at the beginning of 2020, I was planning to reread a book series that I loved in high school, in addition to a few other books that I own and wanted to read again. little did I know that the local library would be closed/very minimally open for part of the year. I am so thankful for everything that they are doing during the pandemic and finding ways to help us still get our books! I prefer reading physical books, though I do listen to audiobooks, and my library system also offers digital loans.
I've now become accustomed to calling the library once or twice a week to have my books available for pickup in their entryway. (I've been reserving books for years and years and have had my library card memorized since I was twelve.) that may seem a bit frequent, but here's the deal. as a preschool teacher, my to-read list on Goodreads is currently just under 900 because I subscribe to a blog that posts the covers of all of the new picture books. even though my classes haven't been running for nearly a year, I'm really trying to not let the list get too much more out of control. there are also books on that list that aren't picture books, but it seems like most of them are not at my reading level. I really do love reading picture books though because the artists and authors are so talented.
anyway, all that to say that here's a list of the (non-picture) books I read in 2020.
1. Not Hungry by Kate Karyus Quinn; 1.1
2. Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Sharpton, & 639 Others; 1.1-5.8*
3. I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa by Charles Brandt; 1.2-1.15
4. One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus; 1.15-1.19
5. The Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs; 1.20-1.24
6. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW; 1.24-1.29
7. Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum; 1.30-2.3
8. The Clique by Lisi Harrison; 2.5-2.8*
9. Best Friends for Never by Lisi Harrison; 2.8-2.11*
10. Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell; 2.11-2.17
11. Revenge of the Wannabes by Lisi Harrison; 2.12-2.14*
12. Invasion of the Boy Snatchers by Lisi Harrison; 2.15-2.17*
13. The Pretty Committee Strikes Back by Lisi Harrison; 2.18-2.21*
14. Dial L for Loser by Lisi Harrison; 2.21-2.23*
15. It’s Not Easy Being Mean by Lisi Harrison; 2.24-2.25*
16. Sealed with a Diss by Lisi Harrison; 2.26-2.28*
17. Bratfest at Tiffany’s by Lisi Harrison; 2.28-3.2*
18. The Clique Summer Collection: Massie by Lisi Harrison; 3.2-3.3*
19. The Clique Summer Collection: Dylan by Lisi Harrison; 3.3-3.4*
20. The Clique Summer Collection: Alicia by Lisi Harrison; 3.4-3.5*
21. The Clique Summer Collection: Kristen by Lisi Harrison; 3.6*
22. The Clique Summer Collection: Claire by Lisi Harrison; 3.7-3.8*
23. P.S. I Loathe You by Lisi Harrison; 3.8-3.12*
24. All You Need to Know About the Music Business (Ninth Edition) by Donald S. Passman; 3.9-7.25
25. Boys R Us by Lisi Harrison; 3.12-3.17*
26. Charmed and Dangerous: The Rise of the Pretty Committee (The Clique Prequel) by Lisi Harrison; 3.17-3.19*
27. Cliquetionary: The Wit and Wisdom of the Clique by Lisi Harrison; 3.19*
28. These Boots Are Made for Stalking by Lisi Harrison; 3.20-3.23*
29. My Little Phony by Lisi Harrison; 3.24-3.27*
30. A Tale of Two Pretties by Lisi Harrison; 3.28-3.31*
31. Looking for Alaska by John Green; 4.1-4.5*
32. Alphas by Lisi Harrison; 4.6-4.9*
33. Movers and Fakers by Lisi Harrison; 4.10-4.13*
34. Belle of the Brawl by Lisi Harrison; 4.14-4.17
35. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling; 4.15-5.26*
36. Top of the Feud Chain by Lisi Harrison; 4.18-4.21
37. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green; 4.22-4.26*
38. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant; 4.27-5.1
39. Paper Towns by John Green; 5.2-5.6*
40. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon; 5.7-5.9*
41. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green; 5.10-5.13*
42. Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland; 5.14-5.18*
43. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green; 5.28-6.4*
44. Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark; 6.5-6.13*
45. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan; 6.14-6.19
46. Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle; 6.20-6.26
47. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery; 6.27-7.7
48. the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace; 7.18-7.25*
49. A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland; 7.26-8.10*
50. A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green; 8.11-8.26
