read the books which were written based on the show years ago xD Hope you have a wonderful October!

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    1. haha i’m about to turn 26 and, lemme tell ya, chickadee, it’s been one heck of a quarter life crisis this year 😂 but 20 is always a fun age, nothing to fear–it’s an age where people essentially give you more of the freedom of an adult while understanding that you’re still learning. regardless, i hope you’re 20th year is full of lots of lovely adventures! the new buffy comics are great! although i don’t really have much to compare them to as i never watched the show or read the original canon comics—lol i’m such a fake fan! but these new comics DEFINITELY make me want to watch the show! i hope you have a great october as well, full of lots of halloween fun!

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  2. thank you for the shout out!

    I’m in the same boat with you about Notion; I also knew about it for a while but have only started using it more actively since the book community discovered it. I haven’t found a homepage template that works for me yet but don’t really know how to make my own and am sad I can’t make a pretty notion like everyone else yet, lol. Hopefully I can remedy that with some googling.

    I hope October is good for you and you have an equally prosperous reading month!

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    1. hey mel! thanks for dropping by! i basically used several notion templates as a “base” and then just added, rearranged, and changed the colors and icons on mine. i thought it would be stressful, but i found it’s easier when i created what would be most functional for me and then added aesthetics *after* (after all, it’s not worth it being pretty if it’s not functional enough to use imo). i hope you have a wonderful october full of wonderful books, mel ❤

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      1. of course m’dear, it was a great post! speaking of posts—i saw your recent one giving us a tour of your notion setup and it was brilliant! i’m glad you stopped by and i hope you have an enchanting october ❤


  3. I’m so glad you enjoyed Where Dreams Descend, it sounds great & I hope you love Addie LaRue, I’ve only heard the best things so far. 😍✨
    Thank you SO much for mentioning my post, makes me happy and it means a lot to me. 🥺✨
    I have to tell you: I LOVE the organization and color palette of your blog, it looks beautiful ❤️

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing my post, Lila! 💕

    I hope you have a great October! I was going to say that hopefully it slows down a little, but considering it’s already the 13th, I’m going to say that’s not happening 😅

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    1. sure thing, ally! you’re right—october is moving pretty fast (i was shocked when last week my professor mentioned that it’s basically the middle of our 15 week semester)! i hope the rest of your october is full of spooky and bookish fun!

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