This Month’s TBR: January 2021

Though I’m doing my best to be kinder to myself about the amount and type of reading challenges I take on,  that doesn’t mean I want to abandon my monthly TBRs. I simply won’t make them as long–they used to be anywhere from 9 to 12 books–and without a formal monthly challenge to plan for, I’ve put together a basic set of guidelines to help me progress my goals while maintaining some variety.

I chose six books as a manageable goal, and for the rest of my reading time I’ll pick whatever I feel in the mood for.

The guidelines I’ve constructed:

  1. A title from my 2018 backlog
  2. A book I own that continues an ongoing series, with priority given whenever possible to finishing the series
  3. Any book by a new-to-me author
  4. One nonfiction title, if I have any available (this one may run out before the end of the year, I haven’t counted)
  5. A book I own that I’m excited about, regardless of when I acquired it
  6. Any other physical book in my collection, especially if I don’t anticipate keeping it

The test run looks like this:

  1. The Lake of Dead Languages, by Carol Goodman
  2. Dreams of Joy, by Lisa See
  3. Once a Runner, by John L. Parker, Jr.
  4. Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer
  5. Jenna Starborn, by Sharon Shinn
  6. Dolores Claiborne, by Stephen King

I reserve the right to modify or abandon these guidelines at any point during the year if something’s not  working for me, but I think this is a solid start. Six books a month is well within my capabilities, even with a deliberately relaxed pace, and this will let me mood-read a great deal more than I have been in recent years.

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