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Books Read in 2019

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January Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, the Serial Killer Alyssa Cole, An Extraordinary Union Jenny Lawson, Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things Aja Monet, My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Signal to Noise Kaoru Mori, Emma , Vol 1 Kaoru Mori, Emma , Vol 2 Sarah Perry, Melmoth February Alyssa Cole, A Prince on Paper Claire G. Coleman, Terra Nullius Sangu Mandanna, A Spark of White Fire Mandeliene Smith, Rutting Season Susan Tan, Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire March Alyssa Cole, A Hope Divided Neil Gaiman, Norse Mythology David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Lauren Layne, Blurred Lines Lauren Layne, Irresistibly Yours Lauren Layne, I Wish You Were Mine Lauren Layne, Made for You Lauren Layne, Only with You Lauren Layne, Someone like You Lauren Layne, Walk of Shame Jessica Lemmon, Arm Candy Jessica Lemmon, The Bastard Billionaire Jessica Lemmon, Th

10 Years of Blogging !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Unbelievably, ten years ago today (or so), I started this blog. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 Before then, I was tracking my books on Livejournal, but wanted more conversation about the books I was reading. I posted a review of The Monsters of Templeton (a book I still think about some ten years later) and ... yeah. I remember thinking it'd be amazing if I could last six months. Then a year. And somehow, I managed to do this for a decade. !!!!!!!!!!!!1 There are few things I can say I've done consistently for 10 years and I'm feeling pretty proud of myself. Blogging has really changed my life: it's changed how I read, the way I think about my reading and writing, and it's one of my biggest hobbies. (It numbers as one of the first four things people say about me when introducing me to others.) I can't express how much I appreciate the people I've met through blogging. You all have made this more fun, interesting, meaningful, and fun! It's real

Reading Challenge: Read Harder 2020

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For 2019, I did two reading challenges: Historical Fiction and Read Harder . Read Harder changed my reading life. I had initially rolled my eyes at about a fourth of the requirements, but in the end, every book I was "forced" to read was ultimately really wonderful. I ended up learning something, enjoying more than I anticipated, and was introduced to new authors and ideas. Many of my favorite reads for 2019 were due to Read Harder -- now I feel like I 'get' reading challenges and I'm hooked! So I'm pretty excited for Read Harder 2020 . If you can recommend anything that fits one of these 24 options, let me know! I'm still developing my list. Read Harder 2020 1) Read a YA nonfiction book An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People 2) Read a retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, or myth by an author of color Beloved by Toni Morrison One Thousand and One Nights by Hanan al-Shaykh Tender by Sofia Sam

Weekend reads, or hunkering down for winter

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We had our first snow earlier this week; for us, it was two days, so heavy that school was cancelled. Unabridged Kid enjoyed himself and had a wildlife cafe for a bit. Winter is my least favorite season so I'm trying to lean into the hygge by getting cozy when possible: fancy chocolates on chilly nights; cuddling the new kittens, Dash and Lilly; pretty decorations; and of course, books! This weekend I'll be finishing up three reads for the Historical Novel Society (reviews to come in the spring issue of the magazine): Brett Cogburn's Gunpowder Express ; Leanna Renee Hieber's A Sanctuary of Spirits ; and Sarah-Jane Stratford's Red Letter Days . I'm two books short of completing Read Harder 2019 and I am determined to crush it, although I suspect I'll be wrapping up at 11:57 on the 31st. I'm pulling together my top 10 reads for 2019 and it is a very hard list to assemble -- there were SO. MANY standout reads this year. What are you reading thi