And it’s finally the last month of this insane, crazy, heartbreaking, lonely, etc. year that we all know as 2020. In the beginning of the year, some of my coworkers and I were SO SURE that 2020 was going to be our year/ going to be a great year. I guess we should have knocked on wood?
The one thing that has not let any of us down, is books. Or this amazing community. I always know that I can count on finding some great reads or reviews or a fun tag when I scroll through my WordPress reader. Below are some of the discussion posts that stood out to me that I want to share with everyone/ anyone who reads.
Stay safe and healthy! :)
Marie at Drizzle and Hurricane Books talks about why book bloggers should get paid. I honestly never thought about this that much, but I think she makes a lot of good and valid points.
Stephanie at Adventures of a Bibliophile shared a list of nonfiction books by authors of color that we should all consider adding to our TBRs. I’ve read a couple of these and have a few others on my list to read. There are some that I don’t know that well, but I thought the list was a really good one!
Ashley at Falling Down the Book Hole shared her thoughts on TIME’s list of 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time. I read the list some time ago and for the most part agreed with the list. I would say that there were a lot of books on the list that I knew nothing about. I enjoyed Ashley’s thoughts!
Kristin at Kristin Kraves Books gives us nonfiction and fiction pairings. When it comes to nonfiction books, I feel like I can always count on Kristin to provide some great recommendations and reviews. I also love the idea of pairing some fiction books with similar themes and ideas to nonfiction books.
Alexx at Enthralled Bookworm (new to me!) talks 5 things to do when reading starts to feel like a chore. I never want to feel or admit when reading starts to feel like a chore. However, because I also review or simply talk about books, sometimes it does. Luckily very rarely. I really like the simple things that Alexx recommends in this post!
Jamie at Perpetual Page-Turner talks about finding time to read as a mom. While I’m not a mom (or even married), I really loved this post. And I think that the strategies she lists out can apply to anyone with a busy life.
Hannah at Books Life and Other Oddities talks about whether we have to finish a book before reviewing it. I found her post to be very interesting and definitely made me stop to think about my own opinion on this. I think it could be an important review to share if it’s a book that you didn’t finish and the reasons were more than just it ‘wasn’t for you’.
Katie at Reading Through Infinity (new to me blogger!) talks about whether you can recapture the feeling of reading a book for the first time. I totally agree with her that you can recapture the feelings. I mean, I reread books all the time if they’re a huge favorite. I just have to leave some time in between reads.
Vera at Wordy and Whimsical provides a holiday gift guide for book lovers. What I like about this gift guide is that it’s simple and gives a list of books based on taste. Since I don’t have many readers in my life who live for books as much as I do, I hardly ever gift books or book related items. However, I really liked this one and wished that I had more voracious readers in my life!
Kat at Life and Other Disasters lists some of her favorite book to movie adaptions. From her list, I’ve only read and watched one of the books/adaptations. There are a couple from her list that is on my list as well.
The Orangutan Librarian discusses what makes a book relatable for her. I don’t remember how often I talk about a book or main character being relatable or not. Usually it’s a character that loves to read or is more of a reserved person. Definitely a discussion topic I would not have thought of!
In Other News
Smithsonian Magazine: Smithsonian Scholars Pick Their Favorite Books of 2020
The New Yorker: The Best Books We Read in 2020