This Month’s TBR: July 2020

Because I’m late posting this–I didn’t even set my TBR until the last day of June, when I usually have it ready to go a week early–I’ve actually already read two of the twelve books I plan hope to read. (Namely, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, whose review went up last week, and Ancillary Sword, which you’ll see reviewed this coming Friday.)

But that leaves ten others, and yes, my TBR is bloated this month. After taking June off from The Reading Frenzy’s Travel-a-thon Challenge, I’m back on it now, and it’s always a set of six prompts. For that I still need to read:

  1. Sphere, by Michael Crichton
  2. Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke
  3. The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende
  4. The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman

Around the Year in 52 Books has weekly prompts, and while I had read ahead of schedule and one is done already, I have three to go:

  1. The Man Who Loved Children, by Christina Stead [not pictured]
  2. An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones
  3. Rosewater: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival, by Maziar Bahari

And Mary of @books-and-cookies is hosting a Re-Read-a-Thon this month, and since rereading books is a thing I used to do constantly and almost never do anymore, I decided I would try to reread three books to participate, as clearly I can’t devote an entire month to rereading. With an eye to choosing things I want to evaluate for purging from my collection, I’ve picked:

  1. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
  2. Heart’s Blood, by Juliet Marillier
  3. General Winston’s Daughter, by Sharon Shinn

Marillier and Shinn are two of my long-time favorite authors whose books, in general, I’ve read many many times, but these two in particular I’ve only read once. RPO I read and reviewed pretty uncritically, early on in my blogging career, and given some of the criticism I’ve heard leveled at it since, I’d like to take a second look and see if I got caught in the nostalgia trap and it blinded me to any flaws.

On top of all of that, which is a lot already and also I’m doing NaNo this month, I’d like to continue my anti-racism nonfiction reading, though I haven’t chosen which title yet. I’ve definitely been reading more fiction from black authors lately, and that’s great, but this journey’s just started and I’m not going to let myself lose interest or motivation.

So this months’ TBR is ambitious and might not actually all get read, and I accept that. But that doesn’t mean I can’t try!

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