January TBR & Reading Challenges

Hello everyone! This post is a little late, mostly because I’ve already finished two of these books. I finally got my TBR box completed so this month is the first time using it to help get through all of my books. It’s great because it’s making me pick up books I constantly overlook for others and have owned for a long time. I got the idea to make this from Destiny and Kathy who are moderators on the Devour Your TBR Goodreads group and Kristy over at Caffeinated Fae who made a TBR jar to do a Clearing the Hoard Bookwyrm Challenge.

I always end up reading some other books that I don’t originally pick to read in a month and frequently don’t end up reading everything that I originally chose. Part of this is because I also use audiobooks when I’m out and about and can’t always get a copy of an audiobook copy of a book that I had chosen. I also get tired of a book sometimes and pick something else up or get a new book and don’t want to wait to read it. Because of this, my end of the month will look different than this but I honestly think that utilizing this TBR box will help me with my older books.

I am participating in a few year long reading challenges and have been using what I pull from my box to help complete these. The challenges I am doing this year are Devour Your TBR, Around the Year in 52 books, and the 2020 When Are You Reading Challenge by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.

Now for the books that were pulled out for the month. I started by picking 8 since lately I’ve been reading 12-16 books in a month and figured it would be doable. I may only pick 4 next month because of how I do end up getting new books every month and sometimes just don’t want to wait to read them, plus it gives me wiggle room for mood reading.

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Inferno (The Divine Comedy #1) by Dante Alighieri. I already finished this one and it covers both week 1 for ATY and 1300-1499 for WAYR. I loved the illustrations in it, Dante did a great job with imagery, and I like the poetry layout. However, overall I found it to be far too preachy and a bit annoying so it only got 3 stars. Normally when I rate a book under 4 stars it automatically gets put into my donate pile, but this one I will keep only because I like looking at the pictures.

Utopia by Thomas More. I finished this yesterday and it covers week 2 for ATY and 1500-1699 for WAYR. While I’m happy to say that I have finally read this classic, I did not like it. It’s probably because of when it was written but his idea of Utopia just had me pissed off. Slavery, sexism, segregation, bits of communism and dictatorship mixed together for a government. Basically the only way this could be thought of as a Utopia to anyone today is if they’re a sexist, workaholic man. I also disliked how it was basically one person talking the entire time about the workings of the place instead of us actually getting to see it in action or know anyone in that environment. So it got 2 stars.

1984 by George Orwell. This will cover week 3 for ATY and 1940-1959 for WAYR. I love Animal Farm and it is one of my favorite books of all time so I’m hoping that I also enjoy this.

The Shining by Stephen King. This will cover week 4 for ATY and 1960-1979 for WAYR I’ve owned this a long time and still haven’t read it. I loved the movie and have heard that this was even creepier so I’m looking forward to comparing them.

Sister Slam and the Poetic Motormouth Roadtrip by Linda Oatman High. I don’t really know much about this. I got it during my city’s library sale and decided why not. The cover looked interesting and I liked how the pages were laid out.

What Is The What by Dave Eggers. All I know about this book is that it’s about the “Lost Boys” of Sudan. I remember seeing a short documentary about then when I was younger so I’m intrigued.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. This will cover week 5 for ATY. I’ve wanted to read this for a while now but keep getting sidetracked by other things so I’m happy to have pulled it out and get started on this series.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw. Another book that I’ve wanted to read for a while now but keep not reading. I love books about witches and magic so I honestly can’t understand why I still haven’t read it yet.

So those are the 8 books I pulled out. I will keep you all updated on how I’m doing with my TBR box and these reading challenges so keep a look out for those. As it is, here are my current stats for everything:

GR Challenge: 4/90

TBR Box: 2/261

ATY: 4/52

WAYR: 3/12

Are any of you participating in these or other reading challenges this year? Let me know.

Stay Spicy

2 thoughts on “January TBR & Reading Challenges

    1. I’m glad to hear that. I’m working my way to it because I feel like once I start reading it I won’t want to stop so I’m thinking of saving it for starting when I get out of work Saturday and then binging it on Sunday

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