*Apologies for the color quality of this month's shelf, I didn't have all my pens with me. It was a struggle. Also, I haven't finished all of these yet. But I made sure to at least start them before the month comes to an end.
Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood | This was one of my BOTM selections from last year. My BOTM TBR is outrageous, but it's full of gems that I really need to read already. I loved this book so much. I loved Patricia Lockwood's style and connected to her stories so much. Her father was a priest, and her stories of what it feels like to be raised in religion, and then leave that setting were so interesting. She's a poet by trade (She's on this shelf twice this month!), so her language and style are super fresh and vibrant, just my vibe.
Bluets | Maggie Nelson | I listened to the audiobook of The Argonauts and loved it. Maggie Nelson read it, which made even better. Her writing is really observant. There's so much detail in every piece of it. I bought Bluets to read after reading The Argonauts and just got around to it, but I loved the style. It's just a bunch of numbered observations and thoughts loosely strung together. All about the color blue, her obsession with it. Her love for it. It was heavily researched and lovingly constructed. I loved it.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone | J.K. Rowling | I've been collecting the HP audiobooks since I started using Audible. Jim Dale narrates them and I've always liked his voice. (He also narrated Pushing Daisies.) I just finished reading the end of Order of the Phoenix to my six year old nephew and it got me feeling really nostalgic. So I figured 2018 was as good a time as any to start a re-read. I can always use more magic.
The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa | Translated by Sawako Nakayasu | At the end of 2017 I wasn't satisfied with the amount of poetry I'd read. So I found some year end lists of the best poetry collections and Chika Sagawa was on more than one. I'm not finished with this one yet, but "Ocean Angel" is my favorite so far.
H is For Hawk | Helen MacDonald | My book club and I decided to only read books off our TBR shelves this year. It's January and we've managed to stick to it. For now. This book fits into one of my PopSugar categories and I've had it for a while. I'm liking it so far. For something to hook me early it's usually got to have a sense of specificity. The memoir is about MacDonald losing her father. But the stories about how hawks, specifically goshawks, connected the events of her life are what piqued my interest.
Braving the Wilderness | Brene Brown | Mary and I bought this when we checked out the Amazon book store in Chicago. Daring Greatly is a life bible of mine, so I knew this would be filled with more wisdom and love/life lessons. If you've never read any Brene Brown, I definitely recommend starting with Daring Greatly. Her studies on shame and self love are a game changer. Then grab this one to pick up where you left off. It's another great read for new beginnings and fresh starts.
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, Be Your Own Person | Shonda Rhimes | I bought this one a year or so ago, but never got around to it. Then I saw it on Mary's bookshelf in Chicago. Cindy posted a picture of it when she bought it. Then Jenna and I talked about it and we all decided to read it together-ish. I figured it was a good pick to start the year with. That theme runs through most of my picks for the month. A kick in the pants to start the year off on my terms. It's Shonda. She's a boss. Need I say more?
Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals | Patricia Lockwood | I had bought this collection along with a handful of others one day on book buying spree. In all honesty I bought it because I loved the cover. (Look it up, it's gorgeous.) I didn't realize that she was also the author of Priestdaddy until I picked them both up to take on my trip to Utah. It's got the same vibrant language as Priestdaddy, so it's been fun to read them one after the other.
Life on Mars | Tracy K. Smith | I also bought this one a while ago during a poetry spending spree. I'd seen it mentioned on "best of" lists and heard Smith's name mentioned in different articles. It's also got a huge "Winner of the Pulitzer Prize" sticker on it. I'm a sucker for debut authors and award winners, so this was an easy purchase. I was hooked by the intro poem "The Weather in Space". Poetry isn't for everyone, and poets can have such distinct and different styles. I've only read a few that didn't stick with me. But Life on Mars is one that I'm going to reread often, I can feel it.
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches | Audre Lorde | I see this every time I go to the bookstore. It's on every feminist's TBR list. I just never had a chance to grab it or start reading. Then I was browsing through Audible and saw that Audre Lorde read the audio version, so I decided to get this version. I haven't gotten very far into it yet, but I can already tell that it's something I'll be revisiting often.