yearender: things we read in 2020

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Manila, 27 December—One of the few bright spots of this year was the amount of reading I surprisingly pulled off. Some favorites:

  • The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite - [entry] Lesbians who are into astronomy, writing and embroidery, what else could you ask for? Slow burn beautifully written. Felt a lot like Portrait but in book form. [Kindle]

  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon - [entry] Oh to be able to read this book again for the first time—it’s that good. Lush world-building! Dragons! Complex female characters! Queens! Women warriors! And a breath-taking slow burn queer romance at the heart of it. What a fantastic quarantine read. This definitely helped me get through initial pandemic anxieties. An exquisite escape in book form.

  • Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed - [entry] Warm as a hug, tender and funny and heartbreaking and insightful.

  • The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski - [ongoing] Got this book as a Christmas present (thanks, love). So so good. Review forthcoming probably, but I’m trying to delay finishing it haha.

Some of the online reads this year that moved me, in case you haven’t come across them this year:

It’s been quite the year for thought-provoking pieces. Par for the course, I think, given how 2020 panned out. Hope you find something interesting and useful from my list, at least :)

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Thanks for making it this far.

XO,

K