I'm a pretty big reader, but I'm also pretty terrible at keeping track of what I read. When I read Go Set a Watchman last year I had so many thoughts about the book (and nobody I knew had read it yet!) that I ended up blogging about it. And I really enjoyed it! I really wanted to start blogging about the books I was reading more consistently, but life got crazy and I wasn't blogging regularly (I wasn't really reading regularly either, apart from text books and study materials...). Now that things have settled down a bit, I've been thinking about doing a monthly book feature. I have a few books picked out, but I've also left a lot open, since I know there will be plenty of new ones coming out in 2016. Let me know if you have any suggestions, and if you'd like to read along with me!
February: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs /// I've read the first two in the series, and really enjoyed them. I thought the first, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was much stronger than it's sequel, Hollow City, but Hollow City definitely had a "building up" feel, which is why I'm excited for this book. These have been pretty quick reads for me, but I like the dark tone they have.
March: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. Yeah, I know I'm about 15 years late to the party on this one, but it's been on my list for ages. I recently picked up a copy at a local thrift shop and I'm honestly not even sure I'll be able to wait until March to dig in.
April: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. It seems like this book has been everywhere I turn lately, so I'm taking that as a sign from the universe that it should be on my bookshelf. Or maybe it's just really good marketing. Either way, it's working.
May: East of the Mountains by David Guterson. Guterson's The Other is one of my favorite books of all time. I don't know if East of the Mountains will be able top it, but I'm willing to give it a shot.
June: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Again, late to the party, I know. I don't really even know what to expect from this, because everyone I know who has read it has either loved it or hated it. It's been sitting on my bookshelf for months, because that sucker is intimidating!
It's also possible that a book will come up that pushes the others back a month or so, but overall I'm going to try to stick to the schedule as best I can. There are a few classics that I want to read (or re-read) too, but I'm not sure that they'd be good post-material. (I mean, nobody needs my thoughts on Travels with Charley, A Moveable Feast, or As I Lay Dying.) Feel free to read along!