#KillYourTBR2016: February’s Reading Challenge

#KillYourTBR2016: February’s Reading Challenge


First of all, Bookish readers are awesome. We can’t believe how stoked you guys are about our 2016 reading challenge, and we’re excited to take this year-long journey with you.

Elizabeth and I had a really awesome time reading whatever we wanted in January. But we want to know how you guys did, too! Tell us in the comments or by using #killyourtbr2016 on social media.

Here’s a quick review of our January reads:

Kelly’s January Challenge
Reading “whatever I wanted” boiled down to picking up some books I’ve wanted to read for a long time but kept putting off (Thirteen Reasons Why, Five Days at Memorial, and All the Birds, Singing), rereading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (the gorgeous illustrated edition!), and a quick romance to get me out of a temporary reading slump (Falling Into Bed with a Duke).

Elizabeth’s January Challenge
January is when my winter break ended, so I was in a hurry to get in lots of fun, non-assigned reading before school started back up again. I finally read the first of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, My Brilliant Friend, which totally lived up to the hype. I also tackled Bad Behavior, which I’ve been meaning to read for forever.

Want to know our thoughts on these reads? Check out our Friday Reads tag to keep up.

Now, let’s get down to business with February’s challenge. This month is all about reading books that you’re embarrassed you haven’t read yet. We aren’t here to shame anyone, so think of these as books you really do want to read but just haven’t made the time for. These can be classic books like Pride & Prejudice, books it seems everyone has read like Gone Girl, or just a book you have had on your shelf for far too long. If you need a little inspiration, you can check out some of the books we’re embarrassed to still have on our TBR shelves and why.

Kelly’s February Goals
Book: Dolores Claiborne
Why it’s embarrassing: Because it will be my first Stephen King book… yes you read that right, the first.

Book: The Bell Jar
Why it’s embarrassing: It’s a modern classic! But it was never assigned in school so I never read it.

Book: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Why it’s embarrassing: I’ve wanted to read it for three years (Me too, me too! –Elizabeth).

Book: Cuckoo’s Calling
Why it’s embarrassing: I don’t want to be a J.K. Rowling fan who has only read the Harry Potter series.

Book: The Book Thief
Why it’s embarrassing: Even adults who don’t read YA love this book. As a lover of YA lit, I can’t believe I haven’t picked it up.

Elizabeth’s February Goals
Book: Unbroken
Why it’s embarrassing: This book has been featured in not one, but two of our year-end reading regrets pieces. I suck. Sorry guys.

Book: American Pastoral
Why it’s embarrassing: I love Philip Roth but I haven’t read American Pastoral. Please don’t tell anyone.

Book: Angela’s Ashes
Why it’s embarrassing: This memoir is a huge deal, and I claim to love memoirs, but I’ve never picked it up.

Make sure you use the hashtag (#killyourtbr2016) to tell us what books you hope to read during February. We’ll see you next month with a new challenge. Good luck!

Kelly Gallucci
Far too busy rereading the Harry Potter series, Kelly finds that her greatest literary sin is that she neglected to read classics like The Shining and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In between overseeing the editorial content for Bookish, holding interviews with authors like Leigh Bardugo and Victoria Schwab, and creating book recommendations for Kanye West—Kelly’s trying to catch up on the books she missed out on. She just finished The Great Gatsby and might be in love with Fitzg. Kelly received her B.A. in English Writing from Marist College and her M.A. in Screenwriting from National University of Ireland, Galway. She is a Gryffindor.


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