Back in May, I published a list of books I wanted to read in 2015. It is now September – what the hell happened to 2015? – and I have only read three of those fifteen books – Anna Karenina, The Lightning Thief, and Station Eleven. Between school and book blogging (which takes up a lot more time than you would think), I’ve been a bit behind on all of my reading commitments for the year. I’ve got four months to read at least twenty-three books if I want to finish everything (Popsugar Reading Challenge, Banned Books Challenge, Goodreads Reading Challenge, reviews, grad school reading, book clubs, and my own 2015 Reading List). I can do this! Right?
Anyway, here is my September reading list:
1. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. I actually
already started this one, and, as of this morning, am about two thirds of the way through. I might actually finish today – fingers crossed! I absolutely loved the first book in the series, The Diviners,and I am loving Lair of Dreams. Bray’s other fantasy trilogy (the Gemma Doyle trilogy) is one of my all-time favorite series.
2. Language of the Bear by Evan Ronan & Nathanael Green. I was actually approached by one of the authors to do a review on this book (thanks Nate!) and though I haven’t gotten to it yet, I am really looking forward to it. It’s definitely something different than what I normally read, but the story looks very interesting. It’s next on my list.
3. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. I’m actually already about halfway through this book, but took a break about a week ago. Honestly, I just struggle with Toni Morrison’s books, even though I so badly want to like them. I read Song of Solomon for a class in college and had a hard time getting through it, so I’m not forcing myself this time around. Still, I’ve liked what I read so far, and really want to finish soon.
4. The Winters Tale by William Shakespeare. I have to read it this week for my Shakespeare class. Honestly, I don’t know anything about it yet. But I do want to eventually read all of Shakespeare’s plays, so it’ll be nice to cross it off my master reading list (which is ridiculously long).
5. Harem by Alev Lyltle Croutier. I got this book off of NetGalley a month or so ago. I haven’t read any history books in a while (I think the last one was back in January), so I’m excited to get back into the genre.
6. Othello by William Shakespeare. I was supposed to read this for class a few weeks ago, but it was a cluster migraine week, so I never ended up actually finishing it. It should only take me a few hours to get through the rest, so I thought I’d throw this in. Hopefully I’ll be able to fit it in this week, since I have to compare it to The Winter’s Tale in my homework assignment.
7. Coraline by Neil Gaiman. I’ve been slowly making my way through the audiobook of this, and I’ve only got about three hours left. I’m hoping the weather cools down this month, and I can take it with me on walks. I haven’t been spending much time in the car, so my audiobooks have been neglected.
I’m so tempted to add more to this list, but, with all of my schoolwork, I feel like that’s just setting myself up for failure. That said, I will probably also be rereading (at least partially) American Gods for a book club my cousins and I just started, although I won’t be upset if I don’t because I actually just read it back in February. And if I have time, I would also really like to reread To Kill a Mockingbird this month. I just got a gorgeous vintage copy at a used bookstore, and it’s calling my name.
Although I kept this list (relatively) short, I feel like my reading has been kind of lacking lately, and I’m hoping to pick up the pace a bit and get into some good books this month. I’ve got my fingers crossed that I’ll be able cross a few more books off my list by the end of September.
What’s on your TBR list for this month?
P.S. Do you like how Lair of Dreams is the only book from my original list? I suck at completing reading lists.
UPDATE: Within hours of publishing this post, I received two more books to review (they both actually look really good). So now I’m up to twenty-five books I have to read by the end of this year. Please stop me from doing any reading challenges next year. Thanks.
UPDATE #2: Just got another two books for review. And I managed to bullshit my way through my assignment this week, so I have decided to substitute Othello and The Winter’s Tale with Salman Rushdie’s Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights and Jesse Eisenberg’s book of short stories, Bream Gives Me Hiccups, both of which will be released September 8th. I will get back to Shakespeare eventually, but he and I need to take a little break.