Once again, I feel a tad blindsided by the beginning of a new month. How can it already be August? And how can the shops already putting up Halloween decorations?! Fall is my favorite time of the year, but it feels a little premature! All I can say is I hope I’m up north by this time next year, because fall in Texas never feels truly fall-like anyway.
I do not always do monthly TBRs, but this month I do have a list of books I’d like to get to before I return to school at Dallas. I do not intend to take even the fraction of bookshelves I took last year because I know I won’t have much time to read and the UT Dallas library is sufficient at providing new releases. I will only be taking my absolute favorites, particularly the ones which have sequels coming out this season. So I want to read all the books I don’t want to regret not taking with me this month!
How to Do Media and Cultural Studies by Jane Stokes | I started this book in May (or June) and I’ve only managed about a chapter per month! As such, I’m hoping to make this book one of the first finish this month. This book is important for information on how to do good research, and I’ll be doing that this semester for sure.
Consent of the Networked by Rebecca MacKinnon | This is one of the books I had to buy last fall and never quite finished. So I’m hoping to read it before the beginning of this fall’s classes, especially as I get back into the swing of reading academic literature in my field of study.
Status Update by Alice E. Marwick | I only had to read a few chapters of this book for the class for which I bought it, but I was really captivated by those chapters and have since referenced this book twice in my academic writing. So I want to finish this book!
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken | I bought this book in February as a random birthday present to myself. The cover was gorgeous as the summary just sounded like something I would love (if properly executed) so I splurged and got it! My blogger pal Ely just recently read it and liked it, which makes me hopeful because she has such an exquisite taste in what she reads and recommends. ^_^
The Golem’s Eye by Jonathan Stroud | I reread The Amulet of Samarkand earlier this year and have wanted to finally finish this series that so inspired my own writing throughout the years. I don’t know really what to expect, but hopefully since this is a middle grade book and I’ve been on a such a good reading streak I will be able to finish this book quickly. If I like it enough, I might even start the next, and final, book in this series, Ptolemy’s Gate which I also own.
Eldest by Christopher Paolini | I only recently bought the final book in this series and would like to be able to marathon this series this month, but I’m realistic enough to realize it probably won’t happen with so many other, and more important, books I must read. I might save this book for the end of the month, once I have more of these books out of the way so that I may move on to the next book, Brisingr if I really feel like I neeeeeeed to.
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling | It’s less important that I finish this book this month, but since it’s so short and it’s non-fiction, I figure it’d be great to squeeze it in if I’m feeling a lull in my reading spree.
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes | This is the final fantasy book I hope to try this month before I return to Dallas because I’ve now owned it for a whole year and there are so many other installments to the series that would be great to bundle into my pre-order purchases to get free shipping! (Silly rationale, I realize!) I really don’t know what much to expect, but I’m really hopeful I’ll love these because I have so few new series at my disposal that I can jump into with abandon.
I’m hoping to read at least 10 books total by the end of the month, which is a tall order I admit! I’m not someone who can easily read one book after another. I need time to digest and think about what I’ve just read, particularly if I love it. Luckily I’ve been on such a good reading streak, even preferring to pick up a book as opposed to starting a new Netflix series (of which there are several on my list). I’m hoping since I have such a mixed bag, it won’t be so difficult to read through everything on this list.
I do also hope to do a substantial amount of writing this month as well, so I will be pretty busy. But I like excitement. I’ll probably be assigning myself deadlines in order to help keep me on task and remembering what I need to do. And I’m hoping to prioritize blogging as well. There was a lot more I hoped to do on this blog before school starts up, so we’ll see what happens in the next couple of weeks! See you soon!