Tackling My TBR: January 2022

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

 It's a new year and I am still reading my way through my owned tbr. 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).

In December, I tackled books from my August 2015, February 2011, and December 2017 book hauls. With the holidays, I was able to read two out of the three books that I pulled out of the jar. Unfortunately, I did not get around to reading Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. However, having started The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson back in February of 2021, I was keen to finish it before the new year. While I went into the book knowing that it was going to be a take on the Jack the Ripper story, I was pleasantly surprised at the turns it made and will definitely be continuing in the series. I, also, read They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera which was awfully sad as all readers may expect. It was well written and heartbreaking. Overall, it was a good month for the TBR jar.

This month, from the jar, I picked from my May 2013, May 2015, and January 2017 book hauls. From there I chose the following books:

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: I know this book is extremely popular and I picked it up years ago and never read it. It is about time! I'm hoping I enjoy it because I own other books by Hosseini as well.

Endangered by Lamar Giles: When this book released, it was marketed as comparable to Barry Lyga's I Hunt Killers series which was a favorite series of mine back in the day. This book is quite short but I am sure it packs a punch!

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron: This one has been on many of my monthly tbrs and I still have not read it. I have been putting this one off for so long because I am not terribly interested in the dystopian genre. However, I hope I like this one.

One of my goals of the new year is to finish more series. So, in addition to my TBR jar, I created a smaller jar with all the book series I want to finish this year. I plan on picking one series out each month and by the end of the year, I should have finished 12 series. This month I picked the Sands of Arawiya series by Hafsah Faizal.

We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal: I only have the last and final book of the duology to finish. While I found the series to have a slow start, I am hoping for an action-packed finale.

What are you planning on reading this month?

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