MONTHLY TBR: September 2021

This month I’m participating in Becca’s Bookoplathon, a month-long readathon hosted by Becca and the Books. So with that in mind, my TBR has been decided entirely by the readathon’s Bookopoly board. Playing it safe, and because I’m doing this a little bit before the end of August, I’ve chosen to roll the dice five times, and then once I’ve read those books, to roll again each and every time I need a book to read.

Roll 1: Chance Card.

My very first roll was a seven, meaning I landed on a chance card. For this one, I wrote down ten books I owned and wanted to read (five that I was desperate to read right now and five that I wanted to read at some point) and assigned them all a number from one-ten. Using Random. org to select my book, I ended up with To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn, the fifth Bridgerton book.

Sir Phillip knew that Eloise Bridgerton was a spinster, and so he’d proposed, figuring that she’d be homely and unassuming, and more than a little desperate for an offer of marriage. Except she wasn’t. The beautiful woman on his doorstep was anything but quiet, and when she stopped talking long enough to close her mouth, all he wanted to do was kiss her and more. Did he think she was mad? Eloise Bridgerton couldn’t marry a man she had never met! But then she started thinking and wondering and before she knew it, she was in a hired carriage in the middle of the night, on her way to meet the man she hoped might be her perfect match. Except he wasn’t. Her perfect husband wouldn’t be so moody and ill-mannered, and while Phillip was certainly handsome, he was a large brute of a man, rough and rugged, and totally unlike the London gentlemen vying for her hand. But when he smiled and when he kissed herthe rest of the world simply fell away, and she couldn’t help but wonder could this imperfect man be perfect for her?

Roll 2: Myth, Lore, Legend & Fairytale

My second roll of the dice ended up being an eleven, landing me on Myth, Lore, Legend and Fairytale. I’m actually ecstatic to have landed on this prompt but had the hardest time narrowing down my large selection of books to just one book for my TBR.

He was supposed to be a myth. But from the moment I crossed the River Styx and fell under his dark spell… he was, quite simply, mine.

Society darling Persephone Dimitriou plans to flee the ultra-modern city of Olympus and start over far from the backstabbing politics of the Thirteen Houses. But all that’s ripped away when her mother ambushes her with an engagement to Zeus, the dangerous power behind their glittering city’s dark facade.

With no options left, Persephone flees to the forbidden undercity and makes a devil’s bargain with a man she once believed a myth… a man who awakens her to a world she never knew existed.

Hades has spent his life in the shadows, and he has no intention of stepping into the light. But when he finds that Persephone can offer a little slice of the revenge he’s spent years craving, it’s all the excuse he needs to help her—for a price. Yet every breathless night spent tangled together has given Hades a taste for Persephone, and he’ll go to war with Olympus itself to keep her close…

Roll 3: Spooky

My next roll was a six, landing me fair and square on Spooky. Initially, I was a bit bummed by this, because I don’t like horror books and knew I would struggle with this, but after reading through Becca’s four-page rule document and prompt breakdown, I realised that crime thrillers count for this and suddenly I love this little square! I’ve chosen Falling by T.J. Newman after a close friend highly recommended it to me recently.

You just boarded a flight to New York.

There are one hundred and forty-three other passengers onboard.

What you don’t know is that thirty minutes before the flight your pilot’s family was kidnapped.

For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die.

The only way the family will survive is if the pilot follows his orders and crashes the plane.

Enjoy the flight.

Roll 4: Last, Letter, First Letter

My next roll was a five, which left with Last Letter, First Letter. According to the rules, the last letter of my book for the prompt before this one decides the first letter of the book for this prompt. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a book that starts a ‘G’? This one took forever to choose.

‘Armageddon only happens once, you know. They don’t let you go around again until you get it right.’

People have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so it’s only natural to be sceptical when a new date is set for Judgement Day. But what if, for once, the predictions are right, and the apocalypse really is due to arrive next Saturday, just after tea?

You could spend the time left drowning your sorrows, giving away all your possessions in preparation for the rapture, or laughing it off as (hopefully) just another hoax. Or you could just try to do something about it.

It’s a predicament that Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon now finds themselves in. They’ve been living amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and, truth be told, have grown rather fond of the lifestyle and, in all honesty, are not actually looking forward to the coming Apocalypse.

And then there’s the small matter that someone appears to have misplaced the Antichrist…

Roll 5: LGBTQIA+ Rep

I received a five for my next and final roll for the time being and landed on the LGBTQIA+ Rep prompt and I’m ecstatic with this choice as well. I’ve chosen Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers for this prompt because it looks so good!

With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know…until she does exactly that.

This one moment of departure from her stern ex-military father’s plans for her life has Grace wondering why she doesn’t feel more fulfilled from completing her degree. Staggering under the weight of her father’s expectations, a struggling job market and feelings of burnout, Grace flees her home in Portland for a summer in New York with the wife she barely knows.

When reality comes crashing in, Grace must face what she’s been running from all along—the fears that make us human, the family scars that need to heal and the longing for connection, especially when navigating the messiness of adulthood.

What books are you hoping to read in September?

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