Changing Up My Annual Reading Challenge!

I'm going to change things up a bit this year and actually list the books I want to finally get to in 2020.  These are books that have been gathering dust in my basement bins as well as e-books that have been buried in my Kindle Cloud.

As per usual, I want to read 75 books in 2020.  But instead of letting myself pick out something to read based on their appeal in that moment, I want to make sure these books finally get read.

Let's start with the Kindle books first.  I have so many that I have bought from the Kindle Daily Deals listings that I really, really want to read.  Some of them are stand alone novels, but most of them are part of a trilogy or series.  In trying to determine which e-books to add to my Must Read in 2020 List, I've decided that any full trilogy must be on the list.  Let's see what we get!

I've already read The Bone Witch.  Just need to complete the trilogy.
I don't even know how long I've had these ones.  Yep, 2020 is the year!

I've heard so many people talk about this trilogy that I'm eager to read it, too. 

Another series that I've heard so much about.  

Now for some stand alone e-books.  I have so many to choose from that I think I will aim to read these twenty!  Wish me luck!

I tried to add a variety of genres to the stand alone selections.  I know that while I prefer science fiction and fantasy, I also need a palate cleanser from time to time.  I think the most daunting book in the stand alone collection is Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon; it's a massive beast at 1,168 pages!

Now for the paperback and hard covers that I want to read in 2020.  Getting that physical TBR down is even more important than working my way through the ebooks, but I have come to the realization that eye strain is a real issue nowadays.  So, I'm going to be reasonable about this.  While I hope these aren't the only books I read off the physical TBR, I'm prioritizing these titles. 

To help with this particular goal, I've moved all of these up to my bedroom and set aside a spot for them in the shelving in my desk.  It looks so neat and tidy!  I'm hoping it inspires me to read through these quickly!

Things Change

This is rough one to write about but I feel that nearly five years of laughter, tears, snuggles, and shenanigans deserve a moment of reflection.  Writing this might make me cry, but I've come to realize that future Krista will really appreciate looking back on the memories these two kids created as they grew from children into adults.

Yesterday, after a great deal of soul searching, these two decided that they had not grown together but apart, that they want different things out of their future spouses.  It was heartbreaking.  Is heartbreaking. 

But I am proud of them for being mature enough to be honest with themselves and with each other because it might have been easier to stay together and let resentment and frustration color their futures.

In honor of all they have shared, I thought I'd post a collection of pictures of them from over the years.  I have no intention of sharing this post with them during these difficult days of adjusting to be single for the first time since the end of 8th Grade.  But perhaps someday they will look back on these formative years and thank each other for all the lessons they taught each other about who they are as individuals and who they can and can't be in a relationship.

I love them both and wish them nothing but future happiness in whatever new relationships they enter into. 

We will miss having you in our family, Addi.