I don’t know how my reading list this month is going to go. Because while my course load should be a bit easier this month, and I am finally free of my reading slump, I’m also starting a regular work schedule of about thirty hours a week. On the plus side, that’s six hours in the car each week for me to listen to audiobooks, so I’m also planning on working on my Audible collection. And, since I’m participating in several reading challenges – even though I promised I wouldn’t (I can’t help it, I love them!) – I’m hoping to knock out a few of those this month as well.
Here is my TBR for the month of January:
1. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. This has been on my TBR for a while, so I’ve decided to read it for the “book based on a fairy tale” challenge in the 2016 PopSugar Reading Challenge.
2. Going Bovine by Libba Bray. This is about a boy with mad cow disease who takes a road trip with a gnome. I don’t know much else about it, but I love Libba Bray, and this book is perfect for the “book about a road trip” challenge.
3. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. I am actually reading this for my book club – kind of – so this will be the first book I pick up this month. I’ve tried to read it a couple of times, but reading slumps and school got in the way. It sounds amazing, though, so I’m really excited about finally reading it!
4. And Again by Jessica Chiarella. I have an ARC (advanced reader copy) of this book, which comes out on the 12th of this month, so I’m hoping to read it before then. It sounds very interesting, so I’m looking forward to picking it up.
5. The Winter Girl by Matt Marinovich. This book kind of sounds like this year’s Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train. It comes out on the 19th, and I have an ARC of this one as well, so I will definitely be reading it soon.
6. Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley. This was on my reading list last month, but I didn’t get to it. It’s another ARC (why did I request so many books that come out this month?), and I’ve been hearing some mixed things about this one, so I’m curious to read it.
And my TBR jar pick of the month is: “a NYT bestseller,” which is perfect, since it is also a challenge on the PopSugar Reading Challenge! I’m very tempted to reread The Martian again, because I love it. But I’m going with:
7. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, which has been on at least two or three of my TBRs before, and I still haven’t read. I’ve heard such great things about this book (and it’s been on the bestseller list for almost 70 weeks) and I’m finally in the mood for some historical fiction.
I am also participating in the Reading New England Challenge, and the theme for January is a book set in New Hampshire, for which I will be reading:
8. A Separate Peace by John Knowles. This is a historical fiction novel set in New Hampshire (obviously) during the early years of WWII. It sounds really interesting, and I just bought a copy at a dollar bookstore a few days ago, so it’s definitely on my TBR now!
This month, I’m also planning on finishing a few books I’m in the middle of. The first one is The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North, which I just started really getting into. I’ve heard wonderful things about this book, and, so far, it’s definitely living up to the hype! And the second book I’m about halfway through at the moment is The Children’s Home by Charles Lambert. This book comes out next week, so I’m hoping to finish it and have a review up for you soon. So far, it’s a pretty strange book, but I am really enjoying it.
And finally, I will be starting War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, which I fully expect to not finish this month, but my cousin and I are reading it together, and setting some sort of reading goals, so hopefully I’ll be getting a big chunk read this month.
That’s it for my January TBR. Let me know what books are on your list this month and if there are any new releases you’re excited about!