September Reading Plans – Wrapping Up my August TBR (Welp) + My (Pretty Much) Unrealistic September TBR

September is here, and I am back with an unrealistic TBR that I will probably not complete!

But hopefully, that will not be the case.

I’m sectioning off my September TBR into different parts, and I’m going back to my flexible TBR system – having a wide range of books & mood reading from that, though I’ll mostly just be reading from one section!

I’m going to try & read at least 12 books (so I can try & get to 150 books this year) BUT I’m not sure whether that’s feasible? I don’t know, because as the month goes on, the workload will definitely get worse, and I don’t know how to cope with that. (Spoiler: it’ll probably be audiobooks).

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Emoji Key:
✔️ = read
 = did not read
🐬 = currently reading
⏱️ = on hold

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  1. Hungry Hearts edited by Elsie Chapman & Caroline Tung Richmond ✔️
  2. Maid by Stephanie Land ✔️
  3. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim ✔️
  4. The Diviners by Libba Bray ✔️
  5. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
  6. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco 
  7. The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson ✔️
  8. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff ⏱️
  9. Finale by Stephanie Garber ✔️
  10. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett ✔️

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  1. Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry ⏱️
  2. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  3. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  4. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren ✔️
  5. Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally
  6. Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

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Emoji Key:

☀️ lead / major side characters of color
lgbtq lead / major side characters
🌸 neurodiversity and trauma
♿️ disability rep
🤗 = Buddy/Group Reads
✨ = New Release Challenge
💨 = Beat the Backlist
📚 = Back to the Classics
📖 = Library Love Challenge
🌍 = #YARC2019
🎧 = Audiobook Challenge 2019
🇸 = Sequel September

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Truly, September is the month of all the readalongs. Not gonna lie, this is going to be a lot of reading within a tight timeline, but I’m really crossing my fingers for this. This means that this part, in a way, is my priority TBR for the month.

I mean, I’d love to get to the other books on my TBR, but this is what I NEED to focus on. And I’m putting school first, so reading will be second priority? I don’t know.

I also want to read 150 books by the end of the year, which involves reading 12 to 13 books, so.

