TBR lists.

Now that I’m more in touch with the bookish community, my TBR has grown quite a bit. In fact, I’ve decided to create two separate TBR lists, one for “must reads” that I hear about over and over again on Twitter, BookTube, Goodreads, or podcasts, and personal picks that I would like to read for one reason or another. When I look at these lists I start to panic a little because I read an average of 12-14 books per year (although I’m already up to 11 this year!) and getting through my TBR list seems like a daunting task. Especially when I know that I add to these lists regularly. I just remind myself that it’s about enjoying each book and not about how many books I read. I’ll never be able to read “all the books” anyway, so there’s no use stressing over it. Here are both my lists, I’ll try to keep them updated (the books are listed in no particular order): Must reads

  1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  2. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  3. How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
  4. On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss
  5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  6. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
  7. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
  8. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  9. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  10. Boy Snow Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
  11. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  12. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  13. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  14. Come as You Are by Emily Nagasaki
  15. The Martian by Andy Weir
  16. White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Personal Picks

  1. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
  2. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  3. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  5. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  6. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  7. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  8. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  9. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  10. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  11. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  12. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
  13. Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
  14. The Stuff of Thought by Steven Pinker
  15. Stiff by Mary Roach
  16. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  17. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Book clubs & making friends.

I’ve lived in Austin for 3 years now and I’ve only made a couple of friends. This is mostly because I was busy working several jobs and going to graduate school throughout these past few years. I’ve realized that making friends is a lot harder than when I was in high school or college. It doesn’t help that I’m an introvert and shy at times. Now that I’ve graduated from grad school and have a steady, full-time job, I was trying to come up with ideas to meet people and finally make some friends in this city.

Since I’m spending more time reading now, I realized book clubs should be a good way to meet people who have at least one similar interest as me. After doing a bit of research I found two book clubs I’d like to try out. One is hosted by my local public library, and the book they’re reading for July is Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I found the second book club through a website called Meetup. It’s called “The Breakfast Club – Brunch, Books, and Adventures”, and the book they have chosen to read for July is Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. These are two books I am definitely interested in reading so I’m going to give it a try.

I’m curious about the kind of people I’ll meet at these book cubs. I’m not even sure that these particular clubs are well attended. I’ve also never been part of a book cub before, so I’m not sure what kinds of expectations exist other than reading the chosen book. I’ll just read the books for July and write down some questions or discussion points. I’ll give an update once I attend both meetings. Wish me luck!

Hello.

I hope this blog helps me find my voice. For the past seven year or so I’ve had a very cut-and-dry writing style drilled into me. I’ve forgotten what it’s like to write freely and creatively and without having to cite every other thought. In the past eight months I’ve been exposed to BookTube, Bookriot, podcasts, and all kinds of bookish delights. it’s exciting to have tapped into a community of people who consume and appreciate books in a manner similar to my own. I’m feeling validated for habits and behaviors I’ve had since I learned to read. Finishing grad school has also allowed me more time to read for pleasure and I am now tackling my TBR with joy.

I’m not sure what kind of a book blog this will become, but I’m excited to find out.