My October 2019 TBR!

October 2019 TBR

Yesterday I mentioned that I’m not participating in any monthly reading challenges, and those usually account for about half of my reading any given month. So I thought it would be a good idea to put together a TBR stack anyway, based on my progress with the year-long challenges, and here’s what I came up with!

As I hope to be doing more writing (and cross-stitching) this month, this is, perhaps, an overly ambitious TBR, and I don’t expect to get through all of it. But to explain my thinking:

  • The Mad Ship and Ship of Destiny, by Robin Hobb
  • Abaddon’s Gate, by James S.A. Corey

The Mad Ship is my current read–see my bookmark sticking out halfway through?–and the others are next-in-series books. I’ve been meaning to read more of The Expanse for a while, and that last remaining 2016 book I have to check off my list is Fool’s Errand, which is the seventh Realms of the Elderlings book. These two are #5-6.

  • Atonement, by Ian McEwan
  • The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn
  • The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

All books I’ve selected for various PopSugar Reading Challenge tasks that I haven’t gotten to, yet. For October I’ve prioritized physical books that I might be able to get rid of when I’m done–I’ve read so much this year, yet my shelves don’t feel any emptier. I’ll still be reading some digital books to finish the challenge, but those can wait for now.

  • The Dark Mirror, by Juliet Marillier
  • A Blunt Instrument, by Georgette Heyer

The odd ones out, The Dark Mirror is my current library book, chosen because I’ve been trying to work through my master TBR list roughly in order for Virtual Mount TBR, at least as much as availability allows! It’s #3, so it was time to request it. A Blunt Instrument, on the other hand, is at the top of my acquired-in-2017 books, alphabetically speaking, and it’s time to work on that list, now that I’m nearly done with 2016. Plus, I have another Heyer book on my shelves, so if I hate this one, I can ditch them both!


So that’s nine books, which doesn’t particularly sound like a lot, for me–I regularly read more than a dozen a month. But when you add up the page count–which I did, out of curiosity–it comes out to almost exactly 5,000. Thanks to Goodreads “Pages Over Time” stats breakdown, I know that’s mid-range for my 2019 reading, which has a low of about 3K pages and highs over 7500. However, because I mark DNF books on Goodreads as “complete,” my page counts will generally be inflated by the books I “read” but didn’t actually finish.

Which makes this TBR ambitious, like I knew it would be, though I like having solid numbers to back that up. Granted, I am just over 400 pages into The Mad Ship already, having started it at the end of September, so this doesn’t seem impossible, just challenging.

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