Tackling my TBR: March 2023

Friday, March 03, 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. I set up my jar a little different than what I’ve seen previously. 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. 

I took an unexpected break in the month of February but am back and ready to continue tackling my TBR. For January, I wasn’t as successful as I would have liked. I devoured Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins and while it was an enjoyable read, I don’t think I’ll be continuing in the series. I had every intention of reading David Copperfield by Charles Dickens and even borrowed the audiobook from the library. However, when I brought the audiobook home, I found it was the abridged version so I requested the unabridged audiobook instead, but it hasn’t come in yet. The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely sounds like a great romance, but I didn’t get a chance to read it in January. Hopefully, I can fit it in this month. 

For March, I picked the June 2012, May 2012, and February 2022 book hauls out of the jar. Here are the books I chose:

Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone: This book has been on my shelves since it released in 2012! I don’t know why I haven’t read this one yet. I adore books about time travel so I am looking forward to finally picking this one up.

I, Iago by Nicole Galland: This book has been on my shelves for forever. It is also on my 23 Books to Read in 2023 list, because I intend to read some of the backlist titles on my shelves this year. I purchased this one because it spins Shakespeare’s Othello in Iago’s point-of-view. I’m so excited to read this one!

Moment of Truth by Kasie West: I am quite behind in reading Kasie West’s books. A few years ago, you could find me devouring her books the day they came out. However, I have a few—okay, several—on my shelves that I haven’t gotten to yet. It would be neat to finish all of them this year.

I have decided to follow these two reading challenges throughout the year. The two reading challenges are BookandLala’s Buzzwordathon and the Year in Aeldia reading challenge from Book Roast. Here are the two books I found that fit the prompts of each of the challenges:

The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep by Laurie Faria Stolarz or Secretly Yours by Tessa Bailey (Buzzwordathon: “secret”): I can’t decide between each one even though they are wildly different from one another. I suppose whichever book I am in the mood for, that is the one I will pick up. 

The Last Secret is the companion to Jane Anonymous, which followed Jane as she tries to reacquaint herself with the life she once knew after she returns home from being kidnapped. The first book was emotional, heart-wrenching, and quite difficult to get through. I expect The Last Secret to be similar, however, the two books do not follow the same characters so I am not sure.

Secretly Yours is a steamy romance between a professor and his neighbor. Bailey does a great job at writing lovely romances so I am excited to pick up her latest.

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas (Aeldia: read a book over 500 pages): I am finally reading this one. I’ve had this book on my shelf since it released, but the size was just too daunting to read it. Plus, while I loved the original trilogy, this book continues the story with Nesta at the forefront and she just wasn’t my favorite. Many reviews that I’ve read have felt similar and ended up loving this book so I hope I do too!

What are you reading this month?

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