Tackling My TBR: August 2019

Friday, August 02, 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 (with the exception of one pass each month).

In July, I tackled books from my November 2017, April 2018, and March 2018 book hauls. It was a rather average month. I was able to fly through Laguna Cove by Alyson Noel early on in the month. As much as Noel’s older contemporaries are starting to show their age, this one was an okay read. I didn’t get around to Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier which is a shame because I was hoping for a chance to read it. Hopefully, in the coming autumn months, I’ll be able to finally pick it up. However, I did read Hidden by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. Plus, I continued on with the next book, Revealed, in the series in hopes of getting closer to finishing it. At this point, I’m just hoping to finish the House of Night books as soon as possible. Twelve books in a series is such a long time to spend with such mediocre writing and just one story arc. I will definitely be pushing myself to read the last and final book by the end of the year.

From the jar, I picked March 2016, July 2013, and May 2016 book hauls. From there I chose the following books:

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige: I’ve had this one on my shelf for forever. Retellings are one of my favorite types of books to read. I don’t think I’ve ever read a Wizard of Oz retelling before so I’m hoping for some great things. Dorothy is the first in a four-book series.

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan: Finally! I keep watching my unread Cassandra Clare books get higher and higher. And as much as I think about reading them, there’s always another book that seems to catch my eye. I have this one and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy to get through and then I can begin her newest series, The Dark Artifices.

Unrivaled by Alyson Noel: I’m excited to get to a newer contemporary of Noel’s. I don’t know how I’m going to like this one since it focuses on a reality tv show and some major drama, but we shall see. Unrivaled is the first in the Beautiful Idols trilogy.

What are you planning on reading this month?

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