So I don’t usually do TBRs because I’m way more of a mood reader, and I might look at this TBR in a week and decide to scrap it completely, BUT there are a bunch of books I want to finish and read within the next month or so, and I thought I would share them here so you guys can see and so that I have some record of what I intend to read.
WHAT I HOPE TO FINISH (by the end of July):
I am currently reading the above three books: Illusion by Paula Volsky, The Royal Art of Poison by Eleanor Herman, and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (yes, STILL). I sped through a couple hundred pages of Illusion yesterday, but the pacing has slowed down again and so have I! I’m still enjoying it very much, however, and I don’t think finishing it by the end of July will be a problem. The Royal Art of Poison, while not what I expected, is turning out to be a quick, fun read too, so I don’t think that should be a problem.
What I’m not sure I will finish in July is Jane Eyre. I really need to sit myself down and just go through the rest of the book already; I’ve been reading it since fucking March! I’m about 44% of the way through, and things are starting to get more interesting, but I still always manage to find something else I would rather read. So, I don’t know, maybe this will go into August? Thing is, there’s another classic I really, really want to read very soon, for a very specific reason. Read on, friends.
As soon as I finish Jane Eyre, I need to pick up Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Not only is it shameful that a self-described lover of the Gothic such as myself has never read it, BUT I also have an e-ARC of Kiersten White’s The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, which I am absolutely dying to read. I realize reading Frankenstein is probably not a prerequisite, but I would still like to read it beforehand. I also of course want to read Kiersten White’s Bright We Burn, the conclusion to her trilogy and a book that will likely be recalled from me very soon (I have it out from the library and it’s quite in demand). So, as soon as I finish my July reads, this is the first book I will start.
Another book I have out from the library is A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza. I’ve heard good things about this book, so hopefully it will be a success! Also, this is another highly in-demand book (I was eleven on the queue and it took a loooong time for me to get this book), so I need to get on it soon. Another book I struggled to get and am excited to read is Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture, edited by Roxane Gay. I’ve heard it’s amazing. Another book I’ve been seeing absolutely everywhere is Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver. I actually acquired an e-ARC of this months ago but never got around to it. Now, though, it seems it’s the book everyone’s going to be reading. I loved Uprooted and I’ve heard people say Spinning Silver is even better.
This portion of the TBR for August is more aspirational than anything. So, the next classic I want to read is The Picture of Dorian Gray, not just because I’ve heard great things about it, but because Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer, a book I purchased months ago and have been dying to read, is heavily inspired by it. The latter takes place in a Victorian London infested with demonic presence and features a fencing heroine, so I am HERE for it. And finally, I’ve had An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson out of the library for AGES, and I don’t know if I will get to it or put it on hold yet again. Thing is, I’ve been trying my best to stay away from YA fantasy for a while, especially YA fantasy that has such middling reviews. However, the fact that it is not universally beloved means I might actually like it, so who knows? At the very least, I’m told it has beautiful language, and it’s one of the splashier books out there, so I would like to say that I have read it.
I’ll stop there! There’s a few other books on my TBR but I highly doubt I’ll get to them in August. I might do another TBR as September nears, though!
Have any of you guys read any of these books yet? Planning to soon? Let me know!