SEPTEMBER TBR – Return of the Structured TBR

Hello all and welcome back to my blog! If you’ve been hanging around this neck of the woods for a while you may know in May I tried out something called a structured TBR. If you want the full description of what I’m doing go to that post!

But for a quick recap: Essentially, it’s a TBR where I pick out specific genres or types of books for my TBR. I give myself two choices per category so I have options but the goal is to try read one book per category. I started this is an attempt to diversify what I was reading because having the categories means I try more things each month.

This month the categories I’m using are:

  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Next in a series
  • Most anticipated
  • Owned book
  • ARC
  • adult
  • non fiction
  • reread
  • random choice – 3 books on my TBR randomly generated from Goodreads



Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn or Genuine Fraud by e. lockhart

BOTH of these books were on my TBR last time I did this and I STILL haven’t read them! The genuine fraud is ME !! I really do want to read both these books. I really enjoyed the Gone Girl movie and I like that Genuine Fraud is short, and I know people who didn’t like We Were Liars, like me, liked this one a lot more.


The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
or Palom by L.L McNeil

I really want to read both of these a lot! Evelyn Hardcastle has been getting so much hype and I am next in line to get the audiobook at the library so I think I’ll listen to it this month. I’ve heard so many cool things about it. But I also really want to read Palom! This is the sequel to Maroda which I read last year and really enjoyed. I’ve been very eager to continue this series and I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of this one


What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
or Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

What if It’s Us is one of my most anticipated read of this year and now it’s September I should really read it! I am so excited!! I have already heard so many good things about this being adorable and fluffy and I’m so ready for it. Dread Nation is an arc I have and … still haven’t read. But I’m ready to fix it. I have heard some really good reviews of this and I do love a good zombie story.


Circe by Madeline Miller or Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

I AM SO READY FOR BOTH OF THESE. Circe is Madeline Miller’s second book (her first being a fave of mine, The Song of Achilles) and I am SO ready for it. The reviews of it include so many beautiful quotes and I am ready for Circe to get what she deserves. Bright We Burn is one of my most anticipated finales. I enjoyed this series so much and I want to know what happens asap. I was also pleasantly surprised by how short this is!


Unravel Me by Teherah Mafi
or Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Unravel Me is high on my TBR because my in real life friend LOVES this series and keeps pressuring me to finish it. And I want to! I really liked book one and I heard book two and three are even better. Always and Forever, Lara Jean is another I am excited for and ANOTHER in real life friend is pressuring me to read. I have adored this series so far but I’m worried the last book might ruin it for me because I’ve heard mixed reviews.


Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal or Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee

Both these books are high on my TBR. AWSETKHSAA (wow thats an acronym and a half) was a Goodreads winner for best non fiction a few years ago and I’ve been meaning to read it since. It’s about animal cognition and I just think it’ll be something I really like. Eggshell Skull is a new release in Australia, its a memoir from an Australian lawyer, Bri Lee, and her experiences taking her childhood sexual abuser to court. It looks at injustice and sexism in the Australian court system and I have heard incredible reviews.


I Am Out with Lanterns by Emily Gale
or A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

These are the two most recent books I bought. I Am Out with Lanterns is a #LoveOzYA title that I bought at the Penguin Teen Showcase and I think I will really like it. It follows six teenagers who all go to the same school and looks at how they’re connected. A Girl Like That I bought in Melbourne when I was there, and I don’t know anything about it except that it’s supposed to be good.


A Gathering of Shadows by V.E Schwab
or The Raven King by Nora Sakavic

I reread A Darker Shade of Magic earlier this year and have been meaning to reread this ever since. I truly am terrible at finishing series rereads. When I reread the first book, I liked it more than the first time I read it so I’m expecting to like this more too. I want to reread The Raven King badly too. I reread The Foxhole Court in May and really want to finish the series reread. I’ve been tabbing this series as I reread which has been really fun. It’s my fave ever I love it so much.


Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
or Wonderwoman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
or Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Red Seas Under Red Skies is the second book in the Lies of Locke Lamora series. I really liked book one but have been putting off book two because it’s LONG. But I feel like I’m ready to read it now! WonderWoman has been on my TBR since it’s release and I still haven’t got to it. I love Leigh Bardugo but for some reason I haven’t been motivated to read this yet. Renegades is something I recently added to my TBR after seeings good reviews. I haven’t read a Marissa Meyer book before but I do love superhero stories so this one has promise.





  • The Thief by Megan Whaler Turner (57%)
  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao (26%)


  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • The City of Brass by S.A Chakraborty
  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  • The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro


  • Ulysseus by James Joyce


Well this is a massive long TBR but thanks for sticking around! Last time I did this it worked out .. really well. So lets hope that keeps on going! I am FORTY BOOKS behind schedule in my reading challenge and so I really need to get some reading done. What books are you planning on reading in September?

until next time!

xo jamieson










  1. Sarika says:

    I love this idea!! And your aesthetic is so strong I’m jealous 😍😍


  2. I absolutely love the way you’ve put your TBR together. I’ve been trying to decide whether or not to make myself a TBR this month as it worked so well last month but I still can’t decide. I hope you enjoy everything you read 🙂


    1. jamishelves says:

      Thankyou! I used to never make a TBR but now I like them more and more. It definitely gives me some strucutre to my reading which I kiinda need since otherwise I’ll get lazy and read nothing whoops


  3. Alexa says:

    Wooo! I actually love this TBR and I might start using something similar to finish my yearly challenges…

    AWSETKHSAA is a hell of an acronym 😀


    1. jamishelves says:

      thankyou! I love it too when I used it the first time it really helped me make sure I read more broadly. And yes it really is!!

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  4. trufflereads says:

    I loved Circe so I hope you do too!


  5. Oh my god, your graphics are so pretty! I’m a terrible mood reader so I don’t usually do TBRs, but I really like how you do this 🙂 It still offers options and makes sure you read different genres, which I could really use!


  6. Ellyn says:

    I’ve seen fantastic reviews for The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, I hope you enjoy it just as much!


  7. Elise @thebookishactress says:

    honestly I just want you to ditch everything and read Circe & Bright We Burn it’s what you deserve


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