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Mid-Year Book Freak Out 2020

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2020 itself has been a real rollercoaster of a year — both as a whole and for me personally — and we’re only (already?) halfway through.

My reading has sort of reflected that with some periods where I’ve read way more than usual, a couple of mood slumps and some lack of time dips as well. I’ve even noticed a few points when the genres I was leaning into weren’t what I would have expected.

But, anyways, take a gander at my thoughts on my 2020 reading so far.

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Top 6 Books with Morally Grey Characters

The Top Five Series

This Top 5 series is a weekly meme created by Amanda @ Devouring Books.

Each week we’ll 5 book featuring the common theme provided. These can be books that we’ve read, or ones that are still on our TBRs. I’ll note beside each one if I’ve read the book yet or not, and provide a link to my review if I have one. 

Feel free to share your own favourites or give me more TBR suggestions in the comments. 

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Pixarathon TBR

I’m such a huge Disney and Pixar fan that signing up for this readathon was an absolute no brainer!

There’s 14 prompts and a challenge to ‘rewatch’ the prompts if you can in order to reach a total of 28 books.

For now, I’m going to aim for 15 books: one for each of the prompts and one rewatch. I’ve got a lot more free time this month but since it’s Camp NaNoWrioMo and I’m also taking part in two other readathons, I could end up reading loads or very little.

Some of these prompts were pretty tricky, so I’d love to hear suggestions in case I do squeeze in a few more ‘rewatchs’.

Pixarathon runs from 1st to 31st July.

The Twitter account with all the details is @Pixarathon.

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Top Ten Tuesday Turns 10!

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June 23: Top Ten Tuesday Turns 10! Option 1: pick a past TTT topic you’ve done and re-do/update it (Perhaps you’d remove certain books you put on the list back when you first wrote it, or perhaps you have 10 MORE books you’d add to that list now. You could also re-visit TBR posts, whether seasonal or series you need to finish, etc., and tell us if you’ve read them yet or not. Any variation of this idea works. Feel free to be creative.) Option 2: pick a past TTT topic you wish you’d done, but didn’t get a chance to do (the list of topics is below).

 

So, I’ve picked an old topic from roughly this time last year (March 19: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR) and I thought I’d look back and see which (if any) I read, and what I thought of them.

… You’d be horrified how many TBR posts I had to click through to find one where I’d actually read at least a couple…

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Classic Women 2020 Part 2: Olive, Lady Audley’s Secret & The Lily and the Thorn

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At the end of last year, I decided I really wanted to dig into classics in 2020. I challenged myself to read two classics a month, at least one of which was by a female author. I picked twelve women and created the Classic Women Reading Challenge. All the details are in this post. Check it out and feel free to join me!

 

I’m setting myself a personal target to try at least one novel by a ‘classic’ woman writer and at least one other classic (of any type/ author) each month next year. I’ll be combining my personal goals with some existing readathons: #Victober, #Georgianary, #ClassicsCommunity and #JaneAustenJuly. *Phew!*

I’ve picked 12 female authors who published work pre-1914. They’re all pretty prolific and pretty well-known — I think — so should be easy enough to find a good selection to choose from. 

 

From January to March, my classic female authors were Fanny Burney, Maria Edgeworth and Emmuska Orczy. Check out my thoughts on those here.

From April to June, my classic female authors were Dinah Maria Mulock Craik, Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Margaret Oliphant.

 

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Top 5 Books Set On/Near the Sea

The Top Five Series

This Top 5 series is a weekly meme created by Amanda @ Devouring Books.

Each week we’ll 5 book featuring the common theme provided. These can be books that we’ve read, or ones that are still on our TBRs. I’ll note beside each one if I’ve read the book yet or not, and provide a link to my review if I have one. 

Feel free to share your own favourites or give me more TBR suggestions in the comments. 

 

Officially, today’s Top Five Saturday topic is Books You’d Give a Second Chance, but I wasn’t really feeling that. Since I missed this topic a couple of weeks ago (I featured 10 Books by Black Authors instead), I decided it was a good opportunity to go back and squeeze these five in.

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