Alright, guys; new month, new TBR pile. This post will contain quite a few books and I doubt I will be able to get through them all. But I’ll try my best!
It’s been a while since I did an actual TBR pile post. What’s new since last time? I’ve signed up for NetGalley, which means that I’m not more likely to get ARCs than before – and I have two on the list for October. One I’m already almost halfway through and I’m planning on finishing that this week. Then I have another book to read before I can get onto another ARC, but I am hoping to get through two ARCs in this month.
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
I started this for a readathon this summer, got about halfway through and then just got other books on my mind. It’s a bit more complicated than the other novels by the same author that I’ve read, which is throwing me off a bit. So it’s taking a while and I’ll probably have to tell myself that “You know, today you’ll focus on this and only this” in order to actually finish it.
Timekeeper by Tara Sim
So this book is an ARC that I received through NetGalley – and I was so happy about it because I had received a rec for this book and thought it sounded really interesting. I’m almost halfway through it as of now and my current feeling is that it won’t be a 5 star read, but still a good read. We’ll see what happens.
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Black Jade by Kylie Chan
I finally got my hands on this and I want to start reading it right now, but I also know that if I do I’ll get stuck reading this and not focus on anything else. So I’m leaving it be until I feel like I can actually just take the time and read.
Portal of a Thousand Worlds by Dave Duncan
Another ARC I got through NetGalley and just looking at the cover I’m craving this. China? Magic? Sign me up!
The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross
The final installment in this series. I actually started it in August, but had to put it down again after 1-2 chapters because I was distracted by other things. Hoping to actually read it during this month instead.
The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
I had hoped to be able to read this during the summer as I felt that I needed the free time to do it, but that just did not happen. Instead I’m hoping that this can be my “slightly creepy October book”.
I know that I’ll be pretty busy for the rest of October, so I’m going to leave the TBR at these books. I’m not even sure I’ll be able to get through all of them but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the “three books per month” trend is not going to continue.
I’ve been monitoring the BookTubeAThon YouTube channel for quite a while now, eagerly anticipating the challenge announcements, and was so excited when they were finally announced! But good god, these challenges will be difficult to do!
If you’re unfamiliar with the BookTubeAThon it’s a readathon hosted by booktuber Ariel Bissett and takes place during one week every summer. There’s also a holiday readathon for Christmas, but it’s smaller and I rarely have time to be a part of it as Christmas is a busy time for me and the family. But the summer BookTubeAThon is the event of the year! There are 7 challenges that vary from year to year and you are allowed to read a book that matches one or more of these challenges, but the 7th and final challenge is always to read 7 books during the week.
This year the BookTubeAThon takes place between the 18th and 24th of July, and those dates might cause some trouble for me when it comes to reading as much as I want because it’s mine and my sister’s birthday week (our birthdays are the days after one another). So there’s going to be some party prep to do and we’re also travelling to my grandparents on my birthday (I don’t mind doing that), so my reading time will be quite minimal. But I’m going to try to complete as many challenges as possible anyway!
This year’s challenges and my TBR pile are as follows:
- Read a book with yellow on the cover – The White Rose
- Read a book at night/after sunset only – The Great Gatsby
- Read a book that you discovered through Booktube – Rebel of the Sands
- Read a book by one of your favorite authors – Princess of Thorns
- Read a book that’s older than you – Treasure Island
- Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
- Read a total of 7 books – leaving this kind of open, but these are some of my options
- The Casual Vacancy (depends on if I manage to read this during the Make Me Read It Readathon)
- Sense and Sensibility (depends on if I manage to read this during the Make Me Read It Readathon)
- Prince’s Gambit (depends on if I manage to read this during the Make Me Read It Readathon)
- The Girl with the Windup Heart
- The Forever Song
I decided to close the poll early as I need to plan my reading for the upcoming weeks, as I found out yesterday that all of the readathons I’m participating in this summer are right after one another.
As I wrote in this post, the Make Me Read It Readathon is a week long readathon – 9th of July to 16th of July – where others decide what books you shall read. The best way to do this is to create a poll somewhere and list the books that are available to you – i.e books that you already own but haven’t yet read. You decide yourself how many books you can read during this week, but you have to follow the results of the poll.
I think that I’ll be able to read quite a lot during the readathon week as I have nothing else scheduled for those days, so I added quite a lot of books to my poll. In the TBR below I’ve listed the Top 10 books from the poll. I should be able to get through most of those if I work really hard X)
*In the poll I listed Captive Prince instead of Prince’s Gambit, but I ended up reading Captive Prince earlier this month. Hence why I added the sequel to this roundup instead.
Alright, so I found out about this readathon yesterday and as it is right before the Make Me Read It readathon I won’t be doing all of the challenges included in this one. But I’ll do a few of them at least.
This readathon has seven challenges that you have to find matching books for. You can use one book to complete two challenges, but not one book to complete three or four challenges. The readathon takes place between the 3rd and 9th of July. All of the challenges can be found through this link.
I’m planning on reading four books that match five of the challenges.
Challenge #2 – Read a book of your choice
I have chosen Apprentice by Rachel E Carter, because it is one of the next books on my TBR and I do feel like I need to get going with this series.
Challenge #3 – Read a book recommended by one of the hosts
My choice is The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason, which has been on my TBR for a while and I’m really stoked to read it.
Challenge #4 – Read a book containing your favorite mythical creature
This one was a lot harder as I don’t really have a favorite mythical creature but I love books that contain mythical creatures. In the end I narrowed down the options to vampire or werewolf and I recently bought The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa, which is about vampires, so I decided to go with that.
Challenge #5 – Read a book that you’ve kept from reading
Everyone who follows this blog knows that I’ve been pushing And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini away for quite some time. Well, not anymore; it’s on this readathon’s TBR!
Challenge #6 – Read a book by an author you’ve never read before
This one could apply to a load of books on my TBR as I love discovering new authors, but I didn’t want to have too many books to read this readathon. So I decided to combine this one with another challenge and counting The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason to this as well.
Finally writing up another TBR Pile and it’s for the first month of summer! I’m basically done with work by now – all grades were done last week and this week I only work for three days, as today is Sweden’s National Day and we get Friday off for compensation. Then next week I work four days (Monday-Thursday) before I go on summer holiday 🙂 It’s also my final week at my current school as I start at another one in the autumn. Feeling a bit weird about that but in a good way 🙂
Anyway; here’s the first TBR Pile for the summer!
A bit late with this, mainly due to that I’ve been sick this week since I got back home from China. I’m still sick, really, but at least now I have my energy back.
I’ve already finished two books for April and I’m planning on finishing another today – I’ve gotten back up to speed with reading again and I’m more prone to doing it now as a way of relaxing than I was in January or February. This week’s been kinda slow on that side due to sickness but now that I’m better I’m getting back in the game!