Tackling My TBR: December 2021

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

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 is 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).

This is usually the part where I recap the following month’s progress. However, it has been a minute since I read anything from my TBR jar. Since my classes wrap up soon for the year, I thought it a great time to bring back my TBR jar.

From the jar, I picked from the August 2015, February 2011, and December 2017 book hauls.
From there I chose the following books:

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine: After finishing Caine’s Morganville Vampire series, I was hoping to finish the Honor Among Thieves books this year. Unfortunately, most of my reading plans went out the window when my classes started. However, I would love to start this new-to-me series, the Great Library series!

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson: I started this retelling of Jack the Ripper a while ago and then I got distracted, deciding to put it down indefinitely. It’s time to finally finish it. I’m not sure how far I got into the book, but I was enjoying it nonetheless. Plus, this is the first book in a trilogy so if I end up liking it, there’s a few more to read as well.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera: It is quite obvious why I haven’t read this one yet. I mean, the title spoils the whole end. Though, who knows, the book may surprise me. I am excited to give it a go.

Merry + Bright Readathon

Merry + Bright Readathon is hosted by booktubers: Zoë Delaney, Chandler Ainsley, and Spencer at Intentionally Bookish. This readathon takes place between December 9th to the 15th. Here is the announcement video. There are 6 challenges for the readathon. Here’s the books (and their challenges) I hope to get to:

Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry (challenge: dual perspective): This is a sequel to McGarry's motorcycle gang romance series, Thunder Road. I read the first one last year and really enjoyed it. I just purchased the third novel so if I love this one, I hope to read the third in the new year.

Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey (challenge: cozy vibes): I just found out about this book recently. I don’t know much about it except that it is a lovely romance between a store owner and a window display decorator, set in Manhattan. 

Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Sarah Morgenthaler (challenge: purchased last year + never read): The sequel in the Moose Springs, Alaska series has been calling my name for so long now. This one follows Lana as she is determined to show the town that she fits right in. And, of course, there is a swoon-worthy romance.

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin (challenge: enemies to lovers): I typically do not read a lot of books about witches. It's just not something I usually pick up. However, there was tons of hype following this series last year and a friend told me the enemies to lovers romance in here is absolutely amazing, so I have to give it a go.

The Desolations of Devil's Acre by Ransom Riggs (challenge: already owned): I'm slowly catching up in the Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children books, and this is the sixth and final book in the series. It is always sad to finish a series. This series is always entirely immersive with photographs throughout that go along with the story. I can't wait to read it!

Blame it on the Mistletoe by Beth Garrod (challenge: white on the cover): I didn't know about this one until recently. I decided to go book shopping on a whim the other day and found this while browsing. It's marketed as The Holiday meets Tweet Cute, and that combo just gives me life. I am so tempted to read it this very minute-- but I'll wait until the readathon starts.

What are you planning on reading this month?

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