I don’t seem to have been doing very well at keeping up with my TBR lists. On the one hand, I like having a fair number of books on them, because I need to be reading at least a book a day to meet my reading goals. On the other hand, it more or less guarantees that as soon as I get distracted by other shiny books, I end up neglecting the list — especially when I go down the rabbit hole of a series or a particular theme.
Sooo, here’s a compromise: here’s ten books I really must read this month. And to make sure I stick to it, I’ve actually set it up with Beeminder, so that money comes directly out of my book budget if I don’t read these books (which are mostly ARCs and library books). You can follow my goal here… and here’s my ten:
The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home, by Catherynne Valente. Just out, and I’ve been so impatient about this, I have to read it this month or look silly. The Winner’s Crime, by Marie Rutkoski. I need to read my ARC of the third and final book by the release date this month… The Winner’s Kiss, by Marie Rutkoski. I have until the 23rd. Ish. The Paper Menagerie & Other Stories, by Ken Liu. Out on the 8th, so I need to read it noooow. Different Class, by Joanne Harris. Due out in April, and I’ve had it, uh… a while now.
- Tam Lin, by Pamela Dean. Because it’s high time I got round to it.
Solstice Wood, by Patricia McKillip. Which also entails reading Winter Rose too, probably, but the main thing is reading this, from my backlog. Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell. I bought it on release day and still haven’t read it. I definitely look silly.
- The Wicked Day, by Mary Stewart. It’s been on the backlog ages and it’s part of a series I’m already reading. Awesome.
A Stranger in Olondria, by Sofia Samatar. A random choice from the backlog!
(And now excuse me as I go down a rabbit hole of setting up Beeminder for my Fitbit goals and backlog tackling, too.)