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Welcome to my weekly update for January 9, 2022!
I hope everyone had happy holidays!
I did not mean to disappear over the past month or so but life got busy. We spent several weekends at my parents’ house near Asheville, NC and my sister visited us here in Charleston, SC. That left little time for blogging and I decided I was okay with that. Life is too short to let an unpaid hobby take over, no matter how much I love this community. I admire those of you who manage to juggle all your responsibilities and still post regularly!
Since mid-October, I’ve read 19 high school nonfiction books and read at least half of five more as a round one panelist for the Cybils awards. We had a lot of fantastic nominations so it was hard to narrow the field to just five finalists. You can see and read about our choices on the Cybils website.
I normally like to include pictures from my travel adventures with my husband but it’s been so long since I posted, I don’t know where to start. I’ll take that back up when I get back into my normal schedule.
Since my last update on November 28, I’ve posted
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This is what I’ve read since November 28.
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor–4 Stars
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson, read by Marin Ireland–4 Stars
Handling Depression (Handling Health Challenges) (Cybils Nomination) by Marie-Therese Miller–3 Stars
Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke (Cybils Nomination) by Andrew Maraniss–4 Stars
Can We Talk About Consent?: A book about freedom, choices, and agreement (Cybils Nomination) by Justin Hancock–4 Stars
Race Against Time: The Untold Story of Scipio Jones and the Battle to Save Twelve Innocent Men (Cybils Nomination) by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace–4 Stars
Notes from a Young Black Chef (Adapted for Young Adults) (Cybils Nomination) by Kwame Onwuachi with Joshua David Stein–4 Stars
The Nobleman’s Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks (Montague Siblings #3) by Mackenzi Lee, read by Christian Coulson–4 Stars
Punching Bag (Cybils Nomination) by Rex Ogle–4 Stars
A Very Merry Christmas by Cathy Lamb–3 Stars
The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller–4 Stars
The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs, read by Emily Rankin–3 Stars
Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory, read by Janina Edwards–4 Stars
Mistletoe Murder (Lucy Stone #1) by Leslie Meier–3 Stars
The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan–4 Stars
A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli, read by Richa Moorjani–3.5 Stars
Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones–4 Stars
The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer–4 Stars
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, read by Janet Song–4 Stars
Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Every Day by Clemency Burton-Hill–5 Stars
World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments by Aimee Nezhukumatathil–4.5 Stars
Goldie Vance: Larceny in La La Land by Jackie Ball et al.–3 Stars
Kim Reaper Volume 2: Vampire Island by Sarah Graley-4 Stars
Ganymede (The Clockwork Century #3) by Cherie Priest, read by Edoardo Ballerini–4 Stars
The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, edited by Maria Tatar–4 Stars
The Preservationist by David Maine
A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey, read by Frankie Corzo
My Family and Other Animals (The Corfu Trilogy #1) by Gerald Durrell
The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, edited by Caroline Kennedy
2021 Reading Challenge Summary:
I’m happy with the outcome of my reading challenges last year. Challenge title links go to my personal progress page and host links go to the relevant sign-up page.
- Books in Translation Reading Challenge (hosted here at Introverted Reader) Progress: 8/4
- Southern Literature Reading Challenge (hosted here at Introverted Reader) Progress: 9/7
- New (To You) Narrator Reading Challenge (hosted here at Introverted Reader) Progress: 29/6
- Uncorked Reading Challenge (hosted at The Uncorked Librarian) Progress: 12/12
- Nonfiction Reader Challenge (hosted at Book’d Out) Progress: 12/12
- Diversity Reading Challenge (hosted at Celebrity Readers) General Progress: 48/25; Monthly Progress: 12/12
- Audiobook Reading Challenge (hosted at Caffeinated Reviewer and That’s What I’m Talking About) Progress: 49/20
- Book Voyage: Read Around the World Challenge (hosted at The Book Girls’ Guide) Progress: 12/12
- Classics Club (hosted at The Classics Club) Progress: 8/50 by April 15, 2026
I have got to review some books! I’m trying to slow down my reading this year and make more time for reviewing. I’m going to try to focus on that over the next weeks. Of course, I also need to start getting tax documents together, which is always time-consuming. We’ll see how much I get done….
What did your week look like?