August Monthly TBR




Alright, so I haven’t done a Monthly TBR post in AGES… I re-read the Outlander series and working a lot, so it didn’t make a lot of sense at the time. But now I’m FINALLY getting back into the groove of things! Yay! This TBR pile is ridiculously ambitious – at some point, I’m going to have to accept the book that working five days a week means I won’t be able to read a dozen books a month anymore. But I wanna read a lot of stuff. So here we are.

Also, Bout of Books is coming up in August… I’m planning on getting a lot of extra reading in then.


Alright, let’s take a look at this list from the top, shall we?

  • Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor – This sounds like really great fantasy, and I bought it months ago, sooo… should probably get around to reading it.
  • Dark Eden by Chris Beckett – Got this months ago as well, and I admit – I only have some vague idea that it’s about aliens, or space, or something… something sci-fi. I was mainly sucked in by the shiny cover.
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson – Have had this book for YEARS. I always hear about how great it is, so I better not be disappointed.
  • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking – Because science. And “brief”. I know I’ve been reading less non-fiction since I started working more, which sucks, but hopefully I can handle this.
  • Every Day is For the Thief by Teju Cole – I think I heard this author talked about on Book Riot before. And it’s short, which should make it a good Bout of Books pick. It’s about a young man who’s been living in New York but he goes home to Nigeria to visit… which actually reminds me of Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which was different in that she went home to Nigeria for good, but I loved it. High hopes, it what I’m saying.
  • Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks – So the guy that did the World War Z came out with a graphic novel about an African American unit in WWI. I’m clearly all over that.
  • How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer – The main girl character creates black holes in a lab for a living, and the main guy character tries to use astronomy to find proof of God, and it turns out their mothers raised them separately to be soul mates for each other, without them knowing it. YES PLEASE.
  • The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore – The sequel to Fool! Yessssssss.
  • The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku – Technically I’ve started this, but I need to try to read it more consistently. I’ve just had the attention span of a gnat lately.
  • California by Edan Lepucki – Because it got a lot of hype due to the Amazon/Hachette battle, and I want to see if it’s worth the hype.


  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay – Comes out August 5th and I Β really really want to read it. (FYI, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie recently released a really fantastic 99 cent Kindle short called We Should All Be Feminists, you should check that out. Especially for only $1)
  • Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique – If I can get it from the library. Apparently it’s really fabulous.
  • a bunch of other random short stories and novellas on my Kindle
  • COMICS – Rat Queens, Ms. Marvel, Deadpool, Storm, Y: The Last Man, etc…


DAMN that’s a lot of books. I’ll be happy if I can get through half. What’s on your TBR pile for next month?





  1. Yay for How to Tell Toledo!! I’m really curious to see more people read California, too…I kind of flew through it but still have some thoughts that I need to break down. Looks like a good reading month!


  2. It’s great that you’ve got your reading groove back. Work definitely makes it tough to get all the books read that I want to in a month, but I hope BoB will help me in August get a few extras in. I can’t wait!

    I have a few books on my radar for August, but it’s hard for me to plan out a TBR list when my mood changes every week.


    1. My mood tends to change a lot too… but basically for my monthly TBR I take all of the books I’m still really excited about at the moment, try to add in some other stuff like non-fic or romance, and then aim for it. Back when I worked odd hours, it was a lot easier to read most of my pile and more. Now… well, I am being SUPER optimistic. But taking pictures of books is fun at least, lol.


      1. I agree. It’s fun just to make a list, even if you don’t get through them all. And I enjoy seeing what you plan to read and getting recommendations from you.


  3. OK, very ambitious. I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who hasn’t read Gilead. I’ve always meant to, but somehow it’s slipped away. A bunch of others on your list look great too. Good luck with Hawking. It may be brief, but it is still pretty heady stuff!


    1. I’m looking forward to Hawking – but also mildly worried because it was written so long ago and I know some of that info has probably changed (like his stuff on black holes)… hopefully my previous science readings help me spot anything outdated.


  4. I have missed these posts! Your TBRs and wrap ups are the best.
    I have some major thoughts about Toledo so I can’t wait to see what you think. I’m also super curious about California too. Looks like you have a fantastic reading month ahead!


  5. California’s on my list as well. I didn’t care about it at all until Alice of Reading Rambo raved about it recently, and now she’s made me want to read it also. I’m going to the library this evening to check it out.


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