TBR & Goals

Five-Star Readathon TBR + October Goals

The Five-Star Readathon is hosted by Elise @thebookishactress, Julianna @paperblots and May @foreverandeverly, and it’s all about reading books you think you’re going to love.

But Wait!

Acqua, isn’t that what everyone does? Why would you read a book if you don’t think you’re going to love it?

Because you want to go out of your comfort zone and you’re not sure how it will feel, because other people read it and now you’re curious, because you’re a mood reader and sometimes pick up books just because (I did find some favorites this way, so).


As this is a readathon about what I want to read, and not what I should read, I will give myself far too many options. My only true goal is to find as many five stars as I can.

Read a next book in a series you like

If I find the time to reread The Vanishing Throne before this readathon starts (unlikely), it will be The Fallen Kingdom; if that doesn’t happen, it will be On A Red Station, Drifting by Aliette de Bodard, first book in the Xuya companion series, which I read backwards. Another option could be The Phoenix Empress by K Arsenault Rivera, if I want to.

Read a book by a favorite author

My first thought was The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore, which I’ve been meaning to read for a while. However, Blanca & Roja is coming out soon and I want to read it around release date, so maybe I’ll save this one for later and choose In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente or Provenance by Ann Leckie instead.

Read a book you were anticipating and never got around to reading

This could be everything? Some likely choices are Final Draft by Riley Redgate and The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones because I might want something that is contemporary or contemporary-set. Another book that fits this challenge and that I already own is Mirage by Somaiya Daoud.

Read a book over 500 pages

Jade City by Fonda Lee is the most likely choice (yes, it’s 498 pages. I don’t care) but if I’m in the mood for them and feel like I could love them if I read them in that moment, I could choose Furyborn by Claire Legrand or Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. I could also cheat some more and read In the Night Garden for this, it’s 480 pages and I like approximation.

Read five books

Some other books I could choose: What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli (I got an ARC!), one of the books by Natasha Pulley because I feel like I’m going to love them, or The Girl King because I own and ARC and can’t wait.

October Goals

Since the first week of October will be all about books I want to read according to my mood, I want to write down some bookish goals for October. I don’t do monthly TBRs because there’s no way I’ll stick to them (I usually do for a week. Then I ignore them.) but I can try this.

Before the end of October, I want to read:

  • my ARC of The Phoenix Empress by K Arsenault Rivera, my only ARC for October
  • at least other two ARCs
  • at least one of these books: Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi, Love and Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves, Moonshine by Jasmine Gower, Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke.

And I’ll probably fail anyway because I have no idea how to balance reading with university, but we’ll see!

10 thoughts on “Five-Star Readathon TBR + October Goals

  1. This readathon sounds really fun and low pressure. I’ve actually started getting readathon hangovers (I promise this is a thing). I get so used to picking books based on prompts that I turn into a flailing mess who can’t decide what to read next when they’re done. So I’m trying to cut back….on readathons. My life’s wild. You have so many great books on this TBR! You know how much I love In the Night Garden! I really enjoyed Furyborn, Provenance and COBAB as well. I’m also hoping to get to The Hearts We Sold and The Weight of Feathers next month, they’ve been on my TBR for so long.


    1. Something like that happened to me after the end of a month-long readathon (I can just choose to read what I want to read! How do I do that?) but I didn’t give it a name.
      All these books have been on my TBR for months even though I’m sure I’m going to enjoy them – if I don’t get them now, I’ll try to get to most of them this month/in the next months for sure, especially In the Night Garden.

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  2. honestly 498 pages is SUCH a valid pick for a 500-page challenge it’s the spirit of the thing that counts. I MEAN YOU KNOW I WANT YOU TO READ ALL THREE OF THE RELEASES YOU DIDN’T GET TO I five-starred all of them, but we honestly tend to have different taste sometimes? anyway I’m really glad you’re participating!!!

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    1. I’ll read all of them eventually even if I don’t get to them now! I really want to read them – also because of your reviews. We may not always like the same things but what you said you liked about them I think I’m going to like too? I hope so.

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        1. Of these, I finished On a Red Station, Drifting (3 stars) and What If It’s Us (3.75 stars). I maybe-DNFed Jade City – it’s on hold and I’m not sure whether I’ll continue – and started Final Draft, which I’m reading very slowly because university leaves me almost no time to read right now, but I really like it.
          None of the books I finished that were on this TBR were five stars but I did find a five star this week (a short story, “Court of Birth, Court of Strength” by Aliette de Bodard) so it wasn’t a complete fail.

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        2. that’s good, at least!! and yeah, I totally understand – I found a few fives but I think I’m sometimes a little more generous with ratings :’)

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