I am often asked how I manage to read so much, and I try to make some offhand comment about it, but the truth is I don’t really know. I guess it comes down to the fact that I love reading so much that I make time for it without even realizing.
But at the beginning of every year, I’m filled with dread. What if I don’t read enough? This is not a matter of what others will think; it is simply a matter that I’m afraid I won’t have a good reading-year. My second year of university was like that, in a way; then I did the Mixing It Up Challenge with Ellie the next year. It was nice.
Here are some thoughts on what I’ll be reading – and I would love some suggestions! (There is an awesome GoodReads group here, but I’ve highlighted in maroon the ones I really need help with!)
- A Horror Book
The Three by Sarah Lotz – she’s a South African author but this is internationally published. I own a physical copy of this book, and I’m trying to read more books that I already own, so I’m pretty set on this one.
- A Non-Fiction Book About Science
Sex in the Sea by Mara J. Hardt, which I’m reviewing for NetGalley!
I’m also considering Bad Science by Ben Goldacre, but can anyone vouch for its readability?
- A Collection of Essays
- Read a Book Out Loud To Someone
I’d probably read it to my dad and/or my boyfriend. They both love audiobooks and I’ve had a lot of success reading to GeekBoy. It would have to be something short though. I’m thinking of something by Roald Dahl because neither of them have read any of his children’s books (shock, horror)! My dad recently read Boy: Tales of Childhood and loved it.
- A Middle Grade Book
I have a whole bunch of middle grade books that I’ve been meaning to read, it’s just a matter of deciding which one first… Black Beauty (although I vaguely remember reading this when I was younger), Peter Pan (see parentheses), The Wind in the Willows, The Secret Garden, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (this book is thick, is it really MG?!).
- A Biography (not an autobiography or memoir)
I don’t have any ideas for this at the moment! I have a read a lot of medical biographies, and a lot of WWII narratives, so I’m looking for something different.
- A Dystopian or Post-Apocalyptic Novel
- A Book Originally Published in the Decade You Were Born (90s)
Wild Swans by Jung Cheng – a family friend who works at the local museum actually rescued this book from being pulped, he then read it and decided it was awesome. I’ve heard great things! The book is in a state, but readable.
- An Audiobook That Has Won an Audie Award
Options so far include The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I’ve got an Audible membership now, and my dad and I listen to together, so whatever I choose would hopefully be enjoyed by him, too.
- A book Over 500 Pages Long
I don’t have anything picked out for this right now, but I just finished reading All The Light We Cannot See (531 pages in my copy) and I’m busy reading Cress (550 pages in my copy), sooooo I think I’ll be fine?
- A Book Under 100 Pages
Erm… I’ll find one. I have a lot of those Penguin Little Black Classics so I’ll probably pick one of those.
- A Book By Or About A Person Who Identifies As Transgender
I’ve been approved on NetGalley for The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson, so I’ll go with that.
- A Book Set in the Middle East
I’ve read a LOT of these; but I do sometimes feel they all have the same point of view and the same biases. So I’ll be looking for something unique. Suggestions?
- A Book by an Author from South East Asia
Either Fish Eats Lion or Selected Myanmar Short Stories. Both are short story collections I bought in Singapore in Myanmar respectively. There are a few other books I could consider but given that I want to read more books I already own, these are first in line.
- Historical Fiction Set Before 1900
I’ll read Skin by Ilka Tampke which is set in AD 43 – I win! 😉
- The First Book in a Series by a Person Of Colour
- A Non-Superhero Comic That Debuted In The Last Three Years
I don’t knoooooow! I would actually love to read Ms Marvel, although I haven’t seen it stocked anywhere in South Africa and international delivery has been arduous lately.
- A book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which is better.
Aren’t a whole lot of books being adapted this year? I’ll have to pick one.
- A Non-Fiction Book About Feminism
- A Book About Religion (fiction or non-fiction)
I kind of burned myself out on Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury and Dee Henderson in high school, so some other suggestions, please. I don’t want anything that’s going to bash me in any direction, or patronise me, or make me feel shit. I think this one will be the hardest task for me this year.
- A Book About Politics (in your own country or another)
I’d actually like to read something general, not limited to a single country, but I don’t know what.
- A Food Memoir
I think the only one I’ve read was Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. I’m seriously not big into food memoirs so here’s hoping I can find one that’s fantastic.
- A Play
- A Book With A Main Character That Has A Mental Illness
Impulse by Ellen Hopkins, as I already own it.