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November 2020 Wrap - Up

This is my first wrap up! I don't know if this is a one and done type thing, or if this will be an occasional, reoccurring post, because my book blog this time around is a much more relaxed approach, but I'm here now and I had a great November! I read 8 books and I completed my Goodreads Challenge!

  1. The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Kamala's stance on the issues and her approach to them as a US Senator. I was the 🙌🏻 emoji all throughout the book. I gave it a 5/5 stars.

  2. Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist by Judith Heumann. Do you remember the 504 Sit - In? The Sit-In to make everyday buildings and schools accessible to those with disabilities? Yeah, that's Judy. I've looked up to her my whole life and I was so happy when she released her memoir. It did not disappoint. Another 5/5 stars.

3. It's You I Like: A Mister Rogers Poetry Book. This beautiful board book is set to the lyrics of Mister Rogers poem, Its You I Like. Luke Flowers illustrates beautiful art featuring diverse individuals. I love that it give kids that sense of unconditional love, being loved for WHO they are rather than what they do, act, or have. My kids shouted, "Again, Mommy!" This is a special book and we'll cherish it. Another book I've rated 5/5 stars.

4. The Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy. I didn't love this... I found majority of the poems, er, dare I say boring? They didn't resonate with me. I found it interesting to read the poems and try to see what drew Jackie to them. There were a few poems that struck a cord with me, but majority didn't. My most favorite was actually one that Jackie wrote herself. It was the last one featured in the book and it was certainly a grand finale. I rated this 3/5 stars.

5. Nutcracker and Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann. I found this a true treat. This was the first time ever hearing the story of the Nutcracker. Never have I read this book, nor have I seen any of the ballets. So I was pure going in. I loved it! So much! I'm generally a kind of dark-loving person, so the fact that this wasn't a gushy, light story kind of thrilled me. I awarded 5/5 stars. I have yet to read the second story in this novella - I can't get into it yet. I don't know if it's the writing or the "humor", I just haven't been able to focus on it yet.

6. The House of Kennedy by James Patterson and Cynthia Fagen. This book released in April of this year. I enjoyed it a decent amount. Being a fan of the Kennedy's, I don't think I gained very much from it. Majority of the piece was citing other biographies, some of which I've read. Despite it being already known information, I still enjoyed the read. I awarded 3/5 stars.

7. On The Horizon by Lois Lowry. This book of WWII poetry blew my mind. It's beautifully breathtaking. I believe it's aimed for middle grade, but I blew through this. Absolutely devoured it whole. I awarded 5/5 stars.

8. Where To Begin by Cleo Wade. A beautiful, inspiring collection of poems from Cleo Wade. If you're struggling right now, I highly suggest reading this book. I reference it so often. I'd say I read from it every morning before I start my day.

Right now, I'm currently reading two books - Christmas with the First Ladies: The White House Decorating Tradition from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama and These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack and Jackie by Christopher Andersen. (It is probably apparent, but I love Jackie! And Goodreads keeps suggesting biographies! I regret nothing, it just may get a bit redundant and boring for you, sorry!)

It was a great reading November for me! 8 books and approx. 1,600 pages! For a mother with two little ones, that's pretty impressive! I also finished my Goodreads Challenge for 2020! I set out to read 25 books and I have read 25 books this year and there's still a whole month remaining! Can't wait to see what December brings!

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