Rachellareads
Published in

Rachellareads

The Books I’ll Read in January

and how I decide on my monthly TBR.

Photo by Pickawood on Unsplash

Not too long ago, I wrote an article about four challenges that help to meet our reading goals in 2022. I wanted to take a little from each in designing my own reading plans for both the year in general and each month.

The Year-long Challenges

I participate in both the buzzwords readathon and the 52 Around the Year Book Challenge. These are the first books I set aside per month.

The buzzword for this month is to find a book with one of the five w and one h questions in it- who, what when, where, why, or how.

  • The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Created Modern Crime.
photo taken by author

For the 52-week Around the Year, I don’t read in order. Usually, because something comes along unexpectedly and snags my attention. The books I’ll read from this challenge in January:

photo by author
  • A book with 22 or more letters in the title: The Invention of Murder
  • Book connected to something you read in 2022: Shadowsong
  • Main character’s name starts with A, T, or Y: A Whole New World
  • Historical fiction genre: The Kingdom of the Cursed
  • Next book in Series: Through the Zombie Glass
  • related to game: Thrones and Bones
  • non-human main character: Frankenstein

The Read-a-Longs

I am doing both the BytheAngel readathon and the Dark Tower readathon this year. As a Stephen King fan, I’ve always wanted to get into the Dark Tower series. I found a youtube content creator who has a shorter version of a challenge that would have originally taken me two years. The January Books:

  • The Gunslinger (Dark Tower)
  • The Drawing of Three (Dark Tower)
  • City of Bones (BytheAngel)

The Readathon

photo by author

I’m looking forward to taking part in the Hello 2022 readathon this month, running from the 23rd- 29th. There are four prompts and I plan to read 3 books:

  • Through the Zombie Glass (book I wanted to read in 2021 and new beginnings)
  • The Alchemist (outside comfort zone)
  • On Way to Future (plan to read in 2022).

Sorry!

photo by author, original game: Splash Mountain Sorry!

One of the most addicting subjects for me on youtube is monthly tbr (to be read)lists. Many people play a game that will determine this. Over the holidays, I decided I wanted to be one of those people and create my own version of Sorry!

My aim is to read move around the board four times to determine part of my to-be-read (tbr) pile. This month, it gave me:

  • A Whole New World (comfort read… I’ve begun reading Liz Braswell’s young adult retellings of the Disney classic tales. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading both Part of Your World and Once Upon a Dream, and have high expectations for this one as well).
  • Shadowsong (PoR- Pages of Rachella- my Instagram account- review)
  • TBD (family member pick. I’m waiting for a book subscription to come in before they decide).
  • Brave New World (graveyard- I keep a list of books that I’ve had but not read for years. I choose a few every year to focus on. If I haven’t read them by the end of the year, they get donated.)

It Promises to Be a Full Month

If I still have time after reading these, I’ll mood read and pick what sounds interesting in that moment. I do enjoy having a structure to my reading, but I also leave it open for change or to rewrite an entire TBR, if needed.

This month promises to be a full one, but I’m looking forward to reading during it. I also look forward to sharing insights from these books during January.

--

--

--

Books are my happy place. With this publication, I'm looking forward to writing about my reading journey and the gems I find along the way. Whether that is a list of books that fit a certain theme, a review of a single book or just bookish thoughts.

Recommended from Medium

Monica Lewinsky, reimagined

READ/DOWNLOAD*( Tribute FULL BOOK PDF & FULL AUDIOBOOK

7 Books You Should Read to Kick Off 2022 Well (Dare We Say It?)

~*PDF $^EPubRead !Book

READ/DOWNLOAD!?

READ/DOWNLOAD*@ Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection (The Lunar Chronicles) FULL BOOK PDF &…

READ/DOWNLOAD# Siamese Coins: From Funan to the Fi

“In Another Country” — Reflection

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Rachella Angel Page

Rachella Angel Page

Writer, wife, lifelong learner. I write about personal development, emotional wellness, relationships and lifestyle. rachellaangelpage@yahoo.com

More from Medium

The Editor’s Reading List: Thirteen Done, Thirteen to Go

The Ultimate Book Gift Guide

Book Review: A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham

The Omnivore’s Dilemma Summary & Notes