Year of the Books Chat: January

The first month of 2020 is finished. Are you surviving? Are you thriving? (It’s okay if you’re not.) January is a busy time and New Year resolutions are quickly pushed to the side while we handle life.

It’s a very busy time of year for the Press, so my personal reading took a back burner. I never realized how tedious reading could be until I was an editor. After hour seven, words start to seem fake, so going home to read even more is sometimes a planned effort. I wasn’t able to start my January read until last week!

The front cover of The Palms by Clay Anderson. The cover shows a trailer park neighborhood and some lonely palm trees.

I’ve chosen to read a book by a local author for my first prompt. I’m reading The Palms by Clay Anderson. Anderson runs an indie bookshop in Dahlonega, Bear Book Market. Because of my slow start, I’m definitely not finished. Does this mean I failed the challenge?

Not at all! I know that sometime I finish a book in a day and sometimes it takes months. It’s okay. I’m reading and enjoying myself, and that’s all that matters.

Haven’t started the Year of the Books challenge yet? Don’t worry; you still have a year. View the full prompt list now.

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About Jillian Murphy

Jillian Murphy served as the Assistant Managing Editor of the UNG Press from 2017 to 2021. She is a writer and editor who specializes in kid lit, copyediting, and lame puns. Murphy is a UNG alumna, class of 2016.

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2 Comments on “Year of the Books Chat: January”

  1. I came across this post 6 months into the year and with the Corona issue, it has been a breezy year in terms of books I’ve been able to read. While I’ve not read any of the recent books, I was able to go through many of the all-time classics once again.

    I will now visit the prompt list and hope to catch up on some of the newer books!

  2. COVID-19 has certainly affected all of our reading habits. We hope you enjoy the challenge!

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