I read 21 books last year. Although that’s not too shabby, my goal was 24. If I’m being honest, I assumed I would sail past that number easily. But alas, life always seems to get in the way. This year, I’m shooting officially for 24 again, but I’m going to be taking a slightly different approach this time around: I’ll be planning my “to-be-reads” ahead of time, and I’m going to actually make time to read them. Last year showed me that unless I plan appropriately, it’s sickeningly easy to fall prey to the couch and TV’s combination siren song after I get home from work.
This year, my hope is to be more intentional. As such, I’ve decided that I’m going to be limiting my screen time after 8:00 PM. If I’m not working on something creative (my manuscript, my podcast, or photography), then no phone or laptop for me! Although I’m only six days in, I’m pleased to report that this approach is going quite well; I am nearly done with my first book of the year, Pachinko, which I’ll write about in more detail later this week. Here are my three official #TBRs of January!
1. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
2. This Clumsy Living by Bob Hicok
3. The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
Pachinko has been on my TBR list for months, so I’m so thrilled that I’ve finally been able to make time to dive into it. This Clumsy Living and The Heart’s Invisible Furies are both recommendations from old friends, which makes me so happy.
What are y’all reading this month? I’m looking for recommendations for February.