Do you like morbid books and read-a-thons? If so, Strange-a-Thon is definitely for you. I took part in December and had a lot of fun with this read-a-thon (although I wrote about it in my journal instead of sharing on social media), so I thought I'd share it with you again here now that there's another one coming up.
The other day I was reading about how Keanu Reeves wasn't a great student because of his dyslexia, but he became a bibliophile later in life. It made me think of all the kids I knew growing up who didn't like to read not because they didn't want to, but because they struggled, and it broke my heart. My own husband is one of them, and today he still doesn't enjoy reading himself, but he likes to listen to me read to him.
This post about bookstore cafes is really inspiring. It's not about a cafe found in your bookstore, but an actual cafe that gives you a book to read based on what you want to read in that moment. Alongside your beverages and snacks, the barista also gives you a book when you describe what kind of book you want to read.
How was your year in books, Bibliophiles? If you rate your books at Goodreads like I do, it's pretty easy to track and see what you've read, what you liked and disliked and how much progress you made on your TBR. My TBR is ridiculous, with several thousand books, which makes it impossible to completely tackle, but I do make progress each year (while adding more books to the TBR!).
My heart is completely broken and it's all Stephen King's fault. It often is.
In 2018, I feel head over heels with Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles. Since then I've been reading all of her books, and while I've liked many, those remain my favorites. I was overjoyed to hear that the books are getting new covers next year and Meyer is going on tour to promote them. There will be a stop about an hour away from me and I'm definitely going to try to buy a book and get her autograph.
After only a few chapters of the first book in Seanan McGuire's InCryptid series, Discount Armageddon, I am hooked. I need to devour this series like I devoured her Wayward Children series and stat! It's fast-paced, full of action and creatures (my favorite kind of book!) and there's already enough conflict to make me feel like I'm dying to know what's happening next. I love the premise of cryptid hunters and protectors and I can't wait to see where it goes.
2020 is almost upon us! Have you finished your Goodreads Challenge for 2019? If not, Goodreads has a great list of books under 300 words you can check out to try and read as many books as possible in the upcoming weeks. I have a few really great suggestions that I've enjoyed, too. Here are some novellas that will help you reach your goals:
All Systems Red, a fantastic award-winning sci-fi novella and starter to the Murderbot series
Is it just me, or are there always big book releases in November? Every year I seem to have several books that come out in November on my radar, which is always a highlight of the month. This month is especially exciting between The Starless Sea, which I still have yet to read, and Queen of Nothing, which will finish Holly Black's Folk of the Air series and will be released next week.