It’s a new year, time for new reading goals and habits! While I haven’t done a TBR in quite a while, I want to get back in the habit of reading consistently. I never stopped reading, it just wasn’t getting as much attention as I’d have liked in 2015.
My goals for this month are modest as I want to make sure my goal is something realistic. Here we go:
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale/Modern Faerie Tales #1
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
I first heard about this book on YouTube thanks to John Book Giving Guide video on the Vlogbrothers channel (though he references the second novel, Valiant). Since then, it appears that everyone else has read this (supposedly fantastic) novel so I had to buy it. Plus, I’m a sucker for amazing covers like this one.
Before I Go To Sleep: A Novel
Author: S.J. Watson
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
I first heard about this from a vlogger in the BookTube realm a couple of years ago. From what I recall, she wasn’t an enormous fan of the genre, but was gifted the book and fell in love with the story. I know there’s a film adaptation from 2014 with Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, so I may just watch the movie after reading the book and do a comparison post. I’m expecting to love this. Nothing gets me like a good suspense/mystery novel.
Beyond the Painting
Author: Masood Vahdani
Publisher: Partridge Press (Penguin Random House)
Genre: YA Fantasy
This is a YA novel that Vahdani kindly sent me to review over on WOTN that I haven’t got to yet. Shame on me. Beyond the Painting is a dark YA fantasy story surrounding vampires and relationships. From the promising reviews and description Vahdani gave me, this story deals with vampires though thankfully, they aren’t the overly exhausted whimsical kind. While I enjoyed Twilight when it was happening (remember, Faulkner said to read everything), I get where everyone is “over” the vampire thing. Still, I’m intrigued by the idea of this story. YA fantasy done right is always a win for me. I’m curious to see if this lives up to my expectations.
While not technically part of my January TBR as I just finished it (and started in December), here’s a bonus read:
Author: Jessica Chiarella
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Literary Fiction
This isn’t technically part of my January TBR because I finished it at the beginning of the month, but it’s worth your attention. I was lucky enough to be sent this as an advanced reading copy (ARC) late last year to review the piece for Word of the Nerd (if you aren’t aware, I write and edit there). It comes out today and and was published by Simon and Shuster. You can read my review here if you want to hear my two cents. Quick opinion: this book will haunt you in all the best ways.
What are your reading goals for this month? Do you find TBR piles helpful?
Tell me what January releases have you running to the bookstore.