I have a lovely stack of books here to review and lots sitting around that I "need" to read but I have been feeling lately (especially since the end of the RIP season) like reading hasn't been completely fun and that's no good. So, yesterday I set aside everything and grabbed some graphic novels off of Z's shelf.
In the last 24 hours I read the first two volumes of Bravest Warriors, based on the cartoon series created by Pendleton Ward of Adventure Time fame. I also watched the first two episodes of the web series because, well, this is just a fun story! There are four "brave warriors" -- Beth, Chris, Wallow, and Danny ... well, five if you count their friend Plum who is with them a lot -- and they have space adventures, focusing on friendship, feelings, bazookas, and a little bit of kissing. They're all surprisingly complex characters and the stories are anything but straight-forward. There are also these little asides at the bottom of most of the pages that are random literature and pop-culture references and it's really fun to recognize some of them. I'm definitely going to buy more volumes for Z (I think the 6th volume is coming out in February) and keep watching the series on Cartoon Hangover on YouTube. It's definitely brain candy!
I can't believe I gave these to Z without reading them myself -- not for content but because I missed out on a fun story by just handing them over to him. So, this leads to ...
The fabulous Andi is hosting a Read My Own Damn Books event next year and I'm going to join her. Since we get to make up our own rules, here are mine --
1. Read and/or reread 80+ books from Z and my shelves and my TBR (which is at 163 before any books I receive over the holidays). This probably won't even cut my TBR in half because I'll add some of Z's books and do some long-overdue rereads of favorites but this will at least get me below 100 again and that will feel nice.
2. Choose FUN books! I want 2016 to be a year of fun reading. I want to feel excited about every book I pick up.
That's it. I will still have 22 "required" books for the 100 Chapter Books project and I likely won't love all of them but I do love the project so that will be enough. Otherwise, I'm going to severely limit review copies and read-alongs to stick to these rules. Obviously DWJ March, OUAT, and RIP are still happening because that's when I get to do some of my happiest reading. Honestly, this is feeling like a really great thing for me right now and hopefully, as I feel better about what I'm reading, my blogging mojo will return as well!
Putting the fun back in reading,