January TBR: new year, new commitments!

January 2, 2020

Happy 2020, my loves! It’s a new year, a new decade, and I have new commitments! You’ve all seen me talking about #ARCApocalypse and my big goals for 2020, so I won’t spend time on those, I’ll just say that I have quuuiiiiite the hefty TBR this month… so let’s jump right in! ♥

The themes this month are…

  1. January Jam Jar — come join us at Devour Your TBR on Goodreads while we pull our reads from a TBR jar! For everything indicated with a ? emoji below, those titles are going into a TBR jar and I’ll pull those randomly alongside my other TBR picks for the month.
  2. #HappyNewCLEAR — Louise is hosting a fantastic TBR-clearing readathon for the whole month of January! It felt like the perfect way to kick off #ARCApocalypse because I want to take January to work hard on getting a little ahead of schedule with my 2020 ARCs so that I can just stay caught up on them through the rest of the year while also working on my backlist. So, for this readathon, I decided to put ALL of my January and February 2020 ARC releases on this TBR!

Finally, I’ll be devoting 2020 to #ARCApocalypse & #StartOnYourShelfathon!

Now, on to my TBR!

? buddy/group reads | ✨ #ARCApocalypse | ? graphic novels/manga |
? poetry | ? audiobook | ? kindle unlimited |
? reread | ? january jam jar | ? #StartOnYourShelfathon

Leftover from December:

Monthly Goals:

  • previous month’s goals:
    • read 15+ books for Short-a-thon ❌ (but I did read almost 15!)
    • read 1 holiday romance & 1 holiday horror ✅
    • clear all current reads by 11:59pm on December 31st ❌
  1. At least start every book on January TBR
  2. Stay on track with all of my buddy reads
  3. Post at least 3 booktube videos

What book on your TBR are you most excited to read this month?


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  • Reply swordsandspectres January 2, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Keep seeing Seven Deadly Shadows popping up. Will keep my eye out for your review ?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 4, 2020 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks, I hope I can get to it really soon! 😀 Fingers crossed it’ll be excellent.

  • Reply Tessa Pulyer January 2, 2020 at 10:34 am

    I’ll be reading Don’t Read the Comments this month too (next week if all goes well)! It looks very good ❤️

  • Reply bookedunicorn January 2, 2020 at 10:37 am

    I made my Tbr list for this month And i started listening to Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi so far I’m loving it. I’m looking forward to Bonk by Mary Roach, interesting science stuff about sex?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 4, 2020 at 7:07 pm

      Oooh, Bonk sounds interesting ? I love kind of unusual nonfiction and it sounds like maybe that is? So I’ll have to look it up and see! And Freshwater sounds lovely so I’m really glad you’re enjoying it!

  • Reply Nerd Narration January 2, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    We share a few Jan/Feb arcs, but I feel you about wanting to get them cleared off early so I’m not starting 2020 stressed. I’ve only read one of my…mumbles number…so far though so wish me luck lol! The one I read was on your list though (Jane Anonymous) so I look forward to your thoughts! <3

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 4, 2020 at 7:09 pm

      Bahahah good luck, love! I can’t wait to hear all about your 2020 reads. <3 Did you like Jane Anonymous? I can't remember if I've seen your rating for it yet! *scurries off to GR*

      • Reply Nerd Narration January 4, 2020 at 11:00 pm

        Lol! Thanks, Destiny! I actually have my Jane Anonymous review going up on Monday! Feel free to check it out then…or if you DID scurry over to GR’s you probably already saw it lol.

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 4, 2020 at 11:26 pm

          Yessss, I did see your review and I was a little nervous when I saw your rating first, but then I read your thoughts and it sounds like you still had a pretty alright time reading it so I’m looking forward to it! ? I’m just hoping the twist doesn’t feel as obvious to me as it did to you haha!

          • Nerd Narration January 4, 2020 at 11:53 pm

            I can’t wait till you read it. I’d love to know your thoughts.

