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245: Reading Challenges - 2022 Review and 2023 Plans

Have you found a 2023 reading challenge yet? We're excited to share our 2023 Unabridged Reading Challenge, which we discuss on today's episode.

Jen and Ashley also share our reflections on our 2022 reading challenges as we look back over the year, and we share our other reading challenge plans for 2023. Jen plans to do the #23backlistin2023 challenge, the ToB reading list, and her own Jane Austen reading challenge (#readausten2023). Ashley plans to participate in the Uncorked Reading Challenge for 2023.

Bookish Check-in

Ashley - Carlos Hernandez’s Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (Rick Riordan Presents) ( |

Jen - Deanna Raybourn’s Killers of a Certain Age ( |

Reading Challenge Reflection and Plans for 2023

Jen - #23backlistin2023 / ToB / Jane Austen (#readausten2023)

Mentioned in Episode

Places to find more reading challenges: Jules Buono / girlxoxo / StoryGraph

Give Me One - Non-Reading Goal for 2023

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Bookish Check-in

Ashley was reading...

Book Cover of Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Carlos Hernandez’s Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (Rick Riordan Presents) ( |

"Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents a brilliant sci-fi romp with Cuban influence that poses this question: What would you do if you had the power to reach through time and space and retrieve anything you want, including your mother, who is no longer living (in this universe, anyway)? How did a raw chicken get inside Yasmany's locker? "When Sal Vidon meets Gabi Real for the first time, it isn't under the best of circumstances. Sal is in the principal's office for the third time in three days, and it's still the first week of school. Gabi, student council president and editor of the school paper, is there to support her friend Yasmany, who just picked a fight with Sal. She is determined to prove that somehow, Sal planted a raw chicken in Yasmany's locker, even though nobody saw him do it and the bloody poultry has since mysteriously disappeared. "Sal prides himself on being an excellent magician, but for this sleight of hand, he relied on a talent no one would guess . . . except maybe Gabi, whose sharp eyes never miss a trick. When Gabi learns that he's capable of conjuring things much bigger than a chicken--including his dead mother--and she takes it all in stride, Sal knows that she is someone he can work with. There's only one slight problem: their manipulation of time and space could put the entire universe at risk. A sassy entropy sweeper, a documentary about wedgies, a principal who wears a Venetian bauta mask, and heaping platefuls of Cuban food are just some of the delights that await in his mind-blowing novel gift-wrapped in love and laughter."

Jen was reading...

Book Cover of Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn

Deanna Raybourn’s Killers of a Certain Age ( |

From the Publisher: "Older women often feel invisible, but sometimes that’s their secret weapon.

"They’ve spent their lives as the deadliest assassins in a clandestine international organization, but now that they're sixty years old, four women friends can’t just retire – it’s kill or be killed in this action-packed thriller by New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-nominated author Deanna Raybourn.

"Billie, Mary Alice, Helen, and Natalie have worked for the Museum, an elite network of assassins, for forty years. Now their talents are considered old-school and no one appreciates what they have to offer in an age that relies more on technology than people skills.

"When the foursome is sent on an all-expenses paid vacation to mark their retirement, they are targeted by one of their own. Only the Board, the top-level members of the Museum, can order the termination of field agents, and the women realize they’ve been marked for death.

"Now to get out alive they have to turn against their own organization, relying on experience and each other to get the job done, knowing that working together is the secret to their survival. They’re about to teach the Board what it really means to be a woman—and a killer—of a certain age."


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