Sunday, August 3, 2014

#AYearAThon Middlegrade TBR

Confession: I am awful at sticking to TBR lists.  I like to be fluid in my reading, not placing any rules or restrictions on myself and reading whatever I want to whenever the urge strikes.  That being said, I never make TBR lists for my regular reading.

However, when preparing for a read-a-thon, I find it helpful to have some sort of game plan.  The last time I tried to do one without any type of TBR, I wasted a lot of time perusing my shelves, trying to find a book.

In light of that, I have come to a compromise of sorts.  I don't make rigid plans, but I set aside a pile of books from which I can choose as I see fit.  Instead of going through all my books, I can sort through the books I've already set-aside, and it saves a lot of time.

So, here is my TBR for the middlegrade themed #AYearAThon, which starts on Monday:

The one book that I am certain I will be reading, and which I plan on kicking the week off with, is A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness.  I've never actually read anything by Ness, but I know that the Chaos Walking Trilogy is supposed to be amazing.  I want to read one of his stand-alones before I commit to a series, and this one really excited my interest.  This is the book I'm most anxious to start.

I just read the first book from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events last month, and I'm interested in continuing that series.  All of the books are on my Nook, so I will most likely make it through at least one more.

Another series that I started and want to continue is the Old World Trilogy, by Garth Nix.  I read Sabriel a few years ago, so I need to reread it before moving onto Lirael and Abhorsen.  I remember really enjoying the first book, so hopefully I'll be able to reread it this week and at least start the next one.

June's #AYearAThon was Rick Riordan themed, and I read the first three of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series during that week.  I'd like to finish it, eventually, so I put The Battle of the Labyrinth in my pile in case the fancy strikes me. 

Finally, the last book in my pile is one that I probably won't read.  I start teaching again in September, and the first book the kids I homeschool have to read is The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare.  I read this book over 15 years ago, so I obviously need a refresher before I try to teach it.  However, it has really failed to interest me at all in the months leading up to school.  At some point, I have to force myself to read it.  It may or may not be this next month.

So those are all the books that I am free to choose from.  Of course, I may end up being unsatisfied with this pile and grabbing something random off my shelves.  This is the loose plan, though.

If you are participating in the read-a-thon, what is on your TBR?  Tell me below!

If you don't know what #AYearAThon is, but you are interested in participating, check out the official Goodreads group for more information.  We do themed read-a-thons every month, and it's open to anyone and everyone.

Happy reading!