August TBR and Plans

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August is going to be a super-crazy reading month. I have a ton of ARCs and new releases that I want to get to, and I’m participating in a few read-a-thons.

Starting this month, I’m going to have a template of sorts to help choose my TBR every month. The categories will stay the same every month. Also, I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a Read Yourself Happy online book club. If that’s something that would interest you, let me know in the comments! If there’s enough interest I’ll get it up and running for September.

Here are the books I’ll be reading in August!



Books Chosen for Me

This is a new feature I’ll be doing each month. At the beginning of every month, I’m going to have someone else choose three books for me. I think this will end up being a lot of fun and get me out of my comfort zone a bit.

This month, my boyfriend Ian is picking three books for me. I love his choices.

  • The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien – Despite being a huge Tolkien fan and growing up reading The Hobbit over and over again, I’ve never read The Silmarillion. I’ve heard it can be quite a daunting task, so I’m a bit intimidated, but I’m really looking forward to it. I have a very used first edition of this novel, but to preserve it I’ll be checking a copy out from my local library.
  • Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier – Frazier’s novel Cold Mountain is one of my favorite historical fiction books. I spent all of my twenties living in the Appalachian Mountains, and I miss it dearly. Not surprisingly, then, I have a soft spot for books that are set in those gorgeous mountains. I’ve never read any of Frazier’s other books, so I’m interested to see if I’ll enjoy this one as much as Cold Mountain.
  • Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh – I found a copy of this young adult fantasy novel on Book Outlet a while back, stuck it on my bookshelf, and then promptly forgot about it. I’m glad Ian chose it for this month, as I doubt I would have picked it up myself.

Random Book from My Goodreads TBR

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Using a random number generator, I landed on Fascism – A Warning by Madeleine Albright. It’s been a long time since I’ve read political non-fiction, but I think this is going to be an insightful book.


Book Published in a Foreign Country

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I used a random country generator (apparently there’s a random generator for everything), and Spain was chosen. I’ve been dying to read Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s The Shadow of the Wind, and I already own a copy, so it’s perfect!


Dragons & Tea Bookclub

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This book club is hosted by Melanie and Amy on Goodreads. This month we’re reading The Right Swipe.


Page Turners Book Club

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Chelsea Palmer (who has quickly become my favorite Booktuber) hosts this club over on Facebook. For August, we’re reading Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight. This book has been on my radar for months as it’s a dark adult fantasy, and I’m so ready to read it!


August New Release

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Technically, I’m reading two new releases this month. For this challenge, I chose Cora Carmack’s Ragewhich is the sequel to Roar. The Dragons & Tea Book Club pick, The Right Swipe, is also being released in August.


Star Trek Book

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There are so many Star Trek books out there, and I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t read most of them. This ends now. Every month I’m choosing at least one Star Trek book to read. This month, I’m going with Star Trek: Discovery: The Way to the Stars by Una McCormack, which focuses on the character of Sylvia Tilly.


Comic Book Arc

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My favorite comic book writer, Tom Taylor, wrote the now completed X-Men Red series, and I never got around to catching up. I’m looking forward to finishing it in August.


National Book Award Winner

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I’m disappointed in myself for how few of the National Book Award winners I’ve actually read, so I’m going to work myself through the whole list. This month, I’m reading The Friend by Sigrid Nunez.


#MythTakeReadathon & #BasicallyReadathon

I’m combining a lot of these challenges. The Book of the Month hasn’t been chosen yet, and I haven’t picked the host recommendation book, but here are the rest to complete the #MythTakeReadathon challenge. The #BasciallyReadathon challenge takes place during the other and is a 24 hour period to read as much as you can, specifically a book that’s been on your TBR for far too long.

  1. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (Over 400 pages, Asian Influence, Animal on Cover)
  2. Gods of Jade & Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Green or yellow on the cover, written by a POC, written by a woman)
  3. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (Mythology retelling – may change)
  4. Wicked Fox by Kate Cho (host recommendation)

ARCs and Books Received from Authors

This is a long-ass list. I have no idea how I’m going to read all of these in August!

  • Fall, or Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson – I won an ARC of this novel through Goodreads, so I won’t be terribly disappointed if I don’t get to it this month. I always prioritize ARCs, but only when I’ve received them from the publisher after either requesting them or agreeing to review them.
  • Professor Andersen’s Night by Dag Solstad
  • Off the Grid by Robert B. McCaw

I’m realistic enough to know that I’m probably not going to get to all of these in a single month. I’ll be prioritizing the ARCs and books sent from authors and publishers, but I hope to get to as many of these as I can.


What are you planning on reading in August? Let me know in the comments!




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Author: Penny W

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7 thoughts on “August TBR and Plans”

  1. Did you literally use a random number generator? For some reason that brings a smile to my face. Also “Fascism”… how eerily appropriate for the times… Also “The Silmarillion”: I never read this either but thanks for the reminder! I feel like I’ll have to re-read The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings first.

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