Guess what I did this year? That’s right: started making my own monthly tbr shelves.
ICYMI: I set a BUNCH of goals back in December that I’m planning on sticking to for this. whole. year. Or at least the first six months. I set myself six goals total, three of which are you-absolutely-must-do-this-every-month. Which, yikes.
In case you missed it, I set a BUNCH of goals back in December that I’m planning on sticking to for this. whole. year. Or at least the first six months. I set myself six goals total, three of which are you-absolutely-must-do-this-every-month. Which, yikes.
IT’S FINE. I’M FINE.
To help me with my goals, I’m going to be keeping up #PollsForGoals this year! This is a system where I get you guys to vote on what I read this year. I’m hoping some of you will participate in this as well and we can form a little polling community for our TBRs.
It’s called pressure but not too much pressure and it’s amazing and I love it.
Anyway, let’s get into the books for my first two goals!
It is a good day. It is a very, very good day. Why?
Because I… AM… HOSTING… A… READATHON!! And thankfully, it’s about something I am super super passionate about: women loving women. Sapphic girls. The Gays. It’s a good day!!
#SapphicAThon will be taking place from Dec 14 to Dec 28. Check us out on twitter HERE, and be sure to follow us for #SapphicAThonChats. I’m cohosting this readathon with some of my best friends on here: Jamieson @JamiShelves, Tasha @CatsAndPaperbacks, Amelie @AKinderGalaxy, and Miriam @ToitNups.
Some recs will be coming— you can always check out my Sapphic Romance Recs shelf if you’re impatient— but for now, let’s get started on a list of books I’m planning to read!!
For those looking for a full list, the challenges are:
Bi MC, SF/F, Under 500 Ratings on GR, Jewish MC
QWOC MC, Ace MC, Established Relationship, Friends-To-Lovers
Trans MC, Non Coming Out, Hate-To-Love, Both WOC
Disabled MC, Retelling, Interracial, MC Realizes They’re Queer
I’ll be doing this post by books I’d like to read, rather than by challenges, and then figuring out at the end of the readathon what challenges I completed and what bingos I got. And as always, this bingo board is totally optional.
This is contemporary novel which… basically all I know about is the f/f romance. But I have an arc, so I’m trying to get through it. ➽⛄ This one fits the challenges Bi MC, Under 500 Ratings on GR, QWOC MC, Friends-To-Lovers, Interracial, MC Realizes They’re Queer.
I won this book during a preorder giveaway, and though the reviews I’ve seen have been very mixed, especially in terms of the exploration of colonialism, I’m excited enough about its potential to read it.
➽⛄ This one fits Disabled MC, QWOC MC, Trans MC, Bi MC, SF/F, Both WOC, Non Coming Out, Interracial, and Friends-To-Lovers. Um, yes, there IS a book that hits all of these.
A querr thriller and new release. ➽⛄ This one hits, depending on how the apparent love triangle occurs, Under 500 Ratings on GR, QWOC MC, Established Relationship, Friends-To-Lovers, Non Coming Out, and Both WOC
I’m really excited for this one— I’ve heard such incredible things about Hurley’s queer sff, and can’t wait to try her out. I know this one is sci-fi. ➽⛄ This fits SF/F, QWOC MC, and Non Coming Out; I honestly don’t know enough to figure out more.
A fantasy book about murderous queer nuns. ➽⛄ The only thing I know about this is that it fits Bi MC— I’m actually unsure if this counts for the challenge, as I don’t think the main character has a romance plot.
Hey everyone! I assume I’m not alone in wanting to plan for 2018. Especially in terms of reading plans. And you know what we’re going to need, more than anything else? Some goals.
And maybe more importantly to you, some feedback on those goals. A few of these have questions attached to them about what books I should read first and second! I’m going to post a twitter thread of polls for goals #1, #2, #4, and #6.
The last half of 2017 was the year of desperately wanting to binge series and never actually bingeing them. I am a person who tends to read full series all at once. No breaks. But this year, I was trying not to buy too many books, causing full series to languish on my shelf. So my new goal is to binge a series every month rather than simply ignoring my series.
Last year and at the beginning of this year, I was receiving 98% of the arcs I got from a local bookstore. This year, I started doing Edelweiss and Netgalley far more. And honestly, I don’t know if I’m happy about it. Many of the books I’ve picked up have been so mediocre I haven’t wanted to finish, and from now on, I’m only going to request books that I am genuinely super interested in reading. And try to read them ASAP, even if I have other outstanding titles on netgalley: new ones are the priority.
