Reading Update – July 14

For the last 3-4 years I’ve set my reading goal in Goodreads to the last two numbers of the year (so 17 in 2017, 18 in 2018, etc). I did this when my reading life was struggling as a way to challenge myself. So naturally I set this year’s goal at 20 and I hit it on Sunday!

I’ve written before about a couple of reading challenges I’m taking part in this year. I started off the year with the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2020 Reading Challenge. I hit that one hard in the early months of the year, but shifted gears around May for two reasons. She released her Summer Reading Challenge around mid-month (which was to be my plan for the summer), but then I made a personal shift to better educate myself on racial issues and have been tracking my reading using this google doc.

So… here’s where I am!

MMD 2020 Reading Challenge (I filled in the books I’ve already read):
A book published in the decade you were born – The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
A debut novel: Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng
A book recommended by a source you trust:
A book by a local author – Mrs. Everything, Jennifer Weiner (from Philadelphia)
A book outside your (genre) comfort zone: 11/22/63, Steven King
A book in translation – The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
A book nominated for an award in 2020
A re-read – Acts of Faith, Erich Segal
A classic you didn’t read in school
Three books by the same author – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, JK Rowling

MMD Summer Reading Challenge:
Big Summer – Jennifer Weiner (I love Jennifer Weiner but this book just didn’t do it for me)

My own personal challenge:
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness – Austin Channing Brown (this book was excellent)
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo (this is a great first book if you’re looking for a place to dive in)
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Robin DeAngelo

Other books read this year:
The Year of No Nonsense: How to Get Over Yourself and On with Your Own Life – Meredith Atwood
Life’s Too Short to Go So F*cking Slow: Lessons from an Epic Friendship That Went the Distance – Susan Lacke
Untamed – Glennon Doyle
Rage Against the Minivan: Learning to Parent Without Perfection – Kristen Howerton
Rodham – Curtis Sittenfeld (LOVED)
The Queen’s Secret: A Novel of England’s World War II Queen – Karen Harper

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