Tackling My TBR: June 2023

Friday, June 02, 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. 

Since I took a break in May with my vacation abroad, I thought I wasn't going to have a lot of time to read. However, I still tackled a few books on my TBR. I devoured The Paris Key by Juliet Blackwell, which leaned more toward the literary fiction genre that I typically like. I was hoping for more traveling vibes from this one. However, it was a nice story. Unfortunately, I did not get to The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. The sheer size of this series is so incredibly daunting that I intend to read the books at some other time. Plus, a long fantasy series sounds best read in the colder months too! I did complete A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. And, to be honest, it really wasn't for me. However, I think I may try to watch the show-I've only seen a few episodes and liked them.

For June, I picked the July 2019, February 2022, and September 2018 book hauls out of the jar. Here are the books I chose:

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab: I've had this on my shelf ever since it came out and I am still not sure if I will like this or not. I've been spoiled about some things that happen in the book on TikTok and was thinking to wait in starting this in the hopes I didn't remember the spoilers. However, the jar has spoken and I will be reading this very soon.

For the Love of the Bard by Jessica Martin: I adore Shakespeare! I don't even know what this is about except that the characters may be directing a Shakespeare play. I hope it is as cute as I am imagining!

Roar by Cora Carmack: It's been a long time - at least 5 years - since I've read a Carmack book. And all the books I've read by Carmack previously have been new adult romances, so it will be great to read more from her in a different genre.

Since it is officially summer, I wanted to share some books I also plan on reading that I didn't pick out of my jar. Primarily, I am a mood reader so I tend to read whatever I'd like within the moment. However, I have placed all of these in a pile with the intention that I will devour them very soon.

How Sweet It Is by Dylan Newton
Tacos for Two by Besty St. Amant

The Sun’s Out Books Out Readathon is hosted by booktubers: Olivia at Liv’s Library, Elizabeth at Ponytails and Paperbacks, Keisha at A Book Like You, and Mackenzie at Mackenzie Lane. This readathon takes place during June 23th to the 25th.

Here’s all the books (and their complementing prompts) I hope to get to during that weekend:

Read a book with water on the cover - Sunkissed by Kasie West: I have so many options for this prompt so I'm not 100% committed to reading Sunkissed just yet. However, it is one of the newer releases from West that I own and I am excited to get to it this summer. 

Read a beach read - Wait for It by Jenn McKinlay: With this cover of two characters relaxing by the pool, it looks like this one is the perfect book for a beach read. With beach reads, I think it could be any low-stakes, short (under 350 pages) book that you could potentially devour in an afternoon. 

Read a book that gives you nostalgic summer vibes - Postcards from Summer by Cynthia Platt: I picked this up on a whim after browsing at the bookstore and I think this is the perfect time to read this one. It totals around 575 pages so it may be too much for time allotted in this readathon. However, I could always carry the book on into the next week. While a lot of books have summer vibes, it was definitely a little more harder to find a book with nostalgic summer vibes. This one follows Lexi as she uncovers her late mother's past in their family's summer home. It just sounded like a classic YA plot with a lot of elements that I adore.

What are you planning on reading this month?

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