4. Read as many arcs as possible right after I get them
Related to my last goal! This was something I sucked at last year; I kept putting off arcs I genuinely wanted to read because I wanted to save until the release dates. One solution? Get less arcs at a time. And also avoid scheduling book reading; I kept planning to read books last year that I’d then fail to get to because it felt like a responsibility. So we’re going to avoid that as much as possible.
This one ALSO comes with a poll. On top of my twelve Jan-Feb arcs, I have THIRTEEN March-July arcs. Two are from March, three from April, six from May, and one each from June and July. So, a POLL: Which arc should I cheat and read ahead of time, out of Girl Made of Stars, Nothing Happened, and The Astonishing Color of After?
5. Read more owned books than I received new books
I have spent a year bragging to myself about how I always read more than I buy / receive. Which is very very true. Exceptionally true. But also bullshit. Why? Because I read so many library books.
Let me explain. For all of last year, my school library was mostly closed. In years past, I have gotten 70-80% of my books from the school library. So I had a reason, this year, to actually buy books, especially as I tried to read more obscure books that my public library didn’t have either.
I feel like you can guess where this is going. My library is back. And I simply don’t have as much a need to buy books anymore, you know? Especially many popular 2012 series that I’ve been planning to catch up on.
I mean, if anyone’s seen my hauls from the last three months, I have literally hauled 90% arcs month after month. And usually my only physical books are books I’ve already read or books I’ve received as gifts. So this is not a hard goal, just one to keep in mind.
6. Continue with my 260 books goal… or downsize?
NOW HERE COMES THE CONTROVERSY. Should I stick to trying to read five books a week, or should I go down to four? Junior year has been super, super stressful, and I frankly read longer books nowadays than I did in years past. Should I simply move down to 250? Who knows. But let me know in the poll!
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time! Hope you all have productive finals weeks.
hey guys! it’s time for a December TBR. Let’s see how I did on my November TBR, shall we?
I planned to read twelve books. Of those twelve, I read a full six. So… 1/2. Let’s just admit I suck at these.
Off my November TBR, I read Tyler Johnson Was Here, Finding Yvonne, Dread Nation, Into the Drowning Deep, Nevernight, AND The Diviners. The last three of these were 500+ page books and I’m exceptionally happy I got to all these long books. Plus a few more not on my TBR— feel free to check out my November Wrap-Up. I did not get to Love and Other Carnivorous Plants [I’m putting this off till 2018], Rosemarked, The City Of Brass, Bonfire, The Island Will Sink, and Lair of Dreams. But I’m going to ignore that tbr, even the failed bits, and focus on my real goal: the 2017 releases.
This month, I’m hoping to read a grand total of 35 books to complete my reading challenge. And I’m hoping that as many as possible will be 2017 releases I own. So I’ll be listing all the 2017 releases I own / have access to at the library and might read this month.
I’ve been using Romie @RomieWeDeserveLove‘s great idea for emoji indicators in the past – a 🏳️🌈 for lgbtq rep, ☀️ for major characters of color, and 🌸 for mental illness, disability, abuse, or trauma rep. Keep in mind this is only what I know! For this month, I’ll also be using 🎄 to indicate kindle arcs, 🍁 to indicate physical copies including arcs, and 🌺 to indicate library books.
— 2017 Releases I Could, Hypothetically, Get To —
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds | Oct 24 🌺☀️🌸 finished and enjoyed this.
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman | March 28 🍁🏳️🌈☀️🌸 finished and LOVED this.
All the Wind in the Worldby Samantha Mabry | Oct 10 🍁 just finished and enjoyed this. One of the prettiest covers of the year.
They Both Die at the Endby Adam Silvera | Sep 5 🍁🏳️🌈☀️ what the title says. if one of them dies and the other lives, I will be the one dying.
Rosemarked by Livia Blackburn | Nov 11 🍁☀️ Speculative historical fiction about the rose plague.
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed | Oct 10 🍁🏳️🌈☀️🌸 I know I hate contemporary but feminist contemporary? an exception
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman | Sep 17 🍁☀️🌸 I know I hate contemporary but contemporary exploring abuse? another exception
How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake | May 2 🍁🏳️🌈☀️🌸 guys, I KNOW I hate contemporary but I have this Vibe about this book I just feel like I’m going to adore it. every time I look at this book on my shelf I feel happy.
