- I have now read 101 books in 2017. (Including a handful of audiobooks, which is new for me.)
- I read a lot of cupcake books.
- Books with heavier themes that may evoke emotional responses other than happiness scare me. I have to mentally prepare for them.
- I’ve been in a book slump and I DNF cupcake books that are probably perfectly fine. I think I need more variety.
- I also need a break from business books because I’ve read a ton this year.
I decided to do something to challenge myself as a reader. It’s time to dive into some “hard” books that I have wanted to read, but I avoided because emotions and ugly crying and scary.
Want to join me on my quest to read more books with big feelings?
I’ve decided to read these 12 books, hopefully by the end of 2017.
- Read the book. It’s okay if it makes me feel sad. Or tense. Or anxious. I can put it in a cardboard box that I pretend is the freezer. (Sorry, I read almost exclusively on my Kindle, so I can only Joey Tribbiani so much.)
- If I hate it (for reasons other than it is making me feel uncomfortable emotions), I am allowed to stop reading and give it a big ole DNF.
Here’s the list (in alphabetical order, of course):
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All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
My friend Julie recommended this one to me a while ago and I was intrigued, but afraid. The recommendation stayed with me and I figured I would read it when I was ready.
Let’s do this before I chicken out.
This book terrifies me. I want to read it VERY BADLY. I periodically check it out from the library and then stare at it on my Kindle.
This has been mentioned on What Should I Read Next many times and I want to read it. It’s available on Audible Channels and I started. I got through the Author’s Note and 90 seconds of the first chapter and turned it off. This time, I will try in book form.
I was listening to one of the Book Riot podcasts and they did a best of 2017 list so far and this was discussed. It’s been on my radar, but the hosts made me want to read it badly. They read books with big feelings regularly and described this as a hard read. Yup, totally terrified.
Cat told me it should be on this list. And so it is.
I crowdsourced this idea to Facebook and a couple of friends recommended this one.
I’ve heard this mentioned in a few places. Jodi Picoult doesn’t exactly have a reputation for happily ever after, but I did look it up on Amazon. After reading the description, I ran away immediately saying, oh no, feelings. Big hard feelings. Now here we are.
Another one from my beloved Facebook hive mind.
I’ve heard more about this title than any other book released this year. It’s YA so it won’t hurt that much, right? (Humor me. I know I’m lying to myself.)
Friends have been recommending this for at least a year. I’ve heard it mentioned on WSIRN many times. I’ve avoided it the entire time.
This book has been on my Kindle for at least a year and a half. But, people know how I feel about sad books and have warned me. I’m hoping this will be like Me Before You. I knew what was coming because everyone talked about it so much, so I didn’t sob hysterically.
Oprah and Cat said I need to read it, so….