This is my first full month with no grad school! In almost three years! Which, of course, means I will be reading ALL THE BOOKS. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump, so I haven’t read as much as I would have liked since graduating. But I think I’m ready to get back into it, because (hopefully) this will be my last month working part time, so I do have a lot of free time. My reading list this month is fairly ambitious, but I think I can do it. Here are the books I want to read this month:
The Gilded Cage by Vic James. I’ve heard amazing things about this book, which is great, since I have an ARC and kind of have to read it. It’s a young adult fantasy debut coming out this month, and I’ve been wanting to get back into reading fantasy, so it’s perfect.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. Another book that’s been getting rave reviews. I have an ARC of this one as well, so I will be reading and reviewing it soon! It’s about Abraham Lincoln visiting a cemetery at night after his son Willie is buried. It has history and ghosts and that’s kind of all I need.
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. I’ve been meaning to read this for a while, and I finally picked up a copy (because Penguin Random House came out with Virgina Woolf Vintage Classics and I cannot resist those books). It’s a feminist essay that explores the role of women in fiction (both as writers and characters). I think I’m going to love this, and I can’t wait to read it! (My copy also includes the sequel, Three Guineas, which I may or may not also read this month.)
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. Since Valentine’s Day is this month and all, I figured there was no better time to read this book. I have read a bit of it, and found it very interesting to see how romance has changed over time. Especially since online dating freaks me out. Is it too much to just meet a nice guy in a bookstore? Yes? Okay, fine.
A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab. The second book in this series ended on what is pretty much the most epic cliffhanger of all time. Naturally, I will be reading this book the second I get my hands on it. Which will be late, since I preordered a signed copy from B&N and their shipping is slow. (Unless I break and just get a second copy to read right away. Like I did for A Gathering of Shadows last year. Yeah, that’s probably what will happen. I’m weak. Though V. E. Schwab herself told me to do it – no joke – so I had to.)
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. It would be enough to get a new Gaiman book this year. But one about Norse Mythology? YES PLEASE! I preordered this book back in September, which I rarely do so far in advance. Thank you, Amazon Prime, for making release day delivery a thing.
Something I haven’t done in months is pick a reading prompt out of my TBR jar! I decided to start picking prompts out of it again, because I think it’s a fun addition to my TBR each month and I’m not doing any other challenges this year that require me to read specific things. Coincidentally, this month, I grabbed “a book with no romance”. This is a bit broad, so I decided to challenge myself a bit more and choose a young adult book with no romance, because that’s something I rarely see. I’m going with:
Challenger Deep by Neal Schusterman. From what I understand, this book is about a boy with schizophrenia. I have been wanting to read more literature that deals with mental illness, and everyone seems to love this book. I recently picked up a copy on Book Outlet (I cannot resist $2 books – ever), and I’m looking forward to reading it.