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January 2018, Part 1

Teen Board Monthly Question

January 2018, Part 1

New year, new books, same amazing Teen Board! To kick off the new year, we asked our Teen Board members about some of their read-solutions, whether they involve reading a certain number of books, finishing a series or trying out a new genre or author.  As a bonus, some members also shared the title of the first book they read this year.


As a read-solution I would like to be able to read at least three books a month. The first book I have read in 2018 is BATMAN: Nightwalker, which was a great start to a new year, especially because it was written by one of my favorite authors, Marie Lu. --- Jeremy H.

Every years I try and set myself a reading goal, and for this year I'm hoping to read at least 80 books. So far this year I've already read DEFY THE STARS by Claudia Gray and have just started THE VALIANT by Lesley Livingston. --- Katie T.

This year I am aiming for 100 books, but that is not necessarily my primary focus. My goal is always to read for fun and gain new ideas and knowledge about the world. I want to break out of my typical reads this year and diversify my interests and be more active in the reading community. I hope to read not only YA but also Adult and Nonfiction books, especially. I have read three books so far this year, the first being Leigh Bardugo's WONDER WOMAN: Warbringer, which was absolutely fabulous! I am glad that I decided to read it first this January. --- Grace P.

This year I pushed myself to shave off at least 60 books of my TBR. That’s right, 60. Very ambitious due to my crazy schedule, but I really want to read all of the books that everyone has read but me: CARRY ON, SHATTER ME, AN EMBER IN THE ASHES…the list goes on. I also want to attend more bookish events that are available. For example, Tahereh Mafi is finally coming to Florida, so I am hoping to attend her RESTORE ME book tour and signing. However, I’m already off to a great start win terms of events. I was able to get two free tickets to an early screening of Love, Simon (aka SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA), in which Tyler Oakley is hosting a meet and greet! My first book of the year will be EVERLESS by Sara Holland, a marvelous book that I will review later in the month. --- Daniella R.

Every year, I set a reading goal for myself on Goodreads. This year, I have a goal of 100 books. My hope is that college won't affect that goal too much, but who know's what'll happen starting this fall. So far I've read two books this year. I practically consumed the first book I read this year, ASH PRINCESS by Laura Sebastian. Trust me, when this book comes out in April, you NEED to get it! It was absolutely amazing! --- Isabel C.

For 2018, I'd simply like to read more! In 2017, I had my worst reading slump EVER, so I'm 2018 I'd like to finish any book that I started and put down, any series that I began and never finished, and, of course, read all of the amazing new releases coming out this year. Fingers crossed for an amazing reading year! --- Bryn D.

Every year, one of the first things I do on January 1 is set my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal. This year my reading goal is 52 books, with hopes to read at least one book per week. This year is slightly different however, as I am resolving to branch out into other genres of books besides young adult such as nonfiction and classic literature. My first book of 2018 was TINY, PRETTY THINGS by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton which I highly recommend. --- Ellie T.

If you asked me about reading slumps before 2017, I would have said I never get them. Unfortunately, in 2017 I had the biggest reading slump ever. I read almost 40 books which is still good, but for me it's the lowest I've read in recent years. For the last four months, I barely read and some months I went without finishing a book. So my read-solution for 2018 is to just read at least two books a month as a way to get back into reading again. I've already finished two books in 2018 so far, so I'm getting back into reading. I finished PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen, which I started at the end of 2018, and I read BEFORE I LET GO as well. --- Brynn S.

Last year, I mostly read fantasy books and plan to continue doing so this year. However, I also want to branch out and try new genres which is why I started off the year by reading WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI. --- Alice D.

My New Year’s reading resolution is to step out of my genre comfort zone a bit. I love old classics but I know there are a lot of great modern classics as well! I would love to really dig into some great reads that have been written within the last 50 Years (I know I am nerdy for reading such old books)! --- Lauren H.

My goal for 2018 is to read 100 books as well as finally finish the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. I've had THE RUBY CIRCLE (the last book in the series) sitting on my bookshelf for a year now and need to finish the series already! The first book I read in 2018 was DIVIDING EDEN by Joelle Charbonneau along with TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green. --- Ilona K.

Last year, I fell short of my reading goal, so in 2018 I plan on reading 60 books throughout the year. My main goal is to read the countless books I own but have not read yet, including some big releases from last year such as TOWER OF DAWN by Sara J Maas, and TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green. I started off the New Year by reading THE GATEKEEPERS by Jen Lancaster, and I can’t wait to keep reading! --- Caitlyn K.

One of my bookish resolutions is to reread my old favorites. It’s been ages since I reread a book and I think it would be super fun to read a book that I already know I love! The first book I read (and really enjoyed!) in 2018 was NICE TRY, JANE SINNER by Lianne Oelke. --- Jessi H.

I, Lauren C, hereby resolve to: finally finish the NARNIA series; successfully start and finish THE LORD OF THE RINGS; write a novel; re-read the entire HARRY POTTER series; overall make substantial headway on my reading list. I have already started my resolution; so far, I have started a few books and I have started to write. . .well, something. Wish me luck! --- Lauren C.

