January Reading

Books are a huge part of my life. I use to write reviews, but I am not very good at that. I miss talking about books, so I am trying to find new ways of doing that. Today I'm doing a tag. Chelsea Dolling share this tag earlier in the month and I figured I would give it a go. 

January Reading

The Goodreads Tag

What is the last book you marked on goodreads? 

The Maze Runner by James Dashner, recommended to me by my sister as it's her favorite book series so I am working my way through them. Even though it's her favorite book series, I had low expectations because I hated the movies. Surprisingly I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait for book 2. I think the ending "notes" where my favorite part. 

What are you currently reading? 

Something I am trying this year is to have an educational book , a yoga book, and a story book on the go at all times. Currently I am listening to Bill Nye's Undeniable on audible. Reading The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele and finally Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna. 

What is the last book you mark as to be read? 

My TBR list is very small. So far I have

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (want to buy)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
The Witch Doesn't Burn in this One by Amanda Lovelace (want to buy, not yet released)
The Cursed Sea by Lauren DeStefano (want to buy, not yet released)

What is the book you plan on reading next? 

I'd like to find a really good yoga anatomy book. I think that in my next steps as a yogi, discovering how muscles work and having a better understanding of them would be really beneficial. I am currently leaning towards Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff, but I need to speak with a yoga teacher first to confirm. But as I don't own that yet I am thinking Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, which was recommended by my favorite author Kristin Cashore in a blog post this month. 

Do you use the star rating system? and Do you rate your books?

I do. This is generally how I rate my books

★★★★★ 5 stars means I'll read it again.
★★★★ 4 stars means I enjoyed it a lot.
★★★ 3 stars means it was good. 
★★ 2 stars means I read it and won't read it again. 
★ 1 star means I hated it, it was terrible and I should have not finished it. 

Are you doing a 2018 reading challenge? 

My goal is to read 100 books this year. I have manged to do this twice since I've had a goodreads account and I see no reason why I can't do that again. It's 8.33 books a month or two books a week. 
I also created my husband a goodreads account and he is hoping to read 30 books in 2018. He read (or should I say listened?) 26 books in 2017. We got our audible subscription in February of 2017 and I don't think either of us took it seriously until June when he really started to find things he liked. Do you count audiobooks as reading?

Do you have a wishlist? 

Yes and no. I have a few authors that I'll buy everything of and that's usually my wishlist. My goal for this year is to buy all the books in the series I already own, see the next question.

What book do you plan on buying next? 

I just received a huge order of books! I was missing a few for some series I have and now it's closer to completion. I bought the last book the in the Rangers Apprentice Series by John Flanagan (twelve books total). I am planning to do a full reread of these book and will probably write about it. I also got Volumes 22, 23, and 24 of the Black Bulter Manga by Yana Toboso. Volume 25 comes out tomorrow, but otherwise I am caught up in the series. I still have a few other series that are incomplete but it's getting closer. 

Who are your favorite authors? 

Kristin Cashore, Lauren DeStefano, Brent Weeks, Jay Kristoff, Geraldine DeRuiter, Leigh Bardugo. I do feel my taste is evolving though and this is open to change :) 

Lastly, books I have read so far and how I rated them:

1. Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor ★★★★ (library)
2. The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana ★★ (library)
3. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh ★★★★★ (library)
4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir ★★★★ (library)
5. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir ★★★ (library)
6. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray ★★★ (library)
7. Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi ★★★★★ (library)
8. Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi ★★★ (library)
9. The Maze Runner by James Dashner ★★★★ (library)

I also attempted to read my first Stephen King novel - The Gunslinger. But I got bored and so after 50 pages decided not to read it. I don't know if this has to do with the story or the mood I was in when I was reading it but I am disappointed not to have enjoyed a Stephen King novel when he's a pretty big name out there. 

January Reading

Have you read anything fun this month?