Biannual Bibliothon TBR

As I mentioned in this post, I am participating in Biannual Bibliothon from 12-18 January. Christian has decided to join me and has planned a book for each challenge but is going into it more casually, knowing he won’t be able to read nearly as much. I thought I would share our planned TBR for the readathon.

Challenge 1: Read the group book

This one is simple as it is decided by the hosts:

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Challenge 2: Read one of the hosts 5 star reads

AJ’s choice: Summer of Salt

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Christian’s choice: Pivot Point

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Challenge 3: Reread a book that got you into reading

AJ’s choice:

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Christian’s choice:

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Challenge 4: Read an adult book

AJ’s choice:

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Christian’s choice:

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Challenge 5: A favorite genre in a format you don’t like

AJ’s choice:

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Christian’s choice:

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Challenge 6: A book with a cover you don’t like

AJ’s choice:

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Christian’s choice:

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Challenge 7: A book by an author you have never read before

AJ’s choice:

I am going to allow this book to be a mood read as I have many books on my TBR by new-to-me authors at the moment.

Christian’s choice:

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If any of these books interest you, click on the cover to purchase them.

If you are participating, comment what is on your TBR and feel free to join in with us! Follow me on Twitter (@aj_timberlake) for more regular updates.

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AJ’s 2019 Reading Plan

I can’t believe that it is less than a week until we are in the new year and the last of the twenty tweens, that’s pretty scary to me. Anyway, my plan is to make this the best reading year of my life and so I have set some pretty ambitious goals. Christian and I get married in March so it’s already set to be the best year of my life and so I am hoping that it will only be made better by my reading.

I am also wanting to review every single book I read in 2019. This is the third year in a row I am trying to do this, I have not even come close to succeeding before, but I am hoping that this blog will push me to be better at that.

Reading Challenges:

  1. Read 100 books. The best reading year I have ever had since I began tracking my reading, I read 84 books. This year I read 50. So, this is pretty ambitious, but I think I can do it. I am going to do a smaller aim of 10 books per month knowing I probably won’t hit that each month particularly around the time of the wedding.
  2. Popsugar 2019 challenge. You can view the challenge and some suggestions for books that fit the various challenges here, I am hoping this will stretch my reading and expose me to some books that I wouldn’t have otherwise read.
  3. Read One Book for Every Year I Have Been Alive. 1997-2019 = 22 books. The only rule for this challenge is that they can’t be rereads.
  4. Goodreads Choice Checklist. I want to read all of the Goodreads Choice 2018 winners (except for the cookbook and picture book).

Authors of the Year:

  1. Brandon Sanderson. I actually haven’t really read anything by Brandon Sanderson, but he has so many popular books and I would love to get through a large chunk of them.
  2. Rick Riordan.I have read his Percy Jackson series and The Lost Hero. I really enjoyed those so I would like to get through a few more next year having not read a single thing of his in 2018.
  3. Jane Austen.I read Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility in high school and loved both. This is the only author where I am hoping I will get through all of her works next year (including P&P and S&S).

Series of the Year:

(I have started some of these series and some of them I haven’t, but I am hoping to finish all of them by December 31st, 2019.)

  1. Outlander
  2. Vampire Academy
  3. Mistborn
  4. Lunar Chronicles
  5. Crazy Rich Asians
  6. Red Queen
  7. Kingkiller Chronicles
  8. A Court of Thorns and Roses
  9. Throne of Glass
  10. A Darker Shade of Magic

5 Star Predictions:

I’m guessing I’ll absolutely love the following books and these will be like the top 10 of my 2019. Obviously, there is no real way to know but I thought it would be a fun game to guess:

  1. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  2. Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  3. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  4. The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody
  5. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  6. Circe by Madeline Miller
  7. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
  8. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  9. The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
  10. Queen of the Tearling by Erica Johansen

My final aim for this year is to more read books that I am interested in even if they have peculiar names or covers, or even if they have a stigma attached to them. Honestly, not judging myself for what I am enjoying reading will be one of the most stretching things I could do in my reading life.

5 Books AJ Can’t Wait For

One of my favorite parts of being a reader is scouting out new books. I like to read blogs, see what people are adding to their “Want to Read” shelves on Goodreads, keep up with reviewers on Twitter and in general I honestly just spend a lot of time on Amazon. The following books* are being released over the last few months of the year and I am super excited about them:

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

Release date: September 4

Sadie is out to find her sister’s killer.

I don’t know much about this book. But its cover caught my eye several months ago and I have been excited to get my hands on it ever since.

Pre-order the book here

 

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White9780525707936-2

Release date: September 25

Elizabeth’s survival depends on keeping the dark temperamental Victor Frankenstein content.

This book sounds freaky and fantastic. I love the cover and I am excited for what I think will be a fairly unique read.

Pre-order the book here

 

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A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

Release date: October 2

A shooter opens fire at a women’s reproductive health services clinic.

Jodi Picoult is probably my all time favorite author. I have read 17 of her 23 published books and I plan to pick up this book pretty much the day it is published

Pre-order the book here

 

51L8BF5PZ3L Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Release date: November 6

Nine people meet at a remote health resort hoping to find healing for their various ailments.

I am new to the Liane Moriarty boat but I did find Big Little Lies to be very interesting and this one had a fascinating blurb.

Pre-order book here

 

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Release Date: December 18

Nax’s one-way trip back to Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy.

This is a new author and I saw her tweet a while ago and looked up the book and suddenly put this on the “buy myself for Christmas” list.

Pre-order book here

*I have excluded follow up books from series