At the first of the year, I was trying to decide what I wanted my New Year’s Resolutions to be and I was trying to come up with things that were challenging, but also achievable. I had already made the decision to be healthy when I had my surgery, so I was searching for resolutions that would help my overall well-being as much as my physical well-being. I was searching for something that I could do that would push me to be aware and to step out of my comfort zone, so I made a list a 10 things that I wanted to accomplish in 2019, one being reading 30 books throughout the year. Now, I LOVE to read, so this wasn’t really a resolution that pushed me to step out of my comfort zone, but it is a resolution that will push me to be more thoughtful of my surroundings. For some, 30 books can either be extremely challenging or extremely easy. For me, it is a little of both.
Like I said, I love to read, but I can easily be a creature of habit when it comes to reading: I like to read what is comforting and relatable, which often results in my re-reading some of my favorite series and novels. For example, I have read the Harry Potter series every year since I was a freshman in high school ( I am fully aware of how nerdy that is). So as easy as it is for me to read and to fall in love with characters, settings, and plots, it is also challenging for me to force myself to look at books that I may not find wholly relatable and pick one, which is why I was extremely excited to include this as a resolution for 2019.
So, what have you read?
As of today, I have read ten books and they have been fabulous! Like I mentioned above, I love Harry Potter, so I’m often drawn towards fantasy novels or science fiction, which includes the majority of what I have read thus far. I am an avid listener of the podcast Forever35 and while listening to the podcast, one of the speakers, Kate Spencer, mentioned the series Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, which is a fantasy series for young adults. I was instantly intrigued because 1) their taste on the podcast is flawless and 2) I love fantasy novels. So I decided that the series would be the first books that I would read in 2019 and I am so glad that I took the plunge to read these books.
Throne of Glass Series
As I mentioned, the Throne of Glass series is a fantasy series that is intended for young adults. The premise of the novel is that a young woman finds herself torn from her life and forced into a game that is life-threatening, but the results of the game push her to realize new parts of herself and to reflect on parts of her past. Also, bonus, there are budding relationships in the novel, and throughout the series, that reel you in and make you feel invested in their lives, which is partly what I love about a good book. I want to feel invested in what happens to the characters. Overall, this book, this series, makes you reflect on what courage means, it pushes you to consider what sacrifice is, and the different ways relationships can form, break, and come together.
A Court of Thrones and Roses Series
After reading Throne of Glass, I found myself craving another series and decided to read the second series by Sarah J. Maas, which begins with A Court of Thorns and Roses. This series was very enjoyable to read and pushed me think of relationships in a different way than the Throne of Glass series. In this series, the main character, Feyre, is forced from her home due to a split-second decision she made and soon finds herself in danger for herself and family, but as she acclimates to her new surroundings, she finds that what she once thought was true, is not, and she discovers that her expectations for her life are very different than what she once envisioned. Like I said, this series made me consider relationships in a different way and the theme of choice is a huge factor in the series, which is very relevant. Overall, I did not love the series as much as the first, but it is excellent and easy to read.
What is next?
This month, I plan on getting through quite a few books to review for you all! With school finally being out, I’m hoping that I will have more time to devote to reading. I was able to read the series above during snow days, so now that it is summer, I’m hoping to lay by the pool and read the following books: Becoming by Michelle Obama, Education by Tara Westover, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, and lastly, I want to read Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (I know, everyone is tired of hearing about GOT, but it has such a following for a reason: it’s freaking fantastic). Keep in touch and check back at the end of June to hear a review of these books!