2017: The Year of Classics | Randomness

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Yes, it’s January 6, 2017, and New Years was ages ago, however, I’ve been busy (sorry!) lately and this was the only time I could get around to it.

Can you believe it’s 2017?! I know I can’t. As I reflect back on 2016 I’m left feeling hollow and unfulfilled.  Last year I’d partaken in a bulk of YA novels, in which the majority shared a common critique: they all lacked true substance.

Sure, I read a few that continue to blow my mind to smithereens (The Knife of Never Letting Go series) in either creativity or cohesive plots and writing, but the ratio of this was like 2:8. For every 2 quality books, I read 8 mediocre/bad ones. This doesn’t mean I’m shunning YA as of 2017, but I’m going to focus more on classics.

However, it doesn’t end there. I’ve also decided to be spicy this year and challenge myself to a risqué endeavour (that sounds like an escort service) of *drum roll* no blurbs.

Yes! I’ve dedicated myself to not reading blurbs the entire year – at least until after I’ve completed the novel. I know, this is crazy – I completely agree – but I need to spice-up 2017.  This challenge is like adding freaking cayenne (or Chinese Five Spice, because that shit is powerful) and will add flavor to even the dullest of reading seasons. So, let’s get it started!

 


Currently Reading

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (started 2017)

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2) by Amie Kaufman (started 2016)

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (started 2016)

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle (started 2016)

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1) by Jay Kristoff (started 2016)

Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby, #3) by William Ritter (started 2016)

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) by V. E. Schwab (started 2016)

 

13 thoughts on “2017: The Year of Classics | Randomness

    • Codie @Reader's Anonymous says:

      Thank you! It’s a hefty book lol so it might take me a minute, but I’ll make sure to let you know!

  1. theorangutanlibrarian says:

    I really really cannot believe it’s 2017! I’m so excited that you’re planning to read more classics! Wow that is brave to not read blurbs- good luck!! I still really need to read something by Haruki Murakami.

    • Codie @Reader's Anonymous says:

      Me either. This year has been so hectic for me – since new year’s honestly lol – but it’s still amazing that it’s almost halfway over. Haruki Murakami has an amazing writing style, although he tends to overwrite sometimes. As for the no blurbs this year, I’ve been successful thus far, but I also haven’t read a lot this year haha, I’m doing awful. How’s your reading going this year?

  2. Run Wright says:

    I followed you here from IG and just followed your blog as well.
    Great post. Last year, I decided to stop reading book blurbs too. I might skim the first line or two but I don’t want to be spoiled about a book. Some blurbs give away way too much information and I prefer to find out while i am immersed in a story. If things go wrong, you can always DNF, right? 🙂
    I hope you’ll check out my pages too. I look forward to interacting with you.

    • Codie @Reader's Anonymous says:

      My replies are so terribly late, I’m so sorry! But it’s progressing slowly lol. Between work, school and his writing style it’s gonna take a bit of time to get through. I’m only on page 104 out of like 924 soooo…yeah. What have you been reading lately?

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