It’s the last month of the year, what!? I can’t believe this year is almost over and boy what a weird year it’s been. I’m nearly done with my reading challenges, though for a while I wasn’t sure I’d be able to finish! I’m looking forward to completing them this month and to what’s to come for next year’s reading goals.
| My Reading Goals |
Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge 2020
So there are two prompts I have left to fulfill – the “read a play by a poc/LGBT+ writer” and “listen to an audiobook of poetry.” I was going to read “The Thanksgiving Play,” but the publication date keeps getting pushed back, so I asked my writer friend who’s up on plays to recommend one and he recommended Sweat by Lynn Nottage. I’m looking forward to it, it sounds really interesting and luckily enough my library has a copy!
I’ll be listening to Aimless Love by Billy Collins. I purchased the audiobook a while back and I’m jointly reading the poems as I listen to the audio. I’m a bit bummed out because the audio is so different than the book! The poems are all out of order and it’s not even a full representation of the book! A lot of poems aren’t even included on the audio. I have no idea why there is this discrepancy but I’m really bummed out about it.
Reading Women Challenge 2020
This will fulfill the “read a book about a woman artist,” prompt. I was going to read a biography of Frida Kahlo, but I’ve really run out of time. The book I was planning on reading is 400+ pages and I know I can’t get that done with everything else this month. So I’m reading this YS novel in verse about Artemisia Gentileschi. I’ve heard good things about this book, and I love Artemisia’s work. She’s a fascinating figure, so I’ll be curious to see how this book portrays her fictionally.
Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2020
I wanted to pick another book off my ARC shelf, since I didn’t have any other books on my reading challenge lists that could fill this month’s YARC selection. This book sounds really cute. It’s a YA romance with food! I’m really excited to read it and I hope it is a s good as it looks. I love this cover also. Yes, there are people depicted on it, but it’s in a cartoonish illustration rather than stock photos so I don’t mind as much.
2020 Diversity Challenge
This book will satisfy the Diversity Challenge monthly prompt: “religious minorities.” I don’t know much about Buddhism in general, so I’m curious to see how Nichtern links up his own Buddhist beliefs with “The Princess Bride,” one of my favorite books/movies!
I bought this book so long ago! I heard a piece of it read on an NPR program and it sounded really interesting. It’s a literary fiction piece, so I’m not sure just how much I’ll end up liking it in the end, because these things tend to be more depressing than I can stand, but I’m hopeful that the writing will be excellent enough that I won’t care!
ARC of the Month
I’m so excited for this book! I received an ARC of it a while back, but I wanted to save it to read in the winter season, which is now upon us! It’s another YA romance that seems just like a Hallmark movie, but with teens! I really hope this one is as cute and cozy as it sounds! I need a pick-me-up after this disaster of a year!
What books are you reading this month?
If you’ve read any books from my list, let me know what you think! Do you have any of these selections on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!
It’s another month of reading dangerously and I hope I’m up to the challenge!