TBR & Goals

Small September TBR

In August, I had a lot of free time and still ended up reading less than I expected; during September, I won’t have that much (any?) free time, so I want to be kinder to myself and write a slightly shorter TBR.

How August Went

  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – read, ★★★ (review)
  • War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi – still to read
  • The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinsonstill to read
  • Jade War by Fonda Lee  read, ★★★ (review)
  • A House of Rage and Sorrow by Sangu Mandanna – still to read
  • The Impossible Contract by K.A. Doore – read, ★★★★½
  • Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O’KeefeDNF, no rating
  • Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight by Aliette de Bodard – read, ★★★★★
  • The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard – reread, ★★★★¼ (review)

As you can see, not too bad – and as all the books on this list I read were adult fantasy/sci-fi novels, so the slower pace is also justified. Struggling so much with Jade War certainly didn’t help.

September ARCs

The true priorities of the month. I managed to get my September ARCs down to a manageable number in August, which is great, let’s keep up with this.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – this sounds like a somewhat heavy, beautifully written book, and I hope that, unlike this author’s Hugo-award-winning short story about librarians, I don’t end up hating it. (I mean, I loved another of her short stories, so I’m hopeful?)

Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger – I actually have no idea what this is about, but I’ve heard so many promising things in the last few days. I also found Paul Krueger’s previous book Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge really enjoyable, so I hope this is just as fun.

A House of Rage and Sorrow by Sangu Mandanna – I… don’t remember A Spark of White Fire that well, so I’m not as interested as I was when I first read it. It’s always like this with sequels when too much time has passed, but I hope trying to actually read the book will change my mind. It has happened before.

Other Books

Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden – I’ve had the new novel by one of my favorite authors for months and I still haven’t read it. How. This is technically out in October, so not something I feel I need to get done right now, but I want to read it soon. It has biological spaceships!

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir – I rarely include new releases I don’t already own in TBRs, but I really do want to get to the “lesbian necromancers in space” book when it comes out. If I’m not able to get to it in September (for example, if I order a physical copy and it doesn’t get here in time), I’m just going to replace this and won’t count it as a fail as long as I end up reading something else instead.

The House of Binding Thorns by Aliette de Bodard (reread) – after my really successful reread of The House of Shattered Wings, I plan to go on and reread this one to finally get to The House of Sundering Flames. As this is one of my favorite fantasy books ever, I can’t wait.

Have you read or are you anticipating any of these?

15 thoughts on “Small September TBR

  1. I’ve read Steel Crow Saga, I’m planning to read Ten Thousand Doors, would love to check out Gideon the Ninth but I likely won’t get to it, and I’m totally adding Escaping Expodus… because biological spaceships. It might be small- but it looks like a great TBR!!

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    1. I’m currently reading Doors and… same. It’s beautifully written, but my motivation to pick it up again every time I stop is close to zero. I don’t want to DNF it (yet?) because there’s nothing really wrong with it, but that pacing… no

      And I hope Steel Crow Saga is as good as the hype wants us to believe!

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