In case you missed it, I’m trying this new thing in 2018 where I set a 5-book TBR every time I finish the last one, rather than setting a monthly TBR and letting my anxiety grow for four weeks because of the time constraint. This is only my second TBR of the year so far, but I have been reading borrowed books and other things in the midst of working on my first TBR, so I have read more than 5 books since I started, never fear. In fact, in the time since I set my last 5-book TBR, I read 16 books.
Things like library books, buddy reads, and new subscription box books are not items I’m including in my TBRs this year– instead I’m only listing the books that I have no other deadlines for. So these won’t necessarily be the next five books I read, but I will read all five of these before setting a new TBR.
I don’t anticipate this one taking as long to finish because I think I’ll have fewer conflicts now that the year is farther underway, but the timing of finishing books isn’t bothering me as much with this new system anyway; I’m more focused on what I’m reading and whether I’m enjoying it, than how long it’s taking me to read something or finish a TBR list. It’s only been a couple of months, but I’m really loving this new system.
I’m currently finishing up the 5th book from my last TBR, and plotting what to read next. Here are the titles I’m looking at:
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. It’s time that I read a true crime novel. The closest I’ve ever gotten to that genre is Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City, which I loved but was not focused entirely on the crime. I want to branch out more this year, delve deeper into reading pools I’ve only skimmed the surface of. I’ve heard this one’s a classic of its genre, so this is where I’ll start. I believe it follows a murder case from the 50’s or 60’s in the American midwest.
- The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. Here is a new release from February that I’ve been really excited about. I have not yet read any of Kristin Hannah’s books, though I own The Nightingale, which has been gathering dust on my TBR shelf for a year. I’ve heard such great things about her writing, but I’m rarely in the mood for WWII fiction these days, and this new historical fiction book about solitude and abuse in the wilderness of Alaska sounds much more intriguing to me. And if I like it, hopefully I’ll get around to The Nightingale that much sooner.
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I’ve had my eye on this classic Gothic horror novel since reading Bronte’s Jane Eyre at about this time last year. Somehow I haven’t gotten around to it yet, so I added it to my list of 12 classics to read in 2018. I did originally schedule my 12 classics month by month, but this is only the second book on the list and I was still reading my January classic in February so I’m a little off schedule. I’m still trying to figure out how to fit a few monthly goals in with this new TBR system, but I’m confident that I can catch up with my classics list. I’m eager to start this one, which features some sort of mystery about the male lead’s first wife, who is maybe haunting or hiding in his giant old house and terrifying his new wife? I’ve forgotten the exact synopsis, but it sounded creepy and psychological with a touch of romance.
- Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. This is a YA sci-fi book that drew my attention with its unique narrative formatting. I like unique formats, and the inside of this book looks like artwork. Artwork with a focus on words. I’ve seen great reviews for this story and the third (and final, I believe) book in the series is releasing next week. I want to be on board that train, but I have to start by seeing if I like the first book.All I remember about the story is that two characters with some sort of shared history are awake on a spaceship that’s headed for disaster.
- The Power by Naomi Alderman. I’m working on my BOTM backlog, which mostly consists of “extras” that I added to my monthly boxes in 2017, but there are some (like this one) that I just didn’t have time to get around to in the month that I chose them and it’s time that I do. This was my October selection and I’ve been so curious to read it but just… haven’t. And that’s what TBRs are for. This one’s a lit fic novel about a swapped gender dynamic– women wield (some sort of electrical?) power through their hands.
I’m excited for this list, and I really don’t think it will take me as long as the first one did. But, timing aside, I’m anticipating some quality reads in my future. It’s really fun trying to prioritize my giant Goodreads TBR into bite-sized 5-book lists, even if they do end up with all the fall color vibes at the wrong time of the year.
Have you read any of these books? What are you reading next?
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