At the beginning of 2020 I set my goodreads goal to 100 books for the second time, determined I was going to make it this year! In 2019 I made it to an impressive 82 books (my most successful reading year ever) and I would like to hit 100 at least once.
Well, as an overachiever I also told myself that if I was organised and made reading a priority this year I could potentially make it to 125 books and reduce my physical tbr right down. To achieve that over the last 4 months of the year I’ll need to read a tonne of books, so let me show you the oversized tbr I’ve set for myself.
I know its a massive stack of books! During the month I will be buddy reading Dune by Frank Herbert and 11.22.63 by Stephen King with the other half. We are reading around 25% each week and discussing as we go.
Next to ole Hammytoes is my non-fiction for the month. I read about a quarter of Natasha’s Dance by Orlando Figes in August and decided to polish it off in the very beginning of September. I finished it before I managed to complete my tbr post, so I will do a review soon.
On the shelf above we have any series I am working on at the moment. I am finishing Red Sister by Mark Lawrence today and it has been one of the best reading experiences I’ve had in a while. There is such a rush when you start a series you know will be one of your favourites. I’ll also be continuing on with The Long Earth series and The Books of Pellinor which had enjoyable first books in their series. I’m not fully hooked to either yet, despite Pellinor being a re-read. And finally I’m hoping to read The Dwarves by Markus Heitz, which I have owned for years and once read half of the first book before. I’d love to squeeze in Warbreaker this month before I continue on with Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson.
The final shelf is full of standalones. The Little Friend by Donna Tartt was screaming my name when I was looking for a dark, atmospheric book. I was honestly looking for something to remind me of the experience of reading Ninth House. Catherine House is another dark academic book I’ve been excited for so when BooksandLala announced their book club will be reading it in September I jumped at the chance. Then The Immortalists has been waiting patiently on my shelf for over a year, and the premise of knowing your dead date sounds so interesting!
Here are some photo bloopers for your enjoyment! Sam is one of my four cats, she absolutely loves this cart and sleeps in it (on top of books if need be) but had decided that she was not that interested in modelling for me today. Max, who can be seen in the background of most of the bloopers, is the cat who enjoys modelling the most but he knows his worth and is a nightmare to work with.