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Jan-uary Book Tag

Happy New Years! I know I haven't been too active here, but December and January got crazy. However, as a way to catch you up on my reading from last year I thought it'd be fun to do a tag! This tag looks back at 2021 and forward toward 2022. Feel free to share your answers in the comments!

This tag was created by Youtuber Jan from the channel Jan Agaton. Here is a link to her channel and original tag.

1. What was the last (& first, if you remember) book you read last year?

The first book I read last year was The Chicken Who Loved Books by Angela Elwell Hunt. This was an e-arc I had on Netgalley. It was a picture book that was fine and forgettable. The last book I read last year was The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore. This was fantastic. It is a YA hard hitting contemporary story about the aftermath of sexual assault. It has some magical realism and was a very impactful story. A strong finish to the year.

2. What is your first read this year?

I decided to reread one of my all time favorite books to start this year off strong. I reread Snapdragon by Kat Leyh. This is a middle grade graphic novel that I love so much! The premise is a little strange, but it is truly a one of a kind story. It has a witch, magical realism, diverse representation and a really fun main character.

3. Share 3 of your reading goals this year.

I have lots of goals for this year, but I feel like I am horrible at sticking with them. In my ideal world these are the three goals I would like to pursue.

  1. Create a newsletter once a month. Although I have yet to find a schedule I can stick with for the blog due to my inconsistent workload, I do think publishing a newsletter each month is attainable.

  2. Focus on what I want to read. It is so easy for me to get wrapped up in the hype of a new book when everyone on social media is talking about it, but sometimes this pressure to read what everyone is reading can make reading less fun.

  3. Read backlist titles. Following on the point 2, I have a cart of books with older titles like John Green books, Marissa Meyer and other books previously very popular that I still want to read, but due to new book hype, I haven't read many of these previously popular books.

4. Share 3 of your most anticipated titles.

Of course I am anticipating the new Ruth Ware and Riley Sager because they are my favorite authors. So instead, I will be highlighting some lesser known titles I am excited for this year.

  1. Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz: This is actually the winter Reese's YA bookclub pick but I have been so excited about this one. This is a YA mystery and romance book that takes place in Edinburgh during the 1800s about Hazel who desperately wants to be a surgeon, but due to gender stereotypes is unable to do so. This book reminds me of one of my favorite books, Stalking Jack the Ripper. I love all the tropes and elements in this book so I think I will really like this book. (Jan 18)

  2. Ride with Me by Lucy Keating: This is a YA contemporary that just sounds really fun. This is the synopsis released so far: "In this charming, contemporary YA novel, neighborhood rideshare driver Charlie Morgan embarks on a collision course with love when she crashes into the school’s cute but annoying party boy and wrecks his car and her no-strings-attached attitude toward life." (June 28th)

  3. The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill: This is an adult mystery/thriller that sounds awesome. This synopsis: "The ornate reading room at the Boston Public Library is quiet, until the tranquility is shattered by a woman's terrified scream. Security guards take charge immediately, instructing everyone inside to stay put until the threat is identified and contained. While they wait for the all-clear, four strangers sitting at the same table pass the time in conversation and friendships are struck. Each has his or her own reasons for being in the reading room that morning—it just happens that one is a murderer." Doesn't that sound amazing!!! (May 10th)

5. Which goals did you reach/not reach last year?

Ummm... Let's just say I am starting fresh this year and last year was not my reading year.

6. Are there 2022 releases you’ve heard of that you have no desire to read?

Yes, and here is a short list:

7. What are some reading habits you want to change this year, if any?

I would like to try prioritizing reading more. I spent way too much time on social media doing mindless scrolling and I missed out on a lot of reading opportunities. Thus, I would like to be intentional about how I spend my time. I also want to try to prioritize library books that have long waitlists so I can both read them in time and also possible (hopefully) help speed up the line. However, this is not something I am truly prioritizing, but instead something I want to be aware of this year.

8. Are there any adaptations you’re excited about?

The first two that come to mind are The Death on the Nile and No Exit movie adaptation. I have not read the Agatha Christie novel, however I could see myself wanting to read it after seeing the movie. I have read No Exit and absolutely loved it and I am interested to see how they adapted it to film.

9. Favorite bookish memory of last year?

My favorite bookish memory from last year was participating in Mommaleighellen's book club in the spring. We read Sparks like Stars and not only did I love the book, I got to meet the author on Zoom and get additional background and information about the book and writing process. It was all super fun and memorable. (I also highly recommend the book! It was fantastic and an all time favorite!)

10. Carryovers from last year that you still plan on finishing?

Technically yes, but it is more so a temporary DNF. I didn't finish reading Saving Noah by Lucinda Berry. This was just a case of I wasn't in the mood to read it when I picked it up in December but I would like to continue it at a later date.

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