Friday, December 30, 2016

2017 #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks Reading Challenge

I totally bombed this challenge last year, but I love the idea of it so much, I'm determined to try again this year.

The premise is super simple: #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

While my personal library is no longer as massive as it once was, it's still pretty sizable, and worse, I've kind of become a splurge purchaser of e-books when they're on sale, so that TBR is huuuuuge...

I'm going to set a goal of reading 5 of my own books. Another goal I hope I end up busting!

Books Read

Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Thursday, December 29, 2016

2017 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

The Historical Fiction Reading Challenge is my favorite challenge probably because it's the only one I'm pretty much guaranteed to "beat", although I realize that's a lame reason to be excited for it.

I've decided I'm going to actually challenge myself this year by combining it with a few other challenges -- #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks and/or Read Diverse Books -- so I'm going to have to do a little work. Yay?

I'm aiming for Medieval - 15 books as I'm not entirely sure if I've gotten my reading mojo back. Here's hoping I beat it, though!

Books Read

Laurie Lico Albanese, Stolen Beauty
Victoria Alexander, The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen 
Kristy Cambron, The Illusionist’s Apprentice
Meredith Duran, A Lady’s Code of Misconduct
Heidi Heilig, The Ship Beyond Time
Sarah Gailey, River of Teeth
Damon Galgut, Arctic Summer
Crystal King, Feast of Sorrow
Joan Lindsay, Picnic at Hanging Rock
Catherine Magia, The Fisherman's Bride
David Morrell, Ruler of the Night
Sarah Perry, The Essex Serpent
Kate Quinn, The Alice Network
Matt Ruff, Lovecraft Country
Sarah Schmidt, See What I Have Done
Naomi J. Williams, Landfalls

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Read Diverse 2017

In 2016, I tried to be more intentional in reading authors of color, and I felt pretty impressed with myself -- but the number is still low compared to my overall reading.

This year, I'd like to do even better, so I'm really excited by the Read Diverse 2017 Reading Challenge.

Eligible books:
  1. Books written by people of color or Native/Indigenous Peoples. 
  2. Books by or about people with disabilities (physical, neurodiversity, etc.)
  3. Books with LGBTQIA protagonists or about LGBTQIA issues 
*#ownvoices books are highly encouraged*

I'm hoping that at least half of my reading in 2017 will be for this challenge -- I'm especially excited about finding historical fiction that works for this!

Books Read

Heidi Heilig, The Ship Beyond Time
Balli Kaur Jaswal, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
Zadie Smith, Swing Time