Though I am one of the most structured, organized, plan-loving people I know, I’ve never been able to stick to a strict TBR. I know a lot of bookworms plan out their month/year with a TBR list, but that doesn’t really work for me. I have a TBR shelf on Goodreads to remember which books I want to read, but I can’t take those books and plan them into a certain month or year. My beautiful 2020 Fully Booked planner by Little Inklings Design has a space to plan out your TBR each month, but those pages remain blank for me. I don’t know why I can never stick to a planned TBR. I guess I’m more of an emotion-based reader, picking a book that just feels right to me.
BUT. All of that aside. I do try to come up with some sort of TBR about halfway through each year. Never for the first half of the year. Too much can change in those first few months—new releases are announced, a bunch of books are added to my TBR, I place dozens of books on hold at the library… It’s too shifting and chaotic for me to plan anything. But by July, I pretty much know how things are going to go, and with half the year over, I like to try to make goals for finishing this series or reading that book before the year ends. I feel my July – December TBR is actually attainable and realistic. So with that unnecessarily long explanation, if you’re still reading and interested, here are the books on my 6-month TBR to finish out 2020.
TBR July – December
Like all bookworms, I struggle to read the books actually on my shelves instead of going out and buying more book and reading those first. I’m only human *shrug* With only one more pre-order on its way to my home, I think I’m done purchasing new books and will try to read the ones I already have.
- Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff — Currently reading.
- A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green — The aforementioned pre-order I’m waiting on…
- Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff — I must finish the trilogy!!
- Radio Silence by Alice Oseman — My friend Heather just finished and said it was one of her favorites of 2020 so far, and it’s just been siTTING ON MY SHELF, UNREAD.
- Dracula by Bram Stoker — I borrowed this novel from my first boyfriend back when I was fourteen. Aaaaaand then things happened and I never gave it back (sorry, Kaleb). I really do still want to read it. Maybe it should be my Halloween read this year.
- Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach — After enjoying Wallach’s first novel, I impulse-bought his second and it’s been sitting ever since.
- A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf — I fell in love with Woolf in college, and have been meaning to read this one. Plus I haven’t read many classics this year, so I should probably fit in at least one.
This year I discovered Amazon deals for Kindle books. Some of the bookstagrammers I follow post about them constantly. So. I bought 3 eBooks. Which I normally don’t do, because if I am going to spend money on a book, it may as well be the actual print book. But you really can’t beat $3 for an eBook, I mean, come on. So I’d like to read those, as well as any I have on hold on Libby.
- Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan — I’d never heard of this book until my former coworker brought it up. I guess she’s friends or something with the author’s mother? I don’t know. But I looked it up and added it to my TBR, and then bought it for $3 so that’s that..
- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell — Second Amazon deal book, because Rowell is one of my favorite writers and I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while now.
- LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff — Do you see now how much I love Jay Kristoff????? I’m making my way through all of his works. I tried listening to the audiobook version but couldn’t get into it, so it was perfect timing for this Amazon deal.
- This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling — I borrowed the first book from work last year and it wasn’t my favorite, but I liked it enough to continue the series. I think this time I’ll try the eBook. Libby says about 20 weeks till it’s available… Hopefully the sequel improves upon book 1!
Libby is my savior with audiobooks. I listen to them while I work, which helps the day go by quicker. Sometimes if I really love them, or my hold is about to run out, I’ll listen to them in the car or in the bath. I got a lot on hold…
- Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold — This book just became available and I’ll probably start listening to it this week, but I doubt I’ll finish it before June ends.
- The Magician King by Lev Grossman — I JUST finished The Magicians last week, and still have 3 weeks until the sequel becomes available. Ugh.
- The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman — I want to finish the series lol.
- A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin — Listen… There’s little to NO CHANCE I will finish this book by December, but it is the next audiobook series I want to listen to after The Magicians. It’s 34 hours and I know I will have to place multiple holds on it until I finish it. Do not expect me to finish it lol.
So there’s my rough outline, my general plan, for the rest of the year. I won’t be upset if it changes, nor if I don’t finish all these books before the year ends. I just like to map it out. Do you plan your TBR? If so, what’s it look like for the second half of the year? I’d love to hear about it!