This month’s reading list is a bit shorter than usual. I feel like I’m heading for a bit of a reading slump, so I want to take it easier on myself this month. I’m doing great in all my challenges, so I can afford a bit of a lighter reading month. Plus, I really don’t know what I feel like reading at the moment, and I’m definitely a mood reader. And if I force myself to read something I’m not into right now, I will definitely trigger a slump. That said, there are some books I’d really like to get around to reading this month.
1. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien. This month, there is a very special holiday. And I’m not talking about St. Patrick’s Day. March 25th is Tolkien Reading Day! So there is literally no better time to start my reread of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Let me know in the comments if you’re reading any of the LOTR books this month as well – I know there’s a read along happening (#MiddleEarthMarch), but I’m not sure I want to commit to marathoning the series just yet.
2. The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng. This book is one of the reasons I like doing reading challenges. Because I never would have picked it up otherwise. It’s actually highly acclaimed, and the winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize (as well as a finalist for the Man Booker), but I’d never heard of it until I had to find a book by a Southeast Asian author for the BookRiot Read Harder Challenge. It follows a Japanese wartime camp survivor after WWII, as she discovers the only Japanese garden in Malaya and its mysterious gardener.
3. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. I’ve decided to challenge myself by reading at least one nonfiction book a month – I want to, I just tend to chose fiction most of the time. Since I don’t know if I have it in me to finish a 600+ page history book this month, I decided to pick one of my shorter nonfiction books, and I’ve been meaning to read this one for years. I love Jonathan Safran Foer’s books, I like the idea behind this one, and I finally got myself a copy at the dollar bookstore back in January. Now I just need to read it.
I am also doing the Reading New England Challenge this year, and the suggestion for this month is… a book set in Maine. And, since Maine is home to none other than Mr. Stephen King, I thought it only fitting to read one of his books (set in Maine, of course). Also, the only other Maine book on my TBR – The Cider House Rules – is like a thousand pages, and I have enough big books to read this year. So, I’m going with:
4. Carrie by Stephen King. This is actually King’s first published novel, and one of his books I haven’t yet read. I’m not a crazy King fanatic, but I’ve read a fair amount of his books, and I already got a digital copy of this from the library. (It’s also pretty short, which is a big selling point for me this month.)
And, finally, my TBR jar pick of the month is: an ARC (advance reader copy) or gifted novel. Surprisingly, I don’t have very many gifted novels (and none that I can think of that I haven’t already read). So I’m going to pick an ARC. And, since it’s coming out this month (on the 15th), I will be reading:
5. An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel. Basically, this book is about an old-school, scary vampire who sets out to destroy the modern, pretty vampires (aka, the kind in Twilight) because he hates what they represent. I’m not a huge fan of vampire fiction, but I definitely favor the traditional, scary vampires over the moral, love-interest vampires. So I think this’ll be a fun read.
I am also trying to finish A Brief History of Time this month (because I started it in September, and six months is way too long to be reading a 200-page book), and get further into War and Peace (I recently picked up a new, easier to understand translation). I’m most likely going to be reading the Our Shared Shelf book club pick this month – whatever it is – as well. So far, I’ve absolutely loved both books from Our Shared Shelf, so I think I’m pretty committed. I might also pick up some YA books this month. The Wrath and the Dawn, Fangirl, Glass Sword, and Siege and Storm are at the top of my list.
Let me know what you’re planning on reading this month, and if you’ve read any of the books on my list (I’d love to hear your thoughts)!