  • Legend (Legend, #1) by Marie Lu ☀️🤗💨📖🌍🎧
    • My friends & I (Ju @ Paper Blots, May @ Forever and Everly, Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink) are hosting a Legend readalong for the whole trilogy leading up to the release of Rebel, the fourth book in the series! Here’s a post with all the details you need to know.
    • The Breakdowns:
      • Sep 8th: pg 1-80 (8 chapters, last chapter is June)
      • Sep 9th: pg 81- end of part 1 (14 chapters)
      • Sep 10th: pgs 163-234 (9 chapters, last chapter is Day’s)
      • Sep 11th: pg 235-end (9 chapters)
  • Prodigy (Legend, #2) by Marie Lu ☀️🤗💨📖🌍
    • I’m going to try & get the audio of this one, purely because school is a LOT, so going the audio route would be SO much easier.
    • The Breakdowns:
      • Sep 15th: pg 1-87 (6 chapters, last chapter is Day’s)
      • Sep 16th: pg 88-185 (5 chapters, last chapter is June’s)
      • Sep 17th: pg 186-282 (7 chapters, last chapter is Day’s)
      • Sep 18th: 283-end (11 chapters)
  • Champion (Legend, #3) by Marie Lu ☀️🤗📖💨🌍
    • I don’t have the audio of this one yet, but I desperately need to get it ASAP, because I am dying from school right now.
    • The Breakdowns:
      • Sep 22th: pg 1-91 (6 chapters, last chapter is June’s)
      • Sep 23rd: pg 92-181 (6 chapters, last chapter is June’s)
      • Sep 24th: pg 182-273 (7 chapters, last chapter is Day’s)
      • Sep 25th: pg 274-end (9 chapters + epilogue)
  • Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2) by Libba Bray ☀️🏳️‍🌈🌸♿️🤗📖💨
    • Last month, I reread and fell back in love with the Diviners, and I cannot wait to continue on with the Diviners readalong (as well as with January LaVoy’s AMAZING narration). This is hosted by the lovelies Melanie @ Mel to the Any, Chelsea @ Chelsea Dolling Reads, Jane @ It’s Jane Lindsey, and Madalyn @ Novel Ink!
    • Here are the breakdowns for Lair of Dreams, that I took from Melanie’s September TBR post!
      • Sep 1st: 1 – 76 The Devil’s Business
      • Sep 2nd: 77 – 144 Keeping Out the Dead
      • Sep 3rd: 145 – 225 Dreams Can’t Get You
      • Sep 4th: 226 – 312 Part Two
      • Sep 5th: 313 – 409 And Do They Dream?
      • Sep 6th: 410 – 515 Ace of Spades
      • Sep 7th: 516 – End!
        #DivinersReadalong Liveshow:
      • Sep 13th: 9PM EST / 6PM PST
        @Madalyn’s channel
  • The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2) by Maggie Stiefvater 🏳️‍🌈🤗📖🌸💨
    • With Call Down the Hawk coming out in November, the awesome Lala @ BooksandLala, Zoe @ Read By Zoe, Kat @ Paperback Dreams and Ellias @ Ellias Reads are hosting a Raven Cycle Readalong in the month of September! I haven’t finished the series (I’ve only read The Raven Boys and it would be cool to catch up on things).
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3) by Maggie Stiefvater 🏳️‍🌈🤗📖🌸💨
    • Apparently, each book in the Raven Cycle focuses on one main character, which is interesting? I’m really hoping I like this series. But also, if I’m being honest? This readalong is the one lowest on my priority list/in this section.
  • The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4) by Maggie Stiefvater 🏳️‍🌈🤗📖🌸💨
    • Not gonna lie, I heard some pretty mixed things about this series finale, but I’m hoping I like it when I read it! That’s the hope.

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  • Unpregnant (Unpregnant, #1) by Jenni Hendricks and Ted Caplan
    • Apparently this is a book about abortion & I’ve seen some solid things about it? I also really like the cover of this one. But also, I believe a cis man is helping write this (please don’t quote me on this), which sounds a little … dicey.
  • Five Dark Fates (Three Dark Crowns, #4) by Kendare Blake
    • I finally caught up in the series by July, and I’m super interested to see how everything will turn out! It might be a read that I save for half-term/term break.
  • American Royals (American Royals, #1) by Katharine McGee
    • So this is a, “trashy”, fun, drama-filled book about the American royal family? Alright, you’ve got me interested.
  • Frankly In Love (Frankly In Love, #1) by David Yoon
    • Fake dating? Asian culture? A coming-of-age YA contemporary novel? YES. (Also, I saw this was expanded to become a series on Goodreads, which, well, I don’t know how to feel about it).
  • His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler
    • Admittedly, I’m not a die-hard, super Poe fan, but Annabel Lee was one of my favourite poems and I really want to read some more Poe. The author line-up seems really good so that’s exciting! Also, reading Poe helps me conduct further reading for English, which is great.

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Since ya girl is taking four AS Levels (and perhaps 4 A Levels, but that’s another story for another time), I’ll be doing a lot of further reading, one of which is English Literature (I love it, but it’s intense, my dudes. Four texts before March? It’s a lot). I know I’ll be reading and analyzing a whole load of short stories for one of my papers, so I’m putting this section as a way for me to check in with my reading & for me to feel some sort of self-accomplishment when I check in in October and find that I failed my September TBR. And since I don’t know which ones (and how many) we’ll be doing in September, I’m putting all of them!

Also, my English teacher is really pushing us to do further reading, so I’ll just add a couple of texts for that? I also really want to read around the subjects I’m taking (English, History, Psychology and Drama, for those asking aka no one), in order to expand my knowledge and just for learning. And honestly – that’s a pretty awesome feeling.

