July 2020 TBR

I haven’t done one of these in a while, because I wasn’t doing a very good job of sticking to my TBR when I did make one. Since I stopped making them, though, I haven’t felt as motivated to read, so I decided to bring them back. Even if I don’t get to all of the books, hopefully at least knowing I have a TBR goal will help get me to read more.

With that being said, I’m not putting very many books on this list. Halfway through the month, I’m starting an intensive, four-week summer course, and once that happens, I have a feeling I’ll be too busy to even think about reading for fun. This TBR is what I’m hoping I’ll be able to get to within the next week or so, before that happens.

#1: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

I started reading this book back in June, and I got 84 pages into it. I am liking it, and I do really want to finish it, but with all everything that’s been going on this year, and my questionable decision to rewatch Avatar: The Last Airbender for the umpteenth time, I’ve found it hard to focus on reading.

In case you don’t know what this book is, it’s the first in an epic fantasy trilogy (the Broken Earth trilogy) set on a continent ironically called the Stillness, where the earth is in fact rarely still. Devastating earthquakes are commonplace, and there are people, called orogenes, who have the ability to call on the Earth’s power and use it as a weapon. Instead of being revered, these people are feared, hated, and subjugated. The book starts with a world-destroying catastrophe, and a smaller one, a woman grieving over the body of her dead son.

#2: Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson

This isn’t a full book, but a novella. It’s in Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere short fiction collection called Arcanum Unbounded. This isn’t the only story in the collection I haven’t read yet, but since I’m currently doing a reread of the Stormlight Archive in preparation for book four in November, I figured I should probably get around to reading Edgedancer. It’s supposed to take place in between the second and third book, and I didn’t read it my first time through the series.

I can’t really say much about it, partially because I don’t really know much about it, other than that it follows a minor character from the series. But also, it’s a novella set after two very long epic fantasy novels, and anything I said about it would probably be a spoiler.

Those are the only two stories I’m going to officially put on my TBR because, like I said, the second half of the month is basically going to be a wash, and I’m usually lucky if I manage to read more than three or four books in a month anyway. But there are, of course, stories aside from those that I’m currently really in the mood for, so here’s a short list of some of those:

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (reread)

Loveless by Alice Oseman (it’s not quite out yet, but it comes out July 9th, and I really want to read it)

Slay by Brittney Morris

I don’t know how many of these I’ll get to or whether I’ll get to any of them at all, but this is what I really want to read right now, so we’ll see how this goes.

Thanks for reading! What are you planning on reading this month? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Let me know down in the comments below!

-Ariel

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