With less than a week left before I return to school (and stress), I’ve actually had time to update my blog and all that jive! This is probably the most active you’ll see of me for awhile, but hopefully I can continue to update weekly and maybe even post some writing updates/info in this new year!
My January TBR is a little ambitious, but I’m hoping to knock off at least two of the books during the rest of the break. Six of Crows is my current read. I first read it back in 2016, I believe, and now it’s my school’s book club book! As president and founder of the club, I’m taking it upon me to take notes and tab the book while reading, so that I can be prepared for our discussion following it. I hope to have that done by this weekend, even though the next meeting is next Thursday.
Then, I hope to read Flame in the Mist or Our Dark Duet, but I’ll definitely get to both of them this month. As well, I want to read The Crystal Caves (which I’ve already started–just put on hold), The Kite Runner, Foolish Hearts, my ARC of Autonomous from September 2017 (yikes), and The Looking Glass Wars. Amidst these books, I also want to reread Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I anticipate most of these being super quick reads, which will help me to get ahead on my 2018 reading challenge early! The majority of these books also satisfy my hopes to read more diversely in the new year! If you’re looking for some diverse recommendations, Flame in the Mist and The Kite Runner have casts that I believe to be completely, or at least predominantly, non-white. As well, I have heard that Foolish Hearts and Autonomous contain LGBT+ characters (though not necessarily main characters).
For this year, I set my goal to be 70 books (ten less than last year), but I am hoping to exceed that amount. I will be taking three APs in the fall, so this sets a little safety net for me in case all does not go well. And, you know, worse comes to worse, I read a few picture books.
Unfortunately, while I do think in an ordinary month, I might be able to manage all of these books, January may bring some additional stress for me. The third week in is finals week for me and then after that, I will be switching to three new classes and changing periods for my fourth class. Though my classes this semester should be less difficult, they may come with more homework, and there’s also that beginning of the semester stress of having new classes and making new friends. I’m a very shy person and detest change. I know that in my writing seminar class (creative writing!), I’ll have two close friends, and I should have a friend in two of my other classes, but I’m still a little nervous to go into this whole ordeal. So, that means that while I’m panicking about everything, I might not read as much. It would probably be a good outlet to help me, but we’ll see how that goes. I suppose that’s where Harry Potter might come in handy, because it has always made me feel comfortable, even in the worst of times.
Let me know what you’re planning to read in January!