  • The Hollow of The Three Hills by Nathaniel Hawthorne ✔️
  • The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde
  • The Door In The Wall by H.G. Wells
  • How It Happened by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Lady In The Looking-Glass: A Reflection by Virginia Woolf
  • The Fly in the Ointment by V.S. Pritchett
  • The Custody of the Pumpkin by P.G. Wodehouse
  • The Destructors by Graham Greene
  • The Rain Horse by Ted Hughes
  • The Taste of Watermelon
  • Elephant by Raymond Carver
  • Sandpiper by Ahdaf Soueif


  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • I’m reading one of Hawthorne’s short stories for A Levels, and I really liked his writing, and my English teacher recommended that our class read this, so.
  • The Fall Of The House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
    • I saw this one in my English textbook, and after Annabel Lee? I. Need. To. Read. More. Poe.

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So you all know that I’m contemporary Trash. If you don’t, it’s basically Fact at this point and we have all learnt to accept it.

One of my favourite readathons, Contemporary-a-Thon, is being hosted from Monday, the 23rd of September, to Sunday, the 29th of September by the lovelies Chelsea @ Chelsea Dolling Reads, Melanie @ Mel To The Any, Julie @ Pages and Pens, and Natasha @ My Reading Is Off. I’m not sure how realistic it is for me to participate in it this round, but I really want to try my best to participate in it!

And if I do participate in it, I’ll likely go with the shortest book there, or whatever I’m in the mood for. I’m picky like that.

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  • Going Off Script by Jen Wilde
    • So apparently this is a YA novel tackling straight washing in the film industry? Which in itself, sounds great, but I’ve also heard some great things from some of my friends, and I’m really excited to read this.
  • Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
    • I read Alex, Approximately in August, and really enjoyed it. This is the other book of hers that I’m interested in reading, and it sounds so cute? Detective stories, fall vibes, hotel things and the fact that this is set in Seattle, like Sleepless In Seattle (!!!!) sounds like my cup of tea.
  • The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding
    • I had this on my June TBR, and got a little through it before putting it down for some reason? But LOOK this sounds so cute, fun and a quick read, and I really want to finish this!
  • The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim
  • Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee
    • Another CW recommendation! (Seriously, you all – CW’s recommendations are GOLD). Apparently this has a prominent sister relationship and mental illness representation, which is awesome. I just need to read this ASAP.
  • Frankly In Love by David Yoon
    • Note: I’m putting some of these titles in italics since this book is already in another section as well, and I’ve said all I need to say about it.
  • Unpregnant by Jenni Hendricks and Ted Caplan
  • American Royals by Katharine McGee

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Do you do TBRs? If so, how did you do on your TBR last month? What are some of your most anticipated releases for this month, and some books that you are dying to get to in September?

I would love to know!

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8 thoughts on “September Reading Plans – Wrapping Up my August TBR (Welp) + My (Pretty Much) Unrealistic September TBR

  1. I don’t really do tbrs, because I’m way too much of a mood reader (and also pretty reliant on library holds so), but I’m of course reading Legend this month, and also really hoping that Going Off Script will have showed up by the time I get home next week, so I’ll hopefully be reading that this month as well! I’m also probably gonna reread Clockwork Princess to finish of my reread of the trilogy that I keep accidentally ditching lmao

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    1. I totally understand you about the no TBRs post – because I was a complete mood reader and would die with a TBR. Yayy for reading Legend and I’m so glad you enjoyed it woooo 🎉 I hope you loved Going Off Script and that you loved your reread of Clockwork Princess (even though that book is absolute Pain). Happiest of reading, Iris! 💖

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    1. Ahhh Kelly!! I really need to get to Serious Moonlight soon, but I am so, so excited to read it! Based off my experience with AA, I think I’m going to like Serious Moonlight a little better, but AA was great, too! Happy reading, Kelly! ❤


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