Hey y’all! I have a very clear theme for my reading this month. If last month was recommendations, then this month is books I’ve bought recently. I haven’t been buying books for a while in part to save money and in part because my bookshelf is full and I don’t have the library set up yet. Last week though, I went on a bit of a splurge for independent bookstore day and got 8 new books from my favorite local store(s). And then yesterday I also happened to order 3 books from Book of the Month. AND, I have one or two from last month that I’m in the middle of. You see where I’m going with this? 😅
I have a lot of books on my shelves that I should read!!! Especially all the newly purchased ones; especially all of the ones I purchased a while ago and haven’t got around to reading yet. So, here I go for the month!
Whoops, they’re done already by the time I’m posting this
I planed to read 7 books, and I read 5 with one in progress still because it’s really long. The one I skipped was my own additional, funny enough. The recommendations I got from everyone got read though, and WHEW WERE THEY GOOD RECOMMENDATIONS! 🥰 I read 13 in total though, as my usual mood-reader-ness whims kicked in during the month as well.
BUT, with that out of the way, the rest of my reading was so so good! The recommendations I got from y’all were fabulous, and I enjoyed all of them quite a lot! I really should post some reviews of Head Full Of Ghosts and Legendbornbecause I certainly have a lot to say about them. We Have Always Lived in the Castleis a book I feel like I want to talk to people about to discuss interpretations and ideas. There’s so much more waiting for me in it, but I need others in order to get it.
I have a plan again this month, for the first time in what feels like a long time. ^.^ And it’s mostly thanks to all of y’all! I got so many great recommendations from people when I was asking where all the good books have gone, since I’ve mostly okay reads this year… but nothing outstanding.
BUT THAT’S ALL ABOUT TO CHANGE.
Because now I have a list of books to read through that are promised by at least some people to be great! (Plus they’re mostly books already on my shelves, so even better 🤣)
Hey y’all! While this day was supposed to be time to work on the house (as always) I instead have spent it feeling terribly sick and unable to stand since the wee hours of the morning. And so instead, I remained on the couch distracting myself with fake worlds. Here’s what I read to escape my body in the past 18 hours.
Sup y’all! It’s the start of a new month, and here’s my currently planned TBR:
It’s, uh, not looking great. 🤣 Monthly read lists are still pretty new for me, so this doesn’t actually feel that weird. But I really don’t have a plan at all for the next month. Frankly, that’s probably a good thing, because we’re (HOPEFULLY, OMG) wrapping up the work at the house in February. So anything I plan will probably be totally derailed anyway.
January’s basically went off track as well. I read a bunch of books I just picked up randomly, and didn’t touch several of the books I had been planning to read. Didn’t even think about them. Just wrote them down and then breezed on by to get something else from the library to read. 🤣
So who knows what February will bring, really. Besides, hopefully, this new house.
2020 was probably even more library-heavy than usual since I had so much time to read and also couldn’t leave home for bookstore browsing and impulse buys. 😂 Instead it was like impulse loaning, which is much more budget-friendly. Thanks, libraries!
Here are the tiers that were established from the hosts for level of reading:
Dewey Decimal: Read 12 books (my goal)
Thrifty Reader: Read 24 books
Overdrive Junkie: Read 36 books
Library Addict: Read 48 books
Library Card on Fire: Read 60+ books
My original goal was twelve books, because apparently I forgot who I was for a minute. 🤷♀️ So, where did I end up?
Yesterday was July 4th in the US, the anniversary of the signing of our Declaration of Independence. I thought I’d celebrate my freedom to read whatever the hell I want! And I also happened to mix up my post scheduling so this is going to be a day after instead of the day — but I can still read whatever I want! 😅
Courtesy of the American Library Association, here’s the top 100 books that were banned or challenged between 2000 and 2009. Those were my formative childhood years, but I think even though I’ve read a chunk of these books, I turned out okay. 🤣 Any books that are highlighted are ones that I have read! Check out the list below and see how many you’ve taken in!
My tally: 27.5/100 (See #88 for the half point!)
Biggest surprises: #23 – The Giver (this one I really don’t understand) #8 – His Dark Materials series (haven’t read this series, but wouldn’t expect it to be top 10 most inappropriate books….) #91 – Julie of the Wolves (the blurb says it’s about a girl who lives with wolves. What’s the issue?? I’d guess it’s something with her eating meat or something similar.)
Really not surprised: #18 – Go Ask Alice (written as a diary of a girl’s intense spiral into hard drug abuse and all that comes with it) #78 – The Joy of Gay Sex (I mean frankly I would expect any book explicitly about sex to be on this list, though it IS noteworthy that The Joy of Sex is NOT in here.)