          • Nerd Narration January 4, 2020 at 11:54 pm

            I can’t wait till you read it. I’d love to know your thoughts and if it lands for you or not! =D

  • Reply fictionnochaser January 2, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Oh man this is an intense list, but you got this!

  • Reply evelynreads1 January 2, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    I hope you have a great January!


  • Reply harpergraeblog January 2, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Killer TBR Can’t wait to see what you think of Come Tumbling Down

  • Reply abyssallibrarian January 2, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    I have a lot of these books on my TBR too, but for the year, not necessarily this month. I’m really looking forward to Dark & Deepest Red, and somehow Every Other Weekend has snuck its way to the top of my TBR too.

  • Reply tasya @ the literary huntress January 2, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    I want to read Seven Deadly Shadows this month too, it seems like something I would enjoy!

  • Reply shanayatales January 3, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Such interesting books lined up, and quite the ambitious TBR. Wishing you a happy reading month!

    I am looking forward to reading The Silent Patient & Un-honeymooners this month – 2 books that have been on my TBR for the longest time.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 4, 2020 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you, I hope you have a good reading month, too!

      I have both of those on my TBR, too, so I’d love to hear what you think of them! ♥

  • Reply rachel @ typed truths January 4, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    oooh, we have a lot of similar arcs for jan & feb! so many exciting titles. good luck! hope you’re january starts you off for a good reading year

  • Reply Axel January 5, 2020 at 11:23 am

    I have pre-ordered the audiobook for Loveboat, Taipei. One of my favorite narrators is narrating it!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 23, 2020 at 7:52 am

      Excellent! I just looked up the narrator and I haven’t listened to anything she’s done, but if I don’t get to my eARC before the release date, I’ll have to see if I can borrow the audiobook from the library! 🙂

  • Reply Jenna @ Falling Letters January 12, 2020 at 12:40 am

    This post makes me realize how much I enjoy when people use emojis, haha. I like how you’ve coded your TBR. I’m not sure whether I’m more excited for Come Tumbling Down or Dark and Deepest Red…I’ve preordered both 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 30, 2020 at 3:16 am

      Hahaha yay! 😀 Thank you. Have you read Dark and Deepest Red yet? I’m excited for it but I haven’t been in a magical realism mood so I keep putting it off!

      • Reply Jenna @ Falling Letters January 30, 2020 at 1:48 pm

        I just finished it last night! It felt less ‘magical’ than McLemore’s other books. I don’t mean to dampen your excitement, but personally it was my least favourite of their books. I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts.

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 2, 2020 at 8:43 pm

          No, you’re good, thank you for being honest! I feel like I have to be in a very specific mood for magical realism, and I just haven’t been in that mood lately. 🙁

          • Jenna @ Falling Letters February 2, 2020 at 10:03 pm

            It’s a bit unique because the most obvious element that you might call magical realism – people dancing uncontrollably, some to their deaths – actually happened! The majority of the story (at least it felt to me) is the historical timeline, so that it makes it quite different from McLemore’s previous books… (I should probably review this book on my blog instead of just in your comments, loool.)

  • Reply Kelly | Another Book in the Wall January 16, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Lovely tbr, Destiny!!! I have Jane Anonymous, Ten Thousand Doors of January, The Shadows Between Us, and Bent Heavens on my to-read- ASAP list, and am hoping to tackle a few in January! If you haven’t started on any of them yet, let me know if you’d be down for a buddy read! <3

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 30, 2020 at 3:10 am

      Thank you! Oh my gosh, I’m sorry I’m just now seeing this!! I ended up moving Ten Thousand Doors of January off of my TBR because I wasn’t in the mood for it right now, but I have the audiobook on hold, I think? I’m reading Jane Anonymous and might finish it tomorrow but I was wanting to start The Shadows Between Us or Bent Heavens some time in the next few days if you want to pick up either of those by any chance? ♥

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