Tackling my TBR: May 2019

Friday, May 10, 2019

Tackling My TBR is a monthly post, where I share my reading plans for the upcoming month. The concept of a TBR Jar is not a new one. I’ve seen it used in various ways throughout the bookish 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 those books to my Goodreads account. Some months will have over 20 books to choose from, when others may have only one. From Goodreads, I’ll choose the three books from the three different monthly hauls. And if I cannot complete the book within the month, it will be unhauled.

In April, I tackled books from my May 2018, July 2011, and July 2012 book hauls. For most of the month, I was suffering from a reading slump. I did pick up Enchanted by Alethea Kontis which probably should have been read when I first got it years ago. It was meant for a younger audience. It featured a mashup of several fairytales that made it feel messy. As much as I got to Bite Club by Rachel Caine in April, I wasn’t able to pick up Last Breath. However, I got an audiobook of it and plan to devour it very soon. The same goes for The Fandom by Anna Day. There is no way I’m unhauling that one and when I saw an audiobook for it, I picked it up to ensure it will get read in May.

From the jar, I picked January 2015, February 2018, and January 2013 book hauls. From there, I chose the following books:

One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank: If it’s one thing I love immediately in books is a book set in Paris. Icing on the cake is a romance set in Paris. Yes, please. I can’t wait to read this one!

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: At the beginning of the year, I made the goal that I wanted to read more classics. I have read 0 classics so far. So, even though there were several books to choose from, I chose Great Expectations. I know nothing about this. However, I am familiar with Charles Dickens’ work as I’ve read the frustrating The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Hopefully, I’ll like this book better.

Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James: I’m all about Jane Austen retellings. I’m not too into mysteries but I’m willing to give it a go. Plus, as soon as I’m finished reading the book, I hope to watch the TV show.

Asian Readathon

The Asian Readathon is hosted by booktubers: Cindy from ReadwithCindy, Chloe from BookswithChloe, Ellias from Ellias, Kav from xreadingsolacex, and Sandra from gotathingforthings. Here’s the announcement for the readathon. This readathon takes place the entire month of May. There are a few challenges to complete during the readathon, which are listed below. Plus, a twist: participants must try to diversify their reads by reading from authors or featuring characters of different Asian backgrounds. Here’s the books I hope to get to:

Read a book by any Asian author

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo | From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

Graphic novel featuring an Asian character or drawn/written by an Asian author + Book by an Asian author originally written in their native language

Fullmetal Alchemist (Vol. 16-18) by Hiromu Arakawa

Book that features an intersectional Asian character or it is written by an intersectional Asian author

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Asian readathon group book

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman

What are you planning on reading this month?

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