Sunday, January 6, 2019

January 2019 Reading (Challenges & TBR)

JANUARY READING

In order to keep myself on track, I'll be making a monthly post detailing my TBR pile for the month. This will include the books I've chosen for my reading challenges, approved eARCs/review copies, and book club picks.

The reading challenge books I chose will be set in motion by the Pick-A-Theme Reading Challenge by She's Got Books on Her Mind. The theme I pick for each month will need to be present in all of the books for that particular month.


THEME THIS MONTH: COLD

(books will contain a cold-hearted individual as one of the main or secondary characters, will be a non-fiction book detailing cold-hearted acts/people/topics, or be set in a cold climate/have a cold atmosphere)


EXTERNAL CHALLENGES
(some books listed twice as it fits more than one challenge)

The Nerd Daily 52 Reading Prompt Challenge (check it out here):

  • (#4) A Four Word Title: Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson [e-arc]
  • (#11) Set in the Past: Boy, Bird, Snow by Helen Oyeyemi [print]
  • (#21) Written by two authors: The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohen and David Levithan [print]
  • (#48) Non-Fiction: Evil, The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side by Julia Shaw [e-arc]



PERSONAL CHALLENGES

Read at least 20 of the books I own (3/20):
  1. Boy, Snow Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
  2. The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohen & David Levithan
    Read at least 5 non-fiction works (2/5):
    1. Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side by Julia Shaw
    2. All That Remains: A Life in Death by Sue Black



    PRINT REVIEW COPIES/E-ARCS
    1. Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson (release: July 30, 2019)
    2. Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side by Julia Shaw (release February 26, 2019)

    BOOKCLUB PICK


    Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman


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    GOODREADS READING CHALLENGE: 7/52


    What are you all reading this month!? 
    Let me know in the comments below!

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    43 Highly Anticipated Books of 2019 (Goodreads)

    HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS!

    Last year felt like it would never end, and that was made worse by the fact that I had my worst reading year to date. Life most certainly threw me some lemons (amongst other things), and reading, unfortunately, took a backseat to all of that madness. Like most of my fellow obsessive book readers, reading plays the role of an escape, a balm to the trials of life—it can feel like the one thing they can always turn to for some happiness and positivity. At least that's what it's always felt like to me, and I hate that I had forgotten that during my worst and lowest times. But anyway...

    I'm BACK! And I'm ready to delve back into the flurry and deliriously satisfying world of reading and reviewing. Of researching new finds, and clearing TBRs of already owned books. Of finishing reading challenges and cheering on my fellow readers on their own journeys! I can't believe I let myself stray so far away from something made me so content *sigh.

    To kick off my 2019 posts, I thought I'd list the books I already own and plan to read off of Goodreads' recent post of 43 Highly Anticipated Books of 2019. I also listed the one that I'M most looking forward to from each category.

    The 43 books are pictured below by category:

    Fiction




    Own:
    -Ginger Bread by Helen Oyeyemi (approved via Edelwiess)
    -Boy Swallows Universe (approved via Edelweiss)
    -Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (pending approval via Edelweiss)

    Most Anticipated:
    -Golden Child by Claire Adam



    Mystery & Thriller




    *None of these titles are available for review on Edelweiss

    Most Anticipated:
    -The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides


    Fantasy & Sci-Fi




    *None of these titles are available for review on Edelweiss

    Most Anticipated:
    -The Starless Sea by Erin Morgernstern



    Non-fiction




    Own:
    -Evil by Julia Shaw (approved via Edelweiss)

    Most Anticipated:

    -Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff



    YA




    *None of these titles are available for review on Edelweiss

    Most Anticipated:
    -King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo



    Romance




    Own:
    -99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne (approved via Edelwiess)
    -I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella (pending approval via Edelweiss)

    Most Anticipated:
    -I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella


    Historical Fiction




    Own:
    -The Huntress by Kate Quinn (approved via Edelwiess)
    -The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff (approved via Edelweiss)

    Most Anticipated:
    -The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo (I AM SO SAD that this isn't available for request on Edelweiss! *tear)

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    Which ones are you all looking forward to the most? Let me know in the comments below. I'm also available for buddy-reads if anyone is interested in reading one of the 'owned' titles above with me!