51. Crappy to Happy: Love What You Do by Cassandra Dunn; 8.27-9.2
52. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan; 9.5-9.20
53. milk and honey by rupi kaur; 9.17-9.22*
54. Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy; 9.20-9.23
55. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli; 9.24-9.27
56. The Stylist by Rosie Nixon; 9.28-10.7
57. the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur; 10.4-10.10*
58. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman; 10.8-10.14
59. break your glass slippers by Amanda Lovelace; 10.12-10.14
60. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple; 10.16-10.24
61. Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart by Courtney Peppernell; 10.16-10.25
62. Mosquitoland by David Arnold; 10.26-11.3
63. Dressing Barbie: A Celebration of the Clothes That Made America’s Favorite Doll and the Incredible Woman Behind Them by Carol Spencer; 10.26-10.28
64. Pillow Thoughts III: Mending the Mind by Courtney Peppernell; 10.29-11.4
65. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James; 11.4-11.13
66. Pillow Thoughts IV: Stitching the Soul by Courtney Peppernell; 11.10-11.25
67. Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West; 11.14-11.20
68. Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer; 11.21-12.1
69. Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella; 12.1-12.11
70. Devotion by Madeline Stevens; 12.12-12.19
71. Breathless by Jennifer Niven; 12.20-12.27
72. The Cousins by Karen M. McManus; 12.28-12.31
* denotes reread
358/366 :: Wednesday 23 December 2020
sweet Christmas mantle at my friend's lovely new home. I love that vintage reindeer.
359/366 :: Thursday 24 December 2020
little Christmas treats from my mom.
360/366 :: Friday 25 December 2020
look, I wrapped one Christmas present this year.
361/366 :: Saturday 26 December 2020
my aunt always makes the best Christmas cookies. my favorite is the little peppermint one.
362/366 :: Sunday 27 December 2020
a post-Christmas dusting of snow.
363/366 :: Monday 28 December 2020
I love the condensation (especially when it's frosty) on windows.
364/366 :: Tuesday 29 December 2020
you must be an adult if you ask for new sheets for Christmas.
365/366 :: Wednesday 30 December 2020
that annual reminder that my car is, in fact, not white. but also that I only shovel my driveway enough to leave so that someone else (thanks, Dad!) can plow it.
366/366 :: Thursday 31 December 2020
and the sun sets on 2020.
349/366 :: Wednesday 16 December 2020
Christmas baking time.
350/366 :: Thursday 17 December 2020
after work drinks.
351/366 :: Friday 18 December 2020
because I guess if you don't know how to spell it, spell it as wrong as you can.
352/366 :: Saturday 19 December 2020
Christmas treats from my cousin (and aunt and uncle).
353/366 :: Sunday 20 December 2020
the manager at the local grocery store is often the one who delivers our groceries to the coffeehouse in the morning (and when we text him during the day if we need something else). for Christmas, he gave us each some of his favorite cookies! he's the best and does so much for the community - including cases of avocados for my favorite songwriters at their week-long retreats.
354/366 :: Monday 21 December 2020
355/366 :: Tuesday 22 December 2020
yes, I do overpack for things, even if I'm just dogsitting for a night.
342/366 :: Wednesday 9 December 2020
lunchtime with a chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
343/366 :: Thursday 10 December 2020
catching up on podcasts + today's mail.
344/366 :: Friday 11 December 2020
you know I had to get it right away. soundtrack to the month of December for sure.
345/366 :: Saturday 12 December 2020
when you let your friends hang out at your house to do laundry and work on their finals and they leave you the sweetest drawing.
346/366 :: Sunday 13 December 2020
347/366 :: Monday 14 December 2020
Christmas cookie research.
348/366 :: Tuesday 15 December 2020
the start of the new year coincides with the start of a fresh bullet journal!
335/366 :: Wednesday 2 December 2020
sunset reflection clouds.
336/366 :: Thursday 3 December 2020
I made banana bread and it kind of blends in with the deer's dress.
337/366 :: Friday 4 December 2020
look, all I do is watch the sunset right after I get home from work because there's really no other light at that point.
338/366 :: Saturday 5 December 2020
339/366 :: Sunday 6 December 2020
I bought a new doormat and it makes me smile.
340/366 :: Monday 7 December 2020
the library loves me.
341/366 :: Tuesday 8 December 2020
people think it's creepy, but it's my aesthetic.
