Since one of my 2015 goals is to read more, and also to declutter, I thought I would combine them both into this Winter Reading Goals post. The twist? All of these books are currently sitting in my apartment, and since I rehome the majority of my books after I read them, actually finishing these will make a very tiny dent in my stacks of books as well. I suspect I may keep 2-3 of these, but the majority have to go BYE after I’m done reading them. Winter officially ends March 19th this year, so that gives me two months to finish these all up!
(Also, yes, I had more fun with Illustrator).
1. Hybrid: The History and Science of Plant Breeding by Noel Kingsbury: This is a non-fiction tome I actually borrowed from my boss since he recommended it and it sounded great. It is super interesting, but I can be quite slow at reading non-fiction and I’d like to give it back to him eventually. I have barely started it, so I know I’ll have to focus my efforts to finish it up in time.
2. The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzad: I love my YA, especially contemporary, and this story sounds heartbreaking and beautiful. Plus I need a few books that are easier to finish on this list, and I know this won’t take me long.
3. The Last Good Paradise by Tatjana Soli: I’ve read the author’s previous two books and they were gorgeous, and I have a copy of this for a February book tour so… I better have read it by then!
4. The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna Van Praag: This book has a magical realism twist which I think will be lovely during the wintertime for a nice escape. Also, who can say no to a magical dress shop? Clearly not me which is why I have this book in the first place…
5. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography: I was really thinking of my boyfriend when I got this, so it will stick around afterwards for him, but I think a dose of comedy is always nice and I am very intrigued by the premise.
6. Velveteen by Daniel Marks: This is a bulkier YA novel with a paranormal twist, which sounds good but isn’t usually the kind of book I hold onto so… think of all that space on my bookcase once I read it!
7. The Icarus Project by Laura Quimby: I love anything with a scientific element, so I have been meaning to read this forever and honestly, if I finally don’t after these two months, I should really just rehome it and move on…
8. Punishment by Linden MacIntyre: This is an amazing Canadian author so I have no doubt I’ll be blown away by his latest novel, I just need to actually read it.
9. Moving Forward Sideways Like A Crab by Shani Mootoo: This is a very interesting and emotional story, which I made a decent dent in and then put down and forgot about for quite awhile. So it’s time to pick it back up and finish it.
10. Falling Out of Time by David Grossman: Same story. Picked it up. Put it down. Plus it’s super short so it’ll be easy to finish up provided I do pick it up.
11. Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson: Another YA novel with an emotional contemporary thriller storyline that I love, so it sounds like it will be really tense and easy to read!
Well, there are my 11 books for my Winter Reading Goals. Honestly, I was going to keep adding to the list but I have a bad habit of making overly ambitious goals and not meeting them when it comes to these kinds of things, so I tried to show restraint. I also picked a variety of books that should keep my interest no matter what I’m in the mood for! Have you read any of these? Do you have any winter reading goals? There will be reviews on whichever ones I finish!