January Reading Goals

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I have found myself falling back into setting small monthly TBRs. I attribute this mostly to my decision to join a reading challenge this year, and my desire to actually make a dent in my increasing pile of books here at the house.  I have also discovered that sharing these lists and discussing them encourages me to see them through. So I will probably be including updates when able.

Currently Reading

alandofpermanentgoodbyesA Land of Permanent Goodbyes
By Atia Abawi
(Ok, technically I finished this after drawing up this post.)

Synopsis: In a country ripped apart by war, Tareq lives with his big and loving family . . . until the bombs strike. His city is in ruins. His life is destroyed. And those who have survived are left to figure out their uncertain future.

In the wake of destruction, he’s threatened by Daesh fighters and witnesses a public beheading. Tareq’s
family knows that to continue to stay alive, they must leave. As they travel as refugees from Syria to Turkey to Greece, facing danger at every turn, Tareq must find the resilience and courage to complete his harrowing journey.

But while this is one family’s story, it is also the timeless tale of all wars, of all tragedy, and of all strife. When you are a refugee, success is outliving your loss.

Destiny narrates this heartbreaking story of the consequences of war, showing the Syrian conflict as part of a long chain of struggles spanning through time.

An award-winning author and journalist–and a refugee herself–Atia Abawi captures the hope that spurs people forward against all odds and the love that makes that hope grow.

Challenge Prompt: A book set in a country that fascinates you.


logansrunLogan’s Run
By William F Nolan & George Clayton Johnson

Synopsis: It’s the 23rd Century and at age 21… your life is over! Logan-6 has been trained to kill; born and bred from conception to be the best of the best. But his time is short and before his life ends he’s got one final mission: Find and destroy Sanctuary, a fabled haven for those that chose to defy the system. But when Logan meets and falls in love with Jessica, he begins to question the very system he swore to protect and soon they’re both running for their lives. When Last Day comes, will you lie down and die… or run!

Challenge Prompt: A book by an author with the same first or last name as you.

To Be ReadLinks to Goodreads info in the titles.

likewaterforchocolateLike Water for Chocolate
By Laura Esquivel

This is a planned buddy read with Kim at Traveling, Gladly Beyond that we decided on as part of our efforts to read more translated works.

Challenge Prompt: A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you.


red clocksRed Clocks 
By Leni Zumas

This has been on my radar since I first read the synopsis in an article discussing upcoming releases. I was thrilled to see it was a BotM option and quickly selected it!

Challenge Prompt: A book about feminism or A book that’s published in 2018 (I will decided after I read it).



My goal for this month was to attempt 5 books towards the 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge. I have already completed 2:

  • Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle – A book with an animal in the title.
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl – A childhood classic you have never read.

I am feeling pretty confident at this point as long as my eyesight holds out and time management is not an issue. We do have what looks to be a busy time ahead at work, so we will see how that factors in. I always finder harder to stay up and read on busier days.

What are you reading this month? Do you have any books selected for a reading challenge? Have you read any of the books mentioned above?

Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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53 thoughts on “January Reading Goals

  1. I have several challenges going at the moment that I want to make progress on this month. I’m doing good on my series catchup, reading three from the UF Kitty Norville series and I’ll also finish part one of A Dance With Dragons in the next day or two. I need to also read a few paperbacks, a few ebooks and something from the horror writers I selected. That would be a good month!

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    1. Wow! You have a lot lined up! I am curious, which horror writers? I am actually a fan of the genre. Would be interested to see what choices you come up with. Is that a challenge in itself or part of another (a prompt)? Happy reading!


  2. You’re off to a good start! I’ve only read one book so far this year. My new schedule (and working extra days) is crimping my reading. sigh I haven’t had a chance to pick books for the challenges. But last time I mostly read books and then fit them into a category. I’m flighty like that 😉

    Hey, I’ve never read James and the Giant Peach either. Never heard of it until the movie (which I didn’t see of course)

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    1. I will probably work some into the prompts as I read too 😉 I am off to a nice start, but foresee things slowing way down. I think my work load is about to pick up with some changes. So we will see how that goes.

      James and the Giant Peach was a fantastic film! Loads of fun and super cute 😊

      Hope you find more time to read soon!


