What do we call these lethargic post-holiday days? When I used to have my own business before I became a librarian, we called this time in January the doldrums. There wasn't much work going on and no one really seemed to be preparing for the future; instead, it seemed to be the inevitable retreat after the mad Christmas rush.
I'm twenty books into my Goodreads Challenge for 2020. Here's a list of what I have read so far, with links to my reviews:
My favorite books so far have been In Other Words: A Language Lover's Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World (nonfiction); How to Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use (nonfiction); Three Things About Elsie (fiction); and Cranford (classic).
I'm currently reading six books: Live in Grace, Walk in Love by Bob Goff (inspirational); War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (classic); Penguin's Poems for Life (poetry); Around the World in 80 Trees (nature nonfiction); Check These Out: One Librarian's Guide to the Coolest, Best and Most Important Books You'll Ever Read (books-about-books); and A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (fiction).
I'm enjoying the pace of reading a chapter-a-day of War and Peace. On Day 4, I got frustrated with all the character names (there were already two different characters named Anna, and the characters have so many nicknames that Prince Andrew Nikolayevich Bolkonsky was called Prince Andrey, Andryusha, Andrei, or Andre) so I started over and made myself a cheat sheet to help myself through the book.
If you haven't already done so, you might be interested in Shelleyrae at Book'd Out's 2020 Nonfiction Reader Challenge. There are several categories. I'm trying for the Nonfiction Know-It-All level.
Nonfiction Know-It-All : Read 12 books, one for each category
* You can choose your books as you go or create a list in advance. You may combine this challenge with others if you wish. Use your best good faith judgment as to whether a book fits the category or not.
* Where a book is identified by more than one category, it may only count for one, not both.
* You can read your chosen titles in any order, at any pace, just complete the challenge by December 31st, 2020.
2. Disaster Event:
3. Social Science:
4. Related to an Occupation: Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets, & Philosophers
7. Psychology: How to Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use
8. Medical Issue:
10. True Crime:
12. Published in 2020:
I've finished 2 of 12 so far.
I'm working on my second Classics Club list. I've now read and reviewed 19 of 50 books on my list.
I'm starting to think about my upcoming trip to Paris (I'll be leaving January 27th and I'll return home on February 12th). Don't worry about me neglecting our Sunday Salon while I'm away; I'll have Internet in Paris and I'm taking my laptop with me. I'm working now to write up my posts while I am gone so that I can simply tweak them just before they appear online.
I'm not really accustomed to winter, living here on the Texas Gulf Coast; I don't even have a coat. So I am busily trying to find socks and scarves and sweaters and winter boots. What should I bring to stay warm?
I'm also trying to put together a list of things I'd like to do while I am there. My sister will be with me, as well as her son and his wife and their two young children, ages 5 and 3. Do you have great ideas for Paris in the winter? Bookish ideas? Church ideas? Art ideas? Any other recommendations for Paris?
I'd love to hear about your week.
I'm very happy you found your way to the Sunday Salon. There are no real requirements to linking up at Sunday Salon. Sunday Salon is simply a place for us to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. Sunday Salon is a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there.
Some of the things we often talk about at the Sunday Salon:
- What was your week like?
- Read any good books? Tell us about them.
- What other bookish things did you do?
- What else is going on in your life?
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