While in the throes of newborn parenting, I lost the ability to read freely in the evenings. Jake used to spend the entire night in bed with us, and while I cherish those (now past) moments with him, it left me with very little me time. While I nursed him and waited for him to sleep, I'd watch TV or try to read an ebook on my phone, but I couldn't exactly operate a heavy novel one-handed over the baby I was trying to will to dreamland. When he finally began spending the first half of the night in his own crib (around 10-1/2 months), I was able to approach my TBR list again, and I've really enjoyed catching up!
Reading and writing were sort of the first in a long line of hobby collections through my life, so I want to go back to my roots a bit and share a brand new series with you! It will post on Fridays, 1-2 times a month, and share book reviews, TBR updates, thoughts on reading/books/libraries/etc, reading with kids, and much more!
I hope you will follow along, share your book suggestions with me, and join me on the occasions I offer something interactive!
Cool Note: I used to volunteer in my high school library during my study halls. I'd check out books for students, reshelf returned books, and help my fellow classmates find what they were looking for. I now do the same thing in Luke's school, and I'm there now as this post is publishing! It felt like fitting timing ;)
To kick off the series, I want to share my "near future TBR list' with you. I call it that because my goal is to finish these by the end of 2014 in an attempt to catch up on (and perhaps exceed) my GoodReads reading challenge for this year. I'd love to see what you plan to read to close out the year, too!
1. Conversion by Katherine Howe (Currently Reading)
This book is moving very slowly for me, and I'm a little disappointed so far. I expected this to be much more interesting, though I do appreciate the author's voice. It's a book that draws comparisons between the Salem witch trials and a real-life mystery illness among high school girls in upstate NY (not far from where I live!), though the setting in the book is in Massachusetts. I love the idea behind this book - we'll see if it delivers!
2. The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
I'm really excited to get to this one - it's about a group of people that traveled back in time to our current time from the future to avoid an illness and live a better life. I think it sounds really fun to read about people from the future experiencing our current lifetime as if it's the past.
3. Like Bees to Honey by Caroline Smailes
Being endlessly interested in the supernatural, I'm looking forward to this one! It's about a girl who is disowned by her family for getting pregnant when she was young, and later returns to her hometown well in the future. When she arrives, she realizes that she has developed the ability to talk to dead people and she tries to help them out.
4. A Million Little Ways by Emily P Freeman
I actually checked this out from the library and didn't get to it before it was due - so bummed! I've been on the waiting list to get it back for a while now. It's written by the sister of the author of The Nesting Place (both the book and the blog), which I love, and I love the tagline on the front - "uncover the art you were made to live". Don't mind if I do!
5. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
I mean....even when I'm not as impressed as I wanted to be with her books, I'm totally entertained. I'm fully expecting to love this one, too. From what I gather, it's about a guy who has the ability to call himself in the past and offer himself relationship advice, or something like that. I guess I also have a thing for time travel. Why aren't there Doctor Who books. Or ARE there?!
6. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Love this lady! I can't wait to see what she's written. I LOVE a good memoir, especially a fun one peppered with humor, which I expect hers to be.
7. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
I really love Meg Wolitzer's writing style, though it can be a bit tough to get through at first. This feels big and heavy compared to a lot of the other books on my list, but in a really big pay-off sort of way. This book follows a group of friends from their teens through middle age and explores their struggles both with life and relationships. It promises to be very thought-provoking - I'm looking forward to it!
8. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
I know this one is a movie now, but it made my list solely because it was a very high-rated YA novel, and I love YA almost as much as I love chocolate. That's A LOT. I understand this book to be about a social butterfly of a teenage boy that meets a "not like the others" girl and it rocks his world. I'll bite ;)
9. My True Love Gave To Me (Anthology)
I am going to have to arrange some seriously good timing in order to request this from the library and actually get it when I want to read it. I recognize a lot of the authors that contributed to this anthology, many of them prominent YA writers, and I would love to read some of their work in holiday form! I'm waiting for December for this one - wish me luck!
10. Captivated by You by Sylvia Day
Do I need to explain this one? I meannnnn. I might have liked Crossfire more than 50 Shades. Maybe? Maybe. I don't know. I just know that it's crazy good, and when this comes out in 2 weeks I will probably not wash a dish or fold a shirt for a solid 2-3 days. Ohh, Gideon, your name is terrible but I miss you!
11. Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky
This has been on my list for a really long time, and I was really excited about it but other books kept pushing it back. Someone mentioned it again recently and I was like, I really need to get to this one! So it's back on the list. It's written by a man that worked in a well-to-do hotel chain and shares all of his juicy stories from his time there. Oooh, scandalous!
12. Clash of the Couples (Anthology)
This is a collection of stories about fights and differences couples have, and it looks to be a really interesting (and possibly funny?) read. I'm really excited to get to this one! I love my hubs, but I can already tell I'll relate ;)
I only need to get through 7 of these to complete my challenge (I'm on 23/30 books I set out to read this year), but I'd love to get through all 12. Wish me luck! And see you in 2 weeks for more on books ;)
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