Holy crap! I’m hosting #BookishBloggersUnite this week! How crazy is that since this is only my second time participating? This week we’re doing a little first quarter check-in. Everyone feel free to share your favorite books so far, how you’re doing on reading challenges, and any goals you have coming up (reading or blogging).
First Quarter Favorites
I’ve read twenty-five books total this year, so far. Of those, I’ve chosen nine favorites. There are some others I read that I think are great books and would recommend, but these are the ones that I really loved and would possibly read again.
At the beginning of the year I was finished up some reading for our Summer Reading committee. I had heard great things about Scythe by Neal Shusterman from students and thought it might make a great selection. I turned out to be right. I thought it was engaging and throughtful at the same time. I loved it and I hope a lot of students will choose it this summer.
Shortly after reading Scythe, I picked up the audio for Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero. I abosolutely loved it. It was bananas in the best way. It’s one of those books that could pull me straight out of a reading slump. I ended up buying the physical book a few weeks after finishing up the audio. I know I’ll want to read it again.
I read Sarah Andersen’s Herding Cats early because I knew I would devour it in thirty minutes and love every second of it. I’m pretty sure Sarah and I are the same person. Her comics always make me giggle.
I was so pumped about Jasmine Guillory’s The Wedding Date since I’ve been trying to diversify my romance reading a little more. Also, I love a good fake relationship story. It turned out to have the perfect romcom feel.
I missed the Crazy Rich Asians train when it first released, but since I found out it would be a movie, I’ve been interested in it. I ended up really loving it and I can’t wait to read the next one (if my library hold will ever get fulfilled).
I’ve only ever read Chimamanda Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists. I’ve been meaning to read some of her other writing, but I just never make it a priority. Dear Ijeawele is a pretty short one, so I thought I could probably easily get through it. Plus, I just needed a little feminism in my diet at the time. The craziest part is how simple and common sense Adichie’s thoughts on gender equality are. I find myself asking why we aren’t already doing some of these things.
The YALSA Hub Challenge finally pushed me to listen to The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. It happened to be available on Libby right after the Amazing Audiobooks lists was announced. Of course it’s awesome because Bahni Turpin narrates Natasha’s parts. I just love her. I would possibly listen to anything she narrated.
the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace was the right book at the right time. I picked it up at B&N right after the new year, but still hadn’t read it. There is something about reading feminist poetry that just makes me feel so empowered. I should do that more often. It just centers me. “Women are some kind of magic.”
Finally, I read one of the best YA books I’ve read in a really long time. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde was everything I hoped for and more and I cannot wait to gush about it to other Alabama librarians in a couple of weeks. I also can’t wait to get a copy in my library and recommend it to my students ALL THE TIME.
Challenges Are Challenging
I am not doing so hot on the reading challenges. I tried to pick things I needed to work on this year, but maybe I only need to do one challenge at a time each year. I’m definitely going to stop worrying about the Read Harder challenge. I already read a lot of diverse books and some of this year’s prompts really take me away from YA lit. I want to be reading more YA lit, not less. The audiobook challenge is just difficult because I go through spurts of audio listening and then I go through spells where I don’t want to listen to books, so we’ll just see how that one turns out. The library challenge is the one I think I really want to focus on. I’ve been buying way too many books and seriously underutilizing my library. I’ve already gotten better according to my stats, but I need to keep my eyes on the prize where that’s concerned.
I have one seasonal challenge, the Hub Challenge, which I’ve taken a break from to prepare for a presentation I’m doing at Alabama’s library association conference. Once that conference is done, I’ll start reading for that challenge again.
I can’t believe we’re already to the first quarter-year mark! I need to get on top of some of these things. I hope everyone else is doing okay and has read some amazing books!