Happy end of February. I hope you all are having a great start to the year.
For me this year is all about knocking books off that ever-growing TBR pile. In theory. It does, however appear that I’m not doing a very good job.
I didn’t come out of the gate fast nor did I finish the months of January & February where I wanted to be. As of this writing I’m 2 books behind in my Goodreads challenge, which I’m okay with. Not panicking yet, but I’ve also decided that I plan to do quality reading and not just read to say I’ve met my Goodreads challenge goals.
I read a whopping 2 books in January.
And 2 in February. Reviews coming soon.
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone (ARC)
- The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
It’s a good thing I didn’t say I was going to do a self-imposed book buying ban because I sooo failed. Well, sort of.
January/February Book Haul:
Barnes and Noble was having a sale on their B&N Classic Editions and well because it’s a sale I couldn’t pass it up. I picked up a copy of Plato’s Republic because I’d been meaning to replace an old tattered copy. I also picked up The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. I’m a sucker for a good sale.
Last Saturday, I unhauled some books. Took them up to this bookstore in Baltimore, MD called The Book Thing. I truly thought I was going to walk away with a ton of books, but to my surprise I left with a whopping 2. Umberto Eco’s The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana and Gayle Foreman’s Where She Went and the best part is they didn’t cost anything. Totally FREE.
And because I didn’t have enough to read I got the following ARCs:
- When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Kahn-Cullors
- Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee
- Macbeth by Jo Nesbo (Shakespeare retelling of Macbeth)
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Um yeah, I’ve made full use of my library card because I still didn’t have enough to read. I went to pick up The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert a couple of weeks ago, and was absolutely gobsmacked that they had a bunch of books I want to read. Usually there is a wait and I have to put my name on the wait list. So, yes, I picked them all up. And yes, I was being totally greedy. And yes, but no I don’t feel feel guilty for being a book hog.
I’m doing quite a few challenges and thus far they aren’t going to plan.
Tsundoku Bingo Challenge. A challenge created by yours truly is not going well at all. The only square I’ve checked off is Science Fiction. I read American War by Omar El Akkad. I haven’t done any check ins with folks that are participating. Bad host. Bad host.
And for the TBR Pile Challenge I’m at a whopping <1 books read. Goose Egg. Nada. ZERO.
I’m supposed to be participating in the Reading Assignment Challenge. It’s fairly simple. Decide on what books you’re going to read for six months and read them. Well, if I had to grade myself, which by the way you do. I would have an F for January and February. And well, we just might as well add an F for March because I won’t be reading either book I selected.
I may be reading The Scarlet Letter in March as a Buddy Read for the Back to Classics challenge, but that hasn’t been decided yet.
My self-imposed ARC challenge a little bit better than the TBR Pile Challenge. But only slightly. I’ve only read one book from there; which was American War. I did read a couple of other ARCs, but none that are on my ARC list.
Now for some good news. I am on target with my Book Blog Discussion Challenge. I’ve written four and I’m on track to exceed the Creative Conversationalist goal and be a Chatty Kathy.
I have quite a few books on my TBR and none of them are for any of my challenges.
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. This my most anticipated March book release. I received an eArc from the publisher and I’m also participating in a Blog Tour that starts on March 6, which coincides with the books release date.
- Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee. I need to finish reading this. I received this as an eARC from the publisher and forgot about it
- When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. This is going to be a buddy read. I’ve been wanting to read this novel. It’s YA and it’s kind of a romance. And if you know anything about me, you know I
don’t likecan’t stand romance; bu this is all about diversifying my reading. It is written by a Person of Color (PoC) and has a PoC as the main character and it also talks about Indian tradition.
I’m hoping I can get through the above so I can add Macbeth by Jo Nesbo. It’s a retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. I received it as an eARC and I’d like to get that read and reviewed before its release date of April 5th.
Next month won’t be so long and I’ll have a few visual aides, too.