Welcome to 2018! Ah, despite how cynical a person I am, I can’t help but feel that rush of hope and eagerness when the new year rolls around. And I am so happy to leave behind 2017. 2018 doesn’t look much promising for me, on a personal level (I will *hopefully* get my PhD this year and I am so afraid I might not) but you gotta keep believing that things will be better, right?
Now, personally, I don’t hold much belief in New Year resolutions (I think if you want something to change, you can make the change anytime – you don’t need to wait for a new year to come around) so all I can say to followers is that you can keep expecting
- more reviews from me,
- maybe more frequent non-review content, and
- I am working towards making my reading more inclusive (thinking of including notes for representation and diversity at the end of a review) and
- safe for my readers (if you noticed, since the last several weeks, I have been adding trigger and content warnings to almost every review now).
I hope everyone’s new year is delightful and filled with good stuff. We all deserve a better year for ourselves and for humanity as a whole!
Moving on the read-a-thon portion of this post, this month I will be participating in 3 main reading challenges/readathons – January Jam Jar (which is a month-long reading challenge), Bout of Books (week-long) and 24in48 (2-day).
Hosted by Kathy @ Books & Munches, this challenge is devoted to 2017 TBRs. Put your TBR in a jar, and read accordingly! The rules, according to Kathy
◊ Post a blogpost saying you’ll be joining me by putting all your 2017 TBR’s in a jar and deciding your next read that way!
◊ Share your list of books that you’ll be putting in the jar and pull out one or two books already.
◊ If you’re sharing your updates on social media, use #JanJamJar so we can follow up on each other!
Obviously I didn’t get to read all the books I had planned to in 2017, but there are 10 main ones that I was so eager for and did not end up reading. It’s a bit of a challenge because I am a mood reader and rarely like reading randomly, so let’s see.
Bout of Books 21
Okay I think this may be my seventh bout of books, and I am just as excited to this as every time. This time, I am setting the challenge at 7 books. Rough TBR for this time (6 books set and 1 possibly from the jam jar):
The idea is simple – you have 48 hours (January 27-28) . Read for at least 24 hours during that time for glory! In the last edition of this readathon I succeeded, so I’m hoping this time I will too!
I’ll also be participating in some book read-alongs like the one for the Shadowhunters series, and the one for the Shatter Me series, and only my own personal (informal) reread for the Hollows series, which you can join me at #HollowsReread.
What are your goals for the year? What are you planning to read in January? Tell me in the comments!