We took a break from posting this week but never fear, we’ll be back tomorrow with fresh content! In the meanwhile, here’s what we’ve been checking out lately.
ONE+ The Holiday themed Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon #HoHoHoRAT has been going on since 12:01 am Thursday, November 19th but it goes through Monday, November 30th at 11:59 pm. “Read or listen to holiday themed books or books with winter settings. Any genre, any format.”
TWO+ Another holiday themed event, the 2020 Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge and Readathon, will be Nov. 23 – Jan. 6, 2021. The books for the reading challenge must be Christmas themed, but for the readathon – all books count!
THREE+ Also coming up soon is Thankfully Reading Weekend – November 26-29, which coincides with US Thanksgiving holidays! There are no rules to the weekend, we’re simply hoping to devote a good amount of time to reading, and perhaps meeting some of our reading challenges and goals for the year.
FOUR+ Other community reading events for November …
- Nonfiction November – This week’s prompt was Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert. Check out the link to EXCELLENT reading recommendations on various topics. One of my faves was at The Book Stop – Nonfiction November: Reading about Race. Next week is “New to My TBR.”
- Novellas in November – Novellas in Translation was the theme this week (check out Five Novellas in Translation) and next will be all about short classics.
- Margaret Atwood Reading Month
- Australia Reading Month
- German Literature Month
- SciFiMonth 2020 – Check out A Dance With Books Sci-Fi Books Recommendations
FIVE+ The “Best Books of the Year” announcements keep coming with Amazon’s Best Books of 2020 and Tor’s Reviewers Choice Best Books of 2020.
SIX+ Also out is New York Time’s 100 Notable Books of 2020 (Check the Goodreads list if you can’t access). Also interesting to see is their 10 Best Books Through Time – a look back at the best fiction and non-fiction books for the last 16 years.
SEVEN+ For something a little different, Libro.fm’s Top 10 Audiobooks of 2020. I’ve listened to a few of these and wholeheartedly agree with Anxious People, Fredrik Bachman, | Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia and The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett.
EIGHT+ The National Book Award and the Booker Award winners were announced this week. This usually marks the “unofficial” end of book award season for the year.
NINE+ Here’s a roundup of the 2020 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Awards Winners.
TEN+ The Goodreads Choice Awards Final Round of Voting is open – and ends on Nov. 30th. Winners will be announced on Dec. 8. I’m trying to read a few more books before I vote, but I loved TBR, Etc – Thoughts on Goodreads Awards- 2020.
ELEVEN+ Have you started decorating for Christmas yet? I have! Just the lights outside and our mudroom (FYI – In the US – JoAnne’s is having a CRAZY 70% off Christmas Decor sale right now). This house right here – #ChristmasDecorGoals and Christmas Tree decoration inspiration.
TWELVE+ Some ideas for holiday home decor in general from Life on Virgina Street’s Favorite Christmas Decor From Years Past.
THIRTEEN+ I so appreciated Five Semi-Sneaky Secrets of People Who Are Really Good at Christmas because it can get overwhelming!
FOURTEEN+ I feel like I should have said something about Thanksgiving since it’s next week Friday – I may be all about Christmas … but I’m still setting our Thanksgiving table with Fall in mind. These fantastic ideas at The Dreamiest Fall Tablescapes.
FIVE+ Although it’s 3 of us this Thanksgiving, I love the simplicity of the menu at The Kitchn – Our Best Thanksgiving Menu for 2 People. I’m tired and just want to relax the weekend and not worry too much about cooking and cleaning up.
Do you have any Christmas decor up? What’s your favorite holiday?
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I’m participating in Thankfully Reading Weekend. Are you and Kimberly participating too?
Kim is and is posting on IG – I’m still not sure but I think so and will be posting fairly regularly on IG – I do hate that we can’t see recent posts on the hashtag!
Katie @ Doing Dewey
Thanks for the Nonfiction November mention! I’ve really enjoyed the event during this challenging year and I hope other readers are able to connect with fellow nonfiction lovers through all the posts people linked up, even once the event is over 🙂
Thanks for the mention! I’m so glad you liked my post on reading about race. Nonfiction November has been such a great event, I’ve gotten so many good recommendations. Thanks for sharing the list of audiobooks, I just finished listening to The Vanishing Half, I loved it.