Tackling My TBR: February 2020

Monday, February 10, 2020

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 January, I tackled books from my June 2013, July 2014, and August 2015 book hauls. I am so happy to report that I finished all three of the books I pulled out of the jar. Switched by Amanda Hocking turned out to be pretty good. It had a new take on trolls, creatures I don’t read much about usually. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson was kind of a letdown. The concept was good but the execution wasn’t my favorite. Also, Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRouche was a travel memoir I’ve been meaning to read for years now. It wasn’t exactly what I thought it was as it followed Torre’s sailing adventures from California to Australia. While interesting, I was expecting more inspiring travels on land.

From the jar, I picked from the February 2011, September 2017, and August 2017 book hauls. From there I chose the following books:

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead: I started this year with finishing off one of my longest-running series, the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine, so now it’s time to start a new series. I’ve owned the entire Bloodlines series for a while now so I’m excited to finally start it!

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch: I read Snow Like Ashes years ago so I’ll have to skim through that before starting the sequel. But if I remember correctly, I enjoyed the first one so the sequel should be good.

Black Spring by Alison Croggon: This is a retelling of Wuthering Heights that has gotten awful reviews. Yet, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is my favorite classic of all time so I’m still intrigued. Plus, I adored Croggon’s fantasy series, the Books of Pellinor.


Contemporary-a-thon is hosted by booktubers: ChelseaDolingReadsPages and Pens, and MyReadingisOdd. Here’s the announcement and challenges for the readathon. This readathon takes place between February 10th to the 17th. Participants have to read all contemporary novels. There are 7 challenges for the readathon. Here’s the books (and their challenges) I hope to get to:

Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali (new-to-me author, diverse, hard hitting, beloved): I’ve only heard amazing things about this. It’s a little bit heartbreaking and hopefully with a little bit of romance thrown in.

Love and Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen (green on the cover, illustrated cover): It takes place entirely in 24 hours on a train. It sounds like something I would enjoy! 

Starstruck by Cyn Balog (backlist): I’ve read Alone by the same author which absolutely wrecked me. Starstruck is one of her older titles but I’m hoping for it to be strange and interesting.

What are you planning on reading this month?

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