February TBR, Challenges, and Readathons

January was my first month reading from my very highly structured TBR and it worked pretty well! Out of the 8 books on my January TBR, I ended up finishing 4 of them, and I’m currently reading a 5th. As always, I deviated slightly from my TBR occasionally this month, but I’m very content with reading 5/8.

I’m slightly nervous for my TBR this month, especially since February is the shortest month, but with so many great challenges this month I’m very excited to read more!

I’ve set this post up with the book, a simplified summary from Goodreads, and a short note about the book. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

TBR Jar:

Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein (own)

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

With casual hookups and campus rape relentlessly in the news, parents can be forgiven for feeling anxious about their young daughters. They’re also fearful about opening up a dialog. Not Orenstein. Orenstein spoke to psychologists, academics, and other experts in the field and yes, 70 young women, to offer an in-depth picture of “girls and sex” today.

I bought this at my library’s used booksale without knowing much about it. It has a pretty high rating on Goodreads, but there’s also some disappointing reviews with how Orenstein handles LGBTQ  women so I’ve been hesitant to read this. Even if I don’t get around to reading it this month, I’d still be okay if I have to unhaul this one.  Continue reading “February TBR, Challenges, and Readathons”


January TBR: 8 Books

It’s my first TBR with my new 2019 structure and I’m SO excited! I have so many great books picked out and I can’t wait to start the year off strong.

Out of the 5 books on my December TBR I have read a whopping zero of them! Not a great month for me reading wise; I read a lot of audiobooks and I was trying to wrap up all of the books I’ve been drudging through since like October 😅 (I finally finished The Corrections literally last night and I just feel so free.)

I’ve set this post up with the book, a simplified summary from Goodreads, and a short note about the book. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

TBR Jar Picks:

The Daughters by Joanna Philbin

The Daughters (The Daughters, #1)

The only daughter of supermodel Katia Summers, witty and thoughtful Lizzie Summers likes to stick to the sidelines. The sole heir to Metronome Media and the daughter of billionaire Karl Jurgensen, outspoken Carina Jurgensen would rather climb mountains than social ladders. Daughter of chart-topping pop icon Holla Jones, stylish and sensitive Hudson Jones is on the brink of her own music breakthrough. By the time freshman year begins, unconventional-looking Lizzie Summers has come to expect fawning photographers and adoring fans to surround her gorgeous supermodel mother. But when Lizzie is approached by a fashion photographer who believes she’s “the new face of beauty,” Lizzie surprises herself and her family by becoming the newest Summers woman to capture the media spotlight.

I’ve had this on my bookshelf probably since I was a freshman in high school and I’ve gone through many unhauls since then and for some reason there is just something about this book that I’ve been holding onto so while I was originally a little disappointed I picked this, ultimately I’m relieved to finally be reading it! Continue reading “January TBR: 8 Books”

How I’m Structuring My Monthly TBRs in 2019


Y’all I LOVE goal setting. Like to the point where I have a 12 page google doc of my 5 year writing plan broken down by month (I’m seriously not joking 😅). I love New Year’s Resolutions, I love monthly goals, I love to-do lists, and I love reading everyone else’s goals and lists for the new year!!!

I’m going to try to calm down for the rest of this post but like, no promises 😬.

One thing I really want to do this year is be more intentional with my reading. I’m not entirely a mood reader; I don’t really DNF books but I also feel like whether or not I enjoy a book definitely depends on where I’m at in my life at that moment.

I don’t want to get too in-depth into my reading goals because I’m saving that post for next week (which now I’m thinking that might be slightly redundant but that’s a question for future Seal).

Ok anyway (my excitement for this post is making me DISTRACTED but like I’m not apologizing).

I realized this past year that structured TBRs work really well for me. I read about half of the books on my TBR, and I’m really content with that success rate. I like to use TBRs as more of a guideline and most of the time I end up reading the books I miss in the following months anyway.

Like always, I have an incredibly ambitious list so I’m just gonna slide right into it. Continue reading “How I’m Structuring My Monthly TBRs in 2019”

December TBR: 5 Books

“I can’t believe it’s already the end of the year!!!!” said everybody on the Internet.

I have been counting down the days until my vacation week and practically holding onto my sanity by my fingernails. I have some BIG reading plans for my vacation but have yet to decide if I’m going to be home or visiting my boyfriend in Michigan (which I should probably figure out soon before plane tickets become they become even more expensive).

Out of the 7 books I listed in my November TBR, I finished two books BUT I’m in the middle of reading three!! I’m planning on finishing one today even, so I might be editing this post before it goes up 😐

I’ve been struggling how to structure my TBR this month. Last month I focused on books I didn’t read from previous TBRs (which worked okay) but I was having a hard time deciding whether or not I wanted to include a different set of books from previous TBRs, or structure it how I’ve been doing with book club picks and different categories.

Ultimately I decided I might have better chances of crossing books off my list if I structured it like previous TBRs. I took a lot at the books I didn’t read from previous months, and most of them are pretty long.

I’ve set this post up with the book, a simplified summary from Goodreads, and a short note about the book. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

Diversity in All Forms Goodreads bookclub

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan (library)

The Valley of Amazement

Spanning more than forty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement resurrects pivotal episodes in history: from the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty, to the rise of the Republic, the explosive growth of lucrative foreign trade and anti-foreign sentiment, to the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreign “Shanghailanders” living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II.

I have literally no idea what this book is about but I really enjoy going into a book without any knowledge or expectations so I’m excited. It’s a little chunky so I’m planning on starting it soon and taking my time reading it throughout the month. This will also be the first book I’m reading by Amy Tan! Continue reading “December TBR: 5 Books”

November TBR: The Catch-Up Month

One of my favorite times of year is coming up: the winter holidays!! I absolutely love the atmosphere of hope and happiness practically exudes from everyone and it’s an ample opportunity to check back in with some old friends and family you haven’t heard from in a while. I absolutely love it.

It’s also a great time to reassess your yearly goals and make some adjustments.

Different from my previous TBRs where I’ve selected books by categories and book clubs or buddy reads I was involved in, November (and probably December) will be reserved for reading books I already added to my TBR earlier in the year but passed up on.

Out of the five books on my October TBR, I finished two of them and am currently in the middle of a third. I put a hold on a fourth book earlier in the month that I’m still waiting on, so while I’m going to add it to my November TBR because it’s probably going to be one of the first books I finish this month and it’ll make me feel good to cross it off 😅

I have 7 books I’d like to read in November, a notoriously busy month, especially with job hunting AND NaNoWriMo, so we’ll see how well this actually goes!

I’ve set this post up with the book, the month I planned to read it in, a simplified summary from Goodreads, and a short note about the book. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

March: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (own)

The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank’s extraordinary diary, written in the Amsterdam attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis for two years, has become a world classic and a timeless testament to the human spirit. Here she is first and foremost a teenage girl—stubbornly honest, touchingly vulnerable, in love with life. Facing hunger, fear of discovery and death, and the petty frustrations of such confined quarters, Anne writes with adult wisdom and views beyond her years. 

This is a book I’ve been meaning to read for a while and specifically bought this year with the intention of reading it that month. Obviously I didn’t, but I think this will be a good size book to fit in my purse and chuck out whenever I have a free moment.  Continue reading “November TBR: The Catch-Up Month”