Welcome back to another TBR. If you can’t tell from the today’s title, May’s TBR is going to be a little different from the past two month’s.
It’s a new month and time for a new TBR (well, mostly). The month of March was the first time I made a TBR for the entire month. My efforts to keep to the schedule were relatively successful. However, there were some books that I didn’t end up getting around to because midterms killed my reading pace. I am for sure reading all these books (and hopefully more) this month because:
- Yallwest & LA Times Festival of Books are in April which means getting some of these books signed. I like reading books before meeting their authors. I find it fairly pointless otherwise unless they are a debut author and it is their launch.
- I’m dying to read them!!!
March was a hectic month personally and on the bookish front. I had midterms, a shitload of student government work, and things kept piling up in my personal life. At the beginning of the month, I made my first official TBR for a whole month. While I didn’t follow it strictly or end up finishing all the books I aimed to, I definitely plan on making it a regular thing on the blog. It was nice to have some sense of direction because I’m such an impulsive mood reader. I am also finally starting to feel like a Real Blogger~ despite reading way less books than I wanted to this month.
Welcome to my first monthly, planned out TBR.
In the past, I’ve always been that person who doesn’t plan out what they read. Sure, I have a vague idea of what I want to read, but I rarely read what I say I’m going to read because I am much more of a mood reader (and by that I mean impulsive).
In the month of March, I am going to try and stick to all the books on my TBR for a couple reasons. 1) I think it is good to give you guys a list of what to expect from me reading wise for the month. 2) there are some books that I really need to finish this month, and by making a TBR, it will finally force me to do so and 3) it will help me knock out so more books for specific bingo sections on reading challenges because while the books I read do qualify I just end up reviewing them and not counting them for the categories (forgive me Diversity Bingo).
Unfortunately, I did not get around to reading all the books I wanted to for Diverse-A-Thon (Real life has not been agreeable with my reading schedule). Despite that, I had fun and learned a lot through Diverse-A-Thon and reading diverse books in 2017.
I have been known to be overambitious with challenges/ReadAThons (My reading Challenge last year was 700 books so I mean..). Despite this, I ALWAYS finish them, even if it kills me… until now. I think what I learned the most from 24in48 was ‘life happens’.
The weekend of 24in48 also happened to be the weekend that I was leaving to go up to Northern California. I assumed that I could read the full 24 hours by doing the vast majority of my reading on Saturday, and then listen to Audiobooks on Sunday which was the day I was driving up. There ended up being a snowstorm, so I had to leave a day early which ended up completely wrecking my reading schedule.
I ended up finishing only one book, Sex, Lies, and Online Dating, which I also didn’t like that much:
Title: Sex, Lies, and Online Dating (Writer Friends #1)
Author: Rachel Gibson
Release Date: January 24th, 2005
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mystery
Pages: Audiobook length: 8+ hours
Content Warning: N/A
My Rating: ★★
I started, but did not finish during the 48 hours:
Title: Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk
Author: Randy Shilts
Release Date: March 15th, 1988
Genre: Nonfiction, LGBT, Biography
Content Warning: Homophobic slurs, Homophobia, Suicide, Transphobic language/outdated terminology (most likely the result of this book being published in the 80s)
My Rating: ★★★
I had a really hard time accepting that I wasn’t going to complete the 24 hours of reading. I thought ‘maybe I can just pull an all nighter Saturday/Sunday’. Then I thought about how miserable the rest of the trip would be because it was lots of hiking and no sleep would’ve meant me dying.
I need to learn how to give my self more slack when it comes to challenging myself along with not grating myself when life gets in the way of completing things. It was really relieving to admit defeat, and just go outdoors in the snow and have fun.I don’t think I would have been as satisfied as I am now if I actually did complete the ReadAThon.
Life works in mysterious ways…
In addition to the 24in48 Readathon happening January 21st-22nd, I’m also now participating in Diverse-A-Thon (When have I ever missed an opportunity to join way too many reading challenges/a-thons at a time). Diverse-A-Thon takes place from January 22nd-January 29th, and exists to promote and celebrate diversity. If you are interested in participating, you can check out this link.
I won’t be able to read as many books as I normally could in a week & my options are limited because I’m going to be away on vacation up north (where I get to see snow for the first time in 5 years!!!), so I’m aiming to just finish all the ones on my TBR on here: