We Chit Chat

We Chit Chat: Reading Goals Check-In + A GIVEAWAY!

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At the very beginning of the year, we talked about our reading intentions for the year. In the spirit of accountability, we decided to do a check-in to see where we all are in our reading for the year. Think of it as encouragement if you are lagging behind or kudos if you are right on track.

Leggy: How’s your reading been so far?

Taynement: Frustrating. I’m tired of being disappointed. I can’t say that I’ve read a lot of great books yet this year and that makes me not so eager to read because I don’t want to face disappointment again. I need to do better with my choices. How about you?

Leggy: Yeah, it’s been a crappy year for me as well. The only non fantasy book I’ve given above 3 stars is Everything Here is Beautiful and We’re Going to Need more Wine. I haven’t read any literary fiction that has blown my mind this year, I have way too many 2 and 3-star books on Goodreads.

Taynement: An American Marriage is my only 4-star book so far. I did like that one.

Leggy: Do you think this year has just been a crappy book year or we’re not finding the right books for us?

Taynement: I’m going to go with a combination of our book choices and hyped books not meeting our expectations. I’m pretty sure there are loads of books that are good that just aren’t buzz books, so we’ve overlooked them. The disadvantage of reading books I don’t care for is that, it slows me down immensely as it takes me longer to finish.

Leggy: Me too and at the end I’m just sad.

Taynement: What has been your least favorite book so far?

Leggy: I haven’t really hated any book this year. I have a shit ton of 2 and 3-star, really average, not even worth hating books and you know I love to hate books. What about you?

Taynement: My least favorite book so far has been Windfall by Jennifer Smith. Terrible YA, terrible audiobook narrator. On the bright side though, I think I fed off your reading goal and I have somehow read a number of books with Black characters. 5 of my 12 books have met that description.

Leggy: I feel like every book we’ve read together has been written by a Black author and all women too. I’ve been killing my reading goal this year. I’ve read 29 books so far but I always start off strong and then taper off towards the end of the year so we’ll see how this year ends. I’ve also started The Count of Monte Cristo. That book is huge but I’m really enjoying it. It’s absolutely readable for a book that was written in 1844 . Any books you’re looking forward to reading?

Taynement: Not really. But I do have a saved reading list and two recommendations that comprise of mostly Asian authors. I’ve come to the realization that I have an affinity for Asian authors. I almost always like their works. So I’ll say I have hopes of breaking the “meh” book streak with them.

Leggy: I told you you’d like Everything Here is Beautiful. Asian author too. Deals with mental health, immigration, family. I quite enjoyed it.

Taynement: Yeah, it’s on my list. One last thing is, I’ve surprised myself by committing to a YA trilogy – two things I claim not to like (YA and trilogy books) It’s The Thousandth Floor series. I quite like it. Looking forward to the last book. It’s not a great book but I enjoy it.

Leggy: Cool. So what are you currently reading? I’m working through two books – The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas and Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman and hoping to start Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi soon.

Tayenment: Currently making my way through The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid and hope to pick up AND commit to reading Freshwater again, this time.

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On to the fun part!

As a thank you for supporting us and as encouragement to keep up the good work and keep reading, we are giving away an Amazon gift card so you can knock some books off your TBR list. All you have to do is:

  1. Follow us on Twitter (@2nightstands) OR Instagram (@nightstands2). If you are already doing that, then you’re a rock star and you just have to do #2.
  2. Leave a comment on this post letting us know what your favorite book of the year is, so far. Don’t forget to leave your handle when you do this so you can be contacted to get your email address if you win.

The winner will be mentioned in next week’s post. So, make sure to check back on Monday, May 7 to see if you won! Feel free to tweet us if you have any questions.

Have a lovely week and Happy Reading!

Leggy & Taynement

16 thoughts on “We Chit Chat: Reading Goals Check-In + A GIVEAWAY!”

  1. Hi! Already following on Twitter. My favorite book this year (SO FAR) would be a tie between A Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynam Joukhadar and Bury What We Cannot Take by Kirstin Chen!

    Also, I think if you’re not loving the books you’re reading so far, you’re probably not reading the right books. Sometimes, it’s a good idea to just read what you think you’d like and not what everyone else is reading, necessarily.

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  2. For me, it’s I am pilgrim by Terry Hayes. And I applaud myself for finishing it on my phone. Second is the first part of a YA trilogy, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Love the whole trilogy. My handle is @uju_n_o on instagram.


  3. I absolutely enjoyed “We’re going to need more wine and will consider it my favorite book so far this year. – @originalmgbeke


  4. My faves this year have been Born a Crime and The shack! Loved them for totally different reasons! Thanks for this blog! It’s been really helpful for ideas!


  5. Although it wasn’t a very uplifting story, I just finished “Girls Burn Brighter”, but Shobha Rao. Some parts of the book were pretty disturbing, but it was very well written. @cocobadgergrell


  6. My favorite book of the year thus far is, “Before we were yours” by Lisa Wingate. It’s a novel inspired by a true story. I listened to the audio version and the narrator was superb. The story was very well told and heart breaking. I cried legit ugly tears several times while reading it. It’s one of those books where you already kinda know what they story is going to be about but the added value is how the author tells the story, paints a very vivid picture and sparks an emotion within you. It was great read, I highly recommend it! IG – @its_achama

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  7. Not in to win the gift card—I’d like it to go to another person. BUT: my favorite book this year, so far, has got to be The Cruel Prince by Holly Black


  8. Awesome blog, guys! I just found and followed you on Twitter & Instagram. 🙂 For both, I’m @tarafarah7, but Twitter is where I spend the most time. I can’t wait to check out more of your reviews! Yay! My favorites of the year have been Jason Reynolds Long Way Down (listened in 2017 & loved it so much that I read it with my students in 2018!) & Jessica Therrien’s Carry Me Home (2018). They are both amazing! Thank you for this giveaway opportunity…best of luck to all! 🙂


  9. My fav books of this year are “the lost khaki girls” by Ronke odewumi and “stay with me” ayobami adebayo. Pls pls pls I pray I win the give away so I can buy Lisa Wingate’s “before we were yours” that has refuse to budge in price or be available in libraries 🙂


  10. I thought children of blood and bone would be my fave this year but it didn’t meet my expectations. I really don’t have a fave yet and I’m a bit behind in my reading.

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  11. My favorite book aside from my Naplex prep book (lol) has been ‘The Defining Decade: “Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now”

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  12. Favourite book this year is Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. I typically don’t like reading fantasy but that book captivated me and I finished reading it in just 4 days. – that’s record breaking for me.
    Tiffany Haddish’s The Last Black Unicorn was also really entertaining.


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