I hope you are all doing well and that you all have a towering stack of books prepared for the month!
Considering that I am trying to tiptoe back into things, I decided that the best course of action was to center my TBR for the month around a readathon. I am very goal oriented and I hope this will help me succeed in staying focused whilst also aiding in easing back into the swing of things.
I also tried to set a realistic and simple goal just to kick things off because I plan to do full reviews on most of the books I’ve set aside for this month!
With all of that being said, lets jump into the TBR!
September’s theme for the Year-A-Thon is “New Beginnings”. Though there are sub challenges within this concept, the main focus is to choose books that are either the first in a series and/or books written by new to you authors. For my TBR I’ve chosen books that meet either of these concepts or in some cases, both.
The specific reading challenges for September are:
- To read a book that features a birthday or an anniversary.
- To read a book that’s title is five words OR five letters total.
- To read a book that’s last page contains a “five” in the page number.
- To read a book that has strong relationships/takes place in the woods.
I struggled a little bit to compile a list of books for this challenge. When I saw the theme I immediately thought of a lot of books that would work but the sub challenges really made it hard to nail down a specific list.
However, my picks are:
- Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott
- Bloom by Kevin Panetta
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I picked Five Feet Apart for the first challenge because I know that one of the main characters, Will has a birthday during the events of the story. Though the story itself does not revolve or spiral from his birthday occurring and is in fact minuscule in the novel, it fits the criteria nonetheless. I really enjoyed seeing this movie and it brought back a lot of tfios feels and just makes me all the more excited to delve into this read.
Bloom is by far the book that I am most excited to read this month. It is a graphic novel and the artwork is absolutely beautiful and the color scheme is a bluish teal color that really helps set the tone for the story. This is also a LGBTQ+ read and it’s been awhile since I’ve read a young love, easy going contemporary and I am really looking forward to reading it.
I bought Strange the Dreamer THE DAY that it came out. I loved the premise and the cover and even ordered the UK edition just to get the “prettier cover”. For whatever reason, somehow I still have not gotten around to reading it. Not only will this be the first book I’ve read of Laini Taylor’s BUT it is also the first book in this duology. I have both books in this series and if I get through everything on my list this month I hope to pick up the second book, Muse of Nightmares.
The last book that I chose for this readathon may come as a shock to most. I feel like I am the very last person to get around to reading A Court of Thorns and Roses. I have the first three books in this series and I have been meaning to pick it up for years but somehow something else always got pushed to the top of the list over it and so on. I am really hoping that this will finally be the time that I crack it open and get to read it.
Now, even if I do not successfully finish all four of these books for the readathon itself, these are still the main books for my TBR this month.
I do still have a few things that I am in the middle of that I need to wrap up this month.
I have been very, very slowly working my way through this series and I am on page 572 of 850 and would love to be able to knock this one out this month.
Next is, War Storm by Victoria Aveyard. The Red Queen series is by far my favorite YA book series and really holds a special place in my heart because it was the book that made me want to start a blog. I’ve put off reading this one because it is the final installment in this series and throughout this journey the author has broken my heart a million times but I am still not prepared to see how it all comes to a close. I have successfully avoided spoilers and have taken my sweet time moving through it but I am currently on page 177 of 662 and I really, REALLY would love to push through and finish it before October.
And lastly, I would like to finish Ashes in the Snow by Ruta Sepetys this month. I started this book and honestly I am completely in love with this book but it is very heavy material and I needed to decompress and take a break from it. I am halfway through it and would love to finish it up and do a comprehensive review on it this month.
Well, that’s everything I am hoping to pick up this month.
What are you currently reading? What are you planning on reading this month? Have you decided to be ambitious or do you just have a few things you’re wanting to get to? Are you planning on participating in any readathons? Leave a comment and let me know!
Thank you so much for reading and I hope you keep visiting!!