Tackling the TBR [35]: June 2018

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:

June 2018 TBR Tackler Shelf:

I don’t have a very concise reading list this month (clearly). I’m in the middle of a massive personal library reorganization, trying to prep for my Overflowing Bookshelf Challenge (it’s currently linked to my ongoing tracker on Goodreads, but I’ll be putting together a feature on here within the next couple weeks). Basically, I have too many books that have jumped up into “high priority” status so, instead of picking a focus like I should, I’m just going to set lofty goals and fail to achieve them. :P Right now I’m torn between kicking off this new challenge and trying to maintain my Incomplete Series Challenge. I think I’m going to wrap up a bunch of series this month, which will free me up to dig into my collection going forward.

  • In the top row are books I’ve already started reading, along with ones on deck for my Incomplete Series Challenge.
  • In the middle row are ARC commitments, along with a few buddy reads I’ve signed up for.
  • In the bottom row are books I’ve selected as starting points for my Overflowing Bookshelf Challenge (Scott!! I know, I know, I changed my mind again on Demon Apostle. I’m going through a book crisis and can’t make up my mind what I want to do).

The titles that immediately jump out at me are Empire of Ashes and the two Murderbot books – I’m stoked to dive into those. I’m also excited to finally have the Word and the Void by Brooks in the lineup because they were recommended to me YEARS ago by a friend (thanks, Jonathan!! I’m finally reading them). I recently watched the two seasons of Shannara and, issues with the execution of the show aside (the second season was much better), the overall concept and ideas kind of reinivigorated my enthusiasm to get back to that series. Word and the Void is first in the chronological reading order, so here goes nothing.

Do you have any reading priorities or challenges you’re tackling this summer? I’d love to hear your game plan! :)

by Niki Hawkes

8 comments on “Tackling the TBR [35]: June 2018

  1. Here’s to failing high and lofty goals! Hear, hear!!!
    That just made me grin a lot.

    Looking forward to what you think of Gardens of the Moon. I hope you like it.

    I’m looking forward to the Murderbot diaries once they’re all out, so I guess I just have to be patient.

    Best of luck with the Word and the Void trilogy by Brooks. He comes out in all his glorious Dualistic philosophy. I was depressed for a week by the time I finished the last book :-/


    • Haha I’m glad. It really represents where I’m at mentally right now. :)

      I’m about halfway through GotM and am enjoying it thoroughly (even though it seems to be taking me forever).

      Murderbot is an easy recommend for me now. My only issue is how much they want for each one. They’re definitely squeezing the market for every last penny.

      Haha oh no. Well, at least I have an “experience” to look forward to. XD

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  2. the Martha Wells books are freaking fantastic! Seriously, jump into them NOW!

    my summer reading plan is to actually finish the books I pick up, instead of getting 50 pages in, and picking up a different book. I apparently have Book ADD.

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    • Omg I’m so sorry I missed your comment!!

      I agree! She’s really blowing me away with this series and I can’t wait to devour more.

      Seriously – I have that problem too! There are just too many titles I want to get through like asap. And then when you do start multiples like that it takes weeks and weeks to actually finish anything. I’m with you! I currently have like 8 books going right now and it’s driving me crazy. ;P

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