Tackling My TBR: May 2022

Friday, May 06, 2022

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 April, I attempted to tackle books from my March 2013, February 2011, and April 2018 book hauls. I wasn't as successful as I had hoped. I was able to read Fated by Alyson Noel, which is a start of a fantastical series that I think I would have liked better if I had read it when it first released. I started Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier but wasn't able to complete it in April. Hopefully, I'll finished it this month. I'm enjoying it so far. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to even start Immortal War by Justin Somper. However, I am hoping that I get to the book this month as it's the last in the series and I'm excited to see how it ends.

From the jar, I picked from the May 2015, March 2016, and September 2018 book hauls. From there I chose the following books:

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan: I picked up The Red Pyramid, the first in the Kane Chronicles, a few months ago and really enjoyed this new adventure from Riordan. I'm currently watching Moon Knight on Disney + and while not the same at all, The Kane Chronicles does have similar vibes to the television show. I'm excited to continue in the series!

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell: I've put this on so many previous TBRs and I never get around to it. The size is incredibly daunting. Plus, I own this book in paperback and even though it's 500 pages, it looks like it's 700. I know there's a fantastic chance I'm going to love it though. Time travel and magic! How could I not love it?

The Cage by Megan Shepherd: I have read Shepherd in the past and absolutely love her writing. I purchased this series back when I was still reading dystopian books and I'm not reading them anymore. However, I'm intrigued about the premise of this. A group of teens is captured by aliens for their human zoo exhibit. Yikes.

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. In April, I picked out the conclusion to the Vampirates series, which I didn't get around to. Thus, I decided to move it over to this month as well. Hopefully, I will devour the finale of the Vampirates series by Justin Somper, Immortal War, soon.

What are you planning on reading this month?

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