January TBR + Hopes For 2017

Hello everyone! Since I did my wrap-up all in its on post, that means I need to post my January TBR in its own post too as well as my reading and bookish hopes for the year 2017 that is to come. So without further hesitation, let’s get into it.

January TBR

I am super excited to start out the year with some books that seem to be really good. The books I want to read this month are…

51o1si8z4slHidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Amazon | Goodreads

I just got this book on New Year’s Eve in the mail from my great aunt because she knows I love reading. I had just saw the book on Instagram the day before that and told myself “I have to read that before I see the movie” and I now I can do just that! It will be my first read of the new year since it comes out on Friday I do believe

Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South and the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program—and whose contributions have been unheralded, until now.

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as “Human Computers,” calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws, these “colored computers,” as they were known, used slide rules, adding machines, and pencil and paper to support America’s fledgling aeronautics industry, and helped write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Drawing on the oral histories of scores of these “computers,” personal recollections, interviews with NASA executives and engineers, archival documents, correspondence, and reporting from the era, Hidden Figures recalls America’s greatest adventure and NASA’s groundbreaking successes through the experiences of five spunky, courageous, intelligent, determined, and patriotic women: Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden, and Gloria Champine.

Moving from World War II through NASA’s golden age, touching on the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the women’s rights movement, Hidden Figures interweaves a rich history of scientific achievement and technological innovation with the intimate stories of five women whose work forever changed the world—and whose lives show how out of one of America’s most painful histories came one of its proudest moments.

books2The Book Thief by Markus Zusack
Amazon | Goodreads

Starting this year I am joining a year long reading challenge to read a not so popular genre/type of book each month to get more forms of reading into my life. This is hosted by a few people on Instagram but I found it from @/weasleyswizardingbooks and I’m excited for it. January’s book theme is a banned book so I have got The Book Thief on there (correct me if I’m about that).

Synopsis: It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

25521894Emerge: The Awakening by Melissa A. Craven
Amazon | Goodreads

I am reading this book because I want to try and read one e-book per month. I got this book from signing up for a giveaway I believe and the authors hosting sent everyone who entered a free e-book and Melissa A. Craven was one of them so I got it.

Synopsis: Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.
You’re born. You live. You die.
She has no cause to believe that equation works differently for her, but there has to be a reason the world treats her like a pariah.
When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He doesn’t shrink from her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends, who aren’t exactly comfortable with Allie, but they seem to get her in a way most people don’t.
Finally, Allie has a real shot at normal and rides that high right up to her sixteenth birthday when she wakes in agony—an experience Aidan insists they have all faced. She struggles in ignorance, uncertain of what is real and what isn’t. When she emerges, Allie is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special.
As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world. A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright.
…only Allie hates to fight.

3107cbpzjyl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Amazon | Goodreads

I found yet another reading challenge for 2017 through Instagram but it is on twitter. I found it through @/diversityreads Instagram and its hosted by a bunch of people on Twitter. The square for this book was Main Character with an Under-Represented Body.

Synopsis: Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.


Hopes for 2017

In 2017 there are a few things that I’d look to do within the reading community, bookish things alike in reading, almost like resolutions. So here are my bookish resolutions for 2017…

  • Read at least one e-book a month
  • Complete the Instagram reading challenge that I mentioned above
  • Do at least two bookish Instagram photo challenges
  • Rep a bookish company
  • Met an author that comes to my state
  • Read more fantasy
  • Get new bookshelves
  • Buy more bookish goodies (bookmarks, candles, tshirts, etc…)
  • Talk to more authors through social media
  • Buy more books
  • Buy / get a subscription box (at least one month)
  • Grow my bookstagram community (hopefully to 1,000 followers)
  • Grow this blog
  • Start a booktube channel

There you have it, that was a short list of some of the things I want to do on the bookish side of my life this year. And hopefully they all workout. There aren’t so much as resolutions but as I said, hopes, like a wishlist. What are some of your bookish resolutions?

That’s all for today! This is definitely shorter than my wrap-up post haha. Go check that out too while you’re here and see how my 2016 went! See you next time – Kambria



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