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.

International Reading Challenge 2020 TBR

Wow, SO MANY TBR posts. I’m so sorry. Seriously, it must be getting pretty boring. Luckily, this is the PENULTIMATE TBR! (Actually, there might be 2 more after this… sorry!)

Anyway, this is a particularly important TBR, because it’s a TBR for a reading challenge that I AM CO-HOSTING with the lovely Adele of @bookishdella. The aim of the challenge is to encourage us all to read books written by authors from many different countries. There are prompts, read-a-longs, points to be won etc. so we would love to have you! If you’re interested, check out the announcement post and the Goodreads group!


PROMPTS


Note: these are the variations of the prompts that I am going to do! Please check out the announcement post to see variations/alternatives for some (e.g. #1).

  1. read a book written in a language that is not your mother tongue.
  2. read a classic by an international author
  3. read a book set in a third-world country
  4. read a book by an author from a country you’ve never visited
  5. read a book set in a country from which the author does not come
  6. read a book written by an author from a country you want to visit
  7. read a book featuring an international LGBTQIA+ character
  8. read a book set in eastern europe that is not about world war 2
  9. read a book with a character who comes from a different culture
  10. read a non-fiction book about a country you are interested in 
  11. read a manga
  12. read a book containing folklore from a country that is not your own

READ-A-LONG BOOKS


  • JAN-FEB: Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami (Japan)
  • MAR-APR: Die Verwandlung (Metamorphosis) von Franz Kafka (Czech Republic)
  • MAY-JUN: Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera (Mexico)
  • JUL-AUG: Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih (Sudan)
  • SEP-OCT: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (Russia)
  • NOV-DEC: The Vegetarian by Han Kang (Korea)

OTHER BOOKS


  • The Other World (Asia)
  • The Office of Gardens and Ponds by Didier Decoin (France)
  • Human Acts by Han Kang (Korea)
  • A History of Korea by Kyung Moon Hwang
  • The Royal Tutor Vol 4. by Higasa Akai (Japan)
  • The Day the Sun Died by Yan Lianke (China)
  • The Deep by Rivers Solomon
  • An einem klaren, eiskalten Januarmorgen zu Beginn der 21. Jahrhunderts von Roland Schimmelpfennig (Germany)
  • Glittering City by Cyprian Ekwensi (Nigeria)

And that’s all! Are you going to be joining us in the challenge? Please let me know, and if you do, be sure to leave a link to any TBRs or other posts/videos you do so that I can check them out!

Happy reading,

Keira x.

Backlist Bookathon TBR!

Let’s begin with a DISCLAIMER!! I AM NOT DOING THIS READTHON HOW IT’S MEAN TO BE DONE. I’m doubling up (A LOT), I’m not joining the discord or anything, I’m mostly just using it to encourage me to read some books from my backlist (which I think is probably the intention of the challenge anyway, so it’s all good). In any case… if you want to do it properly then you can find the Twitter here. Apart from that, the only other thing I have to say before getting into the post is that this read-a-thon runs from the 15th of January (today!) to the 15th of February!


THE PROMPTS


Even though I’m not doing this properly (I am doubling up a lot, which is kind of discouraged by the original bookathon because it decreases your points- which I’m not keeping track of), I still want to fulfil ALL of the prompts! Watch out for some multi-prompt-filling goodness in my TBR below!

  1. Read a backlist title published before January 2020.
  2. Read a book that was an older anticipated release.
  3. Read a book that has been on your TBR for at least sixth months.
  4. Read a book that you have been avoiding because it is an older title.
  5. Read or unhaul a book you’re still not sure you want to keep on your shelf.
  6. Read a book you’ve been wanting to read, but haven’t gotten around to.
  7. Read the book that has been on your TBR the longest.
  8. Read a book you’ve been avoiding because it intimidates you.
  9. Read a book that you’ve been avoiding because of mixed/bad reviews.
  10. Read a book you were gifted/recommended that you’re unsure you’ll like.

MY TBR


  • An einem klaren, eiskalten Januarmorgen zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts von Roland Schimmelpfennig (Prompts: 1, 3, 5, 8)
  • Descendant of the Crane by Joan He (Prompts: 2, 6)
  • The Silhouette by Georges Vigarello (Prompts: 7)
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Prompts: 4, 10)
  • milk and honey by Rupi Kaur (Prompts: 9)

So, what do you think of my TBR? Any books here that you’ve read and loved??

