I am back (albeit very late) with all my November reading plans, and it is VERY weird.
Even for me.
Which is saying a lot.
I don’t want to say too much and will shut up now because this post is already 2.2k+ words long and I just need to stop talking, okay.
✔️ = read
❌ = did not read
🐬 = currently reading
⏱️ = on hold
- 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston (1st) ✔️
- Rebel (Legend, #4) by Marie Lu (1st) ✔️
- Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1) by Leigh Bardugo (8th) ❌
- Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao (15th) ❌
BOOKS I NEED TO READ:
- Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, #3) by Libba Bray ✔️
- His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler ✔️
- Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett ⏱️
- Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier 💨📚📖🎧❌
- Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Susanna Ganucheau ⏱️
- Girls of Storm and Shadow (Girls of Paper and Fire, #2) by Natasha Ngan ✔️
- 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 ❌
This month, I’m going to have a pretty lax TBR, I guess? I know I’ve been saying that for the last few months but I truly do not know what I want to read and I don’t want to tie myself down. Literally my main goal is to read 12+ books so I can try and read 150 books this year. (Spoiler: It is NOT going well).
I’m going to be doing a flexible TBR again (and no one is surprised so I have some wriggle room to mood read!) and I’m dividing this up into sections. I’m having some new releases here, participating in Remember November (hosted by Kathy and Destiny) and doing something else kinda cool? (I hope you find it cool too? I don’t know).
☀️ 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
- Supernova by Marissa Meyer – I’ve really enjoyed the first two books in this series, and you all know I will read this when 1) I physically have the time to and 2) as soon as I get my hands on the audiobook.
- Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan – I know I’ve already read this, but this is here because I want to boost this series once again for you all, because it deserves it ❤
- Colour Outside the Lines edited by Sangu Mandanna – This wasn’t on my radar until I heard CW’s rave review on it back in March, and an anthology about interracial relationships edited by an author whose short fiction I have loved AND with a great lineup? We have no choice but to
stanread it, like now.
- Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian – Not gonna lie, I have lost a lot of interest in it, so there’s a good chance I’m not reading it, but it does sound kind of interesting? Apparently it’s Six of Crows and Suicide Squad mashed together, which would be an … intriguing experience.
Remember November is a challenge focusing on failed TBRs and trying to complete as much of them as possible, which that … speaks to me deeply. You all know how ambitious my TBRs can be which as a result, left me with a LOT of choices. And since it’s nearing the end of the year, the timing is just perfect and I need a structure for this month’s TBR – or else I’ll probably read NOTHING. So, this made a lot of sense. But let’s just get into it, shall we? Because this is going to be SO long.
And I would really appreciate it if you could tell me which ones to prioritize, because this is a MASSIVE list!
I. BACKLIST TITLES
JANUARY & FEBRUARY
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote – This is the first of many classics. Also, I want to say that I read the book before I watched the classic movie, because you know. Bookworm life.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I. Need. To. Read. Jane. Austen. By. The. End. Of. The. Year. Seriously.
- Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed – This has been on my radar for a while now, and it sounds pretty cool and very important (and we gotta support Asian authors!!). Also, I ~think~ this is less than 300 pages, so it should be quick!
- Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl – Lala @ Books and Lala lvoes it, and this sounds pretty interesting, so I want to pick it up.
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – Like I said. Sis needs to read Jane Austen. And soon.
So this is basically half May recommendations and half things I need to read! (May ily)
- Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke – I’ve heard good things and this sounds funny and great. I’m interested.
- Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman – Again, I’ve heard good things, and honestly? I love that title, a lot.
- Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer – I know nearly nothing about this except it’s very hard hitting, so.
- The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston – I’ve had a mixed experience with Ashley Elston. While I DNFed This Is Our Story (I think that’s what it’s called) I LOVED 10 Blind Dates, so this could go both ways. But the synopsis doesn’t appeal to me that much, honestly. I don’t know?
- Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway – I really liked Far From the Tree, so I wanted to try another Robin Benway, and this sounds heartbreaking and beautiful and yes. I want to read it.
- Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson – The fact that I own this (I don’t own many things), and haven’t read it, and that I have liked Renée Watson before and haven’t read it … is a crime.
- Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens – So Lala loves it, and I love contemporary and I own this and uh, haven’t read it … yeah I suck.
- First and Then by Emma Mills – I LOVE Emma Mills! And have read all her books! Except this one!! Yeah, I suck, part 2.
- Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum – My interest in this has significantly waned not gonna lie, but who knows? I might be in the mood to read this.
- Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – Chinese fantasy?? In the vein of Game of Thrones? (I haven’t watched it but I love the idea of it) with lots of political intrigue? And that a lot of people I know have loved it? Girl needs to read it.
- Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh – I really liked Flame In The Mist, and I should probably get to this at some point, right? Right.
- Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean – I love how I was dying for this for a long time, it came out in November 2018, and I haven’t read it yet … brb, I’m putting on my clown mask.
- Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend – I’ve heard good things and also the comparison to Harry Potter’s atmosphere?? I need to read this, like yesterday.
JUNE & JULY
- Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore – I need to read more Anna-Marie McLemore, and this sounds interesting. I just REALLY want to love a beautiful book (or any book) and this sounds like this could be it.
- I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver – Enby own voices rep? With a GORGEOUS cover? And good reviews? Why haven’t I read this yet?
- That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K Johnston – I have loved E.K Johnston before, and I own this, so please,, someone, force me to read this. Even though this has mixed reviews. Seriously.
- We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – So, I was meant to buddy read this but I couldn’t get past a good chunk of it? *sighs* I need the audiobook of this though otherwise I don’t think I can get through it because this is a THICK boi. (Caitlin, I’m still so sorry for failing on our buddy read).
- Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco – This series has so much hype and I enjoyed the first book, so I really want to continue with this series.
- The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – The romance that everyone has read (and basically loved) and which I haven’t read? I need to give it a go.
- Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally – A swimmer’s romance? Sounds cute, I’m in.
- Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco – This is a sequel to a sequel that I haven’t read, but the concept of a murder mystery on a boat sounds so interesting TELL ME MORE.
- The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – I just want to continue on with this series and see whether the hype is worth it.
- Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater – Basically what I said above. And is it bad that I’m reading it because I’m feeling the FOMO? Yeah, probably.
- The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – Again, I’m gonna refer you to what I wrote about the Dream Thieves, but the Ronan trilogy sounds really interesting and I want to give it a go?
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne – The saga continues: Taasia tries to read more classics! Also, I want to read more Hawthorne and see how I like it.
OCTOBER (+ SPOOKATHON TBR)
- Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett – I put this on hold, but I seriously need to read and finish this ASAP. Because it sounds like my type of book. Even though I wasn’t loving it so far 😦
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – If I’m being honest, this is the classic I am the most interested in! It sounds so spooky and good and I just want to read it soon, okay.
- Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Gancheau – Soft! Cute! Boys! And! Baking! I need to get a copy which isn’t weirdly formatted and actually read this soon.
- The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen – This sounds kind of interesting and I want to read more YA fantasy, I guess?
- The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware – I’ve already read this (at the beginning of November) but I just want to feel a sense of accomplishment for having read it, lmao.
II. NEW RELEASES
JANUARY – JUNE
- We Set the Dark On Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia – I’ve loved Mejia’s short fiction and writing before, so I seriously, uh, need to read this. I’ve had some friends who’ve really loved it, so I seriously need to read it.
- The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston – I did enjoy Geekerella when I read it, and this cover is stunning and it sounds super cute!
- Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Mehhhhh, I think I’m probably going to be DNFing this soon (I’ve tried to read it but put it on hold), but IF I can get hold of the audiobook, I’ll be giving this a second go.
- The Beholder – Apparently this is pitched as the Bachelor meets fantasy or something but the Bachelor aspect sounds interesting, so I want to give this a go.
JULY – OCTOBER
- Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry – Badass girls and them leaving behind all the men that wronged them? Also, the fact that I have enjoyed works by both of these authors should be a sign for me to read this, right?
- Chain of Gold Flash Fiction (August – November) – I have fallen behind on these, and these are easy adds to my Goodreads reading challenge, so we gonna add them.
- Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake – I have been following this series since it has been released, and the conclusion is here. So, I need to read it.
- Unpregnant by Jenni Hendricks and Ted Caplan – This sounds important and hard hitting, and yes, I’ve heard mixed reviews, but I’ve never read a book about abortion before, so I want to see my take on this.
- Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – Even though this has a lot of dark topics and things that ~may~ make me uncomfortable, this sounds like everything I ever want (Yale is the g), and I will actually cry if I don’t read this by the end of the year.
- Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao – I love Gloria Chao and what I said about Ninth House basically applies here!! This sounds great and I can’t wait.
AND POTENTIALLY … A SECRET PROJECT??
Yes, you read that correctly! While this is going to require a LOT of work, I’ve been wanting to do this project for a while (like a year plus?) and I think it could be fun. I’m not sure how it’s going to work out and it might be cancelled, but if all goes to plan, a post about it should be up by December! And this project is where most of my reading is aimed towards, and I’m really hoping to love many of these.
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 November?
And what titles from here should I prioritize? (I need all the help I can get so I would greatly appreciate your opinions!)
I would love to know!