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Magical Readathon/OWLS Readathon 2020

I’m not going to go into what the OWLS Readathon is, because if you don’t know what it is, you can go read all about it! The gist of it is basically: pick a wizarding career to pursue, earn the OWLS (and later, NEWTS) for it via fulfilling certain reading prompts. Here are some helpful links to learn more:

I’ve never participated in this readathon before, mostly because I never bothered to find out what it actually entailed, but this year I’ve actually had the time and energy to do so and I’m intrigued! And it’s a good excuse to form a TBR.

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Black History Month TBR

Just like last year, I hadn’t planned on doing a themed TBR for the month, which is why I’m still working to finish three whole other books, but seeing everyone else talk about their themed TBRs has made me kind of want to jump in! A lot of the books people are reading and talking about are books that have been on my TBR for a while, so I may as well read them in February! Continue reading “Black History Month TBR”

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15 Literary Fiction Books to Read in 2020

Y’all know I struggle with literary fiction, but one of my goals for 2020 is to read some more ~literary~ books. What do I mean by literary? I think the connotations of “literary” usually indicate well-written or experimental prose and a somewhat serious narrative dealing with serious, realistic topics. Or something to that effect. Not all the books on this list are hardcore literary; many, in fact, fall into that nebulous category of “upmarket” fiction – which is, as I understand it, literary fiction with a more commercial appeal. I think it’s a good mix! Continue reading “15 Literary Fiction Books to Read in 2020”

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Winter Reads TBR

As we come upon the end of the year I find myself not wanting to read at all, let alone wanting to start a new book. There’s just something about the close of December this year that’s making me feel kind of listless; there’s probably a multitude of reasons for this, some of them involving potential shakeups in my personal life (i.e. I am anxious about a potential new job opportunity and cannot concentrate properly on anything), but in any case, I am also very excited for the beginning of a brand new year where I can start a whole bunch of new books!

The winter months in particular (January, February, maybe a bit of March) lend themselves to a particular kind of book. I try not to be too much of a seasonal reader, but I always succumb; winter in particular makes you want to cozy up with dark, cold books, and I have several books that I hope to start the new year with. I am also sticking with books I have in my possession, whether as physical copies or ebooks, because I would really like to make a dent on the books I own. Continue reading “Winter Reads TBR”

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Nonfiction November 2019 Recommendations & TBR

I used to be a much more avid reader of nonfiction, but for some reason this year and last have not been particularly fruitful in that category. I couldn’t even tell you why, exactly, because I loooooove nonfiction. I think there’s just so many fiction books out there that get so much more hype that it’s easier to gravitate towards them. Nonfiction November is meant to get you thinking more about reading nonfiction, even if you just read a single nonfiction book, and even though I already have a pile of fiction books I want to read in November, I’d like to incorporate some nonfiction into my diet too!

Rachel has just put up a fabulous post for Nonfiction November where she discusses nonfiction books she would recommend alongside nonfiction books on her TBR, all to the tune of the challenge prompts set out by booktube’s abookolive, who hosts the challenge every year. Olive has designated four challenge words meant to be interpreted in whatever way you like: design, sport, true, and voice. I really love the way Rachel laid out the post, so I will be doing the same thing; that is, for each category, I will lay out a nonfiction book I am recommending alongside a nonfiction book I hope to read. Continue reading “Nonfiction November 2019 Recommendations & TBR”