I am starting very late this evening, so how’s about an easy topic?
As in: the reading recap of my first month working towards my 2021 reading challenge!
And anyone who desires can see the full list of categories & planned titles on this spreadsheet.*
So without further ado, here’s the Around the Year categories I collected during the first month of the year.
- (#1) Related to “In the beginning…”—The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
- (#15) Features siblings as the main characters—The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- (#17) With a Muslim character or author—Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
- (#22) Posted in one of the ATY Best Book of the Month threads—I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
- (#32) Cover shows more than 2 people—Hard Times Require Furious Dancing by Alice Walker
- (#36) Six or more words in the title—We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- (#39) Involving an immigrant—I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
- (#44) Title contains a negative—I’m not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal
And then, because I was a little bit obsessively focused on earning all the badges in Amazon’s utterly-meaningless Kindle Challenge…
…I also collected a couple of PopSugar titles. (I read those on Kindle alongside of the ATY ink-and-paper books offered up by the jar of prompts.)
- (#20) Do-over or fresh starts—Black Panther: a Nation Under our Feet, v. 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates & Brian Stelfreeze
- (#28) Set in a restaurant—Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl
So: 10 books for the month, all counting towards one of my challenge lists.
Now, 10 books sounds like a lot, but allow me to puncture the mythos here, at least a bit.
- 4 of these books were YA/youth titles.
- 1 was a slim book of poetry.
- 1 was a straight-up comic book.
No wonder I was able to finish some of these so quickly.
I expect the pace to slow down significantly this month. If I don’t start working on my grad school applications, I will be sunk, so that will cover my weekends and evenings for the next several weeks!
*Once a stage manager, always a stage manager.
- Mary Roberts Rinehart: Picryl, public domain.
- Kindle badges and January collage: by the author, subject to a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.