Books on my 2022 TBR posts that I STILL haven’t read | Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently hosted on That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week’s topic is books from Past TBR Posts I STILL Haven’t Read.

I’m not someone who usually makes tbrs but in 2022 due to a reading slump I have been making them and they have helped me actually read some books. This year, I posted a themed tbr in January with books other people included on their lists of favorites of 2021, then I posted normal tbrs in February, May and June. These are the posts I took into account to make this list:

I did not included the July tbr for this post because the month is not over yet.

Without further ado, here are the books that I included on my 2022 tbrs but still haven’t read:

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke: I read about 13% of this earlier this year and I wasn’t loving it, I didn’t have a problem with the fact that it was confusing because it drops you in the middle of a world and story that doesn’t make that much sense, my problem was that I was a bit bored reading it. I felt like maybe I wasn’t in the mood for it so I put it down thinking I’d read it another time and I still haven’t done it.

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake: There are so many mixed opinions about this book and that has made me a little nervous and not as excited to read it. Nonetheless, I’m still interested and I’m just waiting for my turn to listen to the audiobook on my library.

The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher: I read 26% of this book a few months ago and I was loving it but it was creepy, and tense, it kept me at the edge of my seat and unfortunately it was making my anxiety worse so I had to stop reading, but I’m hopefully finishing it next month

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson: I started this book and read about 30% of it, but it was one of those cases where I thought “I’m liking this, but if I wait and read it when I’m in the mood for it, I think I’m going to LOVE it” so I decided to wait. I’m planning to pick it up soon.

Earthlings by Sayaka Murata: I have heard this is really weird and really good, and since I enjoyed another book by this author, I’m still looking forward to reading this when I’m more in the mood for it.

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo: this book is short, I have heard amazing things and I have the audiobook, I have no excuse I NEED to read this.

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang: I mentioned recently in a blog post that this is one of the books I need to read before the end of the year, it needs to happen. I really want to read this, I’m just scared because I know it’s gonna be sad.

Our Violent Delights by Chloe Gong: Another book that’s on my list of books I want to read before the end of the year. I haven’t read this because I have lost interest in reading YA, I read like 4 YA books in 2021 and I haven’t read any in 2022, but I really enjoyed book one and I want to know how the series end.

Ace by Angela Chen: I started to listen to this and I feel like I didn’t like the audiobook but I’m not sure I was simply not in the mood for this book and that’s why I felt that way. So I’ll try to read it again at some point, maybe the ebook to see if that works better.

What books have you included on your tbrs this year but still haven’t read?

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I tried to read 100 pages every day for a week

I feel like I mention this in all of my posts for one reason or another, but I was in a reading slump for most of 2021, and because of that I fell out of the habit of reading every day. I have been trying to get back to it but it’s been hard, so I decided to try to read 100 pages every day for a week to see if it helped. Spoiler alert: I actually failed the challenge, but it still had very positive results even if I didn’t manage to read 100 pages every day.

In this post, I tell you about my experience doing this reading challenge with updates of how much and what did I read every day of the week. I also decided to include a peek into what I did every day of the week besides reading. I’m someone who really enjoys reading updates about the life of people I follow, so I thought it would be fun to share a little a bit about my life.

Now that all that is out of the way, here’s how the reading challenge went:

February 7

Page count: 110 pages

The first day of this challenge, I read the last 40 pages of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw, which was on my tbr for Black History Month. I really liked all the stories except for one which is really difficult to accomplish for a short story collection. The way it addressed queerness, womanhood, complicated mother/daughter relationships, and the intersections of these things with religion and faith was really interesting.

I also read 70 pages of The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson, which I enjoyed but it wasn’t what I was in the mood for so I’ve put it down for now.

Now, here’s a little peek into the other things I did that day:

Low-stakes series set in small towns really work for me when I’m anxious, so I had a lot of fun watching season 2 of Sweet Magnolias. I also watched an episode of Blackpink House, as a new-ish Blackpink fan I’m having fun getting caught up with all the content. Lastly, the blog post I finished this day was Ranking all the kdramas I watched in January 2022 .

February 8

Page count: 51 pages

On day 2, I started Bending the Rules by Christina C. Jones and read 51 pages. I got hooked right away, but unfortunately, I didn’t hit the 100 pages mark because I started reading at like 11:00 pm. In this book, the main characters used to be best friends but got into a fight 7 years prior and haven’t talked since, but once they reunite and clear up the misunderstanding, sparks begin to fly. Christina C Jones really knows how to write great chemistry between her main characters.

