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).