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With the second half of 2018 starting tomorrow, it's time to look forward to what books I've got my eyes on for the rest of the year. My TBR (to be read) is sitting at 484 books today so I scrolled through it today on Goodreads to see what I wanted to prioritize and broke them up into categories.
Digression: I spend a lot (A LOT) of time browsing for books, organizing the books I want to read into categories, talking to other people about books, and making various plans to read these books (which I almost never keep, by the way). I do not pretend this is normal behavior, this is book dragon behavior. (Shout out to all my fellow book dragons who know what I'm talking about)
I stalled out on Leigh Bardugo when I got sick of YA, but finishing the Grisha Trilogy and Language of Thorns is a high priority, especially with King Nikolai coming out next year. Bardugo also wrote Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, which I just love, set in the same Grishaverse. I am reading The Inheritance Trilogy as an omnibus, and I have the last two books (The Broken Kingdom, The Kingdom of Gods) to go. I did read The Killing Moon, but The Shadowed Sun is on hold indefinitely until someone else reads it and lets me know how prominent the sexual violence is. I really enjoyed The Killing Moon and the story stands on its own, so for now it's just keeping me from checking a box.
Read Harder Challenge
This year I am actually participating in the Read Harder challenge and making reasonable progress. These are the tasks I have left and the books I intend to read for each one.
Classics by Audio
I am on a mission to learn about tea. In June I read The Tea Book by Linda Gaylard and The Art and Craft of Tea by Joseph Wesley Uhl, covering tea 101 pretty thoroughly. Fun fact: that herbal "tea" you're drinking is not Tea. Only tea made from one of the 3 varieties of the Camellia sinensis plant are Tea. Those other things are tisanes. You're welcome. So I'm moving along in my studies to The Tea Enthusiasts Handbook by Mary Lou Heiss, Darjeeling by Jeff Koehler, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See (this is a novel, but that's how you round out studies, historical fiction), and For All The Tea in China: Espionage, Empire and the Secret Formula for the World's Favourite Drink by Sarah Rose.
African American Studies
I guess I'm doing kind of an African American Studies independent study. I didn't learn nearly enough about my own history in school, so no time like the present. What's really exciting is all the contemporary authors telling their stories as Black Americans. What's not exciting is how for every forward push, there is a substantial backlash, most recently the Civil Rights Movement and the War on Drugs and mass incarceration.
..that's a lot of books. 30 to be exact. I'm probably not going to read all of those books but it is statistically possible, so we will see. I really really did narrow it down. And there is something about each one of those books that kept me from being like, nah book, I'll see you in 2019, but I honestly feel like every book is just something to read until Muse of Nightmares comes out in October.
Thanks for reading this very, very long post. What are you most looking forward to reading the rest of this year?