It's a new month. And with February, I have the first of my Monthly Reading Challenges. This one is 14 RomComs in February.
A good challenge excites readers. We want to be smart about how we approach our ever-growing TBR lists. But then BookTok starts talking about this book. And then Bookstagram shows us this new series. And before you know it, your TBR for 2022 will take you into 3022.
In true train wreck fashion, I'm driving myself mad working on my TBR for 2022. You wouldn't think it was a big deal. Just pick up a book and read it. But it's not that simple.
We are at less than two months to 2022. If you're like me, you set a reading goal for the year. I read fifty last year. I set my goal this year for 100. I'm at 107 so far.
Well, we made it. It's Halloween. Which means today is the last day of my 31 in 31. Did I succeed? Absolutely not. Did I try? I did. I really did but life is hard and lessons were learned.
It's been a bit since I've done a book tag and since it's Halloween I figured it made sense to do a Halloween Book Tag. I found this on Chasing Destino's blog. Check it out here https://chasingdestino.com/2021/10/09/halloween-book-tag-i/
It happens to us all. Yes, even me. You're cruising along, reading book after book. Crushing those reading goals. And then something happens. Life gets in the way. You can't stand the book you're reading. Or the last book emotional devastated you and you're afraid to pick up a new book in the fear of the same thing happening. Or, you just don't feel like it.
You're in a reading slump.
I'm a little over zealous more often than not. And I tend to find myself making ridiculous plans that I have no way to execute. This is a prime example. I started by making this very lovely book bingo card. It has spaces for twenty five books. But that wasn't good enough for me. Oh no. With Halloween prep and Blogtober (at least one blog a day, sometimes two) why wouldn't I attempt thirty one in thirty one. That's right. Thirty one books in the month of October. Meaning a book a day. Work days, weekends, even my birthday and Halloween.
So, research started. I wanted horror, dark fantasy, true crime (that is true horror), and even sci fi. I had to have diverse characters. I needed audiobooks (Gosh, I love Audible https://amzn.to/3zr2psf) so I can go through the books at work. Evenings and weekends could be Kindle e-books https://amzn.to/3EyUTiZ and actual physical books. Yes, those still exist. And, yes, I still sniff them, because, reasons. You would be surprised at how much you can read in the car when someone else is driving.
Once I had a list rolling, I noticed something. There was a decided lack of women and authors of color. Now, don't get it twisted. I love Stephen King as much as every other horror junkie. But Tananarive Due can scare the hell out of me just as well if not better. And let's talk about the queen, Shirley Jackson and her enduring tale The Lottery.
Now, I had a challenge. Add more diversity to the old white guy pool. And I think I did pretty well.
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