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September 30, 2020

I just finished Claudia Rankine’s Citizen this morning. I have come to terms with the fact that I will not be able to finish every book on my 2020 list (the problem is that Q4 & Q5 are too short!), but am happy with the reading I have done this year! I already have a burgeoning TBR for 2021 . . .

As of today, I am at 33 books total so far –> this projects to 44 for the year if I continue at the current rate which is actually slightly above my goal and my usual baseline of 40. My fiction:nonfiction ratio is approximately 2:1 which is about right. I feel pretty good about the diversity of the authors, too — both fiction & nonfiction. I finished Ibram X. Kendi’s How to be an Antiracist and Claudia Rankine’s Citizen this month – both were powerful and important, but in very different ways.

My current habit is nonfiction every morning (after setting up my day’s planner page & before writing my post!) and then fiction before bed and/or during breaks/weekend downtime.


I watched 5 minutes of the debate before realizing I could not handle it. Oh well.

Jetpens just released the Jibun Techo 2021 Lineup, including a new (intriguing!) product called “Days”. The video is here. As soon as I hit “publish” I will be watching it 🙂

video screenshot teaser

Personally, I have officially moved into the Amplify for the last 3 months of the year. So far, I like it BUT there’s definitely some wasted space in the layouts (which means wasted bulk, and the book is sizable!). I think it will be a great planner for finishing out the year, though.

Operation 100 is going strong. I have been diligently tracking my “checks” too. Yesterday was a little challenging, and I think my phone also ‘counted’ some time spent on Google maps (navigating to the COVID testing center — testing was easy by the way!) without attributing it to the app, so the number was inflated a bit, but I still wrote it down. I think averaging under 100 will be challenging but doable and I can already see a shift in my desire to jump into things like social media and email checks.

I do feel like really breaking the habit of frequent “checks” will be life changing for me and I am dedicated to seeing it through.


  • Reply Genevieve September 30, 2020 at 8:22 am

    Yay, I always love when you share about what you are reading. Thank you for posting about Citizen, that title is new to me! I just finished Good Morning, Monster (a September 22nd non-fiction release) and it was INCREDIBLE!!! I am also listening to Caste and it’s amazing and super timely.


  • Reply Stacey September 30, 2020 at 8:54 am

    I’ve been meaning to pick up Citizen for awhile (basically since I realized she is a fellow Eph!) – this is a good reminder to bump it up to the top of my TBR!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 30, 2020 at 11:49 am

      What?! I didn’t know that!!! So cool!!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns September 30, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    If you haven’t read “So You Want to Talk About Race” I highly recommend it! And Just Mercy if you haven’t read it but I want to say you have! I have read 73 books so far this year, which I know is a lot. A lot of people told me I wouldn’t have time to read once having kids. But last year I read more books than ever (105) and this year I’ll probably get close to 100? I guess having kids just really forces you to prioritize your time. I know I will read less when our kids are older and go to bed later. Right now our son goes to bed around 7 and my husband does bedtime since I do bath. So I read while he’s reading to him, and then for an hour before bed, and on weekends – it all adds up pretty fast! I’ve started to make an Oct/Nov reading list based on library due dates – I’ve got a huge stack to get through! But this reminds me I need to read Citizen as it’s on my shelf!!

    I am hoping your covid tests came back negative and that G handled it ok!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 1, 2020 at 5:36 am

      we are still waiting – G cried for 30 seconds but was fine. They only did one nostril! Meanwhile . . . everyone is well now! Just need the test back!!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 1, 2020 at 5:36 am

      Oh! And I NEED to read Just Mercy!! I actually haven’t yet!

  • Reply jaracrawford1 October 1, 2020 at 11:57 am

    I started out the year with a goal of reading 100 books. I hit that goal in June, and since then my reading life has been… very blah. I’m currently at 146 books for the year and am hoping to get close to 200 by the end of the year. I think in September I only read 4 books (whereas I was averaging about 20 books/month at the beginning of the year), and I can definitely tell I’m more stressed when I’m not reading as much (though I don’t know if there’s causation there or just correlation). Hopefully Q4 will be better reading-wise.

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