9 Books I'm Reading This Spring

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Before you question  my sanity because none of these are really "spring" books, let me assure you, I am not going for the spring theme here. In reality, this is a list of 9(ish) books that I most definitely want to get to within the next 2-3 months, starting now. Does that sound like a good blog post title? No, it doesn't. So I'm going with "9 Books I'm Reading This Spring". The reason I'm stepping away from doing monthly TBRs is simply because I have a hard time sticking to them—I'm a moody reader, I read what I feel like reading, and planning out 5+ books I will read every month sounds less like fun and more like a job. On the other hand, I definitely intend to read more than 9 books before summer, so this is me setting realistic reading goals for myself. Here's what I really want to get to (in no particular order):

1. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is something I actually started reading today. I honestly don't know much about this book, other that the fact that it supposedly is a great book for anyone who loves reading. This was a gift from my awesome friend Lindsay, and I am excited to finally start reading it!

2. A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir by Lev Golinkin is a memoir that has to do with immigration, as well as a personal journey. I haven't heard anyone talk about this book, but it sounded interesting to me, since I can personally relate to the topic. 

3. All That is Solid Melts into Air by Darragh McKeon is a historical fiction novel set around the Chernobyl disaster. This is another subject that's close to my heart, so I've been wanting to read this book ever since I first heard about it last year. Since the accident took place on April 26, I thought it would be appropriate to read this in April.

4. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins was one of my most anticipated books of the year, so I have no idea why I haven't read it yet. It's a mystery novel that's often compared to Gone Girl. Personally, I foresee it to be nothing like Gone Girl, because people like to compare books to unrelated books just because they're in the same genre, and I don't want to have any set expectations. What I do want is an awesome mystery thriller, and I hope this one will fit the bill.

5. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (speaking of Gone Girl) is my other mystery novel of choice for the next few months. I eventually want to read all of Gillian Flynn's novels, and I find it interesting that people tend to love this one and hate Sharp Objects, or the other way around. Not many people like both. I wonder which one will I prefer.

6. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is a young adult fantasy novel that really sparked my interest. It's set in the world where people with silver blood possess magical abilities, and rule over regular people with red blood. I normally avoid young adult fantasy, but this one sounds like it could be really good. My lovely friend Tatiana surprised me by gifting me the book a week ago, and I can't wait to start reading it.

7. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab is another book from  my most anticipated books of the year list, and we all remember how I felt about Vicious. This book involves parallel worlds, and magic. Combined with V.E. Schwab's writing, I'm sure this book is an amazing experience.

8. Cinder by Marissa Meyer is a very hyped-up retelling of Cinderella. Personally, if you say your book is about cyborgs, I'm already sold. Though I don't normally seek out fairytale retellings, this sounds like a kick-ass combination. I am a little afraid that I've been overhyped for this, but I sincerely hope the book lives up to my expectations.

9. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin... Do I even need to say anything? I've been meaning to read the series pretty much ever since I started watching Game of Thrones (a.k.a. the best TV show EVER) I've already read and loved A Game of Thrones, but I still have four more books to get through. Since I don't know how long this will take, I'll just leave my final book goal for the spring at "as much as I can read".

Have you read any of these books? What are you reading this spring? 

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