True to my word, I really did not read many of the books that I placed on my February TBR – I actually only read two of them. BUT that was also me kind of shooting in the dark and guessing what I would be in the mood for. THIS month is going to be a little different. My TBR page is purposeful. Some of the titles are chosen for buddy reads and book discussions, some were selected using a method I have admired for a while now, but more on that later. And there are some that are being newly released this month that I would love to get to. So let’s chat about what I have planned for the month of March shall we?
Yikes! So right away I know there are a lot of books listed here. More than I can read in a month (or rather HAVE actually read in a month in the last few), but they have their reasons for being here. At the very top you’ll notice Educated by Tara Westover. I have already started that book in February and plan to continue to read it in the early days of March. The reason for that being that since moving out here to Arizona, I haven’t left my apartment much other than to go on job interviews. I have made 0 friends and have really very few prospects for putting myself out there. However I thought the best place to start for someone like me is to connect with readers. So I found a few book discussion groups that I thought I would try to go to. One of them being at my local branch library. The problem with that is getting started. I don’t want to show up to a discussion not having read the book, but with the library groups, you often don’t even find out what book they are reading until like a week before the discussion happens. So I was keeping my eye on those groups when I found another one through the app Meet Up. I actually found several book groups on Meet Up but either wasn’t interested in the books they were reading or meetings were happening at someone’s home, which made me uncomfortable. Regardless I did find one who was going to be discussing Educated at the end of March and meeting at a local Starbucks. Educated had already been on my TBR for a while so I thought it was a great excuse to actually read it. After getting the book and starting it, my library’s newsletter came out and wouldn’t you know it, one of their groups was discussing Educated in early March. My way in has finally arrived. So I think I am going to go to both meetings and hopefully leave with some progress on the social aspect of my transition.
Dead to Her and Only Mostly Devastated are two new releases that I would really like to read in March. Dead to Her actually came in from the library for me so I definitely want to get to that before it’s due.
As far as the rest, let me explain with my new feature, Bookopoly!
Ok for those who don’t know, Bookopoly is a TBR game that I have been following for about a year now. I first saw it done on Becca’s Youtube channel, which you can find the playlist for here: Becca’s Bookopoly.
Basically, you create your own Monopoly board, and in the spaces put different kinds of books. You have a little marker, and roll the dice to help figure out how to stack your TBR for the month. Becca I think assigns herself 5 books a month using Bookopoly (not counting doubles) but I went a step lower since I don’t tend to read a lot in any given month, so I only roll four times. It wasn’t until someone in that ever trusty Always Fully Booked Facebook group posted their own Bookopoly board, created in the back of their planner, that I got inspired to finally create my own board and give it a shot. Now, as you can see, I am not particularly crafty or artistic, but it serves it’s purpose and I imagine the more I use it, the better I will be at creating boards after this.
I created a bunch of my own personal rules for my board, but if you would like a more in depth look of how I created my board, how I use it, and how you can create your own, let me know and I will do a separate post about it.
As you can (kind of) see, I have placed my marker, in this case my mini Belle POP Funko, on Go. Before you say anything, YES I realize that I drew Go in the wrong direction, but again, it’s my board and this is just how I am going to play this year.
My first roll:
YA – My first roll landed me on the YA space. I have been meaning to read the new Tomi Adeyemi book since it FINALLY came out, but felt I needed a re-read before just diving into it. So for my YA selection, I chose
Children of Blood and Bone / Children of Virtue and Vengeance – Tomi Adeyemi
I know this is super ambitious, but they were on my mind anyway. Plus I have CBB in multiple mediums, audio, physical and I may also have a digital copy as well, so I can read it pretty easily. Like I said earlier, I am not bounding myself to a set list of reading material, but this has certainly already been on my mind for a bit, and I WOULD really like an excuse to start it.
E-book – I have been super into my digital reading lately so I made sure to add at least one e-book space to my board. For roll #2, we landed on it. Now typically I have been just going into Libby and borrowing something that catches my eye and that is immediately available when I feel like reading an e-book. However, for the purposes of this board, and setting a TBR, I ended up looking at books available through Kindle Unlimited and selecting one of those, since you can keep those as long as you want. My selection for e-book was:
The Kingmaker – Kennedy Ryan
I have seen this gushed about on Chelsea Palmer’s youtube page so many times that when the cover came up on Kindle Unlimited, I clicked on it out of habit. I have really been enjoying and quickly devouring romances lately and I thought this might be a nice easy one to add to my list for March.
BOTM (aka Book of the Month) – Ya’ll I have been telling you forEVER that my BOTM stack is unruly. Actually, for that reason, I made BOTM a fairly big section with THREE spaces on my board. It actually worked out really well because this month I am going to buddy read this title with Kelly from Struggling Bookaholic so that we can watch the mini-series Reese puts out this month.
Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
I imagine you will be seeing a lot of this book in March as Reese Witherspoon’s adaption of it is coming out. It was a HUGE hit when it came out a couple years ago which is why I nabbed it as a BOTM choice but never actually got around to reading it. This one I know for a fact I will be reading in March so in the very least at least I have that going for me.
GO – And finally, my final roll lands me on Go, which if you can’t read my chicken scratch, says “Go to Goodreads and Randomize.” and so I did. I had to do it a couple times since it landed on books that aren’t released yet BUT eventually I came out with this.
Circe – Madeline Miller
I KNOW a lot of people really love this book but it intimidates the crap outta me. It is another BOTM book though, and I own it, so at least that’s good. Truthfully I just don’t see this landing high on my priority list so I won’t be too upset if I don’t get to it this time. We’ll see how things play out.
Some way somehow, my first round of Bookopoly landed me with 0 doubles! So I legit only added the four books (well technically 5) on top of the others I already had on there. Like I’ve said 100 times. This “TBR” is less of a plan and more of a guideline for my March reading. I am still going to read what I want, these are just all ready picked out options to choose from. Let me know what you think of my new feature, and whether or not you want to know more about Bookopoly! What do you plan to read this month?