Hi all ! Welcome to October. This is such a huge month for me. I’m finishing my undergrad and moving into a new apartment! This month, I’ve decided to do a Structured TBR. I’m not in much of a ReadAThon mood so I thought this would be better in October, although there are some really great ReadAThons going on.
If you don’t know – Structured TBR is something I do on my blog when choosing my TBR. The idea was to create a TBR with more structure that would encourage me to pick up books outside my comfort zone. So instead of reading lots of similar things, I’d read more of a mix.
I essentially choose two books per category, and the challenge is to try and read at least one of them per category. Choosing two books gives me options on what to read since I’m such a mood reader whilst also keeping some guidelines.
I’ve decided to shake up the Structured TBR this month by choosing some brand new categories for the TBR. I’ve been using the same ones since forever and I thought including some new ones would keep it interesting.
This month I’m keeping some old categories:
owned book. ARC, random pick, mood reads and next-in-series
But I’m also adding some new categories:
highest rated/reviewed: one of the highest-rated books on my Goodreads TBR OR one of the most read books on my Goodreads TBR
recommended: a book recommended to me on twitter, or a book a blogger recommends during the month on their blog. I’ll choose this sometime during the month so I won’t have it on my TBR picks.
readathon pick: a book that fits into the theme for a readathon happening this month
I’d love to add more categories so if you have an idea please add them in the comments!
THIS MONTHS RANDOM PICK!
The random pick is something I started on twitter. I made a tweet asking people to like if they wanted to choose a book off of my TBR for me to read. This month, my random generator chose Jess to choose a book for me. This is the second time they’ve been picked by my generator, and this time they chose Our Dark Duet by V.E Schwab. I’ve been meaning to get around to reading this for a long time so this is perfect!
as usual, I have some required uni reading that I’ll be doing outside my TBR. This month I’m reading THE DEATH OF NOAH GLASS by Gail Jones, JAM TREE GULLY by John Kinsella and TABOO by Kim Scott.
now, lets get into my actual TBR.
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen ➵ I’ve been in the mood for a classic lately and Sense & Sensibility is feeling like the next one I’ll pick up. I read Pride and Prejudice back in January and I’m really keen to carry on with Austen’s books.
Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky ➵ I just got this book in a package from Hachette Australia (thankyou!) and I can’t wait to dive in. I was a huge fan of The Perks of Being a Wallflower back in the day so I’m so excited to read this, even though I it’s a totally different concept theme/content wise.
The Sword of Kaigen by M.L Wang ➵ I am part of the blog tour for this book coming in November so I would like to start it early so I’m prepared for the tour. This is a high fantasy pitched to me as The Poppy War meets Avatar: The Last Airbender which sounds amazing!
Infinity Son by Adam Silvera ➵ This is such a highly anticipated release and I cannot wait to dig in. I love Adam Silvera’s contemporary so I have high hopes for his fantasy. I don’t really know what this is about but I also don’t really care.
I didn’t get to either of these books last month, so I’ve put them both on this months TBR.
Kings Rising by C.S Pacat ➵ I have been working through this series the past two months. I definitely don’t love it as much as everyone else seems to so far, but maybe this one will change my mind. Either way, I’d like to finish this series off.
Never Fade by Alexandria Bracken ➵ I read the first book in this series quite a while ago and meant to continue but didn’t get to it. This is an old series that I only recently picked up, but I enjoyed book one a lot. I love dystopian stories and even though this one is kind of cliche, that was fun for me.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr ➵ This is one of the books I included in my post about the most popular books on my TBR. It has over 844,000 ratings at the moment, so it’s been read A LOT. I also own this, so reading an owned book would be good.
Amarah by L.L McNeil ➵ I received this book from the author and it’s currently the most well-rated book on my TBR with a 4.75! This is the third book in the World of Linaria series, which is a character-driven high fantasy. The second book ended on such an intriguing note I’m excited to dive into this one.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë ➵ This fits the theme of Victober, which is happening in October. I have read Charlotte and Emily Bronte but haven’t read Anne yet, so I think this would be a great pick-up in October. Especially since these iconic sisters are the queens of Victorian lit.
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo ➵ Sims-A-Thon is happening in October and I’m not participating but I love the concept. The only thing I do on sims these days is make sims so I decided to choose a book that would complete that challenge. The challenge for “create a sim” is read the first book in a series. Ninth House is going to be a duology, I believe, and I’m really excited for this book.
The Ruin of Kinds by Jenny Lyons ➵ I started this book a little while back in physical format and wasn’t feeling the footnote style writing. I’m hoping the audiobook will put me more in the mood for this.
Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin & Ezekiel Kwaymullina ➵ I started the audiobook for this in September but didn’t quite finish it. Hoping to finish it off this month.
The Five by Hallie Rubenhold ➵ This is a book I’ve been really anticipating. It’s about the women who were killed by Jack the Ripper and the research the authors did into their lives before they were killed. It sounds so interesting.
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari ➵ I’ve read Harari’s first book A Brief History of the World a while back and have been meaning to read more of his works ever since.
until next time