A little peek into the other things I did that day:

I started a new kdrama and it wasn’t the best decision for my reading. I started watching kdramas last year and they are the main reason I have been reading so much less the last few months. Still, I’m having a lot of fun watching dramas, so I don’t think this is gonna change anytime soon.

February 9

Page count: 35 pages

Things went even worst on day 3, since I only read 35 pages of Bending the Rules this day. While I was enjoying the book, I was too invested in the kdrama I was watching and didn’t make that much time to read. Nonetheless, if it wasn’t for this challenge, I wouldn’t have read anything this day or the day before. I’ll take that as a small win.

A little peek into the other things I did that day:

I finished my kdrama, which was Just Between Lovers (aka Rain or Shine) and I really enjoyed it. It was really angsty and it had a really slow-burn romance, but it was also touching and sweet and it had some really complex and interesting side characters. I became so engrossed in this that I needed to finish it and that’s why I ended up reading so little this day.

February 10

Page count: 312 pages

On day 4, I made up for not reading that much during days 2 and 3. I read the final 133 pages of Bending the Rules and while I ended up liking the book, there was a lot of miscommunication which frustrated me a bit. I also read the last 159 pages of Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers and I enjoyed the final part of the book more than the rest because it was more focused on the main character healing and learning to take care of her mental health. The writing and the romance in this didn’t work for me (full review to come!). Lastly, I read 20 pages of The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djelí Clark and these first pages were ok, but I wasn’t too invested in the beginning.

A little peek into what other things I did that day:

I have been enjoying blog hopping a lot lately, I’m participating in the 2022 Support Book Bloggers challenge this year and I’m trying to visit other blogs and take the time to comment as a way to show people that I value their content.

February 11

Page count: 180 pages

<Another good day for reading. I read the last 93 pages of The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djelí Clark, which is steampunk fantasy with a mystery element. While it showed glimpses of a complex and unique world with so many different kinds of supernatural creatures, the short format didn’t completely work for me, still I’m looking forward to reading the full-length novel. I also read the last 87 pages of A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers, which was good, but I was expecting a little more. My main issue is that I didn’t love the main character, I found them boring, but I did like the casual queerness, the concept of a world, the hopeful tone of the story, the wholesome second main character and the interesting commentary on productivity.

A little peek into the other things I did that day:

My anxiety has been really bad lately which means I have a hard time doing the same activity for more than 20 minutes. This was a particularly bad day in terms of anxiety, so that’s why I did so many things throughout the day. I was constantly jumping from one activity to another.

February 12

Page Count: 0 pages

I completely forgot to read this day, I unexpectedly had to work on a Saturday and I was so anxious the whole day, so it was not fun. Nonetheless, I had a friend’s birthday party that night and seeing my friends helped me feel better and I ended up having a great time.

February 13

Page count: 223 pages

The last day was also a very good day in terms of reading, I finished two books and I gave both of them 5 stars! I read 120 pages of Under One Roof by Ali Hazelwood and I LOVED this novella. This has forced proximity and “enemies” who are attracted to each other, slowly become friends and then become so much more. This book makes the evolution of their relationship so believable. Also, this is really steamy. Lastly, I read 103 pages of Comfort Me with Apples by Catherynne M. Valente and the story in this book was so unexpected but so good! It’s better to go into this knowing as little as possible. I thought it was gonna be a completely different story, but it’s so smart and quietly disturbing and I loved it.

A little peek into the other things I did that day:

Another day when I was really anxious which is why I did so many things. A new drama that I was highly anticipating started airing, I watched the first 2 episodes of Forecasting Love and Weather and I LOVED them. I’ve got a good feeling that this is going to be a new favorite kdrama. Also, the blog post I finished writing was 5 perfect book-song pairings.

I tried to be more active by taking a walk, going grocery shipping and decluttering my closet, to see if it would help with my anxiety and it actually did. So that was really good.

RESULTS

TOTAL OF PAGES READ: 911 pages

I feel like this challenge ended up having really positive outcomes, some that I expected and some that I didn’t:

This challenge helped me read even on days when I wasn’t particularly motivated to do it. Even if I didn’t read 100 pages every day, knowing that I was participating in this challenge made me try. Since I was in a reading slump for most of last year and I’m just coming out of it, this helped me get back to my habit of reading at least a little every day.

