Read The Books You Buy Challenge 2016

To pair with my #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks challenge (that I’m starting only in April, oops), here’s another challenge that I’m participating in, primarily to increase the likelihood of me following the ‘rules’ of my self-imposed book-buying ban. 

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As seen above, this one is hosted by The Book Date. I was a little annoyed at myself for completely forgetting that I had signed up for the Clean Your Reader Challenge hosted by new internet friend Kerry, which was my own fault. I got a little over-enthusiastic about reading challenges this year since I was reading a lot more than I did last year and I didn’t really track the reading challenges I was participating in (rookie mistake). This is also a little unusual for me, because I’m a DATA NERD. I love taking data, especially data on my own behaviors ( I can go into detail if anybody is interested in how I go about this). 

Anywho, this is my official “commitment post.” I think a decent goal for the year would be to read at least 80% of the books that I buy/will buy in 2016. I’ll post monthly stats of all of my challenges because a visual representation works as motivation for my reading behavior (read: data nerd. Yeah. Wasn’t kidding about that). 

Good luck to everyone who is attempting this, or any version of book-buying bans/self-imposed rules for reading. 🙂

Which leads me to ask, do you guys have any self-imposed reading/book-buying rules?


“My name is Janani and I’m a book-buying addict”

I buy books. A LOT of books. So many, many, MANY books. Along with library books, audiobooks, and borrowed books, it is impossible for me to catch up with my TBR stack at the moment. I live in an apartment with a roommate, my room is relatively small, we don’t really have a lot of shelf space in and around the house. As a result, there is a corner of my very small room that looks like this: 



Yeah, it’s starting to become a problem. The growing pile of unread books is stressing me out (especially in the last few days because I haven’t had any time to read). These aren’t just backlist bumps, these are books that are out now that everyone is reading and talking about, and the longer it takes me to get to them, the more it stresses me out because “I want to read all the books and talk about all the things!”. Also, I have a significant move coming up in the near future (either in or out of the country), and the last time I had to move I spent an indecent amount of money moving my books, so I would like not to have to do that this time. 

The solution? I am going to actively participate in #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks, courtesy the fabulous Andi. The rules are pretty straightforward:

  • Read my own books. 
  • Try to knock off 100 in 2016 by either reading them or ditching the ones that are DNF. 
  • I can’t buyyyy myself any books until I’ve read a significant amount of my own- This part of the challenge is something I will be tackling monthly (shaping that behavior and all that). 
  • If I’m itching for newness…use the library- Or reach out to my amazing bookish friendships. 


Putting it out here means accountability, so I’m relying on you guys to help me out. I’m going to be realistic about this, and check progress monthly. I know we’re a week into April, but this is the first month I will be making a sincere effort toward this challenge. If anyone out there is already participating and needs cheerleading via the internet, let me know! I love being an interwebz supporter. 

Wish me luck!


Reblog: Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish People You Should Follow On Social! — Estella’s Revenge


SO honored to be mentioned on Andi’s blog for Top Ten Tuesday!

P. S. You can also find me on Twitter and Instagram using the handle @theshrinkette.

“Top Ten Tuesday, here we are again. I’ve been woefully absent, I know, but when I saw this prompt, I was ON IT.Since I’m a social (media) butterfly, I couldn’t wait to share some favorite people on the Bookternet. You’re probably familiar with all of these, but just in case you don’t follow them on…”

What’s Wrong With Autism Speaks? A Collection of Resources

This. All of this. Take the time to read this if you can read only one thing today.

So Much Stranger, So Much Darker, So Much Madder, So Much Better

April is coming, which means stores will have puzzle pieces everywhere, places will be lighting up blue, and walks for the cure will take place across the country. All of this in support of autism awareness with most of the funds going to Autism Speaks.

Most likely, as some point throughout the month, you will see a variety of advertisements and awareness campaigns from Autism Speaks as well as be asked to donate some money. Maybe it’s just buying things that donate a part of the proceeds.

