Weekly Update for December 20, 2020

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Weekly Update at Introverted Reader

Welcome to my weekly update for December 20, 2020!

I hope all who celebrate have a merry Christmas and happy holidays!

My husband and I went to a Christmas drive-through light show on Friday night. It was a lot of fun! They even blew soap bubble “snow” on our car as we reached the end.


Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy, read by Val Toomey, George Newbern, Marin Ireland, and Joel Froomkin–4.5 Stars

Goldie Vance by Hope Larson, illustrated by Brittney Williams–5 Stars

Top Ten Winter Book Covers


A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy, read by Val Toomey, George Newbern, Marin Ireland, and Joel Froomkin

Around the World: Three Remarkable Journeys by Matt Phelan

Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber, read by Laurel Rankin and Luke Daniels

Currently Reading:

The Mean Seasons: Fables Volume 5 by Bill Willingham

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, read by Christian Coulson

Fathoms: The World in the Whale by Rebecca Giggs

Reading Challenges:

I announced 2021 sign ups for several challenges I hosted prior to my long blogging break. I hope you’ll join me!

Books in Translation Reading Challenge

Southern Literature Reading Challenge

New (To You) Narrator Reading Challenge

I also signed up for several other challenges. I may not complete them all but at least they’re nudging me in new directions. The buttons above and the links below take you to the information page for each challenge if you’d like to know more and/or sign up.

Uncorked Reading Challenge

Nonfiction Reader Challenge

Diversity Reading Challenge

Audiobook Reading Challenge


Jingle Jangle Movie Poster

Jingle Jangle (Netflix)–We really enjoyed this movie featuring catchy songs, colorful costumes, steampunky toys, and a whole lot of holiday magic.

Up Next:

I have a big pile of graphic novels to read so I’ll be working on them this week.

What did your week look like?

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz hosts The Sunday Salon and Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts Sunday Post. Kathryn at Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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  1. Thanks for listing those challenges! I love to join them but am not the best at following through. I do want to read more books in translation though so would love to join your challenge

  2. Oh, Fables, I recognized the cover before I read the title (which is written in big letters). The lights look beautiful, I nothing like this around here in my small village. Enjoy the holidays 🙂

  3. I love a good holiday light show! SO pretty. I’m impressed you read Obama’s book so quickly! Even if I focused solely on his it would take me awhile. Congrats!

    I hope you enjoy your holidays! and I’m going to think about some of those challenges. I don’t usually finish but like you said it’s a nudge in different directions and I love discovering new books!

  4. Christmas Lights are one of my favorite parts of the holidays. Those look like some good ones. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  5. The light show sounds like a wonderful COVID safe way to celebrate Christmas
    Delighted you are joining the Nonfiction Reader Challenge for 2021!

    Wishing you a great reading week, and Merry Christmas 🎄

  6. The light show would have been just uplifting I bet and fun. Lots of books read, I think The Promised Land is long so that’s why I am holding back but I will get to it.

  7. Have a great week and happy holidays! I always love how many holidays happen at the same time every year, it makes it feel that much more festive since it seems everyone is celebrating something. That drive-through light display looks highly amusing!

    I haven’t been doing as much reading as I would prefer this past week or two, but on the other hand instead I’ve been doing a “puzzle hunt” with my husband, so I’m happy with how I’ve been spending the time. It just seems weird to have not read as much as I thought I would.

    1. I do love how many holidays converge at this time of year. It makes the season even more magical.

      Spending time with loved ones is an excellent way to spend time. I am curious what you mean by “puzzle hunt” though. My interests shift around and I allocate my time accordingly.

      1. This particular puzzle hunt is essentially a series of sudoku puzzles where the first puzzle is figuring out what the rules are for the specific sudoku variant. In general, though, a puzzle hunt is a series of logic puzzles that are linked by a theme or “secret” puzzle, and solving the individual puzzles gives you a clue to the secret puzzle. (The “secret” isn’t always very secret. That’s part of the difficulty level of the puzzle hunt.) Mr. Wyrm and I enjoy doing logic puzzles together, so this is perfect for us. (But the one we’re working on right now is really hard.)

  8. That light show seems like a great and fun idea! Glad you had fun.

    The Gentlemen’s guide to vice and virtue has been on my TBR list for way to long. Can’t wait to see your thoughts on it. Maybe I’ll bump it up a bit on the pile then.

    Hope you will have a wonderful week and if by any chance we don’t talk again before Friday, have a very Merry Christmas!

    Lots of Love,

    Elza Reads

  9. Look at that light show! We keep thinking we are going to take a walk at night, but so far we haven’t. Maybe tonight.

    I’m eager to hear what you thought about Promised Land. You are the first person who has finished it that I know.

    Next year will be the first year that I have signed up for any yearlong challenges. I signed up for your Books in Translation challenge and I’m interested in the Diversity Reading Challenge.

    Have a happy holiday!

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