Hello again honeybees! Happy Blogmas Day 2 and thank you for 400 subscribers! Getting that notification today was such a positive moment in the chaos of finals and end of year everything.
I honestly have no idea what I’ll be reading this month but here’s a general idea.
Books To Read
In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren
So I already started reading this but it’s so good so far! At first I wasn’t loving the MC and I’m still not sure about her (I’m probably like 30 pages in) but the plot is a lot less basic Hallmark movie-esque than I thought it would be, so that’s a huge plus!
One Day In December by Josie Silverman
Really excited for this one! I’m guessing from the title (and I think I’ve heard in a review somewhere) that this takes place within a day or short timeframe, and I love books like that. Hopefully this is a quick and fun read to get me in the Holiday spirit.
Pilar Ramirez and the Escape From Zafa by Julian Randall
When the email and E-ARC dropped on my phone I was SO stoked! I’m not a huge fan of Middle Grade but I loved loved loved Julian Randall’s essay in Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed and I’ve loved the few chapters I’ve read so far.
The Holiday Switch by Tif Marcelo
This is a review copy given courtesy of the Penguin Random House Volumes App. I’m really excited to read all of the holiday/wintery books and this looks like a cute one to have on audio. I’m also a sucker for the recent illustrated cover trend and this one is super cute!
That’s it for books explicitly on my TBR. Once I’m done with these, I’m hoping to finish every other book I have on pause and hopefully go into the new year without any books marked as “currently reading” (although I doubt that will happen seeing as I have over ten books marked as currently reading on Goodreads oops).
Finish the first draft of my novel
I made a ton of progress during NaNoWriMo and I really want to carry it to the end of the year. I have big publishing goals in mind for the future, but this first draft is key to it all. This draft is a literal dumpster fire but the concepts are there and that’s what I’m hoping will push me to the final stretch. I’ll be writing a NaNo reflection soon with some more info about my NA sapphic disability novel so be on the lookout if it sounds at all interesting!
Read four books
I’m keeping this goal super low by reaching for 40 books read in 2021. Ideally I’d love to get to 45 or 50 but I also don’t want to pressure myself and I really do want to focus on getting this novel done. Next year I’m going to raise my reading goal a smidge and don’t want to burn myself out before the new year.
What are you planning to read this month? Have you read any of these? Do you have any fun plans? I’d love to know!
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