September Monthly TBR

Hey you guuuuuys!

As you’re reading this, I’m probably waking up in our new apartment and getting ready for a long day of unpacking. You’re green with envy, I know.

What this means in particular though is that all of the books I have on my TBR list this month are either A) waiting for me at the library or B) packed in boxes that I haven’t opened yet or C) have not been released yet. So no pretty picture of my pile this month 😦 I’m probably the only one sad about this – it’s one of my favorite parts. I’ll probably post one to Instagram later next week, once I have most of the books together.

Anyhoo, let’s see how I did in August! I did AH-MAH-ZING.

tbr pile


I read 10 out of the 12! I never got around to George’s Cosmic Tresure Hunt, and I DNF-ed The Flame Alphabet after about 60 pages because I just wasn’t into it. In addition to those 10, I also readΒ 7 other books. That’s a lot, so I’m not going to list them here – you’ll have to wait for my August Mini-Review Recap πŸ˜‰

Now, here’s what I have on my list for September!

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving – Everyone and their mother has been raving about this lately, even though it’s kind of old, so I miss investigate.
  • Empire Falls by John RussoRory AND Katie both love it, so obviously I need to read it immediately.
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – I’m reading this with Jen and Sam, although I know that Jen’s miles ahead of me already. My copy has been packed away and I knew which box it was in, but it was surrounded by other boxes. Also, I have no intention of finishing it in September… it’ll probably take me at least 2 months, I would think.
  • Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg – I’m reading this with Rebecca and Allison. It’s about women in the workforce and politics… or something like that. Yay non-fiction!
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Come September 10th, I’m going to be all over this book like brown on rice. (The honeyman tells me the saying is “like white on rice”… but I like brown rice.)
  • Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff – I just finished Stormdancer recently and this is the sequel. Japanese steampunk, awesome characters, rebellion… so can’t wait to dig in. Comes out September 17th.
  • Primates by Jim Ottaviani – Another science/non-fiction graphic novel!
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – I’ve been eyeing this fantasy novel for a long time and I finally bought it. It better be good, because it’s about 700 pages.
  • MoreΒ possibilities, depending on how much time I have and how soon I can get my hands on these – The Ace of Skulls by Chris Wooding (comes out September 12th in the U.K., I need to order it ASAP), Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde, Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (this would be a re-read for Katie’s book club), You Suck by Christopher Moore (re-read, it’s the sequel to Bloodsucking Fiends which I re-read recently), and more… I WANT TO READ ALL THE BOOKS.

I know damn well that this list is too ambitious. Not only am I going to be unpacking and getting the new apartment settled, I’m also going back to Lane Bryant in the middle of the month to work some extra hours. Plus trying to still fit in time at the gym a couple times a week… *sigh* It’s going to be rough. But I’m just SO EXCITED by all the books I want to read.

Alright, what’s on your TBR this month? Any new releases you’re psyched out? Reading anything good?




  1. Wooow, you did frickin’ awesome last month! I might have to buy me some Rainbow Rowell this week. I’m thinking about having a little post-move bookish retail therapy on Tuesday, so she’s top of the list! πŸ™‚

    Hope the move went smoothly (more than ours anyway, we ended up sleeping on the floor in our completely empty old house on Thursday night, after a seven-hour-long legal glitch) and that kittycat’s settling in nicely and not getting too spooked! Also, that your lack of interwebs means bonus reading time as you settle in, which is always a perk. HAPPY NEW HOUSE! πŸ˜€


    1. Ooooo post-move retail therapy. I can’t wait.

      I’m sorry your move didn’t go too well! Things went pretty good – just BARELY got the moving truck back in time, but we pulled it off. I think I’m going to have a TON of free reading time this week, without the internet readily available… but I also just feel out-of-place, so it feels weird to just sit down and pick up a book. I feel like I need to still be doing stuff, even though everything is pretty much done!


  2. I love seeing those books crossed out! I DNF’ed The Flame Alphabet when I tried to read it, too…but I’ve heard so many good things. I keep wondering if maybe I didn’t give it enough time. I’ve been wanting to read Owen Meany forever, it’s one that everyone loves – that’s a great pick! There are SO many amazing books that are coming out on September 10th alone, I feel like I’m hunting down my friends and telling them they need to read books every other second πŸ™‚


    1. The premise to The Flame Alphabet was SO COOL, but after almost 100 pages I was getting a little bored with not really understanding what was going on and why and the weird secret-in-the-woods-Jewish thing was random and ehhhh. I’m glad I gave up on it.


  3. Yeah, you’re definitely not the only one to DNF The Flame Alphabet! I can’t quite put my finger on why, either–the writing was quite good, the premise was fascinating, but I was…bored.

    Count me in the camp of folks who loved Owen Meany. I hadn’t realized that there has been a recent resurgence of interest in the book–that’s cool.

    Good luck with your move and the unpacking!


  4. Good luck with the unpacking. Which is lame but at least you can take your time with it. Or at least get all the books put away cos I know how sad it is to miss having them out.


  5. Regarding Empire Falls – yes you do. As for your August to be read stack – I’m super impressed. I did not as well. Mine would be “Rory’s stacks of shame” or some such embarrassment.

    I’ve always wanted to read Les Mes, I just can’t quite commit myself to a book that size. I mean, that thing could double as a weapon.


  6. This is a great list for September! I’ve been meaning to read Les Mis and Prayer for Owen Meany so I’m looking forward to what you think of them!


    1. I like the reorganizing a lot. And some stuff in this apartment is actually better for this – like having 3 drawers in the kitchen instead of just 2. I mean the kitchen is INSANELY small, but still, there’s a perk!


  7. Y’all are so brave with the Les Mis reading. And I too DNF’d The Flame Alphabet this month. I made it to page 170 which was more than ample time for that book to entice me and it never did. I had a lot of negative feelings towards it and made a full on ranty vlog in response. Not a book for me!


  8. Love the Irving and the Russo books and I’m listening to Lean In right now on Audiobook. It’s read by Eliza Donovan from Clueless, which is a little weird, but otherwise it’s interesting (maybe a smidge too much “girl power,” but that’s to be expected, suppose).


  9. Wow! What an awesome reading month.
    I don’t particularly enjoy moving, but I do enjoy unpacking and putting things to their places. Hope Gabby is coping well with the new place!

    I am getting really curious about this The Flame Alphabet now, that everyone seems to dnf πŸ˜€


    1. I kind of like unpacking too. ESPECIALLY the books, of course. But it’s definitely harder when you have a smaller space… SO much stuff went into storage just so I won’t have to deal with worrying about wear to put it.

      Gabby’s dealing. She seemed REALLY confused and pissed off on moving day, but today she’s definitely way more relaxed.


  10. Wow!! Nice pile there! Good luck with unpacking πŸ˜€ Fangirl + The Lies of Locke Lamora are both SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO worth it. Looking forward to hearing what you think of them!


  11. You did awesome in August! πŸ™‚ And I love seeing the pictures as well, so you’re not the only one who’s sad that there is no picture just yet πŸ˜‰
    I hope the unpacking and settling in are going well!
    I’ve been meaning to read the Lies of Locke Lamora, let me know when you start it and I’ll try to join in πŸ™‚


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