  3. I just finished The Hate U Give-it’s amazing!! It’s definitely going to be big in the YA world, and hopefully with adults too. It’s relevant. It’s important. I can see this one being made into a movie.

    Before that I read Before the Fall. Loved it too, even for a book that jumps back and forth between character perspective and the past/present. I couldn’t put it down.

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    1. I have a copy of The Hate U Give here to read soon. It has sat on my shelf too long! It has certainly made the rounds and started some great debate. I am looking forward to it.

      I normally like narratives that alternate between timelines, so I will look up Before the Fall. Who is it written by?

      Do you have your next read lined up?


  4. Some interesting sounding book choices! ‘Logan’s Run’ in particular sounds good!
    I’m currently reading Aaron Mahnke’s new Lore book and then I’m hoping to read ‘The Mothman Prophecies’ because I’ve been listening to way too many podcasts on cryptids 😛

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      1. Didn’t you grow down the road from the Amytyville Horror too? 😛
        I’m really enjoying Lore so far! I’m just over half way through so I’m hoping to finish it by the end of the week!

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          1. I’m so sorry for my insanely late reply 😛 Some of the stories are the same (well, quite a lot actually), but they go into a lot more depth and there are some new ones thrown in too. It’ll still be good to listen to them too, though. Aaron Mahnke has the perfect voice for storytelling and that music too! ❤

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  5. Red Clocks is my January BOTM pick too! Then just a couple days later Indiespensable announced it as their January box pick, so I guess I’ll have a duplicate, oops. It’s one of the releases I was really looking forward to in the first part of the year, though, so I’m pretty excited to see other bloggers and subscription services are too.

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  6. I discussed James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl during my presentation today 😀 I love that you are going for months TBRs 🙂 I wish I could do this but my reads depend on my mood as well as my ARCs TBR, which is growing too fast. Guess I don’t know how to say no yet xD For my defense, there are now books I haven’t asked for appearing in my mailbox, hahaha! Good luck with your challenges, darling xxx

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    1. I have some unsolicited bookmail, but I read it at my pace. I figured between my policies and that it wasn’t requested, I am not obligated. But I do try not to let them lie around too long if they are very new. This year though, I am reading for me 😘


  7. Are you planning to review A Land of Permanent Goodbyes? It sounds really good. You are just pumping them out right now, you’ll be done the list in no time. I’m lazy read what I want and hope I mark things off….Then panic in November when I realise how behind I am haha

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  8. I love creating TBRs, but I hardly ever follow them so my approach to reading challenges is a bit backward: I read a book and then see what challenge it fits when done. I don’t recommend that strategy though. It’s not successful. I still went ahead and created TBRs for some challenges I’m participating in, like the TBR Pile challenge.
    Hopefully, we’ll both be successful this year in our reading plans.

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      1. I’m also doing the LIbrary Love challenge. I’m trying to buy less by borrowing more or reading my own stuff. And also the Book Riot Challenge. I do that every year and have yet to complete it all.

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        1. I think I may add the Read Harder Challenge next year. It appeals to me. I absolutely must have challenges that allow my to remain active with the library. It is so important that we borrow. I think many people do not understand just how much libraries need that to help with funding! 💗


  9. Lovely post, Danielle. I have a reading goal of four books a month, two adult novels and two children’s books (to read with my Michael). I am also aiming for one audio book per month. I have read extra this month because of the holiday period. PS I would love to see your review of James and the Giant Peach, I do love Roald Dahl and Miss Spider was my favourite character and the amazing centipede with his boots.

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    1. Ah I love that you set goals with Michael! I also have accomplished a tad more thanks to holidays. I think it will slow down soon.. well my reading.

      I do want to review James and the Giant Peach. But I am struggling to capture the essence of it. I hope to have it up by next week at the latest.

      Happy reading 📚😊

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  10. I always make up monthly TBRs for the same reasons… When I share my reading list I make more of an effort to actually read those books. I generally keep the TBR to about 5 books, which allows me some wiggle room for mood reading.

    Good luck on the Popsugar reading challenge! I’ve attempted similar reading challenges, but I always fail miserably lol

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