This year, I have decided not to accept Goodreads’s Challenge. Working towards a number seems to dilute my reading experience. So, I have chosen to go with the flow. I was so tempted to try Book Riot’s ‘Read Harder Challenge’, but now that I have decided to join Andi’s Read My Own Damn Books, I cannot afford more books for a while. That’s not a complaint really. 🙂 I am still pleased with my stash.
January was great in two ways — I participated in a readathon for the first time, and I set up a blog for my Zen-doodles. Yay!
#24in48readathon was fun. I managed to read for about 15 hours, and interacted with enthusiastic and intelligent readers across the globe. I am not sure if I would participate in another readathon; Dewey’s Readathon sounds great too. I still have more time to decide.
I began Zen-doodling just a few weeks ago, and realised I should save all my ridiculously defiant ‘artworks’. 😉 Hence, I set up this blog called Short Pencils. I doodle about everything under the sun. But, mostly, my favourite books’s covers, and memorable scenes and quotes. Also, these days, every book-blog of mine is accompanied by a doodle. Zen-doodling is cathartic.
And, I read these in January.
❤ = Favourites, and I intend to reread. 🙂
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison ❤
- The Blue Between Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa ❤
- Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert ❤
- The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
- We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ❤
- Binti by Nnedi Okarafor ❤
- Lumberjanes #1 by Noelle Stevenson
- Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda
- Three Blind Mice by Agatha Christie
- Chess by Stefan Zweig ❤
- Matilda by Roald Dahl
- Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia by Jean Sasson
- When She Went Away by Andaleeb Wajid
- Tweenache in the Time of Hashtags by Judy Balan
- Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
- The Children Act by Ian McEwan ❤
I am currently reading The First Bad Man by Miranda July, and I think I would read more books from my Cornered Shelf in February.
How was your January? Please tell me about it. 🙂