Sometime around January, I was thinking of what books I would have lined up for February seeing that it was Valentine’s month and it’s sort of the right month to pick up romance novels and such. How cliche of me to do that, but I liked having themed reads. I like reading certain books at a certain time of the year because the month’s celebrations call for it. I think that makes it more fun (albeit masochistic, especially in February, if you know my stories :P).
Anyway, as I was choosing books from my Mt. TBR, I wondered if I could do a theme for every month. Which led to me thinking that maybe I can have kind of direction for the books I read in this year, instead of just choosing randomly. I would be able to conquer my TBR a bit for the entire year but without the big pressure of reading them all, you know?
So I came up with my own, sort of TBR challenge for 2011, where:
- I would pick 4 books from my TBR pile that I should read within the month that sort of fits one kind of theme.
- These books should not be included in other 2011 challenges.
This doesn’t mean that I would only read the books I listed within the month. These are just the books that I should read within the month, but I can read other books, too, in the pace that I want to. Call it required reading, I guess.
WAIT. Okay that’s the name of this “challenge”. Required Reading. :D
I have constructed a list in my planner which is still subject to change. I will share them every start of the month, of course, but for now, my February line up!
Well it’s obvious the theme is love. Like I said, it may be a bit masochistic for me because of the current state of my love life (or lack thereof — but I will not post that here. If you want more of that, it will be posted in the personal blog :P)…but hey, everyone loves a good love story, right? With all it’s red and pink magic. :)
So from my TBR, here are my February Required Reading!
- Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly
- Delirium by Lauren Oliver
- Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
- Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
There’s a book on summer love, a dystopian novel about love being a disease, a novel about a wedding, and finally a retelling of a Roman myth with the god of love. I even feel like throwing in a few more romance novels in the mix here. Let it be a month full of books on love, yes? :)
Nice idea, Tina. I don’t think I could do it for every month but I definitely would like to pick some romantic reads for February. We’ll see if I have time. :)
I’m a sucker for “themes.” When anyone in my family or friends are thinking of having a party or get together I always say “Let’s have a theme!” I also want my bedroom to have a theme. But I do know that all of these things will fall on deaf ears as always but one likes to dream^^.
I love the monthly themed read idea. I am especially curious about Delirium and Till We Have Faces. Aside from themes, I am also a sucker for dystopian reads and mythology. :P
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