When does Spring end? I may be shooting too high here, what with school taking up most of my time in April and May. But setting goals is the first step to achieving them. (Or at least that sounds right to me.) So I’m going to go ahead and add five books that I’ve been wanting to read to my Spring reading list and just… try my best. I’ve been in sort of a reading slump for a while – but I started to pull myself out of it during Spring break and now I am committed to staying out of it!
Reading slumps just make me feel so unproductive and a little like I’m failing. At what? I don’t really know. Just failing in general – failing at the contest with myself to see how many books I can read before I…die… I guess. But anyway, to keep out of it I’m moving forward this spring with reading goals.
And here they are:
The first book on my list is one I received from my sister for Christmas (I mean I also specifically asked for it) and that is Anna Kendrick’s autobiography: Scrappy Little Nobody. I’ve always kind of related to Anna Kendrick in the sense that we both have fairly monotone, dry senses of humor. And also she’s a self-proclaimed introvert who likes to hoard herself away in her home and watch movies and sleep and stuff. I also really like reading autobiographies and learning about people.
The second book on my list is called The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I’ve seen a lot of people raving about this story. It’s about a young girl who witnesses the murder of her best friend at the hands of a police officer, and who then faces the aftermath – her friend’s name being slandered in the media, protests breaking out in her friend’s name, media attention and pressure on her etc. This book is obviously incredibly relevant to the current state in the US and I think it is going to be an important story for people to read.
Next I’ve included A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, which is actually the third book in a trilogy. It comes out May 2, 2017 and I’ve read the first two in the past year. It’s a fantasy series with a young adult female protagonist. And I think Sarah J. Maas is really good about making the protagonist her own independent character who is comfortable standing up for herself, making her own decisions, and owning her own body. At the same time the protagonist also makes mistakes and isn’t perfect, and I appreciate that.
So if you’re into fantasies I’d strongly recommend this one. It has immortal faeries, curses, and a land with a long history of war and turmoil that Feyre (the protagonist) finds herself immersed in. The first book in the series is A Court of Thorns and Roses.
The fourth book on my list is One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays, by Scaachi Koul. Honestly, I don’t really know much about this book or about the author. But she obviously has a fantastic marketing team because I keep hearing people talk about it. And everyone seems to agree that she’s funny as all hell. So I’m curious, and I’m going to give it a try.
It’s described on Amazon as “a debut collection of fierce, funny essays about growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants in western culture, addressing sexism, stereotypes, and the universal miseries of life.” And that sounds intriguing to me – also I really like the cover. This one comes out May 2, 2017 as well.
Lastly I’m planning on reading It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. And yes, I know I’m late with this one. 10 years late to be exact. But 10 years ago I was 12 and stories about mental illness and depression weren’t exactly on my book radar. In It’s Kind of a Funny Story the pressures and stresses Craig (the protagonist) is feeling in his life culminate in a suicidal episode that gets him checked into a mental hospital. The book has been described as both moving and, at times, funny.
What books are others reading (or wanting to read) this spring?