I’m usually the queen of setting incredibly ambitious watchlists, but this year I’m setting an ambitious TBR instead because there is quite a lot that I want to read this month. And I have no plans for failure. Okay, maybe not being able to finish a book isn’t the end of the world, but I am a creature of structure and habit.
I haven’t counted exactly how many books exactly there are on this month’s TBR, but trust me when I say that it’s a lot. I’m the kind of person who tends to read one book a week so this may be a little daunting. Prepare yourselves.
DRAGON BALL Z BY AKIRA TORIYAMA
If you were wondering how exactly this TBR was going to be ambitious, well here is the reason why. There are twenty-six volumes in this series. And I’m going to read every single one of them. I’ve already read two of them so far this month and I’m about to start the third volume, and I’m kind of neutral towards it because I know the story almost inside and out thanks to the anime and also replaying the video games many, many, many times.
But because this is the original version (kind of) there are always things to find out that are new to me. Like how I always knew the little green plant monsters as Saibamen, but in the Viz translation of the manga that I’m reading, they’re called Cultivars. And I don’t understand why because they’re called Saibamen in the original Japanese 🤔 But it doesn’t bother me too much because it’s not like 4Kids levels of changing the names of things. (because that was to make anime ~less Japanese~ which is dumb)
WARCROSS BY MARIE LU
If there is one thing I should win an award for, it’s being incredibly late when it comes to new book releases. I bought my copy of Warcross last year before Christmas, and I still have not read it yet. Because I’m a dumb forgetful butt.
I think the sequel came out either last month of the month before, and it’s serving as a huge kick in the hind-quarters for me to finally get it read. I actually can’t remember what the reactions to this book were, so I guess I’m going in blind??
KINSLAYER BY JAY KRISTOFF
I read Stormdancer back in August after, again, being horrifically late to it and letting it just sit there in my Kindle gathering digital dust. It wasn’t the greatest book I’ve ever read, but it wasn’t the worst either, and there are parts of it that I liked enough to want to continue on with the series, so I went ahead and got Kinslayer especially for Sci-Fi Month. Because there’s nothing wrong with treating yo’self, as they say.
RED RISING BY PIERCE BROWN
It’s looking like this TBR is going to be mostly backlist titles, but that’s okay because I mainly read backlist titles anyway (i am the absolute worst at keeping up with new releases). I think I can recall there being some hype surrounding this series and most of my Goodreads friends who have read this book have rated it either 4 or 5 stars, and it won a Goodreads Choice Award so I guess my expectations are a little high. However, this is a dystopian book and I haven’t read a dystopian book since the genre went stale back in 2012, so hopefully, this will be a fresh take on it for me.
AKIRA BY KATSUHIRO OTOMO
Going from dystopian to just plain post-apocalyptic. This is another series that I’m going to read the entirety of, but it won’t take me as long to read as DBZ will because this one is only six volumes long. Six long volumes long, but whatever. I have some faith in myself when it comes to reading manga and I think I can get it done. One thing that’s kind of putting me on edge about this series isn’t the length of the books (or the price of them because I currently only have four of them and they’re expensive), it’s the amount of body horror that I’ve heard is in them. And body horror is something that truly freaks me out.