Tackling My Shelves Update:
So this year, I originally planned on reading more of the books I owned. I’ve read some of them, attempted others, donated a few. Honestly, I changed my whole mindset about reading.
I’ve had this thing where I’ll put a book on my TBR because it is something that I’m “supposed” to read because it won some award or because it’s a classic or whatever. But I’ve decided to move on and not force myself to read a book I really don’t care to read.
Anyway, I’ve read 25 out of 52 books for this year, so I’m a little behind, but I don’t feel too bad about it.
Read (Titles link to reviews):
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (tackling my shelves)
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (tackling my shelves)
- The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
- Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
- Welcome to Nightvale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
- A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
- The Shining by Stephen King
- Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray
- The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
- Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas
- A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas (no review)
- Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
- I Am Mordred by Nancy Springer (no review)
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (no review)
- Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (review coming soon)
- Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris (no review)
- Carrie by Stephen King (Review coming soon)
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding (no review)
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (no review)
- Hunted by Meagan Spooner (no review)
- Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck: God, this was boring…I ended up donating it.
- Room by Emma Donoghue: I should’ve known this wasn’t for me. I’m not crazy about child narrators. I couldn’t get past the first fifteen pages, so I ended up getting rid of it.
- The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy: Someone actually spoiled this book for me, and now that I know the ending of the series, I can’t bring myself to keep reading it. I ended up donating it.
- Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard: I actually apparently already read this last year but forgot. Anyway, I reread the first few chapters, remembered I hated it, and donated the series.
Planned to read, but donated instead:
- Vanity Fair by William M. Thackery: I mostly donated this because it’s so thick and because the eBook would take up less space, obviously. I’m also downsizing because I’m moving, and I don’t think I’m going to get to this anytime soon.
- Light in August by William Faulkner: This would have been a reread for me because I actually read it in college and hated it. But I’m thinking that if I hated it then, I’ll probably still hate it because I haven’t changed that much. Anyway, I donated it.
- The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck: Yeah, I get that a lot of people like this book. I also only bought it because I felt like I “had” to read it. But it doesn’t sound like something that would interest me, and I had other books I would have rather read/kept.
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen: I’ve had this book for awhile, and I haven’t read it yet. I think that’s a sign I’m not going to read it.
- The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson: I only bought this book because it seemed like one I should read. I was also trying to read less YA and more “serious” novels. Yeah, I should read more serious novels, but I’m probably not going to read this one.
- Speaker for the Dead and Enders Shadow by Orson Scott Card: Honestly, I’d have to reread Ender’s Game to read these and I’m just not going to do that.
Planning to read this year: These are the books I already own that I want to try to get to this year. Honestly, as long as I get to a few of these, I’ll feel accomplished. 🙂
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
- War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Review
- Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
- Misery by Stephen King
- City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
- A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir