JANUARY 2020 TBR

Hello everyone! Welcome to the FINAL of my TBRs (until February, at least). I decided not to do a ‘Top X Books I Want to Read in 2020’ because I think the TBRs for my year-long challenges is enough hehe. I’m changing a couple of things up with my TBRs this year: they will hopefully be around 4-7 books long, depending on what books end up on them, and apart from ones I need to read for read-a-longs, a class, or a readathon, I will be using a TBR jar (more on that later ;)). I hope you enjoy TBR 2.0! Without further ado, let’s take a look at the books I will be reading this month.


Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami


This is a book that I actually started in 2019, so when Adele (@bookishdella) and I were looking for a short Murakami book to make a read-a-long book for the International Reading Challenge 2020, I suggested this one. As I had already started it, we decided to make it the first one of the year!

It’s a short story collection about men who have lost women from their life. If you would like to read this book, please feel free to join us in the read-a-long! Here is a link to the International Reading Challenge 2020 announcement post over on Adele’s blog if you’re interested.


An einem klaren, eiskalten Januarmorgen zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts von Roland Schimmelpfennig


This book (the title of which roughly translates to On a clear, icy-cold January morning at the beginning of the 21st Century) is a book by the celebrated German author Roland Schimmelpfennig, and as such also counts towards my goals for the International Reading Challenge. Additionally, it will help me to accomplish my 2020 goal to read more books in German.

However, the real reason this book has made its way on to my TBR this month is that I have been reading it for over 6 months now. I’m about 22% of the way through, and I want to finally finish it! I am enjoying it, but I haven’t found myself really reaching for it. I’ve bought the audiobook for it, which is pretty short (less than 5 hours including the bits I’ve already read), so hopefully that will help a lot. Plus, I managed to work it on to my Backlist Bookathon TBR, so yay!


The Silhouette by Georges Vigarello


I asked for this book for Christmas a good three of four years back, and it has just kind of sat on my shelf ever since… I’ve flicked through it a bit and it still interests me, so I hope to read it this month! It’s a bit unwieldy, so I won’t be taking this one with me on the bus, though. This is also one of the books on my Backlist Bookathon TBR!

This is a mixture of all sorts of non-fiction, so I’m not really sure how to describe it, but hey, it will help with my goal to read more non-fiction!


TBR Jar Pick of the Month!


Okay, so something I’m trying this year is that apart from my read-a-thons/reading challenges etc. the rest of my TBRs are going to be decided by…. a TBR JAR. Not a regular one, though, but the kind with prompts, which I can then pick books to fit! It’ll add a bit of fun and creativity, hopefully, without being too limited.

The prompt I drew out for this week is “a book you don’t really know anything about”. (Also, yes that’s my TBR “jar”…. it’s a mini milk jug!) For this one I’m going to pick The Office of Gardens and Ponds by Didier Decoin.

This is actually a book that I read a chapter of and never continued with. You might be wondering how on earth this book fits this prompt if I’ve already read a whole chapter, but that’s just what makes it incredible. I read a whole chapter and I still don’t really know what this book is about.

All I know is that is a historical fiction novel following the widow of the man who supplied fish (maybe Koi?) to the Emperor (maybe?). It’s written by a French author, and is set in Japan. So yeah, I have no idea what the plot is really about or anything. I guess we’ll be finding out! This also counts for my International Reading Challenge, so that’s a bonus as well!


And that’s all for my January 2020 TBR!!!

What books are you planning on reading this month? Would you like to see any reviews for these books? Let me know! And feel free to link your own TBRs below, I’d love to see what everyone plans on reading this month (and I’m sure many of you were much more on it than me and posted your own TBRs ages ago).

Happy reading,

Keira x.

#ClassicsCommunity Reading Challenge 2020 Goals + TBR

Hello everyone!

So, if you’ve seen my Reading Goals for 2020 post, then you will know that one of my goals this year is to read more classics! And what better way to do so than by taking part in a brand new reading challenge?! This year, Lucy from the Booktube channel @lucythereader is hosting the #CLASSICSCOMMUNITY 2020 READING CHALLENGE! It’s a super simple challenge to read more classics, where you make your own goals. There is a goodreads group and I believe Lucy will be making videos as well, so check out her channel as well! (Actually, check it out anyway- she’s so lovely and sweet, she really deserves all the love.)

If you would also like to take part in this challenge, here is a link to the goodreads group. In any case, let’s get on to my goals and my TBR!


My Goals:


  1. Read at least 12 classics in 2020.
  2. Read 1 Shakespeare.
  3. Read 1 modern classic that is a play.
  4. Read 2 poetry anthologies.
  5. Read 2 books by Jane Austen.
  6. Read a book by one of my favourite authors.
  7. Read a book published before 1500.
  8. Read 3 international classics (AKA classics that were originally published in a language other than English).
  9. Read 2 classic non-fiction works.
  10. Enjoy classics!

Of course #10 is the most important, but I wanted to give myself a couple more challenges to help me structure my TBR so I didn’t just stand in front of my bookshelves helplessly, and also help make sure I read a range of classics!


My TBR:


  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  • DICKINSON (Collected poems by Emily Dickinson)
  • The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Shooting an Elephant and other essays by George Orwell
  • Ariel by Sylvia Plath
  • Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • Die Verwandlung (Metamorphosis) von Franz Kafka
  • The Tale of Genji by Lady Murasaki Shikibu
  • The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter

Whilst I would be really happy if I read more classics than just the ones here, I think this is a good place to start! I tried not to pick any HUGE classics as I don’t want to pressure myself too much and I will be taking finals, starting uni, and doing lots of travelling this year, so who knows when I will have time to read and what life will throw at me.

  • Are you going to take part in this reading challenge? If so, please let me know what you are planning on reading in the comments, or give me a link to your own post!
  • Do you like reading classics? Discuss with me below!

I look forward to hearing what books you guys want to read for this challenge, or whether you like classics at all! In the meantime…

Happy reading,

Keira x.