The end of the month is when I usually write a book haul post, which everyone expects and which I usually write out of a sense of obligation.
Instead of doing the same old same old, I’ve decided to challenge myself and go on a month-long book-buying ban and also participate in the #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks challenge (I believe it was started at Estella’s Revenge).
I decided to do this because last week, I met 3 authors and bought 3 books. All 3 books were new, bought at no discount. That’s a record even for me! My wallet needs a much-deserved break. As much as I love buying new books and supporting the wonderful people who write them, I had a mini-anxiety attack when I saw how many new books I have already bought this year. And to be perfectly honest, I do not read fast enough to keep up with my book-buying addiction.
Below are the 10 books I will try to read in April. Yes, I am a painfully slow reader so I will likely not get around to all ten of them but I will give it an earnest effort. I am committed to #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks…at least for a month! Will you join me?
P.S. – I only chose 10 books because that is a manageable number. I have actually bought over 20 in 2016 and I’m not even including the eBooks. Baby steps, right? There’s no way I can give up buying books for more than a month. But variety is the spice of life, so this should be fun. 😀
What is Not Yours is Not Yours – by Helen Oyeyemi
- I’ve been reading the best short story collections lately and I’m eager to read more!
Shelter – by Jung Yun
- Currently Reading! A fast and thrilling read.
The Book of Negroes – by Lawrence Hill
- Recommended by Naomi. I will definitely read this one in April!
Please Look After Mom – by Kyung-sook Shin
- I love my mom and will always look after her. I’ve had this one for a few months now..It’s definitely time to read it.
The Vegetarian – by Han Kang
- I’m so ready for this peculiar book that everyone has been talking about. I actually got a free review copy, so I should probably get around that review if I want to maintain a decent reputation.
Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist – by Sunil Yapa
- I started this one and read about 65 pages, but stopped reading it after I took on a new role at my job that has been very stressful and kills my energy to read in the evenings. :/
The Association of Small Bombs – by Karan Mahajan
- Meeting him was a pleasure! This book is more relevant now than ever.
The Other Wes Moore – by Wes Moore
- This is my attempt at reading more nonfiction. A memoir is the best I can do for now!
Interpreter of Maladies – by Jhumpa Lahiri
- Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction! Need I say more? I’m hesitant to review books that have been read and discussed widely because I fear no one will care about another review. But I have to remember that this blog is for me first and foremost. And what I want is to read this book!
A Little Life – by Hanya Yanagahira
- Meeting the author was an enlightening experience. I must read this novel so I’m willing put aside my fear of 700+ page books.