Well, now that I’m back at work, I’m planning on being more realistic about my reading goals. I have tweaked a few selections for prompts for my reading challenges and I think I’m in a decent spot. I hope to also pick books that I can get a hold of this month! I don’t want to be in the same position as last time where I am on a bunch of waitlists for books I want to read.
So, that being said, here are my (tentative) book selections to read this month!
| My Reading Goals |
Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge 2020
Rivals in the City by Y.S. Lee: I am so excited to be reading this 4th and final novel in the Mary Quinn mystery series. I love this series and I’m sad to be at the end of it. This book will fill the prompt: “read the last book in a series.” I hope that this book is just as good as the rest, because I think Lee has created such an interesting character and I love being in this time period.
Reading Women Challenge 2020
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer: This was not a book that I initially planned on reading, but came across it recently. It will fulfill the prompt read “a book about the environment.” I am excited to read this book, I’ve heard a lot of great things and I’ve been seeing it all over book-related social medias. I love learning more about indigenous lives, culture, practices. I am going to try out the audiobook and see how that is.
2020 Diversity Challenge
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong: I’m going out on a limb here by selecting this book for this month. I am already on waitlists for it, so I don’t know how successful I’ll be at getting a copy this month, but fingers crossed! The Diversity Challenge has month-specific mini-challenges and this book will fulfill their “LGBT+ pride summer: sexuality and identity” book prompt. I’ve heard so many good things about this book, and I’ve actually meant to read Vuong’s poetry before, but this will be my introduction to his writing, a prose book. I’m really looking forward to reading it!
The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris: I bought this book used from my local indie bookstore and I’ve been wanting to read it for quite a while! This book is basically an account of Victorian medicine: think operating theatres open to the public and questionable origins for cadavers. Anyway, I’ve had a weird obsession with reading books on medical history. Some of the most fascinating things I’ve read have been for books of this ilk, so I’m hoping Fitzharris’ writing doesn’t disappoint!
This is My America by Kim Johnson: I am looking forward to reading this book because I’m trying to diversify my reading list more and also because I’d like to be more educated on race issues, particularly in America, since I live here. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this from NetGalley, and I’ve already started reading it and it’s so interesting! I’m excited to see where this story takes me and to grow my knowledge of what African-Americans experience and how I can be a better ally.
My TBR Pick
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi: So, I actually started reading this in June (only within the last few days!), but I was too excited to wait once I got it and I wasn’t able to finish it in June. As I said earlier, I’m trying to be better and to learn more about what I can do to be an ally to people of color. Already I have learned so much from Kendi, and I’m looking forward to all that I will gain from reading this book.
Gal Pal Book Club
Highfire by Eoin Colfer: I know I’ve talked about my personal book club I have with a couple friends on here before, but I don’t know if I’ve made an actual post about it. Anyway, this month, my friend chose this book to read for our book club. I have to admit, I’ve actually never read anything by Colfer before. Nothing. I tried reading his “Artimis Fowl” books before, but…I just couldn’t get into them. This is his first adult novel and I don’t know what to expect but I’m still excited!
What books are you reading this month?
If you’ve read any books from my list, let me know what you think! Do you have any of these selections on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!
It’s another month of reading dangerously and I hope I’m up to the challenge!