Reading Goals 2020

 

2019 was varied in terms of my reading schedule, goals, and what I actually managed to achieve throughout the year. I started off the year with my reading quite structured, but then as time progressed my priorities changed (with an unplanned move and an upheaval at work) and my plans went up in smoke. But as with everything else in my life I am happiest when I have some structure in place and a few goals to work towards. So with that said, here are my reading goals for 2020 –

* Read 50 Books
* Run/Participate in ReadYourFaceOff Book Club
* Participate (fully) in each ReadYourFaceOff Readathon
* Participate (fully) in two Readathons (suggestions welcome!)
* Continue reading and collecting nostalgic books
* Get back into reading comics/graphic novels
* Make time for audiobooks
* Make time to read every day of 2020

Summer To-Do List

 

As well as a list of things I want to do to celebrate the Christmas season, I have a list of things I want to do to try and make the most of Summer this year. Summer is my most hated time of year (I’m sure you feel me, if you’ve had to sweat your way through a number of days where the temperature rises over 35 degrees) so if there is anything I can do to make it more enjoyable I will. Here is what I’m hoping to do this season –

– Host BBQs at our house with friends
– Make iced tea
– Go for walks along the coast
– Make a summer playlist
– Try fake tanning
– Make musk vodka
– Buy some pretty pot plants for the back yard
– Set up the courtyard with a little reading area in the sun
– Spend days up the river with friends
– Try and wear more colour

Christmas To-Do List

 

If you know me, you know that Christmas is my favourite time of year. My loved ones start tagging me in Christmas memes on Facebook in November, and from that point on the season officially begins. Christmas Day always ends up feeling like just another day, although of course it’s lovely celebrate with family. The real magic of Christmas for me is in the lead up. The movies, the gift buying (and wrapping), carols, baking special Christmas treats, the lights and decorations, the TREE. There are so many magical things to enjoy and experience. I like to write a little checklist at the beginning of the season, so I can make sure I enjoy every little thing that makes Christmas magical for me. Here’s my list for this year –

– Decorate the Christmas tree
– Write + send Christmas cards
– Christmas shopping day
– Host a Christmas BBQ
– Christmas baking day
– Visit the German Christmas market
– Do a tour of the Christmas lights in Adelaide
– Watch my favourite Christmas movies
– Celebrate at the work Christmas party
– Participate in Secret Santa
– Buy a new Christmas tree ornament
– Eat a cheese pizza and watch Home Alone

December TBR (Nostalgic Reads)

 

Sweet Valley High #12 – When Love Dies“The Wakefield twins’ older brother, Steven, is heartbroken. His girlfriend, Tricia Martin, no longer seems interested in him. She breaks their dates and doesn’t return his calls. Steven can’t understand why Tricia’s feelings have changed so suddenly. Jessica is thrilled that Steven isn’t dating Tricia anymore. She sees it as the perfect oppotunity to pair him with her best friend, Cara Walker. Elizabeth, Jessica’s twin, thinks that scheming, gossipy Cara is all wrong for Steven. She’s determined to find out the reason for Tricia’s strange behavior—and horrified when she discovers the awful truth.”

Sweet Valley University #11 – Take Back The Night“Jessica Wakefield’s dream relationship has turned into a nightmare. Assaulted by James Montgomery on a date, she finds the courage to report the crime. Now it’s James word against hers, and the whole university stands in judgment. Elizabeth Wakefield is on a crusade to help her sister. She’s found a witness to prove her sister’s case, but can she convince the witness to step forward before it’s too late? Haunted by her troubled past, Alexandra Rollins makes a desperate call to the university hot line. The man who answers has a wonderful voice and a genuine desire to help. Will she fall in love with just a voice?”

All In The Blue Unclouded Weather by Robin Klein“A collection of interlinked stories set in the late 1940s in an Australian country town which focus on the four young Melling sisters. Each story links the girls and their friends together in a variety of domestic events and problems. The stories present a nostalgic feel for the post-war years.”

December TBR

 

Where The Crawdads Sing by Deliah Owens“For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.”

Bunny by Mona Awad“Samantha Heather Mackey couldn’t be more of an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA program at New England’s Warren University. A scholarship student who prefers the company of her dark imagination to that of most people, she is utterly repelled by the rest of her fiction writing cohort – a clique of unbearably twee rich girls who call each other ‘Bunny’, and are often found entangled in a group hug so tight they become one. But everything changes when Samantha receives an invitation to the Bunnies’ fabled ‘Smut Salon’, and finds herself inexplicably drawn to their front door. As Samantha plunges deeper and deeper into the sinister yet saccharine world of the Bunnies, the boundary between fiction and reality begins to blur.”

Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar“Jess Gordon is out for revenge. Last year the jocks from Knights College tried to shame her best friend. This year she and a hand-picked college girl gang are going to get even. The lesson: don’t mess with Unity girls. The target: Blondie, a typical Knights stud, arrogant, cold… and smart enough to keep up with Jess. A neo-riot grrl with a penchant for fanning the flames meets a rugby-playing sexist pig – sworn enemies or two people who happen to find each other when they’re at their most vulnerable? It’s all Girl meets Boy, Girl steals from Boy, seduces Boy, ties Boy to a chair and burns Boy’s stuff. Just your typical love story.”