As promised, I am finally doing my comprehensive Fall ’16 TBR. I enjoy doing the monthly TBRs, but I will have to begin working on two 10-page research papers soon, and of course there is also NaNoWriMo to think about, so I know I won’t have very much free time to read as much as I’ve liked until the semester is over. I do still want to complete my Goodreads Challenge of 60 books by the end of the year so that does mean I need to read 16 more books by December 31st, but I think it’s possible.
Required Reading for German Lit. Class
I will be doing a presentation on Heinrich and Thomas Mann in November, so I really need to finish Man of Straw and Dr. Faustus as soon as possible so I know I will be talking about! I also will need to read Cat and Mouse by Guenther Grass and Man Outside by Wolfgang Borchert by the end of the semester. And as soon as I can find the free time, I also want to finish A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1889–1889 by Frederic Morton because I see it informing my world-building in novel.
Series I Want to Complete
There are two book series I want to complete this year, including the rereads of the books leading up to the long-awaited finales. The first series is The Queen of the Tearling trilogy by Erika Johansen. I discovered this series in Spring 2015 and it was love at first read. I loved just about everything about the protagonist and her world. Since I’ve actually only read the arc of The Invasion of the Tearling (#2), I’m excited to see if there’s anything different to what I can remember. The final installment The Fate of the Tearling (#3) is going to be released on November 29, 2016 so it’ll most like be the first book I read over winter break.
The second series I want to complete is the Starbound trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. These are the first YA science fiction books I ever read that really appealed to me. The romantic aspect of these books is really satisfying and feels fresh, and I really love how the stories are linked by the common world (or should I say galaxy?) conflict. I also read These Broken Stars (#1) and This Shattered World (#2) in Spring 2015, so I’m really excited to finally get my hands on Their Fractured Light (#3) which comes out in paperback on December 6, 2016.
Some Books From the Library
Last month I checked out several books after browsing the Juvenile section at the library. I wouldn’t categorize any of these books as dire or essential reads, but I think they’ll prove short reads that I can finish easily. The first I want to get to is Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, because I read Salt to the Sea recently and adored it. These books are just such perfect compliments to my German lit. studies. Then there are Boxers (#1) and Saints (#2) graphic novels which are part of a duology, which I’m excited to explore because I enjoy reading in this format and don’t do it often enough.
Some Other Random Reads
I have a small selection of books I own which I decided to bring with me from home, so I want to get to as many of these as possible so I can switch them out over winter break. The first I would really like to get to before Halloween is the Slasher Girls and Monster Boys anthology compiled by April Genevieve Tucholke. Then there’s a research book I bought this semester just for fun Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in Networked Culture by Henry Jenkins who is a scholar I really admire. Then there are some smaller tomes I think would not take too much time to read, most notably including The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote, and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.