( For the record, I have no idea how these ‘reading events’ work. I’m hoping for the best. 🤷🏽‍♀️ )

While my last post was more a list of books I plan to read at some point within the year 2019, I figured I’d shorten the list a bit and give myself a more specific goal to reach for the first month of 2019. In doing so, I plan on joining both the Late-a-Thon hosted by howlinglibraries and the January Jam Jar hosted by booksandmunches. I’m still not too sure what an ‘ARC’ is or how it works, but the Late-a-Thon offers the option to read books you’ve been meaning to read for a while, which I have plenty of. While the Jam Jar event feels a bit more new-user-friendly, I’m hoping both events prove to be a fun, engaging way to keep track of my reading. 💫

My goal for the year is  to read fifteen books, and I’m going to start by giving myself a goal of reading three books this month. (Even if three books per month would result in reading 36 books by the end of the year, not 15, I want to start off the year strong by giving myself a challenge.) It sounds achievable enough, but with classes starting back up on the 14th, I want to be sure not to bite off more than I can chew.

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The first book I plan to finish this month will be Big Damn Hero, which I started last month. I’m really enjoying it, and I hope I’m able to finish it soon (mainly so I can talk, and talk, and talk about it).

From here, I plan going with the Jam Jar to select my next two books. I’m using my initial list to choose from! Similarly to this blogger, I went digital in selecting my choices. Each book has been given a number, and I’m using an online randomizer to choose two numbers for me! And… here goes!

From the nineteen books I have listed, #5 and #3 were selected, which means I’m starting 2019 with these three books:

🌺 Big Damn Hero, by Nancy Holder, which I’m currently reading
🌺 Xenogenesis, by Octavia Butler
🌺 The Shining Girls, by Lauren Beukes

I think it’s a nice mix! Mostly female authors, all science-fiction (or at least I think so), and a nice blend of stories and authors that I’m either entirely unfamiliar with or only somewhat familiar with without ever having fully experienced their works for myself. Of the three, Xenogenesis is the only one I have a physical copy of. Big Damn Hero is on my Kindle, and The Shining Girls is one I know nothing about, but it caught my attention when I saw it on this list.

 Let’s get chance and luck with this first challenge of the year!