20 IN ’20 UPDATE

Back in January, I challenged myself to read twenty books recommended by blogger friends by the end of 2020. Here we are at 8/4/2020, and I have achieved my goal!

Here are the twenty books I’ve read:

Recommended by Deb Nance of Readerbuzz: The Church of Small Things by Melanie Shankle (This also allowed me to read non-fiction, something formerly not read by me, but something I’m trying to read more of. Debbie was the one who introduced me to the joy of reading non-fiction through our book club.)/Song of the Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning (She gave me a copy)/and Bookworm, a memoir she also gave me.

Recommended by my grandson, Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda:

Dr. Andrew guest-lecturing at one of my Advanced Writing classes

Dr. Andrew’s blog, Without Ritual, Autonomous Negotiations qualifies his recommendations for this challenge. He recommended: Trauma Stewardship: Self Care by Van Dermot and Burke, again non-fiction/The Sweetest Fruits by Truong, a novel based on fact/and Americanah by Aldichie/Small Teaching Online, which has been the best source for learning to do just that.

Ritu Bhathal of But I Smile Anyway recommended I read her book, Marriage Unarranged.

Carla of Carla Reads reads many, many books and tends to like those I like also. Here are the ones I read after reading her comments or reviews on them: City of Girls by Gilbert/Good Luck with That by Kristan Higgins, a new author to me/ several books by the new-to-me author, Kathleen Reay including Dear Mr. Knightly and The Austin Escape.

From long-time blogging friend, Sarah Higbee of Brainfluff, I read her book, Picky Eaters (I had read her Sunblind series earlier and love her books.) as well as a book she edited for Sally Wagle, Miracle in Slow Motion.

I bought, read and continue to use Bridget Whelan’s Back to Creative Writing School

Handy for my Advanced Writing Class

I also “steal” and reblog many of Whelan’s outstanding quotes.

Tegan Riordain Geneviene’s book,Atonement Tennessee was one I read about on her blog and then purchased.

Katia of Bookish Fame helped with my desire to read more poetry. She recommended Jasmin Kaur’s When You Ask Me Where I’m Going, which I read and passed on to a young poet as an example of what was possible to do with her own poems.

From blogs I’ve lost track of I read City of Dark Magic by the pen-named Magnus Flyte and liked it so much I bought the sequel. I also read Jan Sikes’ Brazos Wind which my husband read and liked as well.

There you have it–at least twenty books–challenge accomplished!

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

9 thoughts on “20 IN ’20 UPDATE”

    1. It was great. Anything about NYC, past or present captures my attention and imagination. My friend, Fiona Davis has a novel out now, The Lyons of Fifth Avenue. I just got it, and it is her best yet.All her books revolve around a NYC landmark building.

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      1. SHE’S YOUR FRIEND?? OMG! I’ve read so much about her books! I have one sitting on my shelf! I must get to it as soon as I can! And yes, I heard of her latest novel too! Wow looks like I’ve got lots of ‘homework’ to do 😀

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  1. Technically, her mom’s my friend. We used to be in a book club together here in lil’ ole’ Alvin, Texas. We met Fiiona after selecting her Dollhouse to read, and she Skyped with us from NYC where the lives. My friend from book club went to NYC for BookExpo a couple of years ago and met Fiona, who mentioned me as being “nice” to her Mom. That started an email correspondence between F. and me, and I read and reviewed all her books (I have one signed copy) on PWR. I HAD planned to go to NYC with girlfriends and meet her in person last March, BUT COVID cancelled out trip. Fiona was going to take me to lunch or coffee at a genuine NY cafe…sigh…


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