For the 2018 year, I would like to read more nonfiction books and more contemporary books. I've recently questioned my being and what I stood for. I know that my beliefs might be wrong, so I want to look deeper into topics I do not have a solid grasp of. For contemporary books, I feel like I have not read enough books about the life experiences of teens in this day and age, and I want to read more about people like me. The first book I read, unexpectedly, was QUEER, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE. It was an interesting look into 23 queer people throughout history. Who knew Abraham Lincoln had a secret guy crush? --- Wren L.

This year I have set a goal of reading 100 books. So often, it's a struggle to read and balance extracurriculars AND homework. However, I'm really pushing myself to read as many books as I can. If you already do this, an added challenge would be to branch into some new genres this year! The first two books I read in 2018 (read them two days in a row, oops) were THE CRUEL PRINCE by Holly Black and EVERLESS by Sara Holland. --- Melat E.

This year, my goal is, surprisingly, to slow down my reading! Last year I pushed myself to read 100 books, which was definitely challenging, especially in the second half of the year as a junior in high school. I found that it was satisfying to meet that goal, and I definitely adopted (and enjoyed!) the mentality of "if I'm not doing anything important, then I'll read", which cut down on the time I spent surfing the internet and gave me something meaningful to do. With that said, I had to read at a much faster pace, and I found that I wasn't really absorbing as much of what I was reading as I would have liked to. I'm already a bit of a speed/binge reader, and I don't think I always get as much out of every read as I could. With that in mind, I'm hoping to read less this year, but to really immerse myself in each read instead. The first book I finished this year was A TAXONOMY OF LOVE by Rachael Allen (my January review book for the Teen Board), and I absolutely loved it! The setting, characters, and voice were all so developed and unique --- it was a great way to start 2018! --- Rachel R.

I never really make New Years resolutions but I do plan to read more this year! I’m also interested in finding more short stories. Also, the first book I have read this year isn’t young adult, but it’s very good. It is INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison. Happy new year! --- Rebecca D.

For the most part, my main goal each year is to read books that intrigue me and I know I will enjoy. Being relatively busy, I do not put too much pressure on myself in terms of setting and sticking to my reading resolutions. I always have the same basic goals every year, though. Eventually, I would like to read one hundred books in a year. It has not happened yet, but here’s hoping 2018 will be the year! I always try to read more diversely by tackling titles that address subject matter that may be new or different to me based on my own upbringing. 2017 was definitely a very successful year for me in that area, so I hope that my track record will continue in the new year! I also try to make an attempt to catch up in the YA world by reading at least three or four popular series that I have not gotten to yet. In particular, I am focusing on bingeing the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. To start off the new year, I read THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee. Having a subscription to OwlCrate means that there is always books piling up on my shelf, so I wanted to knock through at least one of the books I have received from them to start off the new year. I had heard so many wonderful things about this book, so it was naturally my first choice. It absolutely lived up to the hype for me! The characters were so well crafted, the plot was intense and the historical background was incredibly compelling. This story definitely feels like one that will be a long lasting favorite. --- Gabby B.

My read-solution for this year is to try and read at least one book a week! I'd also like to branch out more and try out different genres instead of sticking to my favorites. My first book of 2018 was ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen M. McManus, which was released in May of 2017 and still holds really high (and well deserved!) ratings! --- Maggie L.

Last year, I swore I would read more historical fiction. I feel like I have somewhat stayed true to that promise. In 2018, however, I want to ramp up the amount of non fiction I read. There's a lot of great novels--especially Zadie Smith's FEEL FREE--that I am itching to check out. It's nice to get swept away in wondrous fictional worlds, but I think I will enjoy reading more biographical or informative literature. --- Rachel D.

A read-solution I have for 2018 is to read more than 65 novels. I read that many in 2017 so if I could exceed that amount this year, that would definitely be a success! I am also hoping to continue deeper into the Mortal Instruments series since I am only on CITY OF ASHES (yes I am VERY far behind with the series, please don’t judge!). The first book I finished this year was EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway, an adorable contemporary with many twists and turns that I adored! --- Taylor F.

This year I decided to follow the same resolution I made last year, which was to read 100 books by December 31st. In 2017 I was so close, reaching 92 books, so I’m really hoping I can reach my goal this year. Also the first book I read this year was QUESTE by Angie Sage, a middle grade novel and the fourth book in the Septimus Heap series. I’ve already read this series, but it was one of my favorites when I was younger, so I decided to reread it. It’s been amazing even several years after I’ve read it, and is a good start for this year in books. --- Jessica K.

So excited for the new year and all of the new books I’m going to read! This year, my read-solution is just to read more! I started high school this year, and I had a little bit of trouble with time management between reading for pleasure, TeenReads, schoolwork, and after-school activities. I’m hoping, with the new year and a better-organized schedule, to be able to read more. To start off the new year, I’ve been reading some books that I own at home: 10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE, RED QUEEN, and of course, some Harry Potter to kick off the year before I went back to school. --- Lillian B.

I have a bunch of "read-solutions" for 2018! I'd love to be able to read at least 40 books and try out some new authors (I tend to read books written by a lot of the same authors). While I absolutely love YA and I would never stop reading it, I would like to try reading some Adult books (fiction and non-fiction) as well. Although this isn't truly a "read-solution," I really want to meet some more of my favorite authors this year, go to more bookish events, and get a little better at regularly posting on my bookstagram and booktube channel. Last but not least, the first book I read this year was TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green and I loved it! --- Ansley K.