Hello, friends, and happy middle of October! For today’s post I’m going to be doing a check in on how I’m doing with my tbr for the month. So, without further ado, let’s see how I’m doing!
🔘 = not read; ❌= DNF; ✅ = read
Book of the Month
The Invisible Life of Addie Larue 🔘 I haven’t read this yet but it is on my TBR for Dewey’s Readathon, which takes place this Saturday!
A Deadly Education ❌ I gave this one a try despite the controversy but it was not worth it. I can’t speak on the representation of the MC, but I did notice other things that were problematic in regards to witchcraft and use of practices from closed traditions, so I’m not surprised this book has other issues. And honestly, I was not a fan of the clear Harry/Draco vibes so this was a DNF for me.
Bringing Down the Duke 🔘 not read yet
Practical Magic 🔘
Mexican Gothic 🔘
Beyond the Ruby Veil ❌ I tried this one but found the MC insufferable and her whole character kind of trite. The book seemed like it was trying too hard to be cool and dark and came off as comical instead.
Plain Bad Heroines ❌ I might try this at another time but I found the writing style very challenging.
The Once and Future Witches 🔘
This is All Your Fault ❌ this is my second attempt to read this author but I’m thinking her writing style is not for me. It’s very odd and feels stilted when I try to read it and something about it feels off to me. This particular book is also too similar in plot to another book I read recently, THE SUMMER OF EVERYTHING, which was much better.
From Previous Months
The Scapegracers 🔘
Surrender Your Sons 🔘
Girl, Serpent, Thorn ✅ Melissa Bashardoust became an autobuy author for me with this book. The sapphics are so lucky to have her.
I just went on Goodreads and…I have a problem. The pandemic has completely messed with my usually expert knowledge of when books are being released, and, as a result, I have way too many 2020 books I was supposed to read from previous months, and more from upcoming months that I need to get to. Fortunately, Fall/Winter tends to be pretty quiet in publishing following the month of September, so maybe that will give me a chance to catch up on all these reads.
My hope for September is to only read September releases and catch up on my TBR a little bit and read at least 5 books from this list. I am already reading CHARMING AS A VERB, so hopefully this will be an achievable goal.
Fable – Adrienne Young
Cemetery Boys – Aidan Thomas
Punching the Air – Ibi Zoboi (not shown)
These Vengeful Hearts – Katherine Laurin
The Summer of Everything – Julian Winters
Charming as a Verb – Ben Philippe (current read!)
Horrid – Katrina Leno
Who I Was With Her – Nita Tyndall
Surrender Your Sons – Adam Sass
are any of these on your september tbr? which one should i read first?
HEY HEY YEAH YEAH LET’S DO THIS!! As you will recall from my recent event sign up post for August, I…will be very busy reading this month. Which is fine, obviously I like to read. I have somehow managed to sign myself up for 4 events, 3 of which are readathons or other events with prompts, so today I’ll be sharing my reading plans for those readathons.
I hope to read a bunch of ARCs this month, and hopefully most of them will overlap with prompts for other readathons, so I’ll try to skip repeats.
However, here are some of the (mostly) eARCs I hope to finally knock off my TBR:
The Summer of Everything – Julian Winters
How to Be Remy Cameron – Julian Winters
Kingdom of Souls – Rena Barron
Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo (I got an eARC of it; don’t freak out!)
Rent a Boyfriend – Gloria Chao
Watch Over Me – Nina LaCour
Charming as a Verb – Ben Philippe
Early Departures – Justin A. Reynolds
Horrid – Katrina Leno
These Violent Delights – Chloe Gong
Ghost Wood Song – Erica Waters
You Don’t Live Here – Robyn Schneider
I’m embarrassed to list any more but…I have a lot.
diversify that shelf readathon
Diverse Middle Grade: GHOST SQUAD by Claribel Ortega – I’m about halfway through this book about two little girls who accidentally awaken malicious spirits and threaten their entire town with shenanigans. There are also witches and a fat cat.
Different Culture Than You (Latinx): CEMETERY BOYS by Aidan Thomas – This book also deals with witches, and is about Yadriel, a transboy who wants to become a brujo like the rest of the men in his family, but can’t because of his family’s prejudices. His tries to initiate himself on his own, but tragedy strikes his family, and he is the only one who can fix it.
By a Black author: LET ME HEAR A RHYME by Tiffany D. Jackson – I’ve loved Jackson’s previous books, ALLEGEDLY and MONDAY’S NOT COMING, and keep meaning to read this one, which has to do with music.
Middle East Inspired: GIRL, SERPENT, THORN by Melissa Bashardoust – I found GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS really interesting and have been looking forward to another book by this author, and this one is sapphic AND Persian-inspired!! Eeeeee!
Focuses on identity: STAY GOLD by Tobly Smith – I don’t remember the premise of this one, honestly, but it’s about a transboy, so I definitely want to read it, and the cover is full of pastels.
Diverse Contemporary: YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN by Leah Johnson – I started this rivals to lovers between two prom queen contenders last month but haven’t read much of it since, so I’m still counting it for this readathon.
By a Latinx author: WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE by Tehlor Kay Mejia – I read this one earlier in the year but didn’t end up liking the second half, but I think I might not have been in the mood for it and sometimes when I read a book a second time I end up liking it more, so I’m going to give this one another shot.
East Asian Inspired: THE POPPY WAR by R. F. Kuang – I’ve already started this fantasy based on the opium wars in China but at first I wasn’t sure if I would continue it because it’s very dark and I didn’t know if I was in the mood for that given the pandemic. However, when I saw it was the Subtle Asian Book Club pick, that encouraged me to keep reading it.
POC on cover: GROWN by Tiffany D. Jackson – If I’m remembering correctly, this upcoming release is a thriller based on the R. Kelly scandal? But I’ll for sure read another hard-hitting Tiffany Jackson thriller ANY day.
OwnVoices: SURRENDER YOUR SONS by Adam Sass – OwnVoices mlm thriller about a bunch of boys who get stuck on an island where they’re supposed to go through conversion therapy and have to try to escape.
Diverse book with 300+ pages: NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU by Kristina Forest – I’ve been anxiously awaiting another book by the author of I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE, one of my favorite contemps in recent memory. I will read anything by this author.
Book by an AOC you’ve wanted to read for a while: CLAP WHEN YOU LAND by Elizabeth Acevedo – Like everyone else, I really liked Acevedo’s debut, THE POET X. I still haven’t read either of the other books I have by her even though I’ve wanted both since the deals were announced.
Pick a book randomly: WHO I WAS WITH HER by Nita Tyndall – This is a sapphic book about a bisexual girl who’s in love with her soccer rival, who then dies. I am ready for this book to emotionally eviscerate me.
So…those are my very ambitious TBRs, which don’t even include all the books from the Latinx Readathon. What have I gotten myself into, y’all. Wish me luck!