The funny thing about book blogs blowing up with end-of-year posts on what they loved, reading stats, and memes is it seems like something is over. But it’s not. Here we are. Still reading. Did you stop just because you finished your 2018 reading goals? I didn’t. LOL at us.
In 2018, I devised a reading challenge that I loved and will do again in 2019. Basically, my problem is that I buy new books and get excited to read them, but feel guilty that I have old books. So I read other books. And the pile gets all wonky. I also have a more recent goal at Grab the Lapels: read any kind of book in which fat women are treated with dignity and don’t have to date or diet their way to happiness. The solution? Four categories:
#1 Read the oldest book I own.
#2 Read the newest book I own.
#3 Read a book about a fat woman.
#4 Read any damn book I want.
In 2018, I 100% finished my challenge! #Celebrate! So I’m doing it again in 2019, except my “Read any damn book I want” category is going to be filled up by a series of books by Mercedes Lackey. Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku and I are doing a buddy read — and you’re welcome to join!
January Reads: the list
#1 Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey. What a coincidence! The oldest book I own is also part of my Mercedes Lackey buddy read! But seriously, my mom bought me this book for Christmas circa 2001.
Brief Description: Chosen by the Companion Rolan, a mystical horse-like being with powers beyond imagining, Talia, once a runaway, has now become a trainee Herald, destined to become one of the Queen’s own elite guard. . . .But as Talia struggles to master her unique abilities, time is running out. For conspiracy is brewing in Valdemar, a deadly treason that could destroy Queen and kingdom.
#2 A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Men and Women Fighting Extremism in Africa by Alexis Okeowo was purchased December 28, 2018 with a Christmas gift card.
Brief Description: . . .Okeowo weaves together four narratives that form a powerful tapestry of modern Africa: a young couple, kidnap victims of Joseph Kony’s LRA; a Mauritanian waging a lonely campaign against modern-day slavery; a women’s basketball team flourishing amid war-torn Somalia; and a vigilante who takes up arms against the extremist group Boko Haram.
#3 Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky starring fat lead Natalie Page. We even have the same last name!
Brief Description: The summer before her junior year, paleontology geek Natalie Page lands a coveted internship at an Ice Age dig site near Austin. Natalie, who’s also a plus-size fashion blogger, depends on the retro style she developed to shield herself from her former bullies, but vintage dresses and perfect lipstick aren’t compatible with prospecting for fossils in the Texas heat. . . And then there’s Chase the intern, who’s seriously cute, and Cody, a local boy who’d be even cuter if he were less of a grouch.
#4 Arrow’s Flight by Mercedes Lackey, reading as part of my #ReadingValdemar challenge with Jackie. Since there are 15 books in the series, we’re frontloading 2019 and doing two per month for three months.
Brief Description: Set in the medieval fantasy kingdom of Valdemar, this unique and exciting novel continues the story of Talia. Having mastered the powers necessary to a guardian of the kingdom, she faces the final preparation for her initiation as adviser and protector of the Queen.