Quarter 1 Wrap-Up | 2020 Reading Challenge

When I laid out my plan for my 2020 Reading Challenge, I decided to forgo my monthly wrap-ups, and instead write quarterly wrap-ups to discuss my reading progress and any general Reading Challenge updates. The end of March is now here, which means it’s time to look back on the first quarter of 2020.

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Right away I will say that my reading habits have been a bit dismal over the past three months. I created a TBR in January, and stuck with that same list for February and March (with some slight variations). I did do some reading outside of the set TBRs, but those additions still did not bring me to my Quarter 1 goal of 18-24 books. After being laid off in February and now with the global pandemic requiring isolation, I have plenty of time to read – but I just haven’t had the momentum. In the past couple of weeks I have felt that momentum amp up slightly, so I am hopeful to be out of this reading slump by the end of April. But more on my future outlook in a moment.

First, the list of books I finished over the past three months. I have linked any discussion or book review post if you are interested in reading them, and all books are physical copies from my own shelves, unless otherwise noted:

JANUARY

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

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seasonal book quotes. 💭 "Now in the spring I kneel, I put my face into the packets of violets, the dampness, the freshness, the sense of ever-ness. Something is wrong, I know it, if I don’t keep my attention on eternity. May I be the tiniest nail in the house of the universe, tiny but useful. May I stay forever in the stream. May I look down upon the windflower and the bull thistle and the coreopsis with the greatest respect." A spring quote from Mary Oliver is always welcome – especially when the end of winter feels so far away ❄ (and because her words so beautifully apply to more than just the seasons). Happy Wednesday, friends! ☆ #bookstagram #igreads #books #bookish #booksofinstagram #readersofinstagram #bookquotes #bookpost #bookphotography #MaryOliver #winterdays

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FEBRUARY

Toxic Deception by K.C. Gillis

What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah

Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie (audioook)

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

MARCH

The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai (eARC)

The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag (eARC)

Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie (audiobook)

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March snow. ❄ I watched the flakes fall throughout the night, and took some photos of the covered trees around my apartment building this morning. The clouds have now mostly dispersed and the sun is shining, which gave me beautiful light for this photo but (along with 50 degree temps) means the ground, branches, and rocks in the river are not going to stay covered for long. On a slightly related note, I'm hoping this feeling of tranquility lasts until at least noon…💙 ☆ #bookstagram #igreads #books #bookish #booksofinstagram #readersofinstagram #bookblog #bookpost #bookishfeatures #bookphotography #bookishlove #JaneEyre #morningcoffee #MarchSnow #springinmaine #igersofmaine

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So I finished the amount of books in three months that I wished to have finished in one. It’s not a great realization, but I won’t get anywhere dwelling on that, I can only try to continue getting out of this slump. Amidst all the not-reading of novels, I did read quite a bit of poetry and frequently returned to Mary Oliver’s Upstream – you can find some of my favorite poems and passages on Instagram.

While I still want to finish the books on my initial TBR, I think I need to create a new one for April – perhaps a fresh list will give my reading a boost. I will likely reduce the number of books on the TBR, too – but all of those details will be in a designated post.

How has your reading gone so far this year? What have you enjoyed or discovered? Let’s chat in the comments. 📚

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6 thoughts on “Quarter 1 Wrap-Up | 2020 Reading Challenge

  1. FictionFan says:

    I did pretty well towards my challenges for the first couple of months, but March has been dismal. Just when I feel getting lost in a book would be a wonderful escape from reality, I seem to have lost the ability! Hope we both get out of our slumps in April – I suppose we’ll get used to this new world sooner or later…

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