Monday, September 7, 2020

#30Booksin3Months 2020 Summer Reading Challenge

If you follow me on Instagram, then you will have seen that I decided to participate in Jessica Brody's #30Booksin3Months Reading Challenge. From Memorial Day to Labor Day (so yes, technically slightly over 3 months), she has challenged her followers to read and try to complete 30 books. I am happy to say I succeeded. Here I am going to reflect on what I read and look at my stats for these 30 books. As I am writing this, I actually have no idea what the stats will shape up to be, but I am excited to find out.


In June, I finished the following books:
  • Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (mini review)
  • Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy by Rey Terciero (review)
  • Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes (mini review)
  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (audiobook review)
  • Four Days of You and Me by Miranda Kenneally (review)
  • The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler (Twitter review)
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (mini review)
  • The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Marianna Zapata
  • A Taste of Sage by Yaffa S. Santos (mini review)
  • Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry (series review)

Looking at these titles, they break down to the following:
  • Children's/Middle Grade: 1
  • Young Adult: 6
  • Adult: 3
  • Diverse Reads: 4

After a fairly successful first month, July came and went quickly. We went on some college campus visit (a great socially distance activity) and visited family. I had a bit of a reading slump in July, but still managed to finish another 10 books. 


Here are the books I finished in July:
  • Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry (series review)
  • Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds (mini review)
  • Quick & Easy Guide to Trans and Queer Identities by Mady G (mini review)
  • Long Way Home by Katie McGarry (series review)
  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid 
  • Hideaway by Nora Roberts
  • Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas (Twitter review)
  • Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson (mini review)
  • Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli (review

Looking at these titles, they break down to the following:
  • Children's/Middle Grade: 2
  • Young Adult: 4 
  • Adult: 3
  • Diverse Reads: 5

Lastly, August...August is when I went dark here on Love. Life. Read. simply because I could not keep up with it and starting back at work. I needed to be able to focus on preparing to return to being back in school physically each day, including preparing my teaching staff for hybrid learning and also my library in general has had to go under some changes (more on that upcoming in another post). I also slowed down in reading towards the end of the month because of being drained from work, that I did not want to stay up and read or my focus was not able to sustain long periods of reading. 


Here is what I read in August:
  • Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning (mini review)
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women by Lisa Charleyboy
  • Unconscious Bias in Schools by Tracey A. Benson
  • Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray 
  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  • A Conquest Impossible to Resist by Stephanie Laurens
  • The Names They Give Us by Emery Lord
  • The Inevitable Fall of Christopher Cynster by Stephanie Laurens
  • The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert
  • Beach Read by Emily Henry

Looking at these titles, they break down to the following:
  • Children's/Middle Grade: 1
  • Young Adult: 6
  • Adult: 5
  • Diverse Reads: 6

In the last three months I read 5 middle grades, 16 young adults, and 11 adult books which I would say is pretty on par ratio wise with what I typically read each year when I am not on a review committee. I am happy that half of my 30 books did end up being a diverse read--that was a goal I had in mind and I hope to continue that trend in an upward pattern. 

I loved this challenge so much that I decided I am going to keep going wit a new one this fall. Here is the graphic Rachael created for the challenge she created: 


What about you--did you participate in the #30Booksin3Months challenge from Jessica Brody this summer? If so, how did it go? If you did not participate, are you interested in trying the fall challenge with me this fall? I would love for you to join! If you do, please let me know below and where I can cheer you on during it!



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