Happy New Year!
December 30th marked my 1 year Blogoversary! I can’t believe it. Death by Tsundoku is one-year-old and still going strong. I wonder how long I can keep this up? I adore blogging, and I’m still learning a ton. I have to work on perfecting my writing, reviewing, reading, and blog-hopping habits this year if I’m going to make this sustainable long-term, however. I couldn’t be more excited!
My yearly challenges have been wrapped up this year. I joined a ton of challenges and made certain to push myself. That said, I did not do as well as I had hoped, but the blog was new. I’ve learned a lot and will strive to be more successful in 2017. We got this.
Lastly, I participated in two bookish exchanges in December. The first, #SFATW, is hosted by Marie at Drizzle and Hurricane Books. Through Souvenirs from Across the World, two bloggers are paired up and share books and items from their corner of the world. Like a bookish pen pal! I got to meet Lin @ Lin’s Perspective and start a journey learning about Bulgaria. It has been amazing. I also participated in a Secret Santa through one of my Goodreads groups, where I received a copy of The Great Gatsby and a Spiderwick Chronicles short story to tease me into the series. I can’t wait to read them! My package from Lin is still traveling to me, just as mine is still traveling to her. I hope she loves it!
Bring it on 2017. I am ready for you.
List of Reads
I am sooo excited for a fresh start in 2017! The end of 2016 had me a bit frustrated with reading. I had saved a bunch of challenge books for the end of the year which I was less interested in. I’ve definitely learned a few lessons from this. Lack of interested in my TBR plus the holidays means it was a less intense month for reading. No problem! 2017 will get us back on track.
Read – 10 total books
Currently Reading – 7 books
- Creating a Lean Culture: Tools to Sustain Lean Conversations by David Mann
- Influencer: The Power to Change Anything by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Greeny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Swizler
- Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof
- Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
(Bout of Books, my readathon for January, should help me finish some of these work-based business books. Obviously, these aren’t that important to me, as they have been here for half a year.)
You MUST READ this month:
Echo – Echo was a wonderful and unexpected book for me. All I knew was that this is a 2016 Newbery Honor book about a harmonica which connects the lives of three different children. I had no idea the story I was getting into. Pam Munoz Ryan writes the most brilliant Middle Grade/Young Adult historical fiction. And I think Echo is her best work to date. I cried tears of joy and tears of sadness multiple times throughout this experience. I was fully immersed in the world and the character’s struggles. Absolutely brilliant. Strongly recommended to any lovers of music, historical fiction, or Newbery awards. It’s just brilliant.
DANGER! Avoid this month:
The Rest of Us Just Live Here – <sigh> I am worried I just don’t like Patrick Ness. I read The Knife of Never Letting Go earlier this year. While it has a brilliant premise, it just didn’t work for me. Same with this book. I couldn’t connect to the characters. In particular, I didn’t connect with the women because they all felt like the same character. I’m scared to read A Monster Calls. What if I’m the only person on the planet who doesn’t like it?
AND WE ARE DONE! Whew. It was a crazy year for challenges. I definitely pushed myself, and I found my breaking point. It was a really good learning experience, and I’m glad I did it. Obviously, I’ll keep working on challenges in 2017– participation is critical to my reading.
You can check out my 2016 challenge completion status here.
It’s almost time to commit to my 2017 challenges! I am still thinking about what I want to commit to, but you’ll see an update soon. Stay tuned!
It wouldn’t be tsundoku if I didn’t have a gigantic pile of books waiting for me!
I ended up requesting a ton of books via NetGalley (and I got approved!) over Thanksgiving because I’m silly. Now I have a giant list. I told myself I won’t request anything new until I review these. We shall see what happens; we all know it’s easy to get in a trap there. O_o
I haven’t figured out what challenges I will participate in for 2017, so my books are a bit all over the place right now. I just hope to make a dent in this list!
TBR: Library Books
- Jazz Day by Roxane Orgill
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore
- Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafo
- George by Alex Gino
TBR: Lent from Friends
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
- When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- A Perfect Score by Craig and Katheryn Hall
- From Panel to Screen by Drew Morton
- Year of No Clutter by Eve Schaub
- The Meaning of Michelle by Veronica Chambers
- The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
- The Sky Between You and Me by Catherine Alene
- Gilded Cage by Vic James
- The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May
- 20 by Vatsal Suri
- Shadows of the Forest by Emma Michaels
- Brigada by Enrique Fernandez
Book Club Reading
- Our Shared Shelf- The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
- Kids Lit – TBD by TBD Author (probably Middle Grade this month)
- West Side Stories – American Gods by Neil Gaiman
- Brunch Books – TBD by TBD Author (will determine once
- VACB Book Club – Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
This is it. The end of the 2016 Reading Challenges and 2016 as a whole! I can’t believe it! I hope you all had an amazing year. I know I did. I look forward to seeing what 2017 has in store for us!
Happy New Year, friends!
What do you think?
- If you participate in reading challenges, are you on target to end your year as you planned it?
- Will you be participating in any 2017 reading challenges? If so, do you know what ones?
- What books did you ask for as holiday gifts? New recommendations are the best!