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You would have thought that an avid bibliophile like myself would have made good use of the unencumbered reading time afforded by the stay-home orders and social calendar crickets of the last few months. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t quite match that rosy image, and my reading habits took a serious hit in 2020—so much so that I couldn’t quite bring myself to write the traditional round up post because I didn’t feel like I had “enough” to write about. But the truth is, what I did read (and watch and listen to) was pretty spectacular, and it’s a shame to let my negligence keep me from sharing these titles with you. 

So without further ado, here’s what I’ve been reading, watching, and listening to on repeat lately.

Reading

Click on the covers to read my reviews.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

YA FAntasy

The Wolf of Cape Fen by Juliana Brandt. Book cover image shows a lighthouse, a wolf, and the silhouette of two girls walking by rough sea waves.

MG Fantasy

The Intentional Family by William J. Doherty, Ph.D.

Non-Fiction

Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman. Book cover image shows a man and a woman on a dog sled.

Historical Fiction

Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler

Memoir

Watching

Click on the movie posters to read my reviews.

Just Mercy movie poster featuring Michael B. Jordan in a suit

Biopic

My Octopus Teacher

Documentary

This Beautiful Fantastic movie poster, featuring a young woman looking up from between bright pink flowers

Drama

Peanut Butter Falcon movie poster, with a two young men and a young woman posing on a raft

Drama

Togo film poster

Biopic

Moneyball poster with Brad Pitt sitting in an empty baseball stadium

Sports drama

Onward

Fantasy

The English Game poster with a group of people standing in a line behind a European football. Half of the people are dressed as 19th century laborers while the other half are dressed as upper class gentlemen and women.

Sports Drama

Listening

Maybe it was because life has been pretty crazy for the whole planet, but I honestly didn’t explore much in the way of new things to listen to. I mostly stayed in my safe little bubble of familiar favorites, with the exception of this gorgeous performance of Barber’s Adagio for Strings by Croatian rock star cellist Stjepan Hauser.
Make Space for Joy

What have you been reading, watching, and listening to lately? Write about your favorites in your journal or share your recommendations with a friend.

I’d love to hear about your recent favorites, too! Tell me about them in the comments below or over on Facebook!

Jess

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I’m a quirky Canadian-American who’s always ready for the next adventure. I always return my shopping carts to the cart corral, I fold gum wrappers into origami cranes, and I polish my nerd badge daily. I am passionate about helping women intentionally make space for the things that bring them true joy. Read more about me and my mission here.

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