Sunday, 28 August 2011

Breaking Down the Monster - Monthly Book Stack: September

I'm not sure if any other blogs already do something like this, it's not particularly original, but feel free to join in if you want (in the comments or on your own blog).

Anyway, here’s how it works:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that our To Be Read piles are massive and- kidding. Well, not about the size of the TBR piles, but the Jane Austen reference…anyway: we really need to break them down ("them" being the big TBR pile/the "monster" referred to in the post title) and try and read a certain amount of books each month.
To sum up:

1. At the start of the month, choose some books from your TBR pile. For me, I’ll probably try for 10 each month but just do whatever works for you -- try and choose some books that you've been meaning to read but keep putting off for whatever reason.
2. Make a post (or comment) saying what those books will be and stick to those books (even if there’s a new book you just *had* to buy - try and stick to your picks for that month).
3. Review books are the exception, if any randomly show up with a release date approaching then they can take priority over the books you choose for this.
4. Try to read all the books in your pile by the end of the month (or as many as you can).

There will be people who are already all organised in their reading, I'm just not one of them - I'm like a kid who gets distracted by shiny new toys and throws the other ones aside...only with books.

Okay, onto the books. And I promise that the second post we do like this will have less rambling because there'll be no need for the intro.



1. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
2. There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff
3. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
4. Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
5. One Day by David Nicholls
6. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
7. Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty
8. The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
10. Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
11. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
12. Love is a Mixtape by Rob Sheffield

Don't know if I'll manage to get through them all - I can read 12 books in a month quite easily but I'm the queen of procrastination and if review books show up too, then they'll be my priority (The Name of the Star is actually a review book). I was going to choose just 10 books but...didn't. Yes.

If there's any there you'd particularly recommend/like to see me review, let me know and I'll try get to those ones first. And you can check out all the books I own on my shelfari, if there's any books you want to request I read for October.



Somehow I ended up with 12 books too. Go figure.
(You notice the holes in my teeth? Those holes used to be teeth. But they were FORCIBLY REMOVED FROM MY SKULL last Saturday. True story.)

1. The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegan (Technically an end of August book. But whatever.)
2. Tris and Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison
3. Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver
4. Putting Makeup on Dead People by Jenn Violi
5. Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade
6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
7. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
8. Supernaturally by Kiersten White
9. The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
10. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
11. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
12. Readers Choice

And for the choices, click here. You do have to be my friend to see my shelves, but just mention you follow the blog and I'll accept.

For those not watching the video, pretty much all of those are review books or I need to read them for school. Theoretically, next month will be more "me" based. At the moment, I only have two review books to read that haven't been released yet and when it comes to review books that are already released, I tend not to be as "OMG MUST READ NOW." So, yay!

Thoughts on these books? And also make sure you leave a suggestion for me to read in the comment because I iz indecisive. 



  1. i like this idea! i'll be back later with a link to my post. :D

    good luck with your to-read piles! lots of good books to enjoy (and Julie, i really like Life of Pi but i also really love reading nonfiction.)

  2. here's my post:



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