TBR & Goals

November 2019 TBR

And so we get to the second-to-last month of the year! It’s clear by now that I won’t be able to read as much as I read in the last two years, but I still hope I’ll be able to put together a long list of favorites at the end.

How did the October TBR go?

  • After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott – read★★½ (review)
  • The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht – read, ★★★½ (review)
  • The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling – early DNF, no rating (short review)
  • War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi – early DNF, just not my thing
  • The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh – read★★★★½ (review)
  • Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan – DNF 75%★★ (RTC)

Not bad! I’m finding that writing smaller TBRs works a lot better for me, so I’ll continue that way. As usual, this is not all I’ve read. I could go back to writing longer TBRs, because I do read just enough books, but I also want to give myself the space to be a mood reader while still keeping up with the ARCs I have left.


While I am requesting less, I still have a few from this summer’s request sprees, so:

Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao – I haven’t read anything by this author since loving Forest of a Thousand Lanterns in 2017 and that should change. I’ve heard wonderful things about this one and the romance in it, so I’m going into it with high hopes and without knowing that much (all I know is that’s m/f Vietnamese-inspired YA fantasy).

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse – I’m finally doing this. It only makes sense that I try to read a fantasy book I was anticipating since it was announced when the sequel is already out! Classic Acqua. Anyway, this should be post-apocalyptic fiction with a Navajo main character. (Yes, it’s an ARC of the UK edition. No I’m not using the UK cover because it’s ugly.)

Reverie by Ryan La Sala – I’ve heard this is weird, very queer, and has a drag queen sorceress. I’m not even sure which genre it is but I requested it and here I am, reading it. It should be out in December; I hope it’s good.

Other Priorities

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire – I own a physical copy of this book and it’s beautiful, so I can’t wait to go into this tome without knowing nothing about it, as I’m told it’s a good idea to do.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir – I have a copy of this and it needs to happen before the end of the year. Please don’t disappoint me, weird lesbian necromancy book in space.

House of Sundering Flames by Aliette de Bodard – I finally got around to rereading The House of Binding Thorns, loved it just as much as the first time, and now I hope I won’t wait another full month before completing the series.

Have you read or are you anticipating any of these?

11 thoughts on “November 2019 TBR

  1. I’m so intrigued to hear why you DNF’ed Girls of Storms and Shadows at 75%. I’ve been debating whether or not to go for it. I really enjoyed the first one, but I’ve been hearing such lackluster reviews of the second one. Looking forward to your review, but sorry to hear that it seemed to disappoint. I think I put Reverie on my TBR for the same reason. I had thought it came out in 2020, so I’m gald to hear that it’s coming out in December. Happy November reading! 🙂

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    1. My review should be up on Monday! The short version is that I really think GoPaF should have been a standalone (it was one of my favorite books of last year, so yeah, the sequel really was a disappointment) as most things I liked in the first book weren’t there in the second one.

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