November TBR: Fall into Fantasy and backlist contemporaries

Because I am addicted to readathons, I’ve found another one to participate in this month. Additionally, I wanted to spend this month catching up on some contemporary books I’ve been wanting to read in the last couple years and haven’t gotten around to yet.

The Fall into Fantasy readathon is sponsored by Penguin Teen and is being hosted by a bunch of bookish internet people, including Cece from Problems of a Book Nerd. And let’s be honest, any projects Cece is doing has a really high likelihood that I’m on board. Especially because she’s doing a readalong of a book that’s already on my November TBR. But I’ll get to that in a second.

The readathon takes place from November 18-25 and I’m going to actually try reading all my fantasy books in that week. It’s during Thanksgiving break but it’s also when I’m going to be frantically finishing finals, so we’ll see. There are eight challenges with the additional goal of reading 4 books. Each book on my fantasy TBR applies to two challenges.

  • The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta: This ARC was a gift from the lovely Madalyn and is the book Cece will be group reading during that week. It fulfills the challenges of a new fantasy book and a queer fantasy.
  • The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan: So begins the only Rick Riordan series I game to read yet (except the Cain Chronicles which I don’t think I’ll ever read). It fulfills the challenges of a diverse fantasy and a new series.
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black: I received an eARC of this title from Edelweiss, so I’ll be putting up a full review of this in January. It fulfills the challenges of a sequel and a BookTube recommendation.
  • The Next Together by Lauren James: A few years ago I won a giveaway of a signed copy of The Last Forever by Lauren James. This is the second book in her Next Together duology and at the time neither had been released in the United States yet. She still kindly sent me a signed copy because she is lovely. When The Next Together came out (May 2017) I quickly bought it (March 2018… okay, maybe not quickly). I had every intention of reading these quickly, but… yeah, you know how it goes. Last month I read James’s third book The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and absolutely loved it, so this seemed like the perfect time to read her debut. This book fulfills the challenges of a TBR shelf warmer and multiple POVs.

The rest of my month will be filled with (hopefully fluffy) contemporaries, a palate cleanser between all the spooky and paranormal reads of October and all the queer sci-fi of December. Many of these are books I’ve bought or received in the last year or two (see above picture), and a couple are contemporaries I’ve been excited about reading.

  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, buddy read with Destiny (I’ve already finished this upon posting my TBR and it was amazing)
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I tried listening to the audio for this when the movie came out and I just couldn’t get into it. I’m trying again this month because I’m feeling much more in the mood for a sweet love story.
  • Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
  • This Song Will Save Your Life by Laila Sales. I’m going to try finishing this in the first week of November to coincide with the Lalathon, since it was Lala’s praise that convinced me to give this book a go.
  • Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi. This is another book I DNFed after not liking the audio so much, but I’m giving it another try this month.
  • Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown. This is a reread for my book club, and I’m intensely happy about it because this is one of my favorite books.
  • Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry. After hearing Emma from emmabooks describe this story, I was hooked.
  • Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake. I know this is going to break my heart, but I’ve been wanting to read it for ages and after my successful and healthy read of Summer of Salt last month (which also discusses sexual assault) I’m ready to give this book a go.
  • A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

That’s it! Those are the books I’m hoping to get to in November. Have you read any of these? Are you reading any of them this month? Are you participating in Fall into Fantasy? Let me know in the comments below!



Author: SeeOwlRead

They/She. I’m a queer reviewer and librarian.

One thought on “November TBR: Fall into Fantasy and backlist contemporaries”

  1. You have a wonderful tbr planned!! I can’t wait to scream about how great The Brilliant Death is (ALSO ABOUT THE WICKED KING OMG IT WAS A WILD RIDE). I LOVED Girl Made of Stars and Georgia Peaches & Other Forbidden Fruit!


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