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It's freaking August already! Of 2021.  Life I know how summer usually means a busy time for most people. It wasn't so much for me - my kids are still too little and we had some fun this summer but didn't brave outside a whole lot (maybe next year). And still, I am ready for summer to end. For one thing, stuff does slow down a little during rest of the year, and by stuff, I mean work mostly. And on the other hand, I'm ready for real school to start, so that I don't feel bad that my kids are wasting their brains, LOL.  I got to catchup with life this week and that means a great deal. There were a million things eating my brain all the time, distracting me from other things, so it was good to check off a bunch of things from my list. There's still more but for now, I'm in a good place (until it creeps up again of course).  This and next week, we are going to be busy with back-to-school stuff. Since my daughter is moving to the public school this year (first gr

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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