February Reading Goals and January Wrap Up

In order to help myself tackle more review books, both print and digital, once a month I will be posting a list of books that I hope to read during that month.  I work more efficiently when I have a game plan, so hopefully these monthly posts will keep me focused on my goal of reading and reviewing more books, and will make my TBR not seem so intimidating.  By breaking away chunks of the TBR mountain, I can better manage my reading. In theory, anyway!

I failed miserably to squeeze in all of the review books I had planned for January, but I did actually read more that I thought I would.  I just veered a little of course, and was distracted by new releases or by different books from my TBR. I completed 7 Netgalley books, and I did read 16 books overall, which surprises me because January was busy in terms of Real Life.  So, here are some books I would like to read in February (some of these are making a repeat appearance):

The Humming Room by Ellen Potter

Above World by Jenn Reese

When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen

My Favorite Mistake by Bloomberg and Hapka

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Vengeance Born by Kylie Griffin

Shadow Ops: Control Point by Myke Cole

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Partials by Dan Wells

Princess of the Wild Swans by Diane Zahler

The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina

No Dress Required by Cari Quinn

On the Bright Side by S R Johannes

Life Eternal by Yvonne Woon

Banshee Charmer by Tiffany Allee

Ember by Kristen Callihan

Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel by Samantha Grace

Deadly by Julie Chibbaro

How do you decide what to read next?  What was your favorite January read?  Mine was An Affair With Mr Kennedy by Jillian Stone.

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TGIF-Book Appeal

Ginger from GReads! hosts the weekly meme TGIF.  I haven’t been able to participate in a while because Friday is one of my busiest days and it is hard for me to hold a coherent thought, let alone post a thoughtful response to her questions.  Because I do enjoy participating, though, I decided I would just be a day late. I’m usually playing catch-up, anyway, so forgive me for being a bit tardy with my answers.

This week’s question is:

 

Book Appeal: When you’re browsing goodreads, the library, or another blogger’s reviews, what grabs your attention to make you want to read it?

This is a great question, because sometimes even I don’t know why a book catches my attention.  The obvious attention grabber when I’m browsing online would definitely be the cover art.  Everybody loves a beautiful cover, and I am no exception.  With the deluge of books releasing every month, there has to be something about the cover – be it the art or the title – that makes me want to stop and read the synopsis.  With the nearest physical bookstore now over ten miles away, I rarely get to browse the aisles of a brick and mortar.  Almost all of my shopping takes place online, and there has to be something to set a book apart in order for me be interested enough to even notice it.

Blogger reviews help me discover books that I might have missed because I didn’t like the cover.  Shallow, I know.  I am drawn to the pretty, and I know that you can’t judge a book by its cover.  So many awesome reads are missed because of that!  Other blogger reviews help pick up the slack.  I get a better idea of the plot by browsing through reviews, and often add titles to my TBR after seeing a book on another blog.  Maybe the blogger mentions a favorite trope, or even a setting that I am curious about.  Typically, it doesn’t even matter whether or not they enjoyed the book, because what doesn’t work for one reader, works well for another.  This is what confuses me about authors attacking bloggers and reviewers on Goodreads – there are so many books to choose from, and even if that particular reader didn’t enjoy a book, that doesn’t mean another potential reader won’t.  The bad behavior of attacking a reader, instead of thanking them for taking the time to read and write about their book, boggles my mind,  and will have me crossing a title off my wish list faster than a bad review.  But that is a topic for another day!

What about you?  What makes you want to pick up  a book and read it?

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