January 2019 TBR List

… Never too late to post a TBR for the month, I hope?

Hi all, I hope you are having an awesome day today. I’m writing from one of my favorite cafes in the city, just trying to keep warm from the cold – hot cocoa, anyone? Before I get to my January TBR List, I just want to share a few updates regarding my blog…

So I finally got busy in the kitchen yesterday and did some cooking for the blog. Before starting this blog, I had the impression that food blogging wouldn’t be so complex. I mean – it’s just a matter of learning how to cook while snapping a few photos, right?

I was wrong. Of course, I was. I made Mudburgers from Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach (from the Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes book), and I struggled taking photos with my smartphone while I had dirty hands. Not to worry though, my phone is clean as I somehow managed to cook with just one hand. (Note to self: consider buying a tripod)

Once I’ve finished writing that blog and editing the photos, I promise to upload it as soon as possible. But for now, allow me to tell you a little bit of this month’s TBR. I’ll be posting reviews for these books this month as well.

January 2019 TBR List

Note: It’s currently the 20th of January. This post was meant to be published earlier this month so chances are I’ve already started on/finished reading some of these books when this post gets published.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

I love fairy tales so it’s not a surprise that this book made its way to my TBR list. Apart from all the good things I’ve heard about The Bear and the Nightingale, I also wanted to read a book that fits the winter season. And this book sounds like exactly the kind of stuff I am looking for.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstein

I’ve been MIA on this blog for quite some time now. I’ve been busy with work and – cue in drum roll here, I’ve been busy planning for a novel.

The Night Circus is a part of my research from which I hope to get a lot of inspiration from. I might have given it away but yes, my story has a circus involved. I’ve been told that The Night Circus is a great story but, to be honest, I’m not sure what to expect. I didn’t even read the synopsis of this one – I’m just going to let the pages lead the way.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

This book was on my list for the 2019 Back to the Classics Challenge. I’ve watched the movie version a hundred times before and I remember enjoying it then. If I’m not mistaken, Dumbledore – Richard Harris was in that film as well. I might rewatch it after reading this novel. I know it’s a thick one so I’m almost sure that I won’t be finishing it this month.

The Second Wife by Sheryl Browne

This is my first ever free book from NetGalley and I’m so excited to review this among all the others on this list. The cover is just intriguing and I think it has a lot of potentials – well, I tend to think that way until the end of the book anyway. As of today, I just have a few chapters left so expect a review coming very soon.

And that’s about it for my life updates. I’m actually thinking of including my writing process on this blog but I’m afraid that it’s a bit too off-topic for a book blog. I don’t know. Thoughts, anyone?

If you’re currently writing a novel, I would love to discuss writing tips and all that with you – just so that I don’t bore everyone with my progress on this blog. Anyway, I’m looking forward to chatting with you guys. Until next update, Kim signing off!

The 2019 Back To The Classics Reading Challenge

As part of my plan to rediscover the classics next year, I have decided to participate in the Back to the Classics Reading Challenge hosted by Karen from Books and Chocolate. (Thank you for hosting!)

The rules of the game are simple: complete a minimum of 6 categories listed below and you get one entry for the year-end drawing. Finish 9 of the categories, you’ll get 2 entries and you get 3 entries if you complete all 12. 

Honestly, I’m not sure if I can make it out alive but I know I’ll be contented if I could finish at least one of these books. That’s another step closer to my goal! Anyway, if you are interested in joining the challenge, you can find a complete and detailed list of rules on Karen’s blog: click here.

But if you’re here to watch me try or wish me good luck, here is a tentative list of books I’m planning to read for each category. I might change some books as I go along. But for now, this seems about right. Let’s do this! 

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Why I Want To Read The Classics

Hi, everyone! It’s me again. I hope you’ve had a happy bookish weekend. Before I begin with today’s post, I want to take this opportunity to personally thank everyone who made me feel welcome in the book blogging community. I’m so thankful for your comments and for following my blog. 

I’m not much of a talker in real life, but your kind words have encouraged me to find my voice. And it has helped me find the courage to express my views on this blog…

Which leads me to today’s topic – the reasons why I want to read the classics

As you may have read on my blog intro/2019 goals, I want to rediscover the classics in the coming year. I thought I should talk more about this and what I hope to accomplish on my blog. I also want to know what others in the book community think about such issues and so here I am, writing about it. Let’s get the ball rolling, shall we? 

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