It’s a new year, which gives me the opportunity to start afresh with my reading, and I intend to use this year to conquer the books which I said that I would read in the past and yet didn’t. I have many reading goals to motivate myself to do this, such as the 105 Challenge and the Finish That Series challenge, and my TBR for January draws upon books that I have already mentioned in my reading goals, or that will benefit my challenges.
I have already read one book in January, ‘Doll Bones’ by Holly Black (review here). I have also got four books which I have started and want to aim to finish this month, ‘Forsaken’ by Jana Oliver (a TBR jar pick), ‘The Power of Six’ by Pittacus Lore, ‘The Magician’s Nephew’ by C.S. Lewis and ‘Waves’ by Sharon Dogar. Beyond these four books, I have my usual list of ten books that I want to read this month:
1. ‘The Uninvited’ by Liz Jensen – This is my second TBR jar pick. I know very little about this book, so I am hoping that it will surprise me.
2. ‘Academ’s Fury’ by Jim Butcher – The second book in the ‘Codex Alera’ series. I read ‘Furies of Calderon’ in December and absolutely loved it, so much so that it made it onto my Top 14 of 2014. I’m determined to get through this series this year.
3. ‘Keeper of the Lost Cities’ by Shannon Messenger – This fantasy children’s book comes to me well-recommended, so I hope that it meets up to my expectations. Even though it is rather long, I am hoping that I will fly through it.
4. ‘Into the Still Blue’ by Veronica Rossi – This is the only unread book from my December TBR to be retained. I decided not to read this last month as if I complete it this year, ‘Under the Never Sky’ will go into my Finish That Series challenge as a series that I completed this year.
5. ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’ by Paul Torday – This book has been on my shelves for two years, and sitting at the top of my unread books on Goodreads. I would quite like to remove it from its seat on that pile soon, otherwise it runs the risk of never being read. Furthermore, I own the film, but refuse to watch it until I have read it.
6. ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen – This is one of only two books on my ‘DNF’ shelf; I never DNF books, I always put them on hold for later, when I eventually finish them. I really have not enjoyed what I read of this (over a third), however, I have to read it for my English Literature course, so I am determined to actually know it inside out.
7. ‘Uglies’ by Scott Westerfeld – This is a book which I picked up, read a chapter of and then put down due to having started so many books at once. It is a rather popular series, so I would like to get book one finished as soon as possible.
8. ‘Northern Lights’ by Philip Pullman – Otherwise known as ‘The Golden Compass’, I have had the bind-up of all three books in the ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy on my shelf since summer of 2013, and I have attempted to read it twice. Every time, I get two chapters in then for no apparent reason move on to another book. I am determined to get through it this time.
9. ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ by J.R.R. Tolkien – This is a book which I first read a very, very long time ago, but can remember so little that I do not even have it listed on my Goodreads as read, as I feel that I would have to read it again to say that I have truly read it. It is a challenge of mine this year to read all of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ again, so this is the first step.
10. ‘Silksinger’ by Laini Taylor – It took me so long to get hold of this book as it is out-of-print (I believe), but I finally have it now. I adored the first one and I am fast becoming a Laini Taylor fan, so I would love to complete this book in January.
That rounds up my TBR list for January. I’m going to presume that I will not complete it, as I only read 4 of the 10 on December’s list, but it’s a new year, so maybe I can make it a resolution to not deviate from my TBR? Probably not, but worth a shot.
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