So, I have decided to start this year off with a bang and to restart my book blog! I love writing and expressing my love for books but have not been able to fully commit to my book blog, but I have decided 2021 is going to be my year! Throughout January I have decided that I will be posting a blog post every single day! I thought I would start with the most basic post and tell you my TBR for the month of January!
I really love the idea of a book bingo as I’ve been wanting to do one forever. I did do one in my old blog but as that one doesn’t exist anymore this is chance to start fresh in the new year. I have a list of 90 prompts each which equate to a bingo ball. Each month I will choose a random number generator of one to twelve to choose how many balls I will have to spin that month. The number I rolled this month is eight so I will have to choose eight prompts for January. In the next few months if I don’t complete a prompt, I will have to add an extra roll onto next month. Also, if I get a multiple of ten, I will have to roll an extra prompt. So, let’s get on with the rolls…
First Roll – 35: Read an E-Book
So, the first roll I got was thirty-five which equated to the prompt read an e-book. This prompt was kind of perfect as I have several on my Net Galley shelves which I need to get to pretty soon however, I have chosen Nick by Michael Farris Smith. This book comes out on January 5th, so I am a little bit late getting to it, but I am so excited for this book. This book is inspired by The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald which is my favourite classic. I read it during my A-Levels, and this was the only book I read for that class that I actually enjoyed.
This follows the main character Nick before he met Gatsby when he was serving within World War One. After returning home he tries to escape his past by traveling the world trying to find himself through romance as well as alcohol. I can’t wait to see how Smith portrays this character and also to jump back into the world of the dazzling twenties.
Second Roll – 46: Read A Book of a Certain Colour
For my second roll I got forty-six which was to read a book of a certain colour. For this roll I had to go on a random colour generator which chose a kind of baby/light blue colour. I decided the closest I could get to this colour is Vicious Spirits by Kat Cho. I have had this book on so many of last year’s TBR, but I just have not manage to get to this yet.
Vicious Spirits is the sequel to Wicked Fox which I read last year, and I loved it. It focuses on Korean myths of the nine-tailed fox and other Korean mythology. I really enjoy books that are based off mythology and this one did not disappoint. Although this one follows a different set of protagonists, I am really looking forward into learning more about the world and the myths that surround it.
Third Roll – 26: Read A Book Published In 2015
This is a very random prompt, but a lot of amazing books came out in 2015 and I have decided to choose Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. Once again, I read the first book in this series, The Diviners, in 2020 and I have been wanting to get to this book ever since. The world, the characters, the mystery; everything about this book is beautiful and I can not wait to get back into it.
Another book on this TBR that is set in the jazz age it follows Evie, a girl that can read peoples secrets just by touching something they own as well as Henry and Ling who can travel through each other’s dreams. Together they form part of the Diviners; humans that have powers unlike others. I just love the dark atmosphere in these books as well as the setting in general, so I am really excited to finally get to this one.
Fourth Roll – 90: Read A Marvel Book
Not only is this prompt a multiple of ten so I have to read another book this month, but it is also the prompt to read a Marvel book. I currently do not have any unread Marvel books on my shelf, so I am going to have to get one. The one I am thinking about getting is the Black Widow book Forever Red which follows Black Widow mentoring a girl that she finds in Russia. I don’t really know anything about this other than that, so I am going to leave it at that.
Fifth Roll – 2: Read A Diverse Book
I have a lot of diverse books on my TBR at the moment but the one I have decided to pick is A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown. This book is inspired by West African folklore and is the first book in a new duology. This book was on my TBR several times towards the end of last year, but I just did not get around to it due to work and University, so I am really excited to hopefully get to this one this month.
I know that this follows a court after the queen is assassinated and our main character is her daughter but I’m not quite sure about much else. I’ve heard such great things about it from other people that I kind of want to go into it blind, but I hope the hype does not ruin it for me.
Sixth Roll – 69: Read a Book with An Animal on The Cover
For this roll I have chosen another book that I have been meaning to get to for a very long time which is Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. She is my favourite author of all time and I have been putting off reading this book for a long time. It’s not her usual works and I have heard mixed reviews about it, but I am really looking forward to getting into this.
I know this is a very dark academia vibe book that’s set in a boarding school. I think it might be a dual timeline that flickers between two murders; one in the present day and one that happened in the past. I know I will love this book as I love a thriller and I have never read anything of Leigh Bardugo’s that I have not enjoyed.
Seventh Roll – 80: Buy A Book!
So, this prompt is both a great prompt and a not so great prompt! I get to treat myself to a book for this one, but it is January and I’m not sure how I’m going to be able to achieve that. It is also another multiple of ten which means another book added to my TBR making the total ten.
The book I am thinking of is a Junji Ito book maybe Tomie I’m not sure yet. I read Uzumaki in 2020 and loved it and I have been wanting to dive back into his books ever since. Junji Ito is a horror manga writer and his works are really twisted and strange but also really fascinating to read! I may change my mind about which book I buy but for the moment it’s this one.
Eighth Roll – 1: Adult Romance
What should have been my final role is adult romance. I have grown to love adult romance over the course of the past year from when I read The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. For this prompt I have decided to go with Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella. I was meaning to read this last year after I watched the film with Tyler Hoechlin which I thought was hilarious.
This book follows a girl who after getting scared on a plane during some turbulence tells the stranger next to her all her secrets. This turns out to be her boss that was flying in to check on the company. I hope the book is as good as the film, but I hear it could even be better than the film.
Ninth Roll – 32: Alphabet Book
For this book I used a random letter generator to choose a letter which ended up being the letter C. I knew immediately which book I wanted to read for this and that is Crush by Tracy Wolff. I read Crush which is the first book in this series at the end of 2020 and I loved it. I have written a review on it which will be back up on this account sometime in the future.
Crave followed a girl whose parents have recently died so she is sent to live with her Uncle at a boarding school. Its here that she finds out that vampires, witches and dragons are real. It brought me back to my fourteen-year-old twilight phase.
Tenth Roll: 14: Fantasy
My tenth and final roll gave me fantasy. I am so glad I go this as it gave me the opportunity to put Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar. This was one of my most anticipated books for 2020 and I can not wait to get to it. The cover of this book is absolutely stunning, and I have a feeling this is going to be a new favourite.
It follows a girl who is half human and half star but when her father gets ill, she must travel to the celestial court. The only other thing that I know about this book is that it involves a form of competition which is one of my favourite tropes in books.
So, there are my ten book picks for January. I think this is going to be a really good month for reading especially with the amazing books that I have managed to get on to my TBR. I hope you enjoyed this first post of New Year New Blog and I can’t wait to show you everything else I have planned this month.