Tackling my TBR: August 2023

Tuesday, August 01, 2023

Tackling My TBR is a monthly post, where I share my reading plans for the upcoming month. Usually, I choose some books out of my TBR jar. However, this month I will be participating in the Orilium Readathon, hosted by booktuber, G at Book Roast. It turned out to be a quite ambitious TBR for this month so I thought it would be easier to focus on the readathon instead of, also, picking out books from my jar. 

The readathon is a little complicated to explain as participants are tasked with building their own character and then choosing a calling or career path for their character. The number of prompts or challenges vary depending on certain callings. This particular readathon serves as part two of the readathon that occurred in April. The callings I were working towards in April were the Moon Warden and the Star Whisperer. I have decided to continue working toward the two callings. For these callings, there are 12 challenges. Here’s the books (and their challenges) I hope to get to:

For the Beauty of the Earth by Folliot S. Piermont ("Earth" in the title): The only book I could think of to read for this would be House of Earth and Blood, which isn't the best book to read during a readathon since it is so long and I've already read it. Instead, I found this cute children's picture book.

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan (word in the title that corresponds to the last song you listened to): I listened to Unholy by Sam Smith and Kim Petras on the radio before writing this post up, and while "unholy" could not be found among my books, I picked the closest title. This is the first book in the Something Dark and Holy series, which is how it almost fits in with the prompt. I've heard some mixed thoughts about this book, but am still intrigued to see what the book is about when I start it.

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead (a book from a finished series): I have been slowly working my way through the Bloodlines series, a completed series that follows some the characters from the well-known Vampire Academy book series. 

The Family Game by Catherine Steadman (start a book before bed): This is probably not the best idea since this book sounds very similar to the slasher/horror film, Ready or Not, but I have been wanting to pick this up and I think this readathon would definitely be the perfect time.

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody (read in a different spot every time you pick up the book): I have been wanting to read this book forever - it's been on my shelves for a long time. Since I plan on highlighting and taking notes while reading, I don't think I will have a problem with moving to a different spot every time I pick this up like at my desk or the kitchen or the couch. This is such a fun prompt!

Lore Olympus volume 4 by Rachel Smythe (manga or graphic novel): This book came in the mail just in time to read for August! I've adored each and every volume before this so I am excited to see where this one leads in this Hades and Persephone visual retelling.

A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn (the floor is lava, don't touch the floor while reading this book): I absolutely adore the Veronica Speedwell books so I decided that I will continue with the fifth book in the series. I can fly through these books quite fast since they are so entertaining so I'm hoping to finish it within one or two sittings, all without every touching the floor.

Change of Plans by Dylan Newton (red cover): This is a little more orange than red, but I wanted to count it for the readathon. It releases today and I can't wait to dive into it! This is the third installment in the Matthews Brothers companion series, a series of contemporary romances that will simply take your breath away. They are always such a delight!

Rook by Sharon Cameron (a book set in the future): I don't read many books set in the future, since science fiction books are really not my thing. However, I found this dystopian novel on my shelves that I totally forgot I even owned. I am not entirely sure when this is set but it sounds like it may be in a futuristic Paris so I am excited to read it!

Unfortunately Yours by Tessa Bailey (bookseller recommendation): I asked a staff member at my local Barnes & Noble if they had any contemporary romances to recommend and they mentioned Bailey's newest series, A Vine Mess. I actually have already read the first book so I picked up the sequel, which came out recently. I enjoyed the first book, Secretly Yours, so I can't wait to read the sequel!

The Emperor of Evening Stars by Laura Thalassa (use a random tarot generator and find a book with the same symbol in the title or cover): In using the generator, I received the Star Card. There are tons of books with "stars" in the title or cover so I had plenty of options. I decided to go with the third book in the Bargainer series. 

The Royals Next Door by Karina Halle (lily on the cover, in the title, or in the author's name): I don't really know my flowers so I hope the book I chose has a lily on the cover. I've put this one on multiple TBRs and still haven't read it. I'm hoping to close out the summer with some good romances like this one.

What books are you planning on reading this month?

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