Summer TBR Review & My Autumn TBR

Since we all enjoy a bit of bookish reflection as much as we enjoy a good bookish list, as is evidenced in the abundance of monthly wrap-ups and monthly TBRs, I thought I would take a look at my intended reading plans for this past summer and review how they actually went.

Spoiler alert: they didn’t go as disastrously as I thought they might!

Review of My Summer TBR

As you can see from my Summer TBR post, I was quite ambitious with the books I thought I could read in June, July, and August. However, I would say I had moderate success and, though I knew I wouldn’t get them all read, I did still read quite a few that amounts to quite a lot of pages – for me at least!

TBR Books Read

Girl Up – Laura Bates (4/5)
Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham (3/5)
When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi (5/5)
A Game of Thrones* – George R.R. Martin (4/5)
A Clash of Kings* – George R.R. Martin (4.5/5)
A Storm of Swords, Parts 1 and 2 – George R.R. Martin (3.5/5 & 4.5/5)
A Darker Shade of Magic* – V.E. Schwab (4/5)
A Gathering of Shadows – V.E. Schwab (5/5)
This Savage Song – V.E. Schwab (3.5/5)

TBR Books Not Read
The Establishment: and how they get away with it – Owen Jones
SPQR: a history of ancient Rome – Mary Beard
The Sin Eater’s Daughter – Melinda Salisbury
The Girl of Ink & Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Blue Lily, Lily Blue* – Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater
A Natural History of Dragons – Marie Brennan
Sorcerer to the Crown – Zen Cho

Additional Books Read

My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick (4.5/5)
The Dark Days Club – Alison Goodman (5/5)
Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb (3/5)
A Thousand Nights
 – E.K. Johnston (3/5)
The Bone Season* – Samantha Shannon (4/5)
The Mime Order* – Samantha Shannon (5/5)
Treats – Lara Williams (3.5/5)

TBR Books In Progress
Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
Rivers of London – Ben Aaronovitch

Now, I accept that the list of books I didn’t read is quite substantial, but I still don’t think I did badly, considering reading A Song of Ice and Fire proved to be more of a slog in August than I anticipated, and that I ended up mood reading quite a bit and reading additional titles I didn’t initially plan to get to this season. Looking back on this has also made me reassess whether I still have the desire to read some of the books I didn’t get to, which is never a bad thing. I think these seasonal TBRs are good for that reason so I’m going to continue it for the coming months of Autumn.

My Autumn TBR

These are the books I hope to read (/aspired to read in my wildest dreams) in the course of September, October, and November. Yes, you could say this is A Quite Ambitious Autumn TBR.

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
House of Shattered Wings 
– Aliette de Bodard
A Natural History of Dragons – Marie Brennan
Cogheart –
Peter Bunzl
Sorcerer to the Crown – Zen Cho
The Girl of Ink & Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Nevernight – Jay Kristoff
A Feast For Crows – George R.R. Martin
A Dance With Dragons: Part One and Part Two – George R.R. Martin
Stealing Snow – Danielle Paige [ARC]
Blue Lily, Lily Blue* – Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater
Smoke – Dan Vyleta

New Releases [listed by release date]

The Graces – Laure Eve [1st Sep]
A Torch Against The Night – Sabaa Tahir [8th Sep]
Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake [22nd Sep]
Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo [27th Sep]
Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor – Rick Riordan [4th Oct]
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [Illustrated]
 – JK Rowling and Jim Kay [4th Oct]
– Margaret Atwood [6th Oct]

Just seeing them all listed like that makes me realise the metaphorical mountain of words I’ve just set up for myself to climb. Still, I do like a lofty challenge, so long as it has an undercurrent of realism/cynicism about how well the challenge will go!

I’ll report back at the end of November.

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