Monday, 22 January 2018

New Year, New Books | Tag

Lucy of Lucy the Reader did a video with Penguin Platform and then I saw Simon's video and I actually liked the idea of the tag and I decided to do it so here we go: 

First read of 2018.
The Changeling by Victor LaValle. This is a story about a father who must overcome his fears and look for his wife once she disappears after seemingly committing a horrible act. I did write a full review of it if you're interested but it was a phenomenal read and one I highly recommend.

Which book you read in 2017 do you want to share with everyone this year?
My plan is to make everybody and their mother read Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. That book left me breathless and I still think about it. I'm also planning on rereading it.

What is your reading goal for the year?
No reading goal for this year. I actually set my Goodreads challenge to 1 book. I'll read whenever I can, whatever I want. I feel like since starting this blog and joining bookish social media I felt like I had to read, even when I didn't feel like it for the sake of having read something and sharing it because otherwise, what content would I put out there?
I've decided to make this year (and the next ones to come) about making reading the hobby it used to be. Don't get me wrong. I love reading but I don't want social media dictate my "reading success" if you know what I mean. I just feel very angry when I see people getting anxious because they haven't met their challenge for the year, like it is some sort of failure. This whole thing is making reading feel like a PE class.

Which new author, book or genre would you like to try this year?
I have no clue about how to answer this question. But for the sake of giving an answer I want to read some Russian classics. There are three Russian titles on my shelves that I want to get to eventually but there is no pressure to do so. I'll happen eventually. Maybe not in 2018 but there is still time. The titles are:
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov,
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol, and
Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman

Which reading habits would you like to change?
This answer is somewhat related with my whole annoyance with Goodreads but one thing I noticed last year that I kept doing and doing was thinking about a book in rating terms. So, instead of just reading, every time something happened in the story, whether I liked it or not, my brain will go "oh, this just lowers the rating!" or "could this be a 5 star read?" I joined Goodreads in 2014 I believe and it is only last year when I noticed I was doing that. I felt almost disgusted with myself.

Most anticipated release this year?
There are a few. One that is coming this week is The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar but if I have to name one I just cannot wait to have in my hands that will be, without a doubt, Circe by Madeline Miller.


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