Weekly Update for January 3, 2021

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Welcome to my weekly update for January 3, 2021!

Well, here we are in 2021! The year that felt like it might never end is finally behind us. With the arrival of the vaccine, I’m choosing to view the new year with hope that life will return to a new normal.


Top Ten Books of 2020

2020 Reading by the Numbers–My reading stats for the year and favorites in various genres and categories

Around the World: Three Remarkable Journeys by Matt Phelan


The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick, read by Imogen Church

The Blood: Monstress Volume Two by Marjori Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda

Currently Reading:

Fathoms: The World in the Whale by Rebecca Giggs

Homelands: Fables Volume 6 by Bill Willingham

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

Book Voyage: Read around the World Challenge


Mulan Movie Poster

Mulan on Disney Plus was beautifully filmed and an empowering tale. We enjoyed it quite a bit.

Up Next:

I decided to return the ebook version of The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey since I couldn’t download it on my Kindle. I requested the physical book instead and I’ll be picking it up from the library on Monday.

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. The UK is going back into full-on lockdown tonight, so that’s derailed my week/month a little. But it’s needed, and I have all my fingers crossed for the vaccines! Good luck with all your challenges. 🙂

  2. Good luck with all your challenges. I’m aiming to read some non-fiction this year and to spread my wings and try a few genres that I don’t normally read.
    Fingers crossed the vaccines bring a happier 2021 for us all.

  3. Oh, you’re tempting me with those challenges — especially the audiobook ones! I like Imogen Church as a narrator, but I’ve listened to her narrate a few too many Ruth Ware books and I’ll need to wait a while before listening to The Library of Lost and Found, which has been on my TBR. I enjoyed The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick.
    Happy New Year!

  4. Happy New Year! Looks like you had a really great reading year in 2020 so hopefully this year is even better in all ways. I’m looking forward to signing up for one of the challenges you are hosting!

  5. We watched Mulan last night and loved it too!

    I’ve joined some of the same challenges as you did. I think I went a little crazy signing up though but let’s see. You can always cancel/update them right, lol!

    Happy New Year and have a good week, Jen!

    1. That’s what I decided about challenges! I may not meet all my goals but at least they’re pushing me in new directions. I mostly stuck with safe bets in 2020 and I hope to change that in 2021. Good luck with your own challenges!

    1. I don’t know how well I’ll do with the monthly challenge aspect of the diversity challenge, but I at least hope to incorporate more diversity in my reading.

      Fathoms is beautifully written but it’s taking me a while to get through it. That’s not a bad thing since the slower pace helps me enjoying the lyrical language more.

  6. Good gosh, I hope you have a spreadsheet as well to keep track of all your challenges! You can do it!

    I’m doing my own version of Read Around the world in the form of Around the World in Eighty Days. I just signed up for the news letters, so I’m sure I’ll see you there!

    I hope you enjoy The Snow Child when you receive it. I loved that book.

    Have a good week Jen!

    Elza Reads

  7. I love seeing all the challenges you are hosting and joining this year. I’ve never done yearly challenges; in the past, I’ve only done perpetual challenges, but I decided to join a few this year. Good luck with your challenges.

    I’m glad you have found a way to try to read The Snow Child. It’s frustrating when a book doesn’t load on your e-reader. Hope you enjoy it.

    I’ve never seen Mulan. Honestly there are lots of movies I’ve missed. Thanks for bringing that one to my attention.

    Happy New Year!

  8. You are certainly going all out for reading challenges – go you! I’m really bad at them – it’s not that I don’t read the books, but I don’t bother to then visit the site and keep updated… Let’s hope this is a much BETTER year and I hope the coming week is a great one, readingwise:)

  9. That is a lot of challenges, but they all sound like a lot of fun! I have been meaning to watch Mulan and completely forgot about it. I need to try to watch it soon. Mulan was always my favorite as a child.
    Have a great reading week!

  10. I decided that I wouldn’t subscribe to any more challenges this year – I wanted none, I’m already in four ! See my strength of will ? But this year, I’m noting challenges as they appear and making a list for next year, hopefully, so I might join next year 🙂 New normal is the right expression, let’s hope it happens in not too long !

  11. Wow, that is a lot of challenges. I hope you get to enjoy a lot of books this year. Have a great new year!

  12. The vaccine definitely does give a sense of hope! And I never did read any Fables, although I almost started them a couple of times…

  13. I keep track of the countries I “read,” but didn’t have a good challenge to connect to so I’m going to check out the one you are doing.

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