I have really amassed quite a few unread books on both my Kindle and in my physical library as I’ve chased new releases and great sales in my book buying habits. Adding the new release section at the library to this means that I have far more books surrounding me than I can read in a month.
So, I have made a commitment to send my books back to the library and read my shelves for a while, but as my shelves are a little overwhelming, I was having a hard time deciding how to prioritize my TBR list. So, while I have been an inactive member of the 2019 & 2020 Goodreads Group for most of the year, I decided now was the time to get a little more active.
They have two monthly challenges going for December: a Countdown to 2020 challenge and an Advent Reading challenge.
The Advent Reading challenge has you reading a chapter a day from a book, a short story or a poem. I decided to use this challenge to devotionally read three short spiritual books that have been sitting on my TBR for over six months. These three are:
- The King Jesus Gospel–Scot McKnight
- The Man God Uses–Henry Blackaby
- Inerrancy and the Spiritual Formation of Younger Evangelicals–Carlos R. Bovall
I’m excited by the idea that I might be able to scratch three little books from my TBR by Christmas Eve.
The Countdown to 2020 challenge is a little more whimsical for me as it focuses on numbers and math related books, as well as the idioms that are associated with them. It’s a ten book challenge, and these are the topics and the books that I picked for them:
- Read a Book with a specific or general date in the title: 1776–David McCullough
- Read a book with a title composed solely or partially with numbers: A Thousand Splendid Suns–Khaled Hosseini
- Read a Book whose title includes a mathematical term: The Calculating Stars–Mary Robinette Kowal
- Read a Book that Involves “counting” something or “counting on” someone: Counting by 7s–Holly Goldberg Sloan
- Read a Book that includes a person employed in a numbers-heavy or STEM profession: Hidden Figures–Margot Lee Shetterly
- Read a book whose title includes a term that relates to a collection of animals: The Stand–Stephen King (a stand of flamingos)
- Read a book featuring a “Count” or “Countess”: The Historian–Elizabeth Kostova
- Read a comic series that has been divided into volumes: Watchmen (I’ll need to buy or get from the library)
- Read a book that includes a countdown or an impending big event: Save the Date–Morgan Matson
- Read a book with a geometric or symmetric design on the cover: The Female Persuasion–Meg Waltzer
Almost all of these are books that I have either on the Kindle or in physical copies. The comic book is the only one that I’ll actually need to acquire (though if I read one of my son’s DragonballZ or Garfield comics, I wouldn’t have to even do that).
I was a little shocked at how easily that came together, and how well rounded the list is. The own two I’m worrying about being too similar are The Calculating Stars and Hidden Figures. Here’s hoping I make it through these books.
For December so far, I’ve finished one book (Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered) and I’m currently reading Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. The school semester is less than two weeks from ending, so maybe I really do have a potential for 15 books. I’ll keep you updated!