Happy New Year!!!
I’m so excited to dive into 2017 reading, and I’m extra excited because the #BoutofBooks readathon starts tomorrow – there is no better way to kick off 2017!
I have a lot of hopes for my reading this year. I’m co-hosting a local Read Harder group, to focus on completing the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. I’m in two social justice reading groups, and very excited to see the shape those take this year. I’d like to see myself relax and dive into some meatier science non-fiction this year, because I really miss it. And I’d just like to read as much as I possibly can – this year should be a bit more slow-paced than last year, so there should be reading time aplenty.
Alright, enough rambling. Let’s see what’s in my stack.
- Be Not Afraid by Alyssa Cole – This is a short Revolutionary War romance between two slaves who are trying to find the best chance of freedom, and I’m so excited to read it. Alyssa Cole is so great and I met her at BRL and she signed this for me. She wrote “To Sarah, Rise Up!” because she’s awesome.
- Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis – I’ve seen a lot of buzz around this lately, and I know Angela Davis is a prominent activist who has written a lot of other books. This is a collection of essays, and I can’t wait to see what she has to say. Based on the title, I’m thinking this will be a great “don’t give up, you gotta keep fighting” read.
- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie – This is backlist, but I love Adichie and this would count towards “read a book about war” for the Read Harder challenge (one of the tasks my local group will be meeting to talk about this month.) It takes place during the Biafran War.
- Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams – I forget where I first heard about this book, but I think it talks about how breasts have evolved, how humanity’s relationship with them has evolved, and… yeah. Being a pretty chesty lady myself, this sounds really interesting.
- March: Book 3 by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin – Finally! Book 3 has been out for a while, but I was waiting till I could buy it before I read it. The honeyman got it for me for Christmas, so yay.
- Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Volume 4 by Brian Michael Bendis and Sarah Pichelli – I love this older run of Miles Morales as Spider-Man and I’ve been waiting to get my hand of this volume for AGES. Finally nabbed it used on Amazon for $6.
- Fables Volume 12 and Volume 13 by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham – I’ve been slowly working my way through Fables and it’s time for me to step it up and finish it this year! I’ve been buying them as I go, and I think I have these two and Volume 14 on my shelf to read before I can order more.
- Battle Hill Bolero by Daniel Jose Older – This isn’t pictured because it comes out on Tuesday, and it should be arriving to my house that day. This is the third in the Bone Street Rumba series and I CANNOT WAIT.
- Mixed Signals by Alyssa Cole – Remember how I was saying Alyssa Cole is awesome? Yep, she is. This is the third book in her post-apocalyptic romance series.
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – I bought this over 2 years ago, and I think the time has finally come now that the hype died down. I’ve heard that it’s really gossipy and engrossing, and I could use a read like that to just suck me in and get me interested in what exactly is happening with these women.
- Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit – This is the first book this year for the Social Justice Book Club and I’m looking forward to diving in. I didn’t love the author’s book Men Explain Things to Me, but I’ve heard this was a great read right after the election, about how to stay hopeful and move forward to get shit done.
- All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai – This is an e-galley for a February release, about a guy who grows up and his version of 2016 is actually kind of perfect and futuristic, but some time travel thing goes wrong and he ends up in our 2016, which is a dystopia wasteland in comparison. I’m very very interested in this.
- The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles – One of the other Read Harder tasks my group will be talking about this month is “read an LGBTQ+ romance novel”, and after some poking around on Amazon I decided to give this one a whirl. It got good ratings and this is at the end of the description for the book : “Warning: Contains hot m/m sex between a deeply inappropriate earl and a very confused magician, dark plots in a magical version of Victorian England, family values (not the good kind), and a lot of swearing.” Awesome.
- Turbulence by Samit Basu – This was recommended on one of the Book Riot podcasts, about how all of the people on one plane ride end up with superpowers. Not sure what happens from there but that premise alone hooked me.
ALRIGHTY THEN. That should keep me busy this month. I’m hoping that with the readathon this week, I’ll be able to read at least half of these, if not more. Is there anything you’re looking forward to this month?