An unexpected outcome is that this challenge put me in a reading mood. While I was out of the reading slump for a while and I could read, I didn’t feel that passionate desire to read that I used to have, but thanks to this challenge, I got that feeling back. I want to read all the time and I feel so invested in all the books I have been reading, which is something that wasn’t feeling lately.

Overall, I’m really glad that I decided to do this challenge! now I know that if I’m ever feeling unmotivated when it comes to reading, this is something I can try.

Have you ever tried to read 100 pages every day? if you have, how did it go? What strategies do you use to get back the motivation to read when you feel like you’re losing it?

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February TBR: books I want to read for Black History Month

Hi everyone! I’m really excited to share my tbr for Black History Month because I included a lot of books that sound really good. Since I’m not completely over my reading slump from last year, I chose mostly novellas, shorter books and romances to make sure I actually read them.

These are the books I’m planning to read:

The Year of the Witching: This book was on my February 2021 tbr and I didn’t end up reading it, but since then I have heard great things about it and I’m excited to give it a chance. I love witchy stories and I know this has a cult element as well and that sounds like a great combination.

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas: Despite reading some mixed reviews, I’m still intrigued since a slow gothic story with dark academia elements sounds like something I would enjoy.

The Angel of Khan el-Khalili by P. Djelí Clark: I read the first novella in this series in January and I don’t want to let a lot of time pass before continuing on with the series because then I won’t read the rest. This series is steampunk fantasy, which is a subgenre that I haven’t read that much, and there are angels and djinnis and it’s set in Cairo, so I’m excited.

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djelí Clark: As I said, don’t want to let too much time pass without continuing with this series, so I will read this in February as well.

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers: Started this before but I wasn’t really in the mood, so I put it down and now it’s time to picking it back up. I want to read more sapphic stories with POCs as main characters and I have heard great things about this book, so it’s a good place to start.

Bending the Rules by Christina C. Jones: I need to finish this trilogy. The Wright Brothers series is the second trilogy I read by Christina C. Jones and I have really enjoyed all of her books so I’m confident I’ll like this, especially since it’s best friends to strangers to lovers and I have heard that it’s really steamy.

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw: honestly this title and cover were the reason I first became interested in this book, but the good reviews helped cement it as part of my tbr. Also, when a book addresses the church’s double standards and shows Black women following their own needs and desires I have to read it.

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown: I wanted a short non-fiction book to read for Black History Month and this one sounds interesting and has amazing reviews from all my friends on goodreads.

What are you planning to read for Black History Month? What are some of your favorite books by Black authors?

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February TBR: books I want to read for Black History Month

Hi everyone! February is Black History Month and while I read books by Black authors all year (and you should too!), I wanted to put together a tbr that would help me make sure I don’t read only fantasy and romance books (which are my favorite genres). In 2021, I want to explore two genres a bit more and those genres are horror and non-fiction and I want to make sure I read diverse books within those genres, so I think this is a good way to start doing that. Which is why this tbr is fantasy, romance, horror and non-fiction.

Without further ado, here’s my tbr:

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin: I read the first book in the series for Black History Month 2020 and it’s finally time to read the sequel. This book is going to break my heart and I’m ready (I think).

A Phoenix First Must Burn: I have been meaning to read this for a while and this seemed like the perfect chance. I really wanted an anthology in this tbr as a way of discovering new authors, so I can pick up their other books later.

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole: I love Alyssa Cole’s romance books, so I’m excited to read her first attempt at a thriller/horror book. I have heard that the commentary this book makes on gentrification is on point, so I’m looking forward to reading it.

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson: This book sounds exactly like something I would enjoy, an atmospheric, quiet book about witches and it also involves a cult, which makes it sounds even more interesting.

How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole: Another Alyssa Cole book on this list because I love her romance books, I haven’t read her lastest release and this seems like the perfect time to do it.

Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan: I have heard a lot of amazing things about this book and I’m looking forward to reading a book by a Black romance author that I have never read before.

Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi: I decided to read the shorter, more accesible version of this book first, because it’s very focused on the history of the United States and I’m not from the United States. But I may pick up the longer version later on.

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin: I have watched the documentary about James Baldwin, I have watched his speeches and commentary on youtube, and I have read some of his quotes, it’s finally time I read one of his books!

What are you planning to read for Black History Month? What are your favorite books by Black authors?

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