If you’ve read any of my other Posts, you know this … I’m notoriously late with everything. And I want to say .. I HAD THIS POST READY AT THE FIRST OF NOVEMBER but wordpress didn’t want to work like I wanted it to and I wanted to post my October Wrap Up first (which I still haven’t) and yeah … so you get, again, a very late TBR post.
Okay, I wanted to read books I wouldn’t necessarily pick just like that usually. Like not all the new releases, but also books that have been on my TBR for ages or books from a genre I don’t typically reach for. And for that, I have created a system. I don’t think I explained them on this blog yet? So I proudly present to you: Cross off Categories
Basically, I have a bunch of different themes/topics/sections and I want to read at least one book per category. This started with 5 different ones, so pretty manageable. Buuut I have gone crazy since then and have added and added categories. Soooo, yeah. Now I’m allowed to cross off two categories with one book if necessary.
The first category is quite self-explanatory, but it’s all the books I began the month prior but didn’t finish. And it’s just so I can keep track of how long some books are on my Currently Reading list. And if I take extremely long I prioritize them, as I did this month with Harry Potter y el prisionero de Azkaban which is taking me so long because I’m obviously reading it in Spanish (and I didn’t speak Spanish for about three years now?), or I put them on hold to finish some other time if I had to transfer them to the next month TBR three times. Makes sense?
Finish what I started the last month
- Harry Potter y el prisionero de Azkaban by J K Rowling (*)
- City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
- The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
So, because I always start new series but rarely finish them:
Continuation of a series I started
- Black Blade 2 (Dark Heart of Magic) by Jennifer Estep
- Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins
Finish a Series
- Opposition by Jennifer L Armentrout
- Black Blade 3 (Bright Blaze of Magic) by Jennifer Estep
I was at the Book Fair in Frankfurt in October and I bought 9 books there … I want to have them all read by the time I go to the next Book Fair.
Books from the Book Fair
- Madness by Maja Kölling
I recently started slowly reading all the books I ever got as a gift. Because I love getting books, but especially my brother tends to be sulky when I don’t read them fairly quickly. And just because I like to be able to say, ‘Yes, people gift me more books because I’ve all the other ones I got’ (since I’ll never be able to say that about my tbr in general … nor do I really want to. That would be so sad actually!)
Books other people gave me (Gifts or Books I Borrowed)
- Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (*)
Subscription Book Boxes are amazing and I love getting my FairyLoot every month**. And since I do get a lot of books I wouldn’t have picked up for myself, at least not in the foreseeable future, I like to make an effort to actually read them and not just collect them to potentially unhaul them in a few years because I lost interest. (So far I liked them all very much!)
Subscription Box Books
- Even the Darkest Star by Heather Fawcett
- Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C Dao
If there is a readathon or Buddy Read or Readalong happening that month (which it usually always is) then I also add this category. This month it is Tome Topple (from the 17th – 30th I believe) and I’m not yet decided on all the books I wanna read for this, or how many I think I could get to (because of course, it’s in prime exam season), but I have one priority.
Readathon/ Readalong Books or Buddy Reads
- A Bried History of Mankind by Yuval Noah Harari (*)
- The Woman Behind the Waterfall by Leonora Meriel
And the last category is just random books I’m in the mood for but don’t necessarily fit in any of the other categories. And I really need this category because otherwise, it would feel too forced?
Mood/ Season-y Books
- Prinzessin Insomnia by Walter Moers
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (*)
So, this is an incredibly ambitious TBR, I know, especially since some of those books are over 500 pages long (Tome Topple!) and I have a lot to do for Uni and am gonna write 3-4 exams. But I don’t really plan to read all of them, or at least I won’t feel bad if I don’t, it’s more of a ‘these are your options for the month’ type of TBR.
* These books fit in more than one category
** I’ll post an Unboxing of the October Villainous Box later this week