It’s the beginning of a new year and hence time for 2024 resolutions, goals and more. As I was looking back at the whole of 2023 I felt dissatisfied and disappointed with life as a whole. I had started 2023 on a high with lots of dreams and no plan to achieve those dreams. This year I am restarting from zero but with a set plan and goals. Reading is something I would like to pursue with more mindfulness in the year of 2024. So without further ado let’s dive into my bookish resolutions and goals for 2024.
Bookish resolutions 2024
- Read more consistently – I am not keeping any specific target number of books to read since it only ends up creating pressure. Instead my target is to read a little everyday and maintain that habit consistently
- Read more mindfully – Instead of going after every whim and fancy like last year, this year the plan is to read more mindfully. Choose books that would satisfy the reader I am today instead of going after every new tik tok sensation is one part of it. Buying books after careful research is another.
- Be more consistent with blogging and posting on Instagram
Bookish Goals 2024
I intend to achieve my resolutions by setting up weekly TBRs. I used to be a complete mood reader who randomly pick up books and then abandons them midway when I lose the mood or requesting multiple arcs on net galley based on mood and then losing my mood when I finally get approved for the same. Giving myself a goal to read only net galley arcs in December helped me immensely last year. So with weekly TBRs I hope to end the cycle hoarding more than reading. Intentionally setting TBRs at the beginning of a week will, I hope help me to read more mindfully and consistently. I also hope it will help avoid slumps and also provide me with enough content to be more consistent with my blog and Bookstagram account.
Weekly TBR for week 1 of 2024
My weekly TBR for the first week of 2024 is as follows:
Two warriors shepherd an ancient god across a broken land to end the tyrannical reign of a royal family in this new epic fantasy from the author of The Vanished Birds.
The people suffer under the centuries-long rule of the Moon Throne. The royal family—the despotic emperor and his monstrous sons, the Three Terrors—hold the countryside in their choking grip. They bleed the land and oppress the citizens with the frightful powers they inherited from the god locked under their palace.
But that god cannot be contained forever.
With the aid of Jun, a guard broken by his guilt-stricken past, and Keema, an outcast fighting for his future, the god escapes from her royal captivity and flees from her own children, the triplet Terrors who would drag her back to her unholy prison. And so it is that she embarks with her young companions on a five-day pilgrimage in search of freedom—and a way to end the Moon Throne forever. The journey ahead will be more dangerous than any of them could have imagined.
Both a sweeping adventure story and an intimate exploration of identity, legacy, and belonging, The Spear Cuts Through Water is an ambitious and profound saga that will transport and transform you—and is like nothing you’ve ever read before.
Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn’t an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.
Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan’s unceasing expansion—all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret—one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life—or rescue it from annihilation.
Lavender House, 1952: the family seat of recently deceased matriarch Irene Lamontaine, head of the famous Lamontaine soap empire. Irene’s recipes for her signature scents are a well guarded secret―but it’s not the only one behind these gates. This estate offers a unique freedom, where none of the residents or staff hide who they are. But to keep their secret, they’ve needed to keep others out. And now they’re worried they’re keeping a murderer in.
Irene’s widow hires Evander Mills to uncover the truth behind her mysterious death. Andy, recently fired from the San Francisco police after being caught in a raid on a gay bar, is happy to accept―his calendar is wide open. And his secret is the kind of secret the Lamontaines understand.
Andy had never imagined a world like Lavender House. He’s seduced by the safety and freedom found behind its gates, where a queer family lives honestly and openly. But that honesty doesn’t extend to everything, and he quickly finds himself a pawn in a family game of old money, subterfuge, and jealousy―and Irene’s death is only the beginning.
When your existence is a crime, everything you do is criminal, and the gates of Lavender House can’t lock out the real world forever. Running a soap empire can be a dirty business.
Let’s see how much progress I make with these three by the end of the week and based on that I will curate my tbr for week two of 2024. Wish me luck!!
Let’s Catch Up
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