September 2017 TBR

I mentioned a little bit about this over Instagram on the weekend, but I hate TBRs. Something about planning your books ahead of time and sticking to the plan seems rigid to me. Then again, I’m a rule follower and things like TBRs bug me because I am always following some rule or another. I like variety when I read and sometimes my tastes and moods decide what I read too.

So I decided to do something a little bit different. Instead of choosing five books to read over a month, I’ve just given myself a theme and going to run with it. Since this month is back-to-school for a bunch of people, I decided it might be fun to do a Young Adult/Middle Grade TBR.

However there are some setbacks to this plan. Being a book reviewer, I do have some books I need to read and some “adult” books that I want to read. How is a girl to choose?

Well first off, I’m going to try and read two books at once. Not at the same time, obviously, but I’ll be choosing one adult book and one not-so-adult book. This will keep my reads variant and also it’ll be fun to run this like a little experiment.

Secondly, I’m not going to beat myself up if all I read this month is one book. Life, if you’re not reading for a living, is a jerk sometimes and some days all you want to do is read but you have to go to work and sometimes weekends are packed with things and errands to do. Sometimes you just want to collapse on the couch after a hard day of working and just watch TV until you’re brain is numb. I’m not going to make myself feel bad for not reading enough when life gets in the way.

Alright, without further ado, here’s my TBR for September (links all lead back to Amazon to find out more about the book):

My “adult” reads:

  • The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas (my current read)
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang
  • Eat Only When You’re Hungry by Lindsay Hunter
  • Book of Judas by Linda Stasi
  • Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

My young adult and middle grade reads:

  • You Know Me Well by Nina Lacour and David Levithan (my current read)
  • Dreamology by Lucy Keating
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand
  • Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. OBrien

Now that I think about it, I might have gone a little overboard with my choices. #lifeofareader

3 thoughts on “September 2017 TBR

  1. I used to keep a TBR spreadsheet with 100’s of books on it. It was completely overwhelming. I do still use it for my backlist TBR and audiobooks, but for new releases, I’ve almost abandoned it completely.

    I now start a fresh list every year for new releases…choose 4 or so books I’d like to read each month (get ARCs of them), then leave everything else open. I also keep a running list of all the books I hear about in the course of the year that I’m interested in, but weren’t on my original TBR. That’s what I what I use to fill in the extra time once I’m done with my TBR.

    I’d been trying to find a balance between ARCs and other stuff for years and I think I’ve finally found something that works for me 🙂


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