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Books MBJ Meant to Read in 2020

Books MBJ Meant to Read in 2020
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme previously hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

There are many books we hope to have read before the end of 2021 but we didn’t do as well as we had hoped. Here are just a few books MBJ meant to read in 2020 but never got the chance to.

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, Michael Eric Dyson

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

by Robin DiAngelo

I meant to read Robin DiAngelo in the summer of 2020 right after reading So You Want To Talk About Race, but I didn’t get very far before midterms, assignments and finals.

So far, DiAngelo has managed to call out her fellow White People in an educational address.

Sash

The Vagina Bible: The Vulva and the Vagina—Separating the Myth from the Medicine by Jennifer Gunter

The Vagina Bible: The Vulva and the Vagina—Separating the Myth from the Medicine

by Jennifer Gunter

My niece received Jennifer Gunter’s The Vagina Bible for her birthday. When I read the synopsis I knew that it would be my kind of book. All things vagina, both myth and fact, answering all the burning seemingly mundane was enthralled with the vagina questions.

This year, I really hope I get to read and review this for you all.

Sash

The Times I Knew I Was Gay by Eleanor Crewes

The Times I Knew I Was Gay

by Eleanor Crewes

I received The Times I Knew I Was Gay as an advanced reader’s copy (arc). Unfortunately, the arc I was given was not legible. It would flop from pages 15 to 203. It made it extremely difficult to follow.

I really hope I get to finish this book in its entirety. I’m going to purchase a better copy than the arc I was given on Bookshop.

Sash

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

One to Watch

by Kate Stayman-London

I started and never got the chance to finish One to Watch. I thought this would be a good read. A plus-size influencer gets to star in her own version of the bachelor. Very interesting concept, so far, very poorly executed.

I really want to finish this book, but it just doesn’t feel right to me. Bea’s emotional maturity is that of a teenager, the dramatics are way too over the top for me. The influencer fashionista persona is merely a facade Bea puts on. She is far from being the body positive confident womxn the synopsis of the book would have us believe.

Now, I feel that I must finish this book to better inform other readers who are looking for solstice in such a book.

Sash

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

I definitely had the intention of reading this book (for the second time). I couldn’t manage it, it made me uncomfortable. The subtle hints about Park just didn’t sit right with me. It doesn’t help that I am not a huge fan of YA novels.

I meant to read Eleanor & Park but I’m not sure I ever will.

Sash

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

by Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman

When I found out that this book was being turned into a TV series through Amazon Prime, I knew that I had to read it. It went right on my TBR. I actually started to listen to it in audiobook form, but due to my peculiarities when it comes to audiobooks, I ended up abandoning it. I had every intention of picking up a copy from my library, but alas, I didn’t get to it with all my other readings.

I can’t wait to have another crack at it.

Carmen

Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters #1) by Talia Hibbert

Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters #1)

by Talia Hibbert

I bought this book at the beginning of the year before the mess that is COVID was upon us. I fully intended to read it this summer, but I never got around to it with school. Sash read it and said it was a surprisingly interesting read. So I will definitely have to read it…eventually.

Carmen

Little Fish by Casey Plett

Little Fish

by Casey Plett

This book was one that I was supposed to read for my Contemporary Canadian Writers class. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to read it, and it fell by the wayside. I’m always disappointed in myself when I don’t read and assigned reading, and I’m happy to say that of twelve readings for this class, I only missed three. Little Fish is one of them.

Carmen

Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography (Louis Riel) by Chester Brown

Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography (Louis Riel)

by Chester Brown

Louis Riel: a Comic-Strip Biography is something that I have been trying to read for a while. I’m about halfway through it, and it is an interesting approach to biography. However, I’m still not done. It’s definitely a book that I meant to read and finish last year, but other books took precedence.

Carmen

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man

by Mary L. Trump

This book was brought to my attention when I saw the author on Stephen Colbert during the summer. Being a relative of Donald Trump and a trained psychologist gave Mary L. Trump and a unique perspective on the president and the state of the Whitehouse. With all the things that went on in the Trump Whitehouse and the administration and events that are still ongoing, this book is incredibly compelling. I only wish that I got to read it sooner. But I will read it soon, hopefully.

Carmen

There you have it, books MBJ meant to read in 2020. What books did you mean to read in 2020 or previous years but never got around to reading?

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Lauren @ Always Me
    January 20, 2021 at 23:03

    Good Omens – both the book and the tv show – are all time favorites. Happy reading!

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    Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books)
    January 19, 2021 at 16:59

    Looks like you’ve got lots of books to keep you busy in 2021. Enjoy!

    Happy TTT!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

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    Lisa of Hopewell
    January 19, 2021 at 13:08

    I’ve heard GREAT things about One to Watch!

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    Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse
    January 19, 2021 at 12:12

    I haven’t read One to Watch yet, but it’s one I’m keeping my eye on. A few people I know really loved it and few didn’t. I am still deciding. I hope you love it when you get to it.

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      My Book Jar
      January 19, 2021 at 14:01

      I did start it, but the female MC was kind of annoying so I put it down for later. I’ve heard so many mixed reviews that at this point I want to read it and form my own opinion. Let me know what you decide when you do, I’ll definitely check out your review if you do one!
      – Sash

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    Allison
    January 19, 2021 at 09:34

    Get A Life, Chloe Brown was one of my favorite reads from this past summer. Hope you get to enjoy it soon!

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      My Book Jar
      January 19, 2021 at 14:14

      So do I. It seems really interesting and Sash thought it was pretty funny.

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    Jo
    January 19, 2021 at 09:24

    I read Good Omens last year and sadly didn’t really enjoy it! I think the TV show does a much better job of condensing the good bits about the book into a more coherent plot. The book is very rambling, and it’s difficult to keep track of what’s happening.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/01/19/top-ten-tuesday-299/

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      My Book Jar
      January 19, 2021 at 14:14

      I liked the rambling bits I thought they added to the humour it was just hard to keep track of what was going on with the audiobook. And only listening to it on the bus on the way to school. I think if you think of the rambling bits similar to Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen then it might help. Nevertheless, I’m glad to hear that you liked the show.

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    Lydia
    January 19, 2021 at 08:27

    I still need to read White Fragility, too.

    My post.

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      My Book Jar
      January 19, 2021 at 13:58

      I’ve been “currently reading” it for months now, it’s good so far, just need to give myself that final push.
      – Sash

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