Hi Virtually Readers! It’ll be a short post today because I have a lot of schoolwork and also very sore arms because I went rock climbing this afternoon. I’m so busy, in fact, that I haven’t had time to schedule already written blogposts *facepalm*. Anyway, today is the first day of Lent, which is the 40 day period leading up to Easter. Christians often challenge themselves to go without something for Lent, and I’m going to tell you about what I’m doing without. Unsurprisingly, it’s related to reading.
So, what’s your challenge? I’m not *gasp* going to read any fiction. Before you all freak out (if you were ever that invested to begin with, haha), I will still listen to YA audiobooks because I listen to about 1 audiobook a month anyway, and want to finish the one I’m on. And I’m also going to read classics, which for these purposes are defined as literature which is somehow canonical and also over 50 years old. Obviously, stuff I have to read for class or other activities does not count.
Why are you doing this? Well, I read a lot of YA. And I love YA, don’t get me wrong. But I’m also curious about history and psychology and people, and this will mean that, instead of prioritising YA literature over everything, I’ll get a chance to read some books that I wouldn’t otherwise.
What does this mean for Virtually Read? Basically nothing. If I read anything interesting, I might post a review here, but otherwise I have heaps of YA book reviews that I can use for the blog, and some posts pre-written, and I’ll still be thinking about YA and interacting with the YA blookunity. You will see more nonfiction stuff on Twitter and goodreads, though.
What are you going to read? That’s a great question, imaginary person. Some of the books on my TBR, though I won’t necessarily get to them all, are
- This Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- Smart Girls by Shauna Pomerantz
- An Edible History of the World by Michael Standage
- Here I Stand by Amnesty International
- The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
- The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks.
Would you like my recommendations? Heck yes.
How will you survive? By reading interesting things that I care about and learning new things and just seeing how I go.
So what do you think? Could you survive without fiction? And do you have any suggested reading for me?