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Rest in Peace, Ruth. We will sorely miss you.
Cold morningsFor the past few days, we've been waking up feeling very cold. I've tried my best to ignore the season shift, but this morning, comfort took precedence and the heater has finally been turned on, if only for an hour. So while the afternoons are significantly warmer, the rest of the day and night is not. Personally, I love sweater weather, and with this year being a dud so far and not having been friendly to my wardrobe, I'm looking forward to some retail therapy.
Fall is about sweaters, pumpkins, pumpkin spice, wagon rides, corn mazes, so much good ole fun, and did I already say sweaters?
But, oh wait, we are still in a pandemic. Right, we'll find out what this year's Fall is going to be about. Even if some of these places are open, I know we won't be visiting any this year, so we are all going to be very sad. Maybe I'd try the corn maze - last time I went, it was not crowded at all, but we will have to …

Summer 2020 Reading Plans

Lately, every time I finished a book, I’ve been having a lot of trouble choosing my next read. Either I’m looking for a book that could be as amazing as the one I just finished (which, let's be honest, I won’t really know for sure until I’ve finished reading the new book). Or I’m looking for a book very different from the one I just read (which typically yields a lot of possibilities). I’ve been meaning to get a random book stack ready so that I always had a list of books to choose from if I didn’t have a book planned already. This is what I’m hoping to get into the groove of over the summer, so I’ve decided to do a challenge that encourages that heavily.

One of my Goodreads groups does a seasonal reading challenge, providing a ton of prompts that can cover up to a total of almost 100 books. I don’t even read 100 books in a year. The last time I did the challenge (7 years ago!), I read only 30 so I’m not expecting a lot in count over the next three months. But what I do like is the variety of the prompts, the short-term nature of the challenge, and the advantage of having a pile to choose your books from. 

After browsing through the challenge prompts for couple of weeks, I've got an initial pile together, covering some of the prompts. I'll be lucky if I even made through this smaller list, nevertheless it was fun planning the reading list. While I may not read everything on this list or may swap out a few books at any point, I do overall like this list as it has a mix of new and old, hyped and not, short and big, and a variety of formats or types.

Here are some of the books I'm looking forward to reading. These highly recommended books have shown up in my feed over and over again.


I'm also excited to return to some of these old favorites, whether the book itself or the author. While I've read most of these books, three of these - The Black Ice, Shanghai Girls, and The Testaments - would be a first time read but from authors I love.
 

And when I'm looking for a different kind of read or a quick (but engaging read), then these graphic novels/memoirs are what I'll be looking forward to.
 

What are your reading plans for the summer? With this being a very challenging time in general, I know most of us are wrestling with reading in general. Are you hoping to do something different for the next few months?

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