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.
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: 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.
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!