July TBR

Okay, so I don’t really like doing TBRs because I have no ability to stick to them but I’m legitimately not sure what I want to read over the next month. I’m a mood reader so TBRs never quite work for me but I’m going to give it a try. I’ve created a handy little prompt jar to help me pick books to match the prompts. I’m actually considering doing something similar to this in my classroom next year which I’m really excited about. For my TBR, I will pick 5 books that I want to try to read based on prompts and then 1 book from my TBR jar which has all my unread books in it. This will probably end in catastrophe for me but let’s try it anyway!

The first book on my TBR that I will be reading is The Tempest by William Shakespeare. I am currently doing a Summer Shakespeare series on the blog so I want to continue on the right track for that! The Tempest follows Prospero, a former Duke who has been stranded on an island with his daughter Miranda. Prospero has learned the ways of magic while on the island and when another group of visitors from Milan suddenly crash and fall into a unknown situation, chaos ensues. The Tempest is widely believed to be the last play Shakespeare wrote and performed which will make an interesting context from The Two Gentleman of Verona which is widely believed to be Shakespeare’s earliest printed work.

I’m going to start with the book I picked from the TBR jar because honestly that’s the jar that scares me the most. Funnily enough although the jar scares me, the book I picked doesn’t. I picked . . .

The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan – I’m really intrigued by this pick because I’ve been wanting to read it for a while I just haven’t gotten around to it. During WWII women were recruited to help in factories while men were off fighting the war. Many women were recruited to Oak Ridge, Tennessee to work on a project in a town most people had no idea even existed. When the war was over the true nature of the city was revealed as well as the stories of the women who worked there. The book is based on accounts from women who actually lived and worked in Atomic City and are still alive today. Like I said before, I’m really interested. Although I’ve been a little burnt out on WWII stories, I am interested in more nonfiction history books about women during WWII.

Next we have our prompts that I picked from the prompt jar . . . Because I’m such a mood reader, I’m going to create my own rules and give myself some options for each of these prompts. I still might not choose the ones below, but I’m going to try to stick to the prompts as best as I can. Feel free to let me know which one you think I should read in the comments.

Read a book with a foiled cover . . .

I legitimately have no idea which book I’m going to pick between these three. I will admit I’m leaning towards Starsight because I’m in the mood for some science fiction but The Psychology of Time Travel looks awesome too!

Pick a book with an ugly cover . . .

I may not like the covers for these books, but I am really hoping I like the books themselves. They all have potential to be new favorites. Juliet Marillier is one of my new favorite authors, Laini Taylor has a really big following and it’s been recommended to me before, and I read Jade City by Fonda Lee last summer and gave it 5 stars so you never know! Don’t judge a book by it’s cover!

Read a classic over 400 pages . . .

As you can see I have quite a few options! I’m interested in all of these but there is one that is definitely more readable than the others. I know that The Great Hunt is somewhat of a cop out but it’s technically a classic and I want to continue with the series so . . .

Read a book with green on the cover . . .

I can tell you right now that the book I’m most likely going to pick is Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb because it’s the last book in the Farseer trilogy and I’m super excited to read it, but if for some reason I’m in the mood for something else I added a couple of options.

Read a book with blue on the cover . . .

I’m really interested in all of these so it’s kind of hard to choose between the three! It really depends on what I’m in the mood for during the month to see which one I will pick.

I guess you could say this is a maybe TBR, I might read these books, I might not we’ll just have to see! Like I said before TBRs never really end well with me but I figured I would give it a go anyway. I am hoping to finish Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier as well as read The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to try to fit those two into the prompts above or just continue on with the plans to read them. I will have a ton of unstructured free time to read in July so hopefully I’ll have a massive wrap up post for the end of July!