Also, if you’re participating in this read-a-thon and have made your own TBR, then please leave me a link to check out!!

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.

JUNE TBR

Summer is almost here! (Not looking forward to the heat, but I am looking forward to it being light later.) I finally finished mock exams, so now I have loads of IAs (read: coursework) to do, but it’s still less pressure so hopefully I’ll be reading a bit more this month. Without further ado, here are the books I will (hopefully) be reading, and the music releases I am anticipating!


I’ ve already read Monstress Vol 1, but I own volumes 1 and 2, so I plan on continuing the series this month. Marjorie Lu & Sana Takeda’s Monstress series is a series of comics (kind of) set in an 1900’s Asia in an alternate universe. It incorporates elements which will be familiar to readers of dystopia, fantasy, and steampunk!

Then, I want to read the final two manga on my shelf that I haven’t got around to yet. I have the first volume of Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul series in German which I picked up earlier in May and want to get around to. Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kanedi as he is thrown in to the world of Ghouls when he is transformed into a half-human, half-Ghoul hybrid.

Orange by Ichigo Takano follows a girl who receives a letter from her future self telling her to watch over the new transfer student, for only he can save her from a terrible future. My edition is an omnibus of the first half of the series.

So you may have noticed that I am picking lots of quick reads, and if you have you would be right: I have ridiculously large TBR and have been a bit slumpy lately, so I want to read some quicker and easier books to help decrease the size of my TBR a bit and also get me out of a slump. These Penguin Modern Classics are all around the 50 page mark, which is perfect for a slightly more serious quick read!

Letter from Birmingham Jail is the letter that Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote whilst imprisoned. The Breakthrough is a short story by esteemed author Daphne du Maurier about a deranged scientist who attempts to extract the essence of life. Finally, Cyprian Ekwensi’s Glittering City is a story of charming and untrustworthy Fussy Joe breaking hearts in 1960s Lagos. (And yes, the fact that it is slightly lighter than the other two annoys me.)

  1. LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS (x5) by Sam Steiner- a play in a world where real life has a word count, and not just Twitter.
  2. Passing for Human by Liana Finck- a memoir in Graphic Novel format.
  3. Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami- a short story collection from the esteemed Japanese author, which I will be buddy reading with the lovely Adele @bookishdella.
  4. Croquette & Empanada by Ana Oncina- a Graphic Novel eARC that I received from NetGalley combining food and romance.

And of course, I plan on finishing the books I’m currently reading (hopefully). The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu is a YA magical realism story about girls who are never allowed to fall in love, simply because of the street they live in. I’m not very far in- only about 9%- but I’m enjoying it so far.

An einem klaren, eiskalten Januarmorgen zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts (aka: on a clear, ice-cold January morning at the beginning of the 21st Century) by Roland Schimmelpfennig is a very interesting contemporary novel following a variety of characters in Poland and Germany whose lives seem to be linked by something. I’m about 22% through this book, making it the most read of my current reads.

Finally, we have A History of Korea by Kyung Moon Hwang, which is simply a fairly short comprehensive history of the Korean peninsula. I started reading it and using it for research into my History IA on Ancient Korea, and now I will be finishing it for my own enjoyment!


There aren’t actually many music releases this month that I am aware of and excited for (although I do want to know when Taylor will be dropping her new album)! It is possible I have missed something, so please do let me know what music you are looking forward to!

That being said, girl groups such as IZ*ONE, WJSN, and fromis_9 look to be dropping some things this month, and we will be getting a mixtape from The8 of SEVENTEEN, so I’m interested to see what that will bring!


So yeah, about three times the amount of books I’ve had on TBRs recently, and less excitement for music, but there we go! If you haven’t seen my May Wrap Up, you can check that out here.

What are your reading plans for June? Are there any upcoming music releases you are excited for?

Happy reading, Keira x.

P.S. As per the results of a poll I hosted on my Twitter yesterday, I will be posting my current WIP in serialised form, so watch out for that coming soon!