I’m linking up with Literary Quicksand, Rachel at Never Enough Novels, and Allison at My Novel Life -the co-hosts of TBR (To Be Read) Mix ‘n Mingle. The first Wednesday of each month they share the books they’re planning to read for the month. I thought this would be a good way for me to take a look through the newest additions to my TBR list while also sharing my monthly reading plan.
Here are my January TBR possibilities! I say possibilities because I’m always moving through e-books, audiobooks, and ARCs (advanced reader copies) so it’s hard to predict what I’ll end up getting to.
My 2019 Reading Goals are lofty- I want to read 85 books, read more widely, read more diverse books (especially thrillers/ self help written by AOC- authors of color), and to take more chances to see if I can broaden my reading taste.
This month’s stack has a bit of everything:
▪️Fiction: The Passage, A Ladder to the Sky, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, Half of What You Hear, Well Read Black Girl (essay anthology)
▪️Thriller/Suspense: The Line That Held Us, Once a Liar
▪️Historical Fiction: The Gown, The Night Tiger, Washington Black
▪️Non fiction: The Sun Does Shine, The Black and the Blue, Tears We Cannot Stop
Not pictured, The Gunslinger by Stephen King.
These are the books that are new to my TBR list! Thanks to Liberty Hardy’s Twitter and everyone’s New Year’s wrap ups, I had more than enough ideas.
Girls Burn Brighter | Shobha Rao | This book checks all of my boxes- a book written by a woman of color featuring strong female friendships and a story that cuts right to the core. I think I’ll credit this recommendation to Book Riot as a whole.
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden | Dennis Johnson | This rec came from Adam from the Professional Book Nerds podcast episode 296. I literally never read short stories, but if I find I’m in the mood, this has got good buzz. I might pick it up on audio since its narrated by Nick Offerman and Will Patton (among others).
The Invited | Jennifer McMahon | This was Jill from the Professional Book Nerds’ recommendation. It doesn’t come out until later this year, but it’s got ghosts and witches and a totally creepy setting. Jill, a fellow Stephen King fanatic, said it genuinely scared her, so count me in.
Anger is a Gift | Mark Oshiro | I picked this recommendation up from Liberty’s epic Twitter list. This is about a diverse group of friends who are working their way through racism, grief, police brutality, mental illness, and life in general, and it’s drawing comparisons to The Hate U Give.
Silver Sparrow | Tarari Jones | Sarah from Sarah’s Book Shelves called this her favorite book from December 2018. She said she enjoyed it as much as An American Marriage, and since that was my favorite book from 2018 I’ll definitely be giving this one a try.
Stalker | Lars Kepler | Oh my gosh I can barely wait to read this one. I saw Abby from Crime by the Book talk about it- she calls this a gritty page turner with a huge plot twist that you wont see coming. I loved the Milennium series and haven’t read Scandinavian crime fiction since then. and this seems like a good way to ease back into it.
Yay for a new year of reading!
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