Another year, another reading challenge! This year, I’ve decided once again to tackle my massive backlog of To Be Read titles. The two bookshelves housing my TBR pile have begun sneaking books onto the floor, and the piles from the floor have migrated to my dresser, nightstand, and desk. The approximate number of unread books in the house is close to 400—which is only about half the number of unread titles lurking in my digital libraries.
My plan is simple. Every month, I will sort the books in my digital libraries to the earliest date and send one to my e-reader. Then read it. Or make an attempt to. If I like it, I’ll mention it here, on my blog. If I don’t like it, I’ll delete it. Same goes for the physical books. I’ll pick one from the shelf and read it. If I like it, I’ll blog about it. If I don’t like it, I’ll tuck it into the library donation box.
To kick off my challenge, I picked through the books I had stacked in various locations and managed to pack eight medium-sized boxes for the library. I’m proud of this progress. I also read two digital and two print books. One of the print books I liked very, very much, meaning it made the journey from the TBR bookshelf behind my desk to the appropriate keeper shelf in my library downstairs. (I really like books, okay?)
I read a handful of other books in January, the most enjoyable of which I’d like to share as well.
The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee (Mount TBR Pick)
A friend (who obviously knew I’d enjoy the story of a love affair between a human and a robot) recommended this to me. I scouted a secondhand paperback edition and slipped it onto the TBR shelf where it sat for about three years. I put off picking it up because despite being into the premise, I wasn’t sure how it would stand the test of time.
A good story is always a good story, and The Silver Metal Lover is a lovely book. The ending broke my heart a little but it worked. It was a good ending. I’m not sure I’ll read the sequel but I would like to read more Tanith Lee, who believe it or not, is a new-to-me author. I plan to explore her Flat Earth series next, starting with Night’s Master.
The Long Winter series by A.G. Riddle
These books have been on my radar forever. I finally dove into Winter World shortly after the New Year and quickly burned my way through The Solar War and The Lost Colony. I loved every book, though perhaps the first and the last more than the second.
The first book, Winter World, is everything I love about near-future/first-contact science fiction: a highly plausible tale about the human response to an alien threat. I lived for all the details about the planned missions to space, the tech, the hopes, the dreams. The results. I loved the action, and the relationship between James, Emma, and their companions.
The final book, The Lost Colony, is a wild ride. I was just starting to get worn down by the constant stress when the plot behind the plot started to roll out. Very good stuff. I wish the paperbacks weren’t so expensive. I’d like to put the series on my keeper shelf. Because, you know, I always need more books.
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
This one showed up in my Libby app (Free Library of Philadelphia) in audiobook format. I couldn’t remember putting it on hold, but have discovered some of my best and brightest reads this way. So, I loaded it up and got to listening.
I think the highest compliment you can pay a book is to say you wish it would never end. This Tender Land is a wonderful coming of age story, a modern Huck Finn, and a little bit more. When I noticed the Book of the Month Club had a nice hardcover copy, I sacrificed an extra credit to add a copy to the keeper shelf.
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