Tackling the TBR [22]: April 2017

tackling the TBR

It’s once again time for my favorite feature: Tackling the TBR! There’s nothing I love more than picking out which books to read next, and this slightly organized method of reading has really amped my enjoyment to the next level. Bring on the mantras!

Read the best books first.
Life is too short to read books you’re not enjoying.

However you put together your TBR for the next month, the goal is to reduce the amount of obligation in reading and increase the fun.

Here’s a look at how the system works:

1. Identify the titles that take top priority in your TBR.
2. Combine them all in your own Tackling the TBR post.
3. Throughout the month pick from that pile as the mood strikes you.

Here’s what mine looks like:

April 2017 TBR Tackler Shelf:

The Rithmatist and The Dragonbone Chair are both Buddy Reads with my Goodreads group, which should be fun (come join us!). Quite a few short stories in this line up because I’m on a kick (and it seems like a good way to catch up with my Tackler Carry-Overs. The book I’m most excited to read this month is Captain’s Furey by Jim Butcher.

Tackler Carry-Overs:

I AM CLEARLY FALLING BEHIND lol. I don’t mind having so many amazing titles to choose from each month, but this carry-over thing is getting a little out of hand. Never fear! I have a catch-up a month coming up in June.

In my defense, at lease six of these are in “currently reading” status.

Niki’s Incomplete Series Challenge [Via Fantasy Buddy Reads]

April 2017 Titles Tackled:

Finished Series: 0

Series Brought UTD: 1
Sandrunners: A Draconis Memoria Short Story – Anthony Ryan

Series Progressed: 5
Magic Bleeds – Ilona Andrews
Winter – Marissa Meyer
The Great Bazaar and Other Stories – Peter V. Brett
Brayan’s Gold – Peter V. Brett
Cursor’s Fury – Jim Butcher

New Series Started: 1
A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab

Abandoned: 0

Pathetic. I may have started too many books at once. April’s totals should offset this considerably.

2017 YTD Tracker:

Finished Series: 1
Up To Date Series: 8
Series Progressed: 5
New Series Started: 8
Abandoned: 1

I think my new goal going forward in 2017 will be to get more series marked “finished.” It sounds good in theory, but I have a ton I just started that have 5+ books or more, so this might take a while… I am quite proud of the number of series I brought up to date.

Now, I can tell you from experience that this Tackling the TBR experiment is so much more fun and rewarding when there’s more than one person (me) participating. Does anybody want to play along?

Even if you don’t specifically use my system, feel free to share your versions of how you manage your TBR pile (and the links to your posts if applicable) in the comments!

Maybe we can help make each other’s systems even better. :)

What books are you Tackling this month?

by Niki Hawkes

6 comments on “Tackling the TBR [22]: April 2017

  1. Loved ‘The Rithmatist’! It’s one of my favourite Sanderson’s. Gives me a real Harry Potter vibe :D

    The Wilful Princess…. has been on my list for ages and I really want to read it, but the book is still SO expensive…

    ‘The Queen of Blood’ sounds interesting, I need to look into that one some more :)

    Happy reading this month!! :D


    • I am so excited for the Rithmatist! I think it’s the only Sanderson I haven’t read yet. Anything you can reasonably compare to Harry Potter has my attention!! I can’t wait!!
      I think I bought the WP despite how expensive it was because Hobb’s saga is my all time favorite. I won’t feel like a true fan until I’ve read it haha. I’ll let you know if it’s worth the cost.
      And queen of blood was added as an impulse after the umpteenth positive review from Goodread friends. As if I needed another new series to start haha.

      Thank you! :D

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  2. So many good books to choose from! You’re doing great bringing series up to date. I brought one trilogy up to date…and…progressed one book in two different series…and that’s basically it! Lol Yikes! But I did finish one of my 2017 TBRs finally *phew* What do you think you’ll start with this month?

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    • Hey, any progress is good progress! And I’m glad to hear you got through one on your 2017 list – still plenty of time left haha. I’d like to actually finish a few series going forward, and as a bunch of trilogy Enders come out within the next few months I should be good! :)

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