Quarter 2 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 June is now here, which means it’s time to look back on the second quarter of 2020.

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My reading habits over the past three months have, fortunately, improved compared to the first three months of 2020. And I have enjoyed nearly every book I read.

Below is the list of titles I finished throughout the months of April, May, and June. I have linked any discussion or book review posts if you are interested in reading them, and all books are physical copies from my own shelves, unless otherwise noted:

April

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan (eARC)

Sarah’s Cross by Dean M. King (ebook)

Like Nothing Amazing Ever Happened by Emily Blejwas

Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea by Morgan Callan Rogers

The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie (audiobook)

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Series #1) by S.A. Chakraborty (reread)

May

Drift Stumble Fall by M. Jonathan Lee (ebook)

Mary Oliver: New and Selected Poems (Volume I)

Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie (audioook)

The Field (Catalyst #1) by Tracy Richardson (ebook)

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (audiobook; reread)

Catalyst (Catalyst #2) by Tracy Richardson (ebook)

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🌳 "The trees are coming into leaf Like something almost being said; The recent buds relax and spread, Their greenness is a kind of grief. Is it that they are born again And we grow old? No, they die too. Their yearly trick of looking new Is written down in rings of grain. Yet still the unresting castles thresh In fullgrown thickness every May. Last year is dead, they seem to say, Begin afresh, afresh, afresh." Philip Larkin 💫 The Trees The Norton Anthology of Poetry (Shorter Fifth Edition, 2005) ☆ It's a rainy first day of May in my neck of the woods, but by just looking out of my windows (and from what I've noticed on my walks this week) I can see spring life in the form and colors of buds on the trees. Rainy days this far into spring always hold such joyful anticipation – because when the sun comes out again it will be met with the bright greenery and plant life we've longed for throughout the winter. ☆ What does May 1st look like where you are? ☆ #bookpost #bookblog #booksofinstagram #amreading #igreads #bookphotography #bookishlove #booklover #bookstagram #bookquotes #poetry #PhilipLarkin #springtime #May

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June

Harbinger (Celestial Creatures #3) by Olga Gibbs (ebook)

The Real Mrs. Price by J.D. Mason

Crossing in Time (Between Two Evils #1) by D.L. Orton (audiobook)

Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory

White Ivy by Susie Yang (eARC)

The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie (audiobook)

Mary Oliver: New and Selected Poems (Volume II)

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (audiobook)

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wild flowers in bloom on the first of June. 🌸 Spent another morning in the woods, clearing my mind, focusing on where my feet fell, listening to the birds, squirrels, and chipmunks (and actually spotting a couple of each), and reading a few poems when I reached the rock overlook. Now moving on to be productive in/for something other than myself… ☆ "Can one be passionate about the just, the ideal, the sublime, and the holy, and yet commit to no labor in its cause? I don't think so." Mary Oliver 💫 from 'What I Have Learned So Far' in New and Selected Poems Volume Two ☆ #bookpost #bookblog #booksofinstagram #amreading #bookphotography #bookishlove #booklover #igreads #bookstagram #bookquotes #getoutside #igersofmaine #poetry #MaryOliver

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Does anyone else not realize how great a stretch of reading has been unless the titles are written out in a list? I’d say the reading slump I started the year with is officially over.

How has your reading gone so far this year? What have you enjoyed or discovered – anything similar to the books on my list? Let’s chat in the comments. 📚

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