January Wrap-up

January was a solid reading month: 9 books read and on all pace for all of the  reading challenges I set myself save one very significant failure (see below). There were a few highlights (The Song of Achilles and my new-found love of Courtney Milan) and some frustrations (project short fiction began with a whimper with The Bloody Chamber), but all in all, 2016 is off to a splendid start!

Books Read

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Books Acquired

After a year of cutting back and making the most of my public library, I’ve returned to book buying with a vengeance! Two of these were free handouts at work, three from used bookstores, two from Barnes & Noble, and two from Amazon.

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In the Queue

As mentioned above, I did a pretty good job with my various reading resolutions save one: read more books by authors of color. Complete and utter failure there. I will be trying to remedy that this month, tackle a couple of Read Harder challenges, and try to keep up with two book clubs.

  1. Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace – for the “read a book of essays” task of the Read Harder Challenge
  2. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros – for the “read a book written in the decade you were born” task of the Read Harder Challenge
  3. Book 1 of The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky – for book club #1
  4. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby – for book club #2
  5. Saga, Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan – for the comics challenge
  6. The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan
  7. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
  8. A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara

Happy readings!

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