TBR Shelf February: Shorts Stories and Essays

As you know, I’m really fond of theme reading. It clears my bookshelves and helps me get some genres read that I’ve been meaning to try. This month I thought I’d jump on my short story and essay collections. I have been accumulating them apparently. I’m going to try for the ones I own and if I get through those I’ll reach out to what I have on Scribd and get some recommendations from you guys (throw them in the comments, I’ll try to get to them). I read 34 books in January and I don’t think I have that many essay/short story collections on my shelf so it’s possible. I’m not only reading these, since The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee is coming out tomorrow! (Side note: This took all my willpower not to capitalize all of that and add all the exclamation points.)

Here’s my physical shelf.

  • Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
  • Trigger Warning by Neil Gaimain
  • Nocturne by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  • Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
  • Naked by David Sedaris
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  • Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris
  • How to be a Heroine: Or What I’ve Learned by Reading Too Much by Samantha Ellis
  • Ghost Summer by TananariveDue (also my horror pick for my Read Harder Challenge)

On my digital shelf

  • Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions edited by Cami Ostman (my religion pick for #readharder)
  • Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker
  • A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin
  • Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine edited by Lisa Jervis (possibly my #readharder feminist pick)
  • Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
  • Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained by Maya Rodale

Do you have any recommendations for me? Read any of these? Any I should read sooner than the others? Talk to me, people!

2016 Read Harder Challenge: Let’s Do This

It comes to no one’s surprise that I’m attempting Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge again this year. I even have talked my bestie and my sister into it. Any takers?

A week in, I’m already four tasks in. So far I have the following categories.

  • Task 4: Read a book out loud to someone else: I read Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood to my youngest spawn.
  • Task 15: Read a historical fiction set before 1900: Goddess by Kelly Gardiner.
  • Task 17: Read a non superhero comic that’s debuted in the last three years: Monstress by Marjorie M. Lui.
  • Task 22: Read a food memoir: Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Good Books by Cara Nicoletti.



Here’s what I tentatively have planned. As always this is not guaranteed. I have a habit of changing my mind or a book drops into my lap that fits a category that I didn’t expect. Any suggestions for the ones I have blank? The movie/book one I’m choosing with my friend so we can read and watch together so feel free to skip. The politics category I’d like to find one that is actually not about U.S. politics, but not sure what I’m looking for yet.

If you’re participating, do you have any books planned?