I don’t really make it a secret that I love reading. Every year I try to do the Popsugar Challenge and fail, so this year I decided to pick out all my books before the new year even started. I also made a point to pick mostly from books I already own. There are a few I will get from the library. Below are the topics, and my choices!
- A Book made into a movie you’ve already seen: Me Before You – Jojo Moyes (Normally I try to read the book before the movie, but that didn’t happen in this case. Also when I see the movie before reading it, I often have trouble reading the book. This topic may be a little hard for me.)
- True Crime: After the Eclipse – Sarah Perry (Or Columbine – Dave Cullen)
- The Next Book in a Series You Started: Beautiful Darkness: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
- A Book Involving a Heist: Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
- Nordic Noir: The Snowman – Jo Nesbo
- A Novel Based on a Real Person: My Lady Jane – Cynthia Hand
- A Book Set in a Country that Fascinates You: Beautiful Ruins – Jess Walter
- A Book with a Time of Day in the Title: Emma in the Night – Wendy Walker
- A Book About a Villain or Antihero: Heartless – Marissa Meyer
- A About Death or Grief: Squid’s Grief – DK Mok
- A Book with a Female Author Who Uses a Male Pseudonym: If J.K. Rowling releases her new Comoran Strike book I will do that one, but if not I will do Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
- A Book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist: Simon Vs. the Homosapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli (bonus this is going to be a movie next year)
- A Book that is also a Stage Play or Musical: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Original Screenplay) – J.K. Rowling
- A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you: Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
- A book about feminism: Moxie – Jennifer Mathieu
- A book about mental health: The Impossible Knife of Memory – Laurie Halse Anderson
- A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift: The Circle – Sara B. Elfgren & Mats Strandberg/ Lost in Austen: Create your own Jane Austen Adventure – Emma Campbell (these were both given to me as gifts from my Swedish relative.)
- A book by two authors: The Royal We – Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
- A book involving a sport: Beartown – Fredrik Backman
- A book by a local author: The Chemist – Stephanie Meyer
- A book with your favorite color in the title: The Mystery of the Blue Train – Agatha Christie/Court of Thorn and Roses – Sarah J. Maas
- A book with alliteration in the title: Maniac Magee – Jerry Spinelli
- A book about time travel: Drums of Autumn(4rth Outlander book) – Diana Gabaldon
- A book with a weather element in the title: The Winter Sea – Susanna Kearsley
- A book set at sea: The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware
- A book with an animal in the title: The Magician’s Elephant – Kate DiCamillo
- A book set on a different planet: The Sparrow – Susanna Kearsley
- A Book with a song lyrics in the title: The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
- A book about or set on Halloween: Something Wicked This Way Comes or The Halloween Tree both by Ray Bradbury
- A book with characters who are twins: Sisterland – Curtis Sittenfeld
- A book mentioned in another book: I don’t have this one picked out yet, as I’m going to just pick one from one of the books I read along the way.
- A book from a celebrity book club: I believe I’m going to do the Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman, however I’m going to wait a little bit and see what else Reese Witherspoon picks.(Or possibly Emma Watson)
- A childhood classic you’ve never read: Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls or The Book of Three – Lloyd Alexander or the Betsy Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace
- A book thats published in 2018: I’m also waiting to pick this later in the year.
- A past Goodreads Choice Awards Winner: Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
- A book set in the decade you were born in: The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides
- A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to: Also left open for choice.
- A book with an ugly cover: I kind of had trouble with this one as if it’s ugly I tend to pass it by. I chose one that was just sort of boring instead. So I picked Magpie Murders by .
- A book that involves a bookstore or library: The Bookshop on the Corner – Jenny Colgan
- Your favorite prompt from the 2015,2016 or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: I chose a book of short stories from the 2015 Reading Challenge – Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
I haven’t decided if I will do the advanced yet mostly because I want leave open books for my bookclub, and if anything comes out that I want to read or if I want to reread anything!
- Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick
- Carry On Warrior – Glennon Doyle Melto
- Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes
- The Creeping – Alexandra Sirowy
- In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
- Wonder – R.J. Palacio
- Cream Puff Murder – JoAnne Fluke (audiobook/reread)
- Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden – M.C. Beaton (audiobook)
I read a lot of nonfiction this month, which isn’t my usual go to books. I prefer fiction. My favorite of those was Shonda Rhimes book. I’m an introvert like her, and like her i always find no easier to say then yes. The book just really resonated in me, and gave me the lift I needed to start finding my own way. My least favorite was In Cold Blood, which I found the book to be really interesting to read it was just a little slow for me. Also the descriptions in the beginning were unnerving since this book was a true crime book.
I loved Wonder, there were times when it was heart breaking, and other times where it made me smile. The ending was my favorite. I felt pretty meh about The Creeping. There were definitly times where it was pretty creepy. At one point I was reading it in the dark with my book light since everyone else was asleep. I was pretty creeped out by it and had to put it down until the morning. The reason it fell short for me was because of the ending. It felt way to obvious through most of the book on where it was going. The other fact of Stella’s not really having any present parental units is just way to convenient of a plot line. I’m pretty tired of that. I also couldn’t stand her best friend Zoe, but I guess she wasn’t really meant to be all that likeable.
I listened to two audiobooks this month. I usually listen to them to go to bed at night so I like to listen to cozy murder mysteries or books that are fluff. I’ve already read all the Hannah Swensen books, and they’re full of fluff, and perfect for me to fall asleep too. I listen more now for the stories of the characters then the actual mystery part. The other book I listened to was the 9th book in the Agatha Raisin series. It was as usual funny, and better at the mystery telling part.
I’ve started Where’d you Go Bernadette, but this month I’ve been kind of tired from reading. I watched the entire first season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend instead. I LOVED that show, and i can’t wait for season two to show up on February 11.
That’s it for now.
I’m going to try something new this year in terms of my reading. I love making TBR lists, but I don’t really like to follow them. This is mostly because I generally choose my book based on the mood I am feeling. This time to help with that I picked out books in different genres.
I’ve picked out 7 books, all of which i already owned. I’m just going to read them randomly and in no particular order.
First up I have a book turned movie: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.
Then I have a series children’s book my brother told me about. I picked up the first book at my local used book store: Magyk (Septimus Heap) by Angie Sage
I started The Magician’s trilogy awhile ago so i picked The Magician King by Lev Grossman as a book that I’d like to finish out the trilogy/series.
My Owlcrate book: Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
Chicklit: Wedding Night by Sophia Kinsella
Fiction: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Nonfiction:Carry On Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle Melton
So that’s it for now. I like to talk about books, so if I’m passionate enough about any of these I’ll write about them this month!
The following is a boring list of the books I read in 2016. I had a goal of 45 books, and I read 57. I read a mixture of print books and e-books. I also listened to audiobooks.
- The Entire Deborah Knott series by Margaret Maron
- Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- Once Upon a Time by Debbie Macomber
- Wedding Cake Murder by JoAnne Fluke
- The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
- Catacomb by Madeleine Roux
- Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
- Life and Death by Stephanie Meyer (technically a DNF because it was kind of awful.)
- The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton
- The Vicious Vet by M.C. Beaton
- Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardner by M.C. Beaton
- Agatha Raisen and the Walkers of Dembley by M.C. Beaton
- Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
- Agatha Raisen and the Wellspring of Death by M.C. Beaton
- Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (reread)
- The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
- Hello? by Liza Wiemer
- Knit Two by Kate Jacobs
- What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
- Night Film by Marisha Pessel
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
- One Was Lost by Natalie Richards
- Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs
- The Lake House by Kate Morton
- Runaway by Meg Cabot
- Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan (reread)
- Rose Harbor Inn series 1-3 by Debbie Macomber
- The Bride Wore Size Twelve by Meg Cabot
- Christmas Carmel Murder by JoAnne Fluke
- House Rules by Jodi Picoult
- All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris
- Molly on the Range by Molly Yeh
- Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries by Helen Fielding
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
- Gingerbread Cookie Murder by JoAnne Fluke, Laura Lavine, and Leslie Meyer
My goal for next year will just be 45 books again, but I’m going to try to finish some the series I have started. I also want to read more of my print books I already own. So I probably won’t buy many books in the first half the year. Lets see where this goes.