MY 2020 READING GOAL

My Goodreads challenge reading goal is 100 books this year. This is my largest challenge ever, but I’m really feeling it this year.

I am technically behind schedule, but I’m not worried. I’ve been reading really long books so they’re taking me a while.

And behind or not, I’ve already read 32 books this year which is pretty damn good if you ask me.

What I Read in May 2020

The Cold Vanish: Seeking the Missing in North America’s Wildlands by Jon Billman – Such an interesting book and topic. I’ve always been intrigued by people that just disappear in thin air (and true crime in general) but the number of people that disappear on public lands is insane. This non-fiction deep dive into this phenomenon is well worth a read. 

Stars – 4/5             |              Read my Review              |              See on Goodreads              |              Buy it here

Lying Beneath (The AURA Operation #1) by Kevin Moran – Ayla has been living an uneventful life (at least in her eyes) and she is eager for adventure to the point that it is disruptive to her life. She loved her boyfriend, their dog, and their life together, but past that, she craved change.

Stars – 4/5             |              Read my Review              |              See on Goodreads              |              Buy it here

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The Invisibles by Rachel Dacus – I found myself entertained throughout, definitely found myself wanting to travel back to Italy, and overall thought the writing was well done. Also, really loving the name choices for the sisters. Not usually something I’d even mention, but they were unique and I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anyone named Saffron. I don’t plan on having kids, so I’ll have to name a plant or something Saffron.

Stars – 3/5             |              Read my Review              |              See on Goodreads              |              Buy it here

Snails & Elephants by Nicole Jean Turner – Turner inspires a look inwards on the things and moments we often take for granted. This book perfectly expresses what a majority of people are experiencing during COVID-19 and the resulting quarantine. I think you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who couldn’t relate to at least one of the poems in this collection. 

Stars – 5/5             |              Read my Review              |              See on Goodreads              |              Buy it here

Once a Girl, Always a Boy: A Family Memoir of a Transgender Journey by Jo Ivester – I was really concerned about this book at first. I didn’t understand why it was written by the mother and not Jeremy. Upon immediate reaction, I felt like she was trying to ride on his story. Also, without researching their story ahead of time, I worried that Jeremy was no longer alive and that’s why it was written by her. However, I gave the book a chance despite these concerns. And, I realized, for the most part, I was wrong. While the book is clearly about the entire family, they still do Jeremy justice in the book. 

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Stars – 4/5             |              Read my Review              |              See on Goodreads              |              Buy it here

The Girl Beneath the Sea (Underwater Investigation Unit #1) by Andrew Mayne – Overall, I really loved this one. I’m super excited to have a book about scuba diving, or at least as a big part of it. As a scuba diver, I’m always on the lookout for books that include diving. While there aren’t enough overall, there are definitely not many that are non-fiction.

Stars – 4/5             |              Read my Review              |              See on Goodreads              |              Buy it here

Limbo Jubilee by Grendolyn Peach Soleil – To try to sum up Limbo Jubilee would be impossible. And, that’s not a bad thing at all. Soleil has a way with words that makes you sit back and think “Damn, I wish I could write like this.”

Stars – 5/5             |              Read my Review              |              See on Goodreads              |              Buy it here

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The Cannibals of Chaufant: A Wild Summer Odyssey by E.E. Tressler – Reading a title like this makes you think a book is heading a very specific direction, but this book was really about so much more than what’s on the surface.

Stars – 4/5             |              Read my Review              |              See on Goodreads              |              Buy it here


Currently Reading

Right now, I’m reading Plantains and the 7 Plagues: A Memoir: Half-Cuban, Half-Dominican, and Full Life and The Other Hotel

What are you currently reading?

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