An Anniversary, and Upcoming Reading Goals

By: Angie Haddock

Just a short celebratory post here – it’s my one year anniversary of contributing to this blog! So far, I’ve covered a lot of biographies, Advanced Reader Copies, and sci-fi.

I have one more #DiverseSFF review to post next month, and it’s a classic by a queen of the genre: Octavia Butler. And, while I’ve enjoyed my last two “missions,” I want to step back from assigning myself a specific genre for the next six months.

My new goal is going to be to tackle things that are on my TBR list, or books already in my (ever-expanding) inventory. My goal is to tackle at least two a month, although I probably won’t review every read.

I’m also going to read another #SummerClassic this year – or possibly even two, as the one I’m considering is rather short.

How are you tackling your TBR these days? Have you read any classics this year, or are you planning to? Stay tuned to this space, or follow us on Instagram to keep tabs on what we’re reading!

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3 thoughts on “An Anniversary, and Upcoming Reading Goals”

  1. As a result of working as a librarian, I’ve come to view the idea of “classic” books with some wariness because many folks seem to invoke the concept only when they are trying to tell others they should be reading something “better.” I realize that’s not what you’re talking about, but such an amorphous concept is hard to define. There was a period in my life when I tried to remedy what I perceived as a gap in my reading and read more books generally considered to be “classics.” It lasted long enough for me to discover I love Steinbeck but didn’t care at all for the one Hemingway book I read. Contrast that to your Aunt Diane who once said something like she didn’t like “Grapes of Wrath” because she could smell the sweat of the characters (which sounds like excellent writing to me) and My Darling Daughter who really likes Hemingway.

    Along with not liking to have others tell me what books are “good,” I’ve also long been suspicious of readers, critics and teachers who like to tell us what an author “meant” by certain figures of speech and “symbols” in a book. They may be correct, or they may not. Unless the author actually has said, “This symbolizes that in my book,” no one can really say.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is I completely agree with your idea of stretching to read different and challenging books, but in the end, books affect everyone differently. As a person who re-reads books, I’ve even found certain books have affected me differently at different times of my life.

    Right now, I’m at a point in my life where I seem to be returning more books (to the library) unfinished than finished. It’s probably me, but I’ve been finding many with what sounds like an interesting plot or concept, and then the characters are so poorly developed I just can’t “feel” them. I don’t have to like a character to root for them, but I do have to believe they are somehow genuine, and I’m just not getting that lately.

    As I said, it’s probably me.

    I know you know all this. I’m writing it more to clear my own thoughts even if I sound like I’m lecturing. Sorry.

    Right now I’m reading “The Rose Code.” (I’ve been on a WWII kick for a while.) Just finished “Nomadland” on audio, and before that the “Murderbot” series. I’m not a sci-if fan usually, but it’s so funny on audio it’s well worth the time.

    Again, sorry for my rant. I enjoy reading your blog, and I plan to get to “Twice a Daughter” very soon!


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