Tackling my TBR: March 2019

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Tackling My TBR is a monthly post, where I share my reading plans for the upcoming month. My method, thus far, has been going through the oldest books on my TBR, sorting them via “added by” on Goodreads and reading them or unhauling them accordingly. Some of my oldest hauls have been quite small, ranging from 1 to 6 books. However, as I gradually get closer to the present, my hauls begin to get larger and larger, making it almost impossible to complete all of the books in the haul. With that, I’ve decided to switch to a new method—one that I hope won’t be as overwhelming as the last.

The concept of a TBR Jar is not a new one. I’ve seen it used in various ways throughout the community. My jar will be a little different. The goal is to read the older books on my to-read pile. Thus, instead of putting individual book titles on a small sheet of paper to place in the jar, I wrote a month and a year on each. Each month, I intend to pull three sheets of paper from my jar which will dictate which three books I will read. The dates on the paper correspond with the date I added books to my Goodreads account. Some months will have over 20 books to choose from, when others may only have 1. From Goodreads, I’ll choose the three books from the three different monthly hauls. And same with my previous method, if I cannot complete the book within the month, it will be unhauled.

In February, I tackled my January 2011 book haul, totaling in at 5 books. Sadly, I failed to read all the books. I finished 3 out of the 5 books but, since the other two are series I am in the middle of, I loathe to unhaul them just yet. I’m going to try to get to the remaining books (Bite Club by Rachel Caine and Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith) this month.

I did manage to read Graveminder by Melissa Marr which was a surprise since I was so hesitant because zombies but ended up wanting more by the end. During the contemporaryathon, I tackled Deadly Little Voices by Laurie Faria Stolarz, the fourth book in the Touch series, which as predicted, was phenomenal! Also, I completed the third book in the Hush Hush series with Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick. I’ve heard a lot of people call Silence the worst book in the series and as much as I want it not to be true, I have to agree with those people. Overall, it was a good TBR tackle since I finished some sequels and even an adult novel.

From the jar (which is my lovely owl jar pictured above), I picked October 2017, June 2016, and July 2012 book hauls. From there, I chose the following books:

Gilt by Katherine Longshore: I haven’t been in the mood to read a historical fiction book in a while so I’m a bit hesitant. I own the first three in the series but I may end up unhauling them.

Bite Club by Rachel Caine: I was happy to pick this book as I meant to read it last month but didn’t get to it, and didn’t want to unhaul it either. My hope is to finish this series by the end of the year. So far, I’m on track to do just that.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: With the announcement that we’re getting a TV show adaptation, I’ve been meaning to read this book sooner rather than later. I’ve already read the Six of Crows duology and I’m hoping the Grisha books will be just as good!


Buzzword-a-thon is hosted by booktubers: Kayla from BooksandLala and Chelsea from ChelseaDolling Reads. Here’s the announcement for the readathon. This readathon takes place between March 18th to the 24th. Participants have to read books with the keyword who, what, when, where, how, or why in the title. Here’s the books I hope to get to:

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin | The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue | The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset

This is How I'd Love You by Hazel Woods | Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens | The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

What are you planning on reading this month?

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