At the start of the year, I wrote my first ‘monthly prompts’ post, called January Prompts. It was a new way for me to tackle regular to-read/TBR piles because I am the worst at following through with them. I love making to-read lists for readathons, and fitting them together with the challenges provided. But when left to my own devices as I make a monthly (or even seasonal) TBR, I end up reading every book except the ones on my list.
So I decided to create my monthly TBRs for 2019 in a similar manner to the ones I create when participating in a readalong: by following prompts and challenges. I use the Popsugar 2019 Reading Challenge‘s 40 challenges as prompts. Through a random number generator, I pick 3 or 4 prompts per month I want to complete. It allows me to be flexible enough to switch books around that fulfill the prompt, but gives me some direction too.
It appears to really work for me, because I managed to fulfill all 4 prompts for January! I read so much last month, and am glad to have read some books that had been on my to-read list for a while.
So here are the prompts that will guide (some of) my reading throughout February!
Read a book by an author whose first and last name start with the same letter
For this prompt, I have 4 books on my physical TBR that could fit.
The Mime Order (Bone Season #2) by Samantha Shannon
I started this series in 2016, and still haven’t continued. I have no idea why because I absolutely adored the first book, The Bone Season. Maybe this will be the push I need to finally continue the series!
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
If I’m not feeling up to reading a dense SFF book like The Mime Order, I could decide to pick up Noteworthy instead. This is a YA contemporary in which a girl disguises as a boy to join an all-male a cappella group in order to finally get a prominent role and showcase her talent.
His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire #1) by Naomi Novik
Another one that could complete this challenge is Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series. If I’m not mistaken, this series is a mix of historical fiction and fantasy and is set during the Napoleonic Wars but with dragons. That sounds absolutely epic, and once again I have no idea why this has been on my shelf for so long and I still haven’t read it.
The Valiant (The Valiant #1) by Lesley Livingston
I actually have a translated copy of this book, which is called Onverschrokken. I bought the Dutch translation in a book sale last year (or the year before? what is time) but somehow reading a translated version intimidates me. Ridiculous, considering Dutch is actually my first language. This is a YA historical fiction novel set in the Roman Empire during Caesar’s rule.
Read a book that takes place in a single day
The Dinner by Herman Koch
I’m not entirely sure this takes place in one day, but that’s what a list on the internet told me. I guess I’ll find out when I read it? This is about two families who have dinner together at a fashionable restaurant in Amsterdam. Behind their seemingly normal conversation hides a conflict; their 15-year-old sons have committed a horrifying act.
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
If I’m not mistaken, this novel follows 5 friends who are stuck repeating the same day over and over again. I loved Night Film by Marisha Pessl, and I’m really excited to read more of her works. I don’t own a copy of this myself, but Scribd has the audiobook! I’m hoping to make this my audiobook of the month in February.
Read a book about a hobby
To be honest, I’m not quite sure what to make of this topic. Should I read a nonfiction book about one of my hobbies? Should I read a book in which the main character shares a hobby of mine? Or should I read a fiction book in which the character simply has a prominent hobby? I don’t know.
How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry
I have a copy of this novel on my Kindle – actually, all the possible reads for this prompt are ebooks. I seriously need to start reading the endless amount of books I have on my ereader. I tend to forget about them since they’re not staring at me from my shelf. This novel follows a woman who returns to her Cotswold hometown the rescue her family’s bookstore. Obviously, since you’re reading this blog post, you know that reading is my #1 hobby.
From Twinkle with Love by Sandhya Menon
From Twinkle with Love follows two films geeks who are making a movie together for the upcoming Summer Festival. While the characters want to become filmmakers and movies are not simply a hobby to them, watching movies is most definitely a hobby of mine. One I need to explore more in 2019 as I watched a sad amount of movies last year.
The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere #1) by Heidi Heilig
I know, this book is kind of a stretch for this topic… We’re going with it anyway! The Girl from Everywhere follows Nix who has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship. Together they travel the world, across the centuries. It’s travel + time travel! Now, time travel clearly isn’t a hobby of mine because unfortunately I’m incapable of doing so. Regular travel, however, is one of my favorite things on Earth. A lot of my happy and joyful memories are from trips I’ve taken around the world. That counts, right?
Reread a favorite book
Shadow and Bone (Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo
January marked the release of King of Scars, which is a novel set in the Grishaverse focused on Nikolai. Although I’m really excited to read it, and sincerely hoping to avoid spoilers, I feel like I’m not ready to pick that book up yet. It’s been years since I’ve read the Grisha trilogy, and I feel like I’m due for a reread first.
Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin Lafevers
Another trilogy I want to reread this year. In 2019, Courting Darkness will be released which is a continuation of this series. When I first read the 3 books currently out, they were simply a trilogy. Now they’re adding more books, which I find really exciting! I remember adoring this series about assassin nuns in 15th century France!
I’m really excited about this month’s prompts! I was so happy when the random number generator gave me the ‘reread a favorite book’ challenge, since it’s the perfect time to do so – with the release of Courting Darkness and King of Scars, that is. Have you read any of these books? Which should I read first? Do you know of any other books that take place in one day?