Before you donate, please take a moment to look into this organization and what it’s awareness and fundraising is really doing for the people it claims to support.
While Autism Speaks is the most recognized autism nonprofit, many autistics are strongly against this organization with many calling it a hate group. Let’s explore some of the reason’s why.

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Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge


A book based on a fairy tale: The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

A National Book Award winner: 

A YA bestseller: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

A book you haven’t read since high school: Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

A book set in your home state:

A book translated to English: In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

A romance set in the future:

A book set in Europe: A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

A book that’s under 150 pages: Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck

A New York Times bestseller: 

A book that’s becoming a movie this year: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

A book recommended by someone you just met: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

A self-improvement book:

A book you can finish in a day: The Queen by Tiffany Reisz

A book written by a celebrity: 

A political memoir: 

A book at least a hundred years older than you: 

A book that’s more than 600 pages:

A book from Oprah’s book club: Sula by Toni Morrison

A sci-fi novel:

A book recommended by a family member:

A graphic novel: Fun Home: A Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

A book published in 2016: Your Heart Is A Muscle The Size Of A Fist by Sunil Yapa

A book with a protagonist who has your occupation:

A book that takes place during summer: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

A book and its prequel: Midnight Taxi Tango/ Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older

A murder mystery: No One Knows by J. T. Elliot

A book written by a comedian: 

Dystopian novel: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

A book with a blue cover: 

A book of poetry:

The first book you see in a bookstore: My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Classic from the 20th century: 

Book from the library: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

An autobiography: 

A book about a road trip: 

A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with: The Vegetarian by Han Kang

A satirical book:

A book that takes place on an island: 

A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy: Ramona The Pest by Beverly Cleary


Panels Read Harder 2016

Read a self-published comic:

Read a feminist comic: The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen

Read a comic featuring one or more teenage protagonists: Gotham Academy vol. 1 and 2 by Becky Cloonan

Read a superhero comic whose race or gender has been swapped from the original or traditional hero:

Read a complete run of a comic:

Read a comic based on a book and the book it’s based on:

Read a graphic biography: Fun Home: A Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

Read a comic that was originally published in a language different from your own:

Read a comic set in space: Star Wars: Darth Vader, vol. 1: Vader by Kieron Gillen

Read a collected webcomic: The Legend of Wonder Woman #1-21 by Renae De Liz

Read a comic with at least one creator of color: Ms. Marvel vol. 1-4 by G. Willow Wilson

Read a comic set in Asia by an Asian creator:

Read a superhero comic NOT of the Big Two: Faith #1-3 by Jody Houser

Read a slice-of-life comic not set in the U.S.:

Read a comic that has been adapted from a T.V. show or movie (not vice versa):

Read a comic about a real-life historical event: March #1 by John Lewis

Read a black-and-white comic: Drawing The Line: Indian Women Fight Back! by Priya Kurian

Read a watercolor comic:

Book Riot Read Harder 2016

Read a horror book: The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James

Read a nonfiction book about science: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Read a collection of essays: This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe L. Moraga (Editor), Gloria E. Anzaldúa (Editor), Toni Cade Bambara (Foreward)

Read a book out loud to someone else: We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes On Race And Resegregation by Jeff Chang

Read a middle grade novel: George by Alex Gino

Read a biography (not memoir or autobiography): Notorious R.B.G: The Life And Times Of Ruth Bader Ginsberg by Irin Carmon

Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Read a book originally published in the decade you were born: Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award: Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming

Read a book over 500 pages long: The Queen Of The Night by Alexander Chee

Read a book under 100 pages: The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman

Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender: All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Read a book that is set in the Middle East: The Wrath And The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia: Inside Out And Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900: Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Read the first book in a series by a person of color: Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older

Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years: Bitch Planet Volume 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which is better: The BFG by Roald Dahl

Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes: Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution by Mona Eltahawy

Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction): Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction): Lafayette In The Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

Read a food memoir: Dinner With Edward: A Story Of An Unexpected Friendship by Isabel Vincent

Read a play: Hamilton the Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarthy (fight me, I dare you)

Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness: The Vegetarian by Han Kang