August TBR: ARC August & a formerly retired TBR style…

August 1, 2019

A quick word…

Last month, we brought ARCs back into TBRs after 6 months of following a “no ARCs on TBRs” rule I’d tried out at the start of the year, and that’s pretty convenient, because this month is aaaalmost EXCLUSIVELY about review copies.
As far as the “formerly retired TBR style” I mentioned in the title of this post, if you’ve been following my blog long enough, you might remember that I used to have a trend of posting a MASSIVE list of books on my TBR — not that I planned on reading all of, but that I planned on choosing from throughout the month. I either use a TBR jar with those lists, or I mood read whatever sounds best from the list.
It isn’t something I’ll be doing every month, but something I’ll do for special occasions, like I used to — and ARC August is the perfect occasion, because I want to share with you all a shelf full of review copies I want to pick and choose from over the next few weeks!


The themes this month are…

  1. Avid August — all month
    • come join us at Devour Your TBR on Goodreads while we focus on ARCs and books we had on former (failed) TBR lists!
  2. ARC August — all month
    • R.S.R. has announced they’re bringing back ARC August this year! it’s always a nice extra motivation. ♥
  3. #StalkAlong — all month
    • check out the announcement post and join us in reading (or, like me, rereading) the Stalking Jack the Ripper series leading up to the release of the finale!

And of course, there’s always the risk of an Unexpected Readathon Time announcement! 😉

You can view a Goodreads shelf of my entire month’s TBR here!

Now, on to my (*potential*) TBR!

? = buddy/group reads
? = ARC August
❗ = priority ARC
? = graphic novels/manga
? = poetry
? = audiobook
? = kindle unlimited

Obviously, I won’t get to all of these, but I’m going to aim for as many as possible! A ton of them are really short reads, and I have the next three weeks off from class, so fingers crossed!

  • ?? Escaping from Houdini — Kerri Maniscalco (REREAD)
  • ?? Little Darlings — Melanie Golding
  • ?❗ The Gossamer Mage — Julie E. Czerneda
  • ?❗ We Love Anderson Cooper — R.L. Maizes
  • ?❗ The Fearing — John F.D. Taff
  • ?❗ Ration — Cody T. Luff
  • ?❗ Unbreak Me — Michelle Hazen
  • ?❗ A Reflection of Shadows — Anne Renwick
  • ?❗ Echoes — edited by Ellen Datlow
  • ?❗ The Girl the Sea Gave Back — Adrienne Young
  • ?❗ Darkdawn — Jay Kristoff
  • ?❗ Call it What You Want — Brigid Kemmerer
  • ?❗? Dust Devils — Jonathan Janz
  • ?❗? Ghost Mine — Hunter Shea
  • ?❗ Middlegame — Seanan McGuire
  • ?❗ The Five Senses of Horror — edited by Eric J. Guignard
  • ?❗ The Silence — Tim Lebbon
  • ?❗? The Toll — Cherie Priest
  • ?❗ Growing Things and Other Stories — Paul Tremblay
  • ?❗ Silver in the Wood — Emily Tesh
  • ?❗ Made for You — Anyta Sunday
  • ?❗? Bloom — Kevin Panetta
  • ?❗? Love in Focus, Vol. 1 — Yoko Nogiri
  • ?❗? 10 Dance, Vol. 1 — Inouesatou
  • ?❗? Hitorijime My Hero, Vol. 1 — Memeko Arii
  • ?❗? Yuri is My Job! Vol. 1 — Miman
  • ?❗? The Quintessential Quintuplets, Vol. 1 — Negi Haruba
  • ?❗? Great Goddesses — Nikita Gill


And a few other ARCs I’ll hopefully be mood-reading from…

  • ? The Whisper Man — Alex North
  • ? Scary Stories for Young Foxes — Christian McKay Heidicker
  • ? Permanent Record — Mary H.K. Choi
  • ? Serpent & Dove — Shelby Mahurin
  • ? Terminal — Michaelbrent Collings
  • ? Teach Me — Olivia Dade
  • ? Fortuna Sworn — K.J. Sutton
  • ?? Chop Shop — Andrew Post
  • ?? The Haunted — Danielle Vega
  • ? Real Queer America — Samantha Allen
  • ? Twin Lakes: The Autumn Fires — Melissa Lason & Michelle Garza
  • ? Nightmare Detective — Monk Inyang
  • ? We Are the Ghosts — Vicky Skinner
  • ? Remember Me — Chelsea Bobulski
  • ? House of Salt and Sorrows — Erin A. Craig
  • ? The Phantom Forest — Liz Kerin
  • ?? The Storm Crow — Kalyn Josephson
  • ? Small Kingdoms and Other Stories — Charlaine Harris
  • ?? Daisy Jones & the Six — Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • ?? The Best Lies — Sarah Lyu
  • ? Hungry Hearts — Elsie Chapman



Leftover from July:



Monthly Goals

  • previous month’s goals:
    • finish playing Fran Bow ❌ (nah, I got sucked down the WoW rabbithole and didn’t play anything else much)
    • finish my summer class without quitting grad school or exploding ✅
    • finish watching the Friday the 13th movie franchise ❌
    • read 5+ titles from my summer TBR jar ❌
    • watch Happy Death Day Happy Death Day 2U ✅ (and I loved them!)
  1. Read all of my graphic novel/manga review copies
  2. Start a series rewatch of Avatar: The Last Airbender
  3. Organize my bookshelves
  4. DON’T fail any buddy reads!


What books on your August TBR are you most excited to read?


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Just a horror aficionado/geek girl trying to juggle motherhood, reading, blogging, gaming, and everyday life.

    1. From all the reviews I have seen so far, it sounds like House of Salt and Sorrows is right up your alley! Best of luck in your sea of ARCs this August :]

    1. Good luck on all of these ARCs! I’m also hoping to read The Storm Crow this month! (It’s one of my most anticipated reads for the year and I’m praying it doesn’t disappoint me).
      Also, I 110% approve of the Avatar: The Last Airbender rewatch! ? Have you seen The Dragon Prince, which is produced by the same people? It’s also really good and I totally recommend it!

    1. I loved Bloom and Serpent & Dove, for different reasons though! I hope you love them both and that you have a fantastic reading month! Vacation is always so nice because there’s so much free time to read all of the sudden!

    1. I hope you enjoy everything you read this month!

    1. I’m going to be traveling in August so my I’m trying to fill my tbr with as many audiobooks and ebooks as I can! Right now I have the Captive Prince trilogy ebooks loaded and Zenith, Carve the Mark, and the Towering Sky loaded as audiobooks!

    1. I’m so behind on blog-hopping BUT I’m so glad you loved Happy Death Day because I love it SO MUCH

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