I started out preparing myself for this month by setting up challenges. But then I realized that not all of my plans for 2020 will see fruition. I am not upset over this like I normally would be. 2020 has been quite a year and nothing that anyone of us could have expected or planned for. So instead of doing Spell the Month in Books I have chosen a few of my yearly goals that I find attainable to focus on these last couple of weeks.
Get It Done 2020
Pop Sugar Challenge 2020
By December 1st I had completed 47/50 prompts. Here is what remains:
Tournament of Books Shortlist
I only have one title left from this shortlist:
From the two-time NBCC Finalist, an emotionally resonant, fiercely imaginative new novel about a family whose road trip across America collides with an immigration crisis at the southwestern border–an indelible journey told with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity.
An emotional exploration of the frayed bond between a father and daughter…and what it takes to mend it.
An intimate and unﬂinching memoir exploring Mia Kangs journey from self-loathing to self-love
These are books I was supposed to read for book clubs earlier in the year but didn’t. In part because my focus and concentration was off. In some cases because the pub dates were pushed back due to the Coronavirus.
June, 1781. An unidentified body hangs upon a hook at Deptford Dock – horribly tortured and branded with a slaver’s mark.
Some days later, Captain Harry Corsham – a war hero embarking upon a promising parliamentary career – is visited by the sister of an old friend. Her brother, passionate abolitionist Tad Archer, had been about to expose a secret that he believed could cause irreparable damage to the British slaving industry. He’d said people were trying to kill him, and now he is missing . . .
In A Thousand Ships, broadcaster and classicist Natalie Haynes retells the story of the Trojan War from an all-female perspective.
Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.
Plans For 2021
My focus has also been geared more towards the future — towards 2021. So I have been spending a lot of time setting up my first bullet journal. This has been fun and also calming. It has led me to do inventories of my shelves both physical and digital (Has anyone else forgotten they have books on their Kindle? Oh just me. OK. I’ll keep those embarrassing moments to myself then.)