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211: Reading Challenges - 2021 Recap and 2022 Reading Goals and Challenges

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What are your reading goals and plans for 2022? We want to know! In this Unabridged episode, Jen, Sara, and Ashley report back on how our challenges for 2021 went, and we each share about our individual reading goals and challenge selections. We are all, of course, doing the Unabridged Reading Challenge for 2022, so be sure to join us for that challenge! Find everything you need to get started here.

Bookish Check-in

Ashley - John Green’s The Anthropocene Reviewed ( |

Jen - Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe ( |

Sara - Cassy Joy Garcia’s Cook Once, Eat All Week: 26 Weeks of Gluten-Free, Affordable Meal Prep to Preserve Your Time & Sanity (

Our 2022 Reading Challenge Picks

We're all, of course, excited to participate in the Unabridged Reading Challenge for 2022! Join us! Here's the Reading Challenge page, and here's a blog post with a quick bonus episode telling you all about it!

Additionally, here are the other challenges we've selected:

Mentioned in Episode

Jennifer Saint’s Ariadne ( |

Emiko Jean's Tokyo Ever After ( |

Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World ( |

Give Me One - The toilet paper goes OVER or UNDER

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Bookish Check-in

Ashley was reading . . .

Book cover of John Green’s The Anthropocene Reviewed

John Green’s The Anthropocene Reviewed ( |

"The Anthropocene is the current geologic age, in which humans have profoundly reshaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his groundbreaking podcast, bestselling author John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale--from the QWERTY keyboard and sunsets to Canada geese and Penguins of Madagascar.

"Funny, complex, and rich with detail, the reviews chart the contradictions of contemporary humanity. As a species, we are both far too powerful and not nearly powerful enough, a paradox that came into sharp focus as we faced a global pandemic that both separated us and bound us together.

"John Green's gift for storytelling shines throughout this masterful collection. The Anthropocene Reviewed is a open-hearted exploration of the paths we forge and an unironic celebration of falling in love with the world."

Jen was reading . . .

Book cover of Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe ( |

"A Time Best YA Book of All Time (2021)

"This Printz Honor Book is a 'tender, honest exploration of identity' (Publishers Weekly) that distills lyrical truths about family and friendship.

"Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship--the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be."

Sara was reading . . .

Book cover of Cassy Joy Garcia’s Cook Once, Eat All Week: 26 Weeks of Gluten-Free, Affordable Meal Prep to Preserve Your Time & Sanity

Cassy Joy Garcia’s Cook Once, Eat All Week: 26 Weeks of Gluten-Free, Affordable Meal Prep to Preserve Your Time & Sanity (

"Cook Once, Eat All Week is a revolutionary way to get a delicious, healthy, and affordable dinner on the table FAST. Author Cassy Joy Garcia will walk you through this tried-and-true method and show you how batch-cooking a few basic components can give you an entire week's worth of dinners with minimal time and effort.

"Have you ever tried a meal prep plan before and gotten so excited about having your cooking for the week done ahead of time, only to find yourself totally exhausted after a full day in the kitchen, shocked by your grocery bill, and tired of the same leftovers by Tuesday? Cassy Joy Garcia had been there, too. As a mom, business owner, and Nutrition Consultant, she needed to get a healthy, affordable, and tasty dinner on the table fast every night, and she knew there had to be a better way to do it.

"She finally cracked the code when she discovered that by batch-cooking a protein, starch, and vegetable each week she could easily assemble three fresh, diverse meals in minimal time. After years of her readers asking her for better meal prep strategies and easy recipes, she released 4 weeks of recipes on her blog, Fed and Fit. Since then, tens of thousands of people have made and raved about the series and begged for more!

"In this book you'll find 26 weeks of affordable, healthy, delicious meals that your family will love eating, and a chapter full of bonus 20-minute meals. Optional Instant Pot and slow cooker instructions are included to get you even more time back in your week. With a Real Food foundation, the weeks in this book aim to support dietary approaches that range from: gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, low carb, egg-free, kid-friendly and more.

"Three simple ingredients like shredded pork, potatoes, and cabbage are turned into these three easy to assemble meals:

  • Honey Mustard Pork Sheet Pan Dinner

  • Enchiladas Verde Casserole

  • Sloppy Joe Stuffed Potatoes

"This book is a must-have for anyone looking for a REAL solution to help them eat healthfully while also saving time and money and loving what they are eating."


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