Tackling my TBR: January 2023

Friday, January 06, 2023

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).

Unfortunately, I rang in the new year with Covid so I haven’t posted in a while. 😩 I am feeling much better at the moment so I thought I’d at least share my TBR for this month. 

For January, I picked the July 2011, January 2020, and June 2020 book hauls out of the jar. From there, I chose the following books to read:

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins: This book has been sitting on my shelf for so long. It may even be one of the oldest on my shelves! It sounds like those classic YA paranormal romances, following fallen angels. I’m excited to finally start this one.

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens: One of my goal every year since I started reading avidly is to read more classics. I still haven’t read this one even though it’s been on my shelf for a while now. I have no clue what it’s about but am looking forward to reading it this month!

The Real Deal by Lauren Blakey: I think I started the first chapter a year or two ago and really enjoyed it. Of course, I haven’t picked it up since, however. What really drew me into this contemporary romance was the surefire ingredients of a Hallmark holiday rom-com without the holiday. It follows April as she hires a fake boyfriend to be her date while she returns to her hometown to visit her family.

Year-long Reading Challenges

In the new year, I’ve decided to be more structured with my reading by following two reading challenges. While I am still a mood reader at heart, I hope by structuring at least some of my reading, I won’t fall into reading slumps as often. The two reading challenges are BookandLala’s Buzzwordathon and the Year in Aeldia reading challenge from Book Roast. In following the prompts of the challenges, I chose these two books:

We Never Die by Matt Fraser (buzzword: life and death): I’m picking this one up on a friend’s recommendation. Fraser is a psychic medium who shares the secrets of the afterlife with his readers. It doesn’t sound like it’ll be for me, but I’m willing to give it a go.

Furyborn by Claire Legrand (Aeldia: start a new series): I meant to read this one last year but didn’t get to it. It’s an older YA fantasy debut that has gotten more popular recently via TikTok so I am excited to pick it up and see what all the hype is about.

What are you planning on reading this month?

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