I want to motivate myself to read books evenly across my shelves. So I decided that the best course of action would be to sort my books out into categories and choose a small and achievable list for each. This will by no means be a monthly list, as I know that I occasionally encounter reading slumps. However, I want to try and discipline myself to read the books on a given list before moving onto a new list of books. Here are the categories that I set for myself:
- Classics Club: I have challenged myself to fifty books in five years, ending on July 30, 2024.
- ARCs: My NetGalley percentage is ABYSSMAL, so I want to try and read a mix of recently received releases as well as some of the old ARCs in my backlog to try and recover my sorry percentage. I have also recently started at Book Sirens, so we will see how that goes!
- My Shelf: I might have an issue with massive book hauls, especially when I seem to be going through depressive episodes. I have now amassed over 200 books on my physical shelves, and heavens know how many ebooks. I want to steadily get through my personal backlog of books I have actually paid for little by little.
Classics Club Challenge
I fell way behind on my classics club challenge last year! I’m already off to a terrible start for my first of five years to read fifty classics. I had a lot of huge life changes and a massive reading slump starting Fall last year that lasted up until this summer. I plan to spend a good portion of this year trying to catch up on as many titles as I can to put myself in a good position to tackle the longer books on my list later on. From here on I want to try and complete at least one book each month, more if possible! For this month, I am going to try and make-up a little for lost time by reading Dracula by Bram Stoker and The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Altogether these works would come in just under 200 pages, so I feel that it is a very attainable goal.
I have three brand new ARCs that will be have either just been published or will be published in the Fall. I plan to tackle Sex Industry Slavery by Robert Chrismas first, since the ARC copy that I received has a time limit. I’ve been blazing through They Didn’t See Us Coming by Lisa Levenstein and so I think this one will be another fast read, this is second on my priority list for this month. Lastly, Smash It! by Francina Simone is on my anticipated list, I am a huge fan of Simone’s booktube channel and I want to support her work! I have just started it and have had mixed feelings so far, but I’m hoping for the story to pick up a bit more as it goes along.
I don’t want to neglect my backlog, but it can be difficult with the constant stream of brand new books being published month after month. I still want to focus on my newest ARC acquisitions, since those reviews are more timely. However, I still want to make sure that I am reading at least one backlogged book along with my new ARCs.
I have been digging non-fiction books lately, and now that I am coming to the end of my degree program in just two weeks, I can feel the burnout coming. I have a bad habit of feeling so guilty about schoolwork that I am unable to enjoy any of my usual hobbies. After I graduated with my bachelor’s degree, it took me a solid two weeks to de-program myself from this guilt. Do Nothing by Celeste Headlee is a self-help book all about how we defeat ourselves by focusing so hard on being productive. It seems like the perfect read to help me in this de-programming process and help relax my anxiety.
I have been in a big mood for gothic novels, and I decided to start another essential book by one of my favorite authors – We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I have been loving it so far and I anticipate this one to be a quick read.
As a stretch goal, I plan to at least start one other book from my physical shelf if possible. It seems that Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia has been on everyone’s reading list at the moment, I have seen this book literally EVERYWHERE. I was fortunate enough to receive this beautiful book from my husband for my birthday. I plan to start this one once I finish the other books that are on my goal list for the month.
- What are you reading this month?
- Are you participating in any readalongs or challenges?
- Which new releases do you plan to pick up this month?