January 2018 TBR List
One of the many things I love about the book blogging community is that I am able to interact with so many different readers and get ideas about new books that I might not otherwise have discovered. As I mentioned to a friend recently, I used to find new books by walking through my local bookstore or checking out the monthly picks in People magazine; then, Amazon came along and they would provide recommendations based on my purchases.
Unfortunately, those resources began to feel rather stale and in 2013 I started searching for book blogs; I started my own in early 2014 and I am so thankful for the wonderfully unique individuals with whom I have been able to connect! Book blogging has also helped me keep track of what I'm reading, what I want to read, etc., so I thought I'd start sharing my to-be-read (TBR) list each month of 2018.
My plan is to publish this post at 5:00am CST on the 2nd day of each month; the link up will go live at the same time so please join in with your list, if you have a blog and are so inclined! Since I am a Book of the Month Club subscriber, this will give me an extra day to read my friend Sarah's monthly post on which book to choose (Are you reading these? You should be!) and add that one to my list, as well.
I'll leave the link open all month (and will also create a page with all of this info for future reference) and share the posts of those who participate; in addition, if you join in via Instagram, as I mentioned in my post yesterday, please use the hashtag #rnrjanuarytbr (changing the name of the month as we go along) so that I can find you and see what you're reading!
Here is my January TBR list, in no particular order, plus one to-be-determined selection from the Parnassus Books Signed First Editions Club; I love these surprises!
The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin - Historical fiction, based on Hollywood's "first Royal Couple," by the author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue; I'm very particular about my historical fiction choices, but I love that this one is described as a story of "the power of female friendship" and Susie at Novel Visits has already given it a thumbs up.
Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan - I received an advance copy of this one from the publisher and, while I am often very skeptical of suspense novels, this one has received solid reviews and a few trusted bookstagrammers have enjoyed the story.
Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka - This book was a Christmas gift; while I tend to shy away from buzzed about mysteries, when my friend Catherine at The Gilmore Guide to Books gives a novel nearly five stars I definitely take notice! Also, it seems as though there is much more depth to this book than might come across in the description; I'm looking forward to a great winter read!
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas - After reading the description, and a few early reviews, I decided to request a copy; it has been compared to The Handmaid's Tale, so I can assume a dystopian edge, but I'm also intrigued because it is set in Oregon and may include a unique format/writing style. This is also one of the January Book of the Month Club picks, if you are a subscriber.
The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce - This title is my January Book of the Month Club selection; other than the fact that it has received quite favorable Amazon and Goodreads reviews, I simply selected it because I really enjoyed The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (same author) and I think it will be a fun, feel-good, winter read.
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama XIV and Desmond Tutu - Another recommendation from Catherine at The Gilmore Guide to Books, this has been on my TBR list for awhile and I have not made time for it. I've decided that this will be my audio pick for January and I'm excited to start out the year with such positive messages!
Happy New Year! What are you excited to read this month?