I am honestly feeling fantastic about 2020, both in relation to reading and otherwise. It’s like the New Year ticked over and suddenly I’m excited about reading again. I’ve read so much already, just over the last four days and I’m so impatient to get to my TBR. So much so that I’ve even put one together!
I’ve just learned (literally within the last 30 minutes) that Bout of Books starts tomorrow, and if that’s not perfect timing, I don’t know what is. We’ll therefore be treating this as a sign-up post and TBR for the read-a-thon (but also for the rest of the month). My sign-up blurb thing will be at the bottom of this post, but let’s discuss the books for now!
From bottom to top:
1) Kim Reaper Vol.1: Grim Beginnings by Sarah Graley – I picked up this graphic novel at Thought Bubble, where I met the author herself. It’s about a young woman who finds herself having to act as a Grim Reaper and I honestly could not be more excited about a graphic novel.
2) Saga Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples – I’m pretty thrilled about this one too, to be fair. I’ve loved the last four installments of Saga (despite the huge pictures of penises that seem to show up just as my boyfriend walks past and wonders what the hell I’m reading) and I’m sure this one will be just as riveting. I definitely need to continue the story.
3) Doing Time by Jodi Taylor – I don’t know much about this one, other than it’s about instutionalised time travel, which is my favourite theme in the world ever. Something to do with the Time Police? The same author wrote The Chronicles of St Mary’s series, which is a group of historians who travel back in time for educational purposes, so she clearly has a preferred theme herself!
4) The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – I rushed straight out and bought this as soon as it was released… and promptly, obviously, never got round to reading it. I love the cover and I love portal fantasy, so fingers crossed we’re onto a winner here.
5) Forever Barbie: The Unauthorised Biography of a Real Doll by M.G. Lord – I have had this book on my TBR for literally years. Probably eight years by now, maybe nine. It’s definitely one of the oldest books on my TBR. I have a bit of a desire for non-fiction right now, and it’s a really interesting topic, so hopefully I’ll get round to reading it (finally) this month.
6) Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome – I’ve had this one forever as well. However, I recently read To Say Nothing of the Dog (which I didn’t review but did make it onto my Top Ten Best Books list – it’s time travel again), which included attempting not to influence this author as he wrote his novel and included various passages. It seems like something I might really enjoy, so onto the TBR it goes!
7) Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxanne Gay – I probably should have started with this one, but I’ll probably start this after I’ve finished Meat Market. Unless I want a need from the theme of body imagery, which is entirely possible.
8) Five Dark Fates (Three Dark Crowns 4) by Kendare Blake – When I read the last installment of this series last year, I was disappointed to learn that the author couldn’t finish it in three books after all.
Even though she definitely could. However, given I’ve really enjoyed these books the whole way through, even the middle books (which is unusual for a YA series), I am looking forward to finally finishing this off.
9) Turning Darkness Into Light by Marie Brennan – I am so, so excited about this book, to the point where I haven’t dared pick it up in case it doesn’t meet my expectations. I loved her previous series, which starts with A Natural History of Dragons, so very, very much. This one is about Lady Isabella Trent’s granddaughter, who has a slightly different (but related) field of expertise. It’s time I finally take a deep breath and pick this up.
10) Meat Market by Juno Dawson – I’ve actually already started this one. I was torn between this and Hunger, but plumped (no pun intended) for fiction instead. Honestly, I’m not really loving it, but I’m only 41 pages in so it may pick up.
11) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – I know, I know. I’m not sure how I haven’t read this yet either. I’ve never heard anybody say anything even remotely negative about it, and everything about it sounds right up my alley. I’ve decided that this year (hopefully even this month!) is the year I finally get round to reading it.
So that’s my TBR. I would be highly surprised if I were able to read all of it, even if two of them are graphic novels, but hey ho. Some recent library acquisitions may also sneak their way in. It’s very much not a firm stack and it will almost definitely change.
Bout of Books
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 27 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I start with? 🙂