We’re trying something new in 2018, y’all, and I hope it works, but I am a little nervous about it. In an attempt to tackle my owned TBR and the books that I’m more reluctant to pick up, I made a TBR jar of my owned non-fiction books and one of my literary fiction/books that I’m less likely to pick up because… Well, I don’t really have a reason. Anyway, so that’s two of the jars and then the third one is for the re-reads I’ve decided I have to make something super important in 2018. So, long story short, I have three books on this list based on my new TBR jars. Plus, my January book of the month and the Storytime with Squibbles pick of the month! So, let’s dive in!
1. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
This is my re-read for the month so that I can eventually read La Belle Savage, which is the new installment, prequel thing to the series. Plus, I loved this story as a child so I’m very excited to dive back into the world. Once I finish it, I’m hoping I’ll be motivated to go ahead and pick up the second and third books in the series as they are all on my re-read list of 2018.
2. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
This has been on a TBR before, but it’s now one of my Read Harder Challenge prompts and I found it on audiobook through Hoopla so I’m finally going to read this book in 2018. It’s finally happening. Woo!
This is a series of essay from the incredible and incomparable Roxane Gay, who wrote Hunger, one of my favorites of the year and I think definitely my favorite nonfiction of the year. You’ll see my final decision in a few days on that one. I am really excited to get to this book!
3. All the Light We Cannot Seeby Anthony Doerr
I picked this up right before Christmas and when I posted about it in my Instagram stories I got several messages from people I know IRL who were so excited because they love this book. So I’m excited and also had to pull it from the jar because it’s adult and sometimes I’m just really slow to pick those up. But I do love historical fiction and I haven’t been reading as much (non-romance) historical fiction recently so I’m excited to finally get to this.
This book is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance.
Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.
4. The Round House by Louise Erdrich
This is the Storytime with Squibbles book club pick of the month and I’m so excited! This book is another one that tackles issues related to sexual assault, which I’ve been reading when I’m in the mood to set the world on fire (which has been quite often lately, actually). I’m also extremely excited to read about this from a Native American woman’s perspective. I realized I epically failed at reading Native voices in 2017 so I’m very excited to begin 2018 on the right note.
“Erdrich’s The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction – at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture.” How could I not be excited to read this?
5. Love, Hate, and Other Filtersby Samira Ahmed
This is the book I’ve selected to be my January release of the month. I think this book is going to be incredibly powerful and important. I’ve already hear comparisons to The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. So this book is definitely a must read and I’m quite excited to start out 2018 with this book!
What books are on your January TBR? Let me know in the comments below!