Here’s another try at a reasonable TBR. I tried really hard to add to my list only the absolute minimum books that I feel like I have to read this month for one reason or another, and no more. My plan is to read these books, and then have some freedom to pick up whatever sounds good at the end of the month, without feeling like I’m still racing to get to the end of a too-long list. (I tried the same thing in August and failed by picking my extras too early and giving myself an entire second TBR.)
But here is my modest TBR for September:
- A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin. I’ve been reading Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series lately (and finally watching the corresponding Game of Thrones episodes), and it’s been going well. I cannot wait to dive into this next (third) mammoth book in this incredible fantasy series, so it’ll probably be one of the first things I reach for this month. It’s long, but it’ll be worth it. And I mean, Winter is coming.
- Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie (and others). I needed a short story collection for my 2017 reading challenge, and even though I’ve got a few that I’m still planning to read before the end of the year, this is the one I want to count for that. It’s a book of stories by popular YA authors about all sorts of villains, and I think it’ll be a great opportunity for me to read a little more from authors I already know I enjoy and also to preview some additional authors that have been on my radar before jumping into their full-length books. A sampling, if you will. I’m imagining reading this one in pieces at a time throughout a couple of weeks rather than all at once, but we’ll see what happens.
- The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. Here’s another book of short stories; I hope I don’t get tired of reading those this month before I get through this second set. This one also has a wider list of popular authors, but I’ll give more details in my review because I haven’t looked that closely at it yet and I’m confident you can look them easily up if you’re really curious. All I know is that this is the next stop on my Cassandra Clare marathon quest, and unlike the other short story collection, I’m aiming to read these all at once, like a novel.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. This is my classic for the month, and after reading Austen’s Perusasion earlier this year I have been long awaiting this part of my 2017 classics schedule. I know nothing about it except the lead male’s name is Mr. Darcy, and I’m eager to learn more. I’ve developed a bad habit of waiting until the end of the month to pick up my designated classic, but I won’t be able to do that in September because this month I’m also going to read:
- Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. This is a modern retelling of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and I’ve heard good things about both. I actually won a copy of this one in a Goodreads giveaway (you could have knocked me over with a feather. I never win things left to chance, not even BINGO), and I feel kind of bad that I haven’t reviewed it yet for Goodreads; but I knew I would be reading Pride and Prejudice in September, and I wanted to read these together. Now’s the time.
- The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh. I picked this book as one of my choices from the August Book of the Month selections, and I found time for my other August book but not this one. I’ve seen it described as a “speculative modern Western,” but also as a thriller, so I’m expecting a suspenseful, genre-bending good time with this one and I’m immensely curious to find out for myself how this one will go. This would’ve been my next choice in August if A Clash of Kings hadn’t taken me so long, so I’m intending to get to it pretty soon.
And that’s my list. I know there will be more BOTM books when the September selections are released, and sometimes that throws off my reading plan if I end up with something new that I want to read right away, but I’m hoping to stick with these 6 first and then see where the end of the month takes my bookish wanderings. As much as I love summer, I’m so ready to see some new fall releases and curl up under a warm blanket with great reads and colorful leaves out my window.
What are you planning to read in September?
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