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Dec 04

Reading Goals vs. The Pandemic by Andrea Lorenz

Posted on December 4, 2020 at 2:38 PM by Genesis Gaule

One thing I (usually) love to talk about this time of year is reading goals. I usually set very ambitious reading goals for myself every year, like I want to read 100 books before the end of the year (no, picture books don’t count) or I will read a book from every section of the library or I’m going to read 50% more BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) authors. I started 2020 with good intentions, buuuuuuuuuuuuuut the pandemic totally changed my reading this year.

I don’t know about you, but before 2020 I would look at all the unread books on my shelves and think, “If there ever was a disaster and I got stuck at home for a long time, I’d be set. I would get so much reading done.” I was wrong.

When we hit lockdown in March, all I wanted to read was science fiction and romance novels. And then in April, all I wanted to do was play Stardew Valley and go for long brooding walks. In May, I would open up Goodreads and look sadly at the Reading Challenge badge to see just how many books behind I was. My mind wasn’t working the same way it did in before-times. I had trouble focusing and nothing really seemed interesting any more. I’d pick a book up, read 20 pages, and put it back down.

I have gotten back into reading, though slowly and not in directions I imagined. Instead of reading hard-hitting literary fiction, I’ve found solace in re-reading beloved books from my childhood and adolescence. Instead of exploring new topics and genres, I’ve stuck to my comfort zones – science fiction and romance novels (with a whole lot of comics thrown in). And that’s okay. I’m sure as the world settles into a new normal, my reading will become more adventurous again, but for 2021, my reading goals will be flexible and geared toward comfort.
Dec 01

Book Notes 11/30/2020

Posted on December 1, 2020 at 1:26 PM by Genesis Gaule

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11/30/2020


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Wandering in Strange Lands by Morgan Jerkins

A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots // Between 1916 to 1970, six million black Americans left the South for jobs in a movement known as The Great Migration. In this fascinating and personal exploration, Jerkins recreates her ancestors’ journeys across America.

American Sherlock by Kate Winkler Dawson

Murder, forensics, and the birth of American CSI // Dawson captures the life of Edward Oscar Heinrich, known as the “American Sherlock Holmes” and one of America’s greatest—and first—forensic scientists whose skill for finding clues was almost supernatural.

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Gifty’s brother died of a heroin overdose after an injury left him hooked on OxyContin, and her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her.

Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn

Seven-year-old Nainoa falls overboard to sharks, only to be returned safely in the jaws of a shark. His rescue hailed by his family as a sign from the Hawaiian gods, but as time passes, this supposed divine favor begins to drive the family apart.


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Nov 23

Book Notes 11/23/2020

Posted on November 23, 2020 at 9:32 AM by Genesis Gaule

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11/23/2020


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Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

With beauty, grace, and honestly, Castillo recounts his life as a boy who perfected his English in hopes that he’d never seem extraordinary after he immigrated from Mexico to the US before becoming the celebrated poet he is today.

The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe

Depression has always plagued Moe and his family, even claiming his brother’s life in 2007. Host of a podcast of the same name, Moe writes this investigation of the disease, part memoir and part treasure trove of stories and insights from others.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

An apartment open house becomes a hostage situation when a failed bank robber bursts in. However, each of the strangers carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over, along with them all desperately craving some sort of rescue.

Mother Daughter Widow Wife by Robin Wasserman

Who is Wendy Doe? The woman, found on a Peter Pan Bus to Philadelphia, mas no money, no ID, and no memory of who she is, where she was going, or what she might have done.


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