So long, 2016! New year, new stack of books to read! I’ve also got a new system for planning my monthly to-be-read (TBR) lists using the app Trello. I’ll give you a more detailed look at how I use Trello to stay organized soon, but for now check out their site if you’re interested! Before we jump into what’s coming up for 2017, let’s take a moment to briefly wrap up December. I won’t go into too much of that since I wrapped up 2016 as a whole recently as well.

 

My December 2016 TBR List:

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling
  2. Christmas at Thompson Hall & Other Christmas Stories, Anthony Trollope
  3. The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X
  4. Spark Joy, Marie Kondo
  5. Begin, if not finish: White Trash, Nancy Isenberg

 

You may remember that I tried to keep my goals realistic last month with the holidays taking up so much time. I was pretty successful, in spite of the busyness!

My Actual December 2016 Reads:

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling
  2. Christmas at Thompson Hall & Other Christmas Stories, Anthony Trollope
  3. The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X
  4. Spark Joy, Marie Kondo

 

The only thing I didn’t get to from my list was White Trash, but I wasn’t too upset about that. Christmas at Thompson Hall turned out to be the big surprise of the group. It was hilarious! It was like an old-timey episode of Seinfeld. I was practically in tears relating the story out loud to someone. I highly recommend you pick it up if not to read this year, then put it on your list for next Christmas.

 

My January 2017 TBR List:

  1. The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. White Trash, Nancy Isenberg
  3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, story by J.K. Rowling, screenplay by Jack Thorne & John Tiffany
  4. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy (finish)

 

I was worried about the density of this list, but I’m already over half done with the first book and I’m halfway into War and Peace from when I originally started it. I think it’ll end up being more than manageable and I look forward to each one!

 

 

It’s been about 13 years since I read The Lord of the Rings and I can’t believe how much detail I’ve forgotten. I’ve been thinking about making it a yearly tradition, or perhaps every other year. We shall see! I also plan to reread The Hobbit this spring as well as The Silmarillion so it promises to be a very Tolkien-themed five months!

 

What reading do you have coming up for January?

 

Anna

 

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