I didn’t write anything for Tuesday because it was a shitty day. I woke up to news of a massacre in Pakistan with over 100 children – babies, some of them – shot and bombed. Add to that somebody in Pennsylvania shooting up his ex-wife’s relatives, and the protests around the country… you begin to think nobody wants to hear the goofy shit that comes to mind when you’re hopped up on cold medicine.
I’ll twaddle on another Tuesday, but I wanted to blog something today. I figure I could talk about self-care, something I read among the Twitterati. When life gets you down, find a happy place/thing. I have three current vices, but today I’ll only talk about the reading.
A few days ago I posted a reading challenge I have planned for 2015. Not long after I pulled the trigger did I find BookRiot’s Read Harder challenge, and I have enough on my plate but books and more books. Since I will set a goal of 125 titles for the new year, same as last, I figure there’s room for more than one list, so the other day I set up my Book Riot list on Goodreads. To break it down:
Book published in 2014: Where There’s Smoke by Jodi Picoult – I picked this up for free on All Romance. I’ve not read Picoult before but have heard good things. FINISHED 3-14-15
Book published before 1850: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding – I’ve had a copy of this forever. A writer’s guide I read listed Tom Jones as essential reading for any author. I’ve seen the movie this year, so I’ll have that context going into the book.
Graphic novel: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel – I loved Bechdel’s Dykes to Watch Out For strip, and heard good things about this book. FINISHED 1-4-15
Book originally published in another language: Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes – Picked for sheer curiosity value – an alternative history that brings Hitler to the Kardashian Age. Should be interesting. Turns out the book I want to read isn’t out in America yet, so I’m moving up Kitchen to here. FINISHED 1-17-15
Book of Poetry: Delirium by Drew Hoffman – I’ve read and enjoyed Hoffman’s poetry in the past, and this is a recent release. FINISHED 1-6-15
Audiobook: Doctor Who – The Last Voyage by Dan Abnett – Bought with a free Audible credit, because David Tennant.
Booker Prize Winner in the Last Decade: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – Recommended by a friend.
Microhistory: Flapper by Joshua Zeitz – Bought on sale at OmniLit by virtue of low price and topic of interest. FINISHED 3-5-15
Book by or about indigenous people: Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington – I’d heard good thing about the film version, and I prefer to read the book first.
Book by an author from Africa: Island Bound by Kiru Taye – Decadent Publishing has an imprint dedicated to African-set romances. I’ve wanted to read one for a while.
Book set in Asia: The Dowry Bride by Shobhan Bantwal – I recently enjoyed A Bollywood Affair from the same publisher, and this looked as appealing. FINISHED 3-13-15
Science Fiction Book: Children of Dune by Frank Herbert – It’s still a goal to finish the original trilogy. Two birds. FINISHED 3-5-15
Book written by author who identifies as LGBTQ: High Hearts by Rita Mae Brown – I’ve had this book on the TBR forever, bought at a library sale. It’s one I’ve wanted to read, and while RMB’s latest efforts left me cold, I’m willing to chance this. FINISHED 1-24-15
Book of short stories: The Stories of John Cheever – Also a Pulitzer winner I need to read. Two birds.
Book written by author under the age of 25: Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto – Banana was 24 at the time. This was a popular book when I worked at B&N; title never left my consciousness. Moving this book to another category and putting That Was Then, This is Now by S.E. Hinton here. FINISHED 1-9-15
Book written by author over the age of 65: In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume – This won’t be out until summer, so something to anticipate. I have yet to read one of Blume’s adult works.
Self-help / improvement book: The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey – Probably hokum, but I’m interested in it. FINISHED 1-7-15
Romance Book: The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward – I read plenty of romance by virtue of the day job, but I’ve never before read Ward. I like the premise of this one.
YA Book: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson – Every review I’ve seen of this is positive and enthusiastic. Couldn’t wait and read this book. Putting Wonder by R.J. Palacio here. FINISHED 1-8-15
Book published by an indie press: Strings and Bones by Kim Talon – This comes from Mundania Press, which published Pithed.
Guilty pleasure book: Scruples by Judith Krantz – This is already on my TBR for an old school challenge. Two more birds.
Book based on a fairy tale or classic story: Cress by Marissa Meyer – I’ve already read the preceding books (Cinder and Scarlet) in this series, so this is another one on deck.
Book by author of opposite gender: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin – Hard to narrow this category down, but I’ve pledged to finish this series before I or Martin dies.
National Book Award Winner from last decade: Just Kids by Patti Smith – I bought this at a closing Borders, set it aside. Will get to it this coming year.
Pulitzer winner from the last decade: American Lion by Jon Meacham – I’ve already read the last ten or so fiction winners, but I have a copy of this book I need to finish.
Book recommended by a friend: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn FINISHED 3-9-15