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Tackling the TBR [77]: January 2022

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:

January 2022 TBR Tackler Shelf:

I have so many books I’m eager to get to. If I’m not careful, I’ll send myself into another burnout. I was absolute shit in December at reading one book at a time – I double booked myself at the beginning of the month and started a bunch of titles at once, then proceeded to spend the remainder of the month digging myself out of that reading hole. One thing led to another and I let the highest priority book for the month expire at the library before I had a chance to finish it. Oye.

New year, new goals. Now that I have a fresh taste of what getting bogged down by too many titles at once feels like, I can approach January a little more thoughtfully. I have a buddy read for the Wayward Children books and another for the first Cradle novel and yet another for the next Vlad Taltos novel. And one obligation read in the form of “Far From the Light of Heaven” by Thompson for Audiofile magazine. And Doors of Sleep for my book club. It seems like a lot. I’m perhaps not being thoughtful enough. Beyond that, I will be continuing Age of Ash (my top priority) and Trouble with Peace (it will happen this month).

These are the carefully laid plans to continue series and be present for the commitments I’ve made. However, with the turn of the year and all of the inevitable goal setting that gets done, I slowly realized that most of my TBR this month are obligation reads to one degree or another. Most I actually want to read, mind you, but they’re perhaps not the most enticing books in my TBR…

So I’ve compiled two lists this month. The first one is a list of titles I feel like I should read. The following is a list of books that caught my eye that I’m feeling eager to start:

Books I have my eye on…

I’m trying to figure out why I’m not allowing myself to pick any of these up. When downsizing my incomplete series a few years ago, I got really mindful about adding too many new ones per month, and so always make a concerted effort to progress and finish more than I start. However, I think those habits I’ve nurtured are now working against me – I don’t feel free to pick up series on a whim unless they’re for a proposed buddy read. I might practice loosening up a bit this month by just diving into one of these books. It feels weird, lol. Ultimately, it will depend on if I finish Last Graduate and Trouble with Peace in time, because those are definitely not feeling like obligation reads. Everything else is expendable.

I’ll let you how it goes in next months post.


Have a great month in reading!

by Niki Hawkes

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Tackling the TBR [76]: December 2021

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:

December 2021 TBR Tackler Shelf:

I read 8/13 books on my TBR last month +3 more – holy cow! Now, granted, several of them were novella length, but still, it’s indicative of how much more I’m enjoying reading lately. My lineup is sufficiently stocked for December, and I actually think I’ll make it through a fair number of them. They are all high priority!! I carried over Leviathan Falls because, as it turns out, it didn’t come out until the end of November… peesh. I can’t wait to read and talk about all of these titles. :D

Booktube Tackling the TBR video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ry6WHI2GYA&t=5s


Have a great month in reading!

by Niki Hawkes

 

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Tackling the TBR [75]: November 2021

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:

November 2021 TBR Tackler Shelf:

Yep, I’m back to setting up a TBR I can’t possibly get through in a month… and I’m quite excited about it. Reading is fun again since I switched up my habits and am now focusing on only one book at a time. Memories of Ice the the only carry-over from last month. And by-far my highest priority this month is Leviathan Falls by James S.A. Corey – it’s the Expanse Finale!!! 

Booktube Tackling the TBR video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kuj9NkyAkoY


Have a great month in reading!

by Niki Hawkes

 

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Tackling the TBR [74]: October 2021

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:

October 2021 TBR Tackler Shelf:

Oh my gosh! It has been so long since I posted a Tackling the TBR post.

All of my reading energies this month are going towards completing Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson. I’m about 10% in and loving it so far! As I mentioned in a recent video, I’ve altered my reading habits and am now committed to only picking up one book at a time…… however, Memories of Ice is so dense that I can’t switch to audio while cleaning, driving, etc., so I’m very carefully and intentionally breaking my rule this month to allow myself to enjoy some very light reads on the side. If and only if I get through that giant tomb of a novel, then I will reward myself with A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie. Too many good books and not enough time spent reading them! 


Have a great month in reading!

by Niki Hawkes

 

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Tackling the TBR [73]: September 2021

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:

September 2021 TBR Tackler Shelf:

So many amazing titles this month! I doubt I’ll have a chance to get through them all with how busy things have been, but if I manage even half of them I’ll be happy. My most anticipated release of the year in Ryan’s Pariah will claim the highest priority. Most of these are darker fantasy novels so I added a lighthearted middle grade novel by Elizabeth Haydon to give myself a break from all the bleakness. 

Things are really rolling. I’ve been working on my new Booktube channel which I’ve been wanting to start for YEARS. I started slow with a few posts at the beginning of the year, but now I’m finding it a very satisfying creative outlet and am committed to keeping it going. I’ll have a more official post about it later in the week, but suffice to say it’s a cool new adventure for me. 

Last month I finished all but one of my TTTBR lineup, which is amazing. Here’s hopping I carry on strong in August (getting this post up on time seems a great first start, lol).


Have a great month in reading!

by Niki Hawkes

 

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Tackling the TBR [72]: August 2021

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:

August 2021 TBR Tackler Shelf:

So many amazing titles this month! I doubt I’ll have a chance to get through them all with how busy things have been, but if I manage even half of them I’ll be happy. My most anticipated release of the year in Ryan’s Pariah will claim the highest priority. Most of these are darker fantasy novels so I added a lighthearted middle grade novel by Elizabeth Haydon to give myself a break from all the bleakness. 

Things are really rolling. I’ve been working on my new Booktube channel which I’ve been wanting to start for YEARS. I started slow with a few posts at the beginning of the year, but now I’m finding it a very satisfying creative outlet and am committed to keeping it going. I’ll have a more official post about it later in the week, but suffice to say it’s a cool new adventure for me. 

Last month I finished all but one of my TTTBR lineup, which is amazing. Here’s hopping I carry on strong in August (getting this post up on time seems a great first start, lol).


Have a great month in reading!

by Niki Hawkes