Happy almost fall, almost spooky season friends! I love fall for reading, and I cannot wait for all these new releases in the coming weeks.
I have a very exciting and important announcement: I broke my annual reading record in August.
Yes, August. By August of 2022, I officially read more books in this calendar year than I’ve read in any other calendar year…
and there’s still 4 more months to go.
I’m up to seventy books as I write this, with a few more in progress. I cannot believe how much I’ve been able to read this year, and I have no idea what makes this year special. I literally doubled my book count over last year (which, if you ask me, was The Hardest Year of My Life™, so I guess that adds up). Suffice to say I’m pretty damn proud of myself and I’m going to keep announcing it at all social functions, like a normal person would.
When it comes to the 52 Book Club 2022 Challenge, I’m still nearly just as stuck as last month. I’ve actually read enough to schedule reviews through the remainder of the year, but I’m going to have to shift things around to hit those last few prompts. Here’s what I still have left:
20. Related to the word “gold”
44. An anthology
47. Read during the month of November
Number 47 should still be an easy one, as it’s kind of a waiting game! My plan is still to read Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid for number 20 – even if they don’t select it for Book of the Month, it just sounds like something I want to read. My plan has been Goblin by Josh Malerman for number 44, but I’m open to suggestions, honestly.
When it rains, it pours: I’ve had so many new releases on hold with my library’s Libby app for weeks, and all of a sudden they’ve all come available. At once. Just in one week. So currently my docket there includes The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (loving this one…she is so talented as a writer. Huge fan), Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey, and I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy. I’ve heard the last one is pretty heavy, but after watching a few interviews with her, I know I’ve got to read it. McCurdy’s portrayal of Sam on iCarly was a staple of my childhood, but I’m ready to see it in a new light. This sounds like a damn important book for her, and for my generation to understand in the larger concept of our own popular culture.
I also subscribed to Audible last month, and I’m using it to pick away at the books that have been on my tbr for the longest! So this month, I’m reading A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. I remember adoring The Kite Runner when I was *literally a freshman in high school* so yes, this book probably has been on my tbr since 2014. It only took me eight years, but I’m going to read it now, I swear… *starts sweating nervously*.
I acquired a metric ton of new reading material in August thanks to Gibson’s August sale, so unfortunately, cut off one head and two more shall grow in its place, or whatever. My tbr is Hydra.
We’re getting there, people. The colder days and more reading time are almost upon us…
Have an excellent weekend ❤