328/366 :: Wednesday 25 November 2020
Aldi's penguin crackers are better than Goldfish. fight me. (yes, I eat like a child.)
329/366 :: Thursday 26 November 2020
330/366 :: Friday 27 November 2020
331/366 :: Saturday 28 November 2020
this picture doesn't actually show any of them, but working in a restaurant this year has shown me that there are so many different kinds of pennies and nickels (and obviously quarters) in circulation. honestly, mind blown.
332/366 :: Sunday 29 November 2020
I have a hard time getting rid of clothes and shoes because they just have so many memories attached to them and I feel strange admitting that but honestly I've walked so many many miles in these shoes - the hot pink ones are eight years old (they literally don't make them like this anymore) and the charcoal ones are three years old.
333/366 :: Monday 30 November 2020
one of the most fun postcards I've gotten this year!
334/366 :: Tuesday 1 December 2020
I couldn't help but stop by the bakery on my way home from grocery shopping in Green Bay.
321/366 :: Wednesday 18 November 2020
it's just a continual battle to shorten my to-read list on Goodreads.
322/366 :: Thursday 19 November 2020
it's always a delight to get one postcard in a language other than English in the mail, but it was an extra fun surprise to get one in French and one in Swedish on the same day!
323/366 :: Friday 20 November 2020
my uncle came up from Madison and made a special delivery to me: a cedar chest that once belonged to his parents and some other family things. this book was my great-grandfather's.
324/366 :: Saturday 21 November 2020
off-brand Ritz crackers really aren't as good as the real ones.
325/366 :: Sunday 22 November 2020
my coworkers let me leave early since it was so slow, and I took the opportunity to visit the lake (of course).
326/366 :: Monday 23 November 2020
it's a bit sweeter than my typical perfume, but I do like it.
327/366 :: Tuesday 24 November 2020
look, the ladies at the library know me.
314/366 :: Wednesday 11 November 2020
this is called maybe I went grocery shopping recently + leftover scone from work.
315/366 :: Thursday 12 November 2020
it only took eight months, but I finally got my Nest installed!
316/366 :: Friday 13 November 2020
I just really love this black and white photo from an antique store and I wonder where it was taken.
317/366 :: Saturday 14 November 2020
Pillow Thoughts IV was my favorite from the series, and I'm saving I Hope You Stay for the new year.
318/366 :: Sunday 15 November 2020
in the evening, a lemon raspberry scone and a chai latte.
319/366 :: Monday 16 November 2020
because just when you're about to use up the last of your address labels, another charity sends you some more.
320/366 :: Tuesday 17 November 2020
307/366 :: Wednesday 4 November 2020
more lovely picture books from the library.
308/366 :: Thursday 5 November 2020
I stopped wearing my (sadly long ago discontinued) perfume back in March when I wasn't going anywhere, and I have yet to wear it daily again between working with my grandpa on the house and then working at the coffeehouse with the windows open (we were closed inside so no customers could come inside but that didn't stop the bees and I really didn't want to get stung [but I did!]). so it's always wonderful to put it on on random days now.
309/366 :: Friday 6 November 2020
always spilling things on my shoes.
310/366 :: Saturday 7 November 2020
beautiful sunsets lately.
311/366 :: Sunday 8 November 2020
always down for a book that takes place at a hotel.
312/366 :: Monday 9 November 2020
pretty clouds when I got home from work.
313/36 :: Tuesday 10 November 2020
not sure why I took this photo? maybe it was raining?
300/366 :: Wednesday 28 October 2020
a favorite wall in my house.
301/366 :: Thursday 29 October 2020
I won't complain about taking home a scone at the end of the day. (though it's always appreciated when we sell all of them.)
302/366 :: Friday 30 October 2020
another stack of books ready to go back to the library!
303/366 :: Saturday 31 October 2020
it's always Halloween at my house.
304/366 :: Sunday 1 November 2020
still dia de los muertos, and I'm pleasantly surprised that this plant seems to actually be growing.
305/366 :: Monday 2 November 2020
I guess I'm collecting Carley Baer-illustrated Steel Bridge Creative Foundation merch.
306/366 :: Tuesday 3 November 2020
sunrise. not the prettiest, but I did love the colors.
a photographer with the desire to hide behind the camera a little less and let the light shine through.