Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sunday Salon: September 20, 2020

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz runs The Sunday Salon. 

Books read over the past week:   
 
 

Challenge progress 2020

  • Big Summer Book Challenge--5 books total (completed)
  • Literary Escapes Challenge--This week: 2 states and 0 countries. 26 states and 27 countries total
  • Mount TBR Challenge--2 book read this week, 61 books total
  • Popsugar reading challenge--0 books read this week, 33 books total
  • Social Justice Challenge--1 books read this month, 9 books total
  • YA Award Winners--0 books read this week, 8 books total

My life outside books:

I am a round 2 Cybils judge for YA fiction and speculative fiction (see my post here)! I am really excited, but admittedly a bit nervous about the speculative fiction books. Maybe I'll discover a new love for the genre? Now I need to think about books that I want to nominate. Nominations open in October.

I am always looking for a TV show or series that will hold my attention while I am on the treadmill in the mornings and am open to suggestions. Currently I am watching the latest season of Call the Midwife, which is fantastic and it's so great to see al these characters again. I forgot how much I talk to the TV/iPad when I watch it. Last week I watched the new Netflix series Get Organized: with The Home Edit. Well, I am hooked.

I now follow them on Instagram and have already ordered a bunch of products from The Container Store (apparently this is a common reaction after watching the show or reading their books). I am an organized person, but I have nothing on these women. They are fun to watch and I love seeing what they do with messy spaces. Good thing there's only one season so far. I even rearranged my To Be Read shelves (yes, there are far too many books, a side effect of pandemic book shopping) and the apps on my phone in rainbow order; they are right... it really is satisfying and pretty!

I am not even sure how to process the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. It is sad on so many levels: for her family, all those she has worked with and championed for over the years, and, yes, us a nation. McConnell waited only an hour before gleefully announcing they will push through a new justice. It makes me sick, especially after what they did in 2016 (holding off Obama's nominee for 9 months). I really am fearful of the direction the US is taking.

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