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Favorite Reads from Sara's 2021 Reading Challenge Picks So Far

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by Sara Voigt (@meaningfulmadness)

On last week's episode, we all share mid-year updates on our reading challenges for 2021. Ashley shared some of her reading challenge favorites in her Bookish Fave last week, so I thought I would follow up with mine! My reading challenges are going SO much better than my 2020 challenges, which if you remember were abysmal. So, I am elated to share with you some of the books that I have loved from my Unabridged 2021 Reading Challenge (which you can still join if you're interested!) reading picks, and then my individual reading challenge. I chose The Beyond the Bookends Reading Challenge, which I am thoroughly enjoying!

Here are some of my favorite reads from my challenges so far:

Kelly Yang's Parachutes — I loved Kelly Yang's middle-grade read Front Desk, so I was so excited to see this YA read on sale from I snapped it up immediately. I thought this book was compelling and so informative. I think Yang is becoming an auto-buy author for me.

Alix Harrow's The Ten Thousand Doors of January — Wow! I didn't know what exactly to expect going into this amazing fantasy novel, but it did not disappoint. This book had been on my shelf for awhile, and thanks to the Beyond the Bookends Reading Challenge, I read this amazing YA read! I actually read this as my Audie Award winner (one of the categories of the challenge), and the audio is fantastic.

Elizabeth Cline's The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing GoodOne of the first non-fiction reads for me this year was The Conscious Closet. I learned so much about sustainable fashion and being a more conscious consumer of textiles. I think this book is a must read for anyone looking to decrease their consumption of textiles and educating themselves on being a more conscious consumer of fashion.

Kendra Adachi's The Lazy Genius Way: Embrace What Matters, Ditch What Doesn't, and Get Stuff Done — This was another non-fiction read that I absolutely loved. I listened to the audiobook for this one, and Adachi reads it. I thought it was excellent. I found this book really relatable with some straightforward strategies to make life easier. One of my favorite tips from Adachi is decide once—make a decision and stick to it. For example, "On Friday's we will have pizza night." Once that is decided, you don't have to think about it again. So simple, yet so brilliant!

Jennifer Mathieu's Moxie — We covered this great YA read on the podcast (along with its adaptation—check out Episode 179). What I loved about this book is its focus on young women finding their voices and understanding the feminist movement. It thought the book was great. The adaptation was fine, but I thought the book was superior.

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