Tackling My TBR: July 2022

Friday, July 01, 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 June, I attempted to read books from the April 2012, March 2013, and October 2014 book hauls. I tried to pick up these books, but, unfortunately, I didn't get to finish any of them. Blaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton mixes comic strips and prose, and the concept sounds really cool. Yet, I was not excited to pick it up, and I was starting to think this book may not be for me. Therefore, I unhauled Blaze. Also, I was able to tackle 100 pages of All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill. However, I DNF-ed it and ultimately, unhauled that one too. That left Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday which is a retelling of Annabel Lee by Edgar Allen Poe. I wasn't able to get to that one in June, but hopefully I'll be able to pick it up soon.

From the jar, I picked from the December 2013, August 2011, and May 2020 book hauls. From there, I chose the following books to read:

A Secret Kept by Tatiana De Rosnay: I don't remember what this is about. I even forgot that I had it on my shelves. This month is a great month to read it!

The Forbidden Game by L. J. Smith: I am kind of daunted by the size of this one, totaling around 750 pages. That is probably the reason I haven't picked it up until now. However, I heard that a production company are in talks about adapting this for TV so there's even more reason to finally pick up this one. L.J. Smith is the author of the Vampire Diaries series, so I am excited to see what is in store in this book.

Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev: I have been enjoying food-related romances. I can't wait to read one that not only involves food and a romance, but retells Pride and Prejudice. It's going to be amazing!

One of my goals of 2022 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 June, I picked out the conclusion to the Vampirates series, Immortal War by Justin Somper and devoured it. For this month, I picked out the conclusion of Stalking Jack the Ripper series.

Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco: I am going to be so sad to finish this series. I recently read the third book, Escaping from Houdini, and I was instantly reminded on how much I adore all of the characters and how Maniscalco weaves the mystery for the gang to solve. I'm excited to see what case is next for Audrey Rose and Thomas!

Summerween Readathon

Summerween Readathon is hosted by Olivia at Olivia Reads a Latte and Gabby at Gabby Reads. This readathon takes place during July 15th to the 21st. Here is the announcement video. Here are the prompts for the readathon and the books I am hoping to get to:

Read a book in the dark/at night - Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall: I can't wait to get spooked! I tend to read my horror books during the day, because I will be too scared to go to sleep if I read scary books at night. However, this one will be fun!

Read a book with Halloween colors on the cover - Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson: I read the first book, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder last month and it was so good. I can't wait to see what other mysteries Pip will be tackling next.

Read a book with "haunt" in the title - Go Hunt Me by Kelly deVos: This prompt was difficult, because I don't own any books that I haven't read with the word "haunt" in the title. So I went with a book on my TBR that recently released with the word "hunt." This one follows a cast of characters filming a horror short in a Romanian castle. What could go wrong?

Read a slasher - Chosen by Kiersten White: I don't think I read a lot of slashers so attempting to complete this prompt was also challenging. However, when I think of slasher, I sometimes think of Buffy the Vampire Slayer so I decided to pick White's retelling of Buffy. 

Make or bake a spooky, fall themed treat - Salted Caramel Latte

What are you planning on reading this month?

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