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence | Apr 4 🍁🏳️🌈 this sounds so badass!!
The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley | Feb 7 🍁🏳️🌈 this sounds gay and terrifying, aka my favorite genre
The Sister’s Chase by Sarah Healy | Jun 27 🍁 I don’t know crap about this but I recently realized how much I love fast-paced suspense and I also basically only own arcs nowadays
Invictus by Ryan Graudin | Sep 26 🍁 fast-paced. blame #arcsfortrade.
Hunger by Roxane Gay | Oct 3 🍁🏳️🌈☀️🌸 a memoir my mother owns that I’d like to get to! I really love Roxane Gay and definitely need to keep up on her releases.
27 Hours by Tristina Wright | Oct 3 🍁🏳️🌈☀️🌸 a last priority because I just… idk. this was on my most anticipated and i won a preorder giveaway but after seeing more about it… I do not get good vibes from the review page.
Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham | Feb 21 🍁☀️ historical fiction about the Tulsa race riots. I was on a historical fiction kick earlier this year, found a damaged copy, and somehow never read this one? considering donating but the subject really interests me.
A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho | Feb 28 🍁🏳️🌈 listen, all I care about are queer girl thrillers.
I see lesbians, I see darkly funny, and I see something I am definitely excited to read.
3. Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert received Nov 5, releases Aug 18 thanks to Little Brown publishing and Kepler’s for the arc!
While I was definitely not a fan of Colbert’s most recent release, Little and Lion, I adored her debut Pointe. So I’m hoping this one doesn’t disappoint me! I mostly want to read it quickly because it’s so short.
4. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland received Nov 5, releases Apr 3 thanks to Balzer&Bray publishing and Kepler’s for the arc!
I actually already finished this! Honestly, black zombie hunters after the civil war is definitely the best historical fiction concept of all time. And the fact that this totally, completely lived up to my expectations? Even better. Review is coming up.
— November-December Physical Arcs —
5. Rosemarked by Livia Blackburn
received June ?, releases Nov 11 thanks to Kepler’s for the arc!
I’ve literally just seen so much good about this book that I can’t imagine hating it. It’s speculative historical fiction about the rose plague, which sounds super cool!
— November-December E-Arcs —
6. Into the Drowning Deep by Seanan McGuire / Mira Grant
received Nov 2, releases Nov 14
thanks to Orbit publishing for the netgalley e-arc!
I’ve had this on anticipated releases lists for months now. Yes, this is the bi girls and demonic mermaids book, and yes, I’m desperate to read it. Right now.
7. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraboty
received Jul ?, releases Nov 14
thanks to Hutchinson publishing for the edelweiss e-arc!
My friend Melanie @MelToTheAny absolutely adores this book, and I’m so excited to read it!! This is Arab-inspired fantasy, if I’m not mistaken.
8. Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
received Jul ?, releases Nov 7
thanks to Hutchinson publishing for the edelweiss e-arc!
I know this is published by one of my icons, but I’ve actually seen decent reviews so far! So hopefully this thriller will be entertaining, if cliche.
9. The Island Will Sink by Briohny Doyle received Nov 2, new release thanks to Lifted Brow publishing for the netgalley e-arc!
This was an improv request because I felt like reading it randomly? Essentially, though, this is a short environmentalist dystopia book. That’s literally all I know. But it’s happening.
— Unofficial Tome Topple —
10. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
bought Aug 5, backlist
Please, I just need to finish this. I’m begging for the next 400 pages to be better than the first 100.
I ended up not reading the full five I hoped to read, but I have an excuse; I read a ton of other stuff. Just in this one week, plus the three thrillers I read, I completed three more books AND two graphic novels, two of which are new faves— Wild Beauty, Forgive Me Leonard Peacock, and The Sun and Her Flowers. Also, another excuse: I planned to use Big Little Lies as my answer for #2, but I finished it on Sunday. Yes, you guys, I did in fact finish a fifteen-hour audiobook in FOUR DAYS. I am SO PROUD.
I also did the 24-hour readathon, and I’m definitely pretty happy with this one. I read two books start-to-finish, The Hanging Girl and Forgive Me Leonard Peacock, despite being sick, having four hours of rehearsal, doing homework, and having a voice lesson. I’m proud.
It’s also good that I enjoyed every single book of the four books, two novellas, and two graphic novels.