Today, I want to share with you my list of books I’d like to read for the amazing #StartonYourShelfathon organized and hosted by The Quiet Pond. As you know, I very rarely create lists of books I plan to read because I am a mood reader. However, this is a year long readathon, from December 18th 2019 to December 31st 2020 and the goal is to read as many unread books that we own on our bookshelf so I am very hopeful I will be able to achieve my goals ✨
We can set our own goals for this readathon which is another point I absolutely love. I do not think I will get to reading all the books I own but haven’t read yet, not because I have too many of them but rather because I’m not sure I am interested in some of them anymore. And that’s perfectly okay! Instead, I have decided to create smaller goals for myself to read as many of them as possible and to be able to map my progress more easily on the star map. Because of course I have to help Castor the Star Collector!
You can find all the information and resources created by the lovely bloggers @ The Quiet Pond right here including the star maps, Castor the Star Collector & the post banner I have used in this post. And now, here are my goals!
- Read the contemporary novels I have: A very large expanse of sea by Tahereh Mafi & Always never yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
As you know, contemporary is not my favourite genre, but I have begun reading more contemporary novels this year. I even purchased a few, but sadly never got to them this year but I am still really interested in them so this readathon is the perfect opportunity to get to reading them!
- Finish the series I have already started: Days of Blood and Starlight & Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor, Siege and Storm & Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo, A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
This is a bit more challenging, but I also believe I can achieve it in a year. I reread Daughter of Smoke and Bone as well as Shadow and Bone this year because I wanted to continue on with the series, and yet it is now December and I haven’t read past the first book. For A Reaper at the Gates, I read the first two books of the series this year and decided to wait a little to read the third one closer to the release of the final book (also my heart was not ready for the feels) so 2020 is the year!
- Read the standalones I’ve been meaning to read for a long time: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, The Next Together by Lauren James & Toxic by Lydia Kang
I decided to read The Darkest Part of The Forest after reading other Holly Black books and I was close to read it several times but ultimately decided to read another book each time. Why, I have no idea. It has been on my TBR for a long time, so I’m determined to read it. The Next Together & Toxic were both books I found thanks to twitter, and they sounded like stories I would absolutely love, and still would today!
- Finally start the series for which I own the first book: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard, Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, Give The Dark My Love by Beth Revis, The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian, Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy, Furyborn by Claire Legrand, Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
- The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman, Enchantée by Gina Trelease, The Girl King by Mimi Yu, Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, Mirage by Somaiya Daud, The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
When I was listing the books that I own to prepare for this readathon, I realized most of the books I had not read yet were first novels in series. For some of these books, I also own the sequels and my hope is to read them as well if I enjoy the first novel. But as a first step, I would like to get to all of these books to decide if I want to continue on with the series they’re a part of or not; some of them are already completed series and maybe I will find myself buying the sequels and reading them in 2020 too. Maybe. But if I can read all of these novels, I will be very happy.
Creating my TBR for the readathon was a challenge, but also a great opportunity. It has allowed me to sort the books I own that I actually want to read, and the books I know I won’t read. I own a few books (not many) that did not go into this list because I realized I had no interest in reading them anymore, and that is already a great thing; I was honest with myself and I now have a clearer idea of my actual TBR. So for this readathon, my tentative number of books to read is 28! I have no idea if I’ll achieve this goal but it will be interesting to see in a year!
Do you plan to participate in the #StartonYourShelfathon? If so, how many books would you like to read? Any title you are really excited to read?
Until next time,