Let’s talk TBRs, shall we? I don’t know about you but I have this love-hate relationship with my TBR list. On the one hand, I love planning out which books are going to be high priority each month. But on the other, I hate how restrictive it is. I mean, there are all these wonderful books demanding my attention. Who am I to say no to a book that sounds so good I want to devour it immediately?
For context, here’s my past TBRs and how many books I read off each one:
Autumn TBR – 4/6 books
Olympic Games TBR – 2/9 books
Reading Rush TBR – 1/7 books
You see? I’m really bad at sticking to a set list. So my August TBR list is more of a possibility pile than a strict TBR. It also includes the books I’ll be reading as part of the NEWTs readathon which is the follow-up to April’s OWLs readathon.
Due to a certain author’s relentless transphobia, this will be the last NEWTs readathon. It’s also not being hosted. And I toyed with the idea of skipping it entirely but I did enjoy taking part in the OWLs and I’d love to get my career as Hogwarts Professor. So I’m doing the readathon but essentially only doing the bare minimum. Here’s what I’ve chosen for the prompts:
Read a Comic
I’ll be reading The Fiction by Curt Pires and David Rubin. I’ve been loving graphic novels lately and especially the stuff that comes out of BOOM Studios. This one has a Pagemaster slash Neverending Story vibe to it as it’s about kids who find books that can transport them into these fictional worlds. I loved both The Pagemaster and the Neverending Story as a kid so I’m very excited about this one!
By an Author who is a Different Race than You
I’ve chosen to read Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed. It’s an Own Voices YA contemporary all about Islamophobia. My understanding is that it’s about this Muslim teenager who has to deal with all of these microaggressions after a terrorist attack – even though she obviously had nothing to do with the event.
As soon as I saw the prompt I knew what I wanted to read: One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London. Like Beach Read, this isn’t a book I’d normally choose to read but I’m actually really excited about it. It’s about a plus-size fashion blogger called Bea who gets invited to participate in her favourite matchmaking reality TV show. And basically she accepts on one condition: that she won’t actually fall in love. Again, it’s a romance so presumably she does fall in love with one of her suitors and yeah, very excited to read this.
Defence Against the Dark Arts:
I have so many thrillers on my backlist that I probably should have picked one of those but… I didn’t. Instead I went for one of my most recent purchases, Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury. The synopsis doesn’t give that much away but it’s a YA horror centred around a girl whose mother was murdered and I believe it has something to do with a monster living in the Loch? I could be completely wrong though…
Defence Against the Dark Arts:
Book with Demons or Water Theme
Keeping in with the monsters in the water theme, I’ve chosen The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw. It’s about witches who come back to life every year to lure boys into the water to their deaths. I’d wanted to save this until autumn for those super witchy Halloween-y vibes but I’m too excited to sit on this for any longer.
For this, I’ve chosen Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman and Whitney Cogar. It’s a comic book series turned graphic novel about university, friendship and becoming an adult. Apparently it’s delightfully funny so that’s my humorous book pick sorted!
Back again with another graphic novel, this time the award winning graphic memoir, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi. It’s about a girl who grows up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Learning more about history and culture, especially in areas that I know little about like Iran, is important to me and this book is praised on pretty much every introduction to graphic novels list out there so I already know this is going to be impactful.
History of Magic:
And my final graphic novel of the readathon, I’ve chosen Liebestrasse by Greg Lockard, Tim Fish, Hector Barros, Will Dennis and Lucas Gattoni. This is a male/male romance set against the backdrop of Nazi Germany.
More Books on my August TBR
And here’s a nice long list of everything else that I’m hoping to get around to reading this month! As always, there’s a chance that some of these won’t get read while other books that don’t feature on here will be read but it’s okay, I promise everything will get read… eventually.
- Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
- Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
- Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo
- The End of Her by Shari Lapena
- Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
- The House Guest by Mark Edwards
- The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine
- Welcome to Wanderland by Jackie Ball
- Goldie Vance, Vol 1 by Hope Larson
- Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story by Debbie Tung
- How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones
- Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L Trump
So that’s that: 20 books that I may, or may not, manage to read this August! It’s a fantastic selection and I honestly can’t wait to get stuck into reading all these great books.
What books are on your TBR list this month? Let me know in the comments below!