2019 – Chapter One

 

Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and are looking forward to what 2019 might bring. For me, I know that I’m going to be doing some pretty kick-ass traveling, spending time working on making this blog what I originally envisioned it to be, heading back to school for the millionth time, seeing my not-so-guilty pleasure favorite boy band in concert, and welcoming my third niece or nephew to the world. There is so much that I can’t predict for the year, though. We love to set goals for ourselves at the beginning of the year, using January 1st as a benchmark for turning over new leaves or creating new habits, but life is unpredictable and sometimes the goals we set in January never get met. I try to keep mine as realistic as possible, but even then I can’t fulfill everything I want to do.

With that in mind, I am definitely setting some challenges for myself this year. I want to read at least one author per letter of the alphabet, read at least one nonfiction book per month, finish at least three of the series I’ve already started, and utilize my city library more. The most difficult of these will be the first two. My Goodreads Want To Read doesn’t currently have any authors for I, Q, U, or X, and I am far more drawn to fiction than non-fiction these days.

All of that said, I have cobbled together a pile of books I want to read throughout January, and have already finished two of them (albeit, they were short).

Finished

  • The Illustrated Herbiary by Maia Toll
    • I have a review of this posted on Goodreads if anyone is interested in checking it out. This is a guidebook for a set of oracle cards that comes with it. I love the illustrations and interpretations of the different plants used for the cards.
  • Tank Girl: Visions of Booga by Alan Martin and Rufus Dayglow
    • This was my second reading of this really short mini-series published early on in the mid-2000’s Tank Girl reboot. I enjoyed it when it first came out and still enjoyed it now, but I’d consider this mini-series to be quite tame when compared to other TG story lines.

Currently Reading

  • Ex-Purgatory by Peter Clines
    • This is book four of the Ex-Heroes series. Currently, Clines has five books out for the series, and he’s teased the possibility of releasing at least one more. I absolutely adore this series. It mashes together superheroes and zombies in a post-apocalypse Los Angeles setting. This is one of the series that I’m hoping to finish this year, even though I am not sure that I’m actually ready to be done with the books.
  • Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
    • Just as I start talking about finishing series that I’ve already started, I begin a brand new series. This is book one of the New Crobuzon series, which is a new weird/weird fantasy series set in a steampunk Victorian London-esque city that is home to humans and humanoids that get tangled up in a bunch of seedy plots.
  • Bitch Planet: Triple Feature by various writers and artists
    • Triple Feature is a compilation of comics that take place in the Bitch Planet reality but aren’t by the original creators.

Want To Read

  • Runaways: Find Your Way Home by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka
  • Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
  • Sourdough by Robin Sloan
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  • You Play the Girl by Carina Chocano

It’s a long list, but what’s the point of coming up with New Year’s goals if you aren’t a little ambitious about them, right?

Like the rest of the bookish internet community, I have a post planned with a breakdown of my reading from 2018 coming up, so stay tuned!

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