First things first…
HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE!!!
My Endless, Ever-Increasing To-Be-Read Pile!
So 2014 is coming up (in a matter of hours where I am-East Coast United States) and watching different book-tubers 2013 review in books that they’ve read, I feel inspired. First–I laugh at my cousin who makes fun of me, constantly asking
“Don’t you own every YA book already?”
I gasp and laugh. Not. Even. Close.
2013 was the year I was thrust out of my major life reading slump and the year I fell in love with YA, choosing to embrace that love publicly–no shame.
Jane Austen and the Classic period dramas have always been loves of my life. In addition to them, it was difficult to find books throughout my growing up–adolescence years–that caught my interest. There was a season, years ago, where Nicholas Spark’s early books were one of the few I could devour in two days. I also grew up (by choice) in a religious community, so many of the books I read (between ages 16-28) were pertaining to self-help, and religious studies. I was teaching religious studies for a couple years, so even more so, those were the books I studied and delve into. In regards to “just for fun” books, I didn’t read much throughout those years. A few sneaked in here and there but not many. Since I wasn’t reading any, I actually wrote screenplays (scripts for movies) a lot. I wrote stories I wanted to read, I guess you could say. That was my outlet.
Certain changes in my life began to steer me a different direction. It was time to move on towards a new chapter in my life. Those years were good to me but my life desires were shifting. I remember YA books caught my attention before knowing what YA even was. I had never heard the term before this year. Soon, when I had heard of it, the stereotype that it was only about vampires, werewolves, love triangles and/or sexy themes flooded mine and many others impression of YA. Still to this day, these are the stereotypes people believe about YA.
I asked a group of high school seniors who came into the bookstore I worked in and asked if they read Young Adult literature. Their response was the stereotype. They didn’t know the MANY sub-genres within YA, and how one of them even, is Contemporary, which offers many beautiful and amazing coming of age stories, in various forms of storytelling. They were the cool kids reading Hemingway. (So of course, I steered them towards John Green)
I had read a couple YA books and didn’t even know they were YA. I liked them, though I didn’t have YA reading friends at the time to share my delight with. One book, my best friend and I did read together after I read it, and couldn’t stop talking about it with her.
It was “I Was Jane Austen’s Best Friend” by Cora Harrison. I LOVE THIS BOOK. I am a Jane Austen fan, again, so this was just sweet, endearing, perfection.
Soon, my niece, who I adore, introduced me to Divergent by Veronica Roth. As I have written in previous blogs before, this pulled me out of my reading slump, opening the door into all things Young Adult Literature.
I researched and found communities such as Epic Reads, & YA Book-tubers. Suddenly, life had sunshine again. Something I didn’t know was missing, revived something inside me and life made sense again. Earlier this year, my Avid-Reader seal was stamped on my forehead and I wasn’t looking back. Thus began the book purchasing need and obsession.
This makes me excited now for 2014. I am giving myself the challenge to read 100 (one hundred) books during the year of 2014! I believe it can be done!
So there’s 54 weeks in a year. That would mean that reading one book a week would only leave me at 54 books at the end of this new year and not 100. Understanding this, I must aim to tackle at least 2 books a week (7 days). Now, I have done this before. I know it is entirely feasible. I read Divergent and Insurgent in 3 days.
It will definitely be a challenge because I foresee 2014 to be a huge shift for my life and my families lives. I know that life will pick up and become busy next year. I also intend to, and know that much of my free time will be spent on finishing my first book. There are SO many books coming out 2014 that I am itching to read, and there are also TONS of books I am catching up on since my YA love for reading was just birthed into fruition this year.
What are your 2014 TBR Reading Goals?
Here is my current TBR pile: (photoshoot)
Arent they purrtty? This list is just “coming out of 2013-going into 2014 TBR pile”. This will clearly change very soon. Already, I have a new book on it’s way. I organized my bookshelf (finally) and put away all the books I’ve read thus far. The last six months, they’ve been either at my bedside or in different piles on my desk, with a few exceptions actually in the bookshelf. What a concept, right?
Now they’re all put nicely away (separation anxiety). From this pile, I created an immediate TBR pile by my bedside. Baby steps people, baby steps.
For those interested, here is the complete list of my current TBR pile:
1. (currently reading) Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
2. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (she’s adorably awesome!)
3. Legend by Marie Lu
4. Deception by C.J. Redwine (love her!)
5. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
6. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
7. (an ARC I won!) Elusion by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam
8. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
9. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
10. Reboot by Amy Tintera
11. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (book 1) by Cassandra Clare
12. The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes (book 2) by Cassandra Clare
13. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
14. The Host by Stephanie Myers
15. Landry Park by Bethany Hagen
16. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
17. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson (don’t kill me EpicReads for not reading this still lol)
18. More Than This by Patrick Ness (got this ARC at bookstore I used to work at)
19. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
20. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
21. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Omygoodness! I just realized, I forgot a few more. There are also these…
22. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
23. Brave by Louisa Luna
24. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (technically a MG-Middle Grade read)
25. Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors (Um, it had “coffeehouse” on it…curiosity sprung)
26. The People of Sparks (book 2) by Jeanne DuPrau (didn’t know this was a series)
27. The Edge of the Sword by Rebecca Tingle (a free book for my purchases-it looked YA & so I was curious)
28. Leaving Paradise (book 1) by Simone Elkeles (I was suggested this from exchange bookstore employee)
29. Return to Paradise (book 2) by Simone Elkeles
And that wraps it up all! Hope everyone has an amazing, safe, epic, life altering New Years!!! *champagne glasses clink*