September TBR: big goals & a TBR jar curated by Bex!

August 30, 2021

It’s time for another monthly TBR!

For September, I have VERY ambitious reading plans: I’m going to try to read a book per day! Many of the books will be graphic novels or poetry books I have eARCs of, so I’m not aiming for 30 full novels, but I’m very eager! I didn’t want to make a hella long TBR post, though, so I’ll highlight my “top priority” picks and show you the TBR jar Bex made for me!

First, the list I chose: no specific theme in mind, just a bunch of review copies at the top of my priority list.

  • She Kills Me by Jennifer Wright — A true crime compendium of 40 of the most dangerous women in history. I’ve been in the mood for lots of nonfiction and true crime stuff lately!
  • Chasing Ghosts by Marc Hartzman — And another creepy nonfiction book, this one covering the supernatural history of America.
  • Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo — Give me all the tragic, creepy gay horror, honestly. I’ve also been craving emotional horror, and I hear this one delivers!
  • Horseman by Christina Henry — The Headless Horseman is one of my favorite classic legends and Christina Henry can do no wrong in my eyes, so I have very high hopes for this retelling.

  • The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang — It feels like we’ve been waiting so long for Quan’s story! I’ll be group reading this with the brand new Hoemance Book Club!
  • Someone to Share My Nightmares by Sonora Taylor — I haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of Sonora Taylor’s work yet, and I absolutely cannot wait. A collection of romantic spooky stories? Gimme!
  • Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson — Margaret is 100% a forever fave and I’ll always be so excited for new stories from her. ♥
  • Nothing but Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw — Between this cover, this synopsis, and my past experiences with this author’s writing, I’m going to be shocked if this is anything less than the flawless terror I’m expecting. 💀

And now, let’s talk about this amazing TBR jar Bex picked out for me!

Bex had the brilliant idea for each of us to choose 20 books for the other person to put into a TBR jar, and then we’ll choose titles from that jar throughout the month. We both chose a mix of mostly horror with a little romance, and I’m obsessed with the selection she picked out for me. In fact, I loved this list so much, I’ve made a Goodreads shelf for it and I’m going to try to pull from it for the next few months until I’ve read them all! 

1. The Dollhouse by Charis Cotter

2. Ghost Girl by Ally Malinenko

3. If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy

4. The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

5. Shelter for the Damned by Mike Thorn

6.  Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

7. The Woods are Always Watching by Stephanie Perkins

8. Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

9. Little Idiots by Christopher Minori

10. Bird Box by Josh Malerman

11. My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

12. The Bird Eater by Anita Ahlborn

13. Children of the Dark by Jonathan Janz

14. Jack & Jill by Kealan Patrick Burke

15. The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

16. The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson

17. Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

18. Blister by Jeff Strand

19. Violet by Scott Thomas

20. Remains by Andrew Cull

What’s on your September TBR? Let me know in the comments (or drop a link!) ♥



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  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators August 30, 2021 at 11:05 am

    Oh, good luck! I’ve always wanted to do the 30 books in 30 days, but I don’t know if I have enough graphic novels and manga to even make the attempt!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 3, 2021 at 4:08 pm

      Thank you so much! So far I’ve read 2 graphic novels, so have definitely been prioritizing those, but I have today off so I’m hoping to finish at least one novel from my currently-reading list before bedtime! 😀

  • Reply Bex August 30, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    FIRST OF ALL, 30 books in a month? YOU GOT THIS. I’ll be over here rooting you on! Second, I AM SO EXCITED FOR SEPTEMBER OMG. I’m going to try to finish all of my current reads in the next two days so that I can start fresh with the spooky TBR jar on the 1st!!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 3, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      Thank you so much!! So far, so good, but we’re only on Day 3. 😂 We’ll see! I can’t wait to see what you think of your TBR jar picks throughout the month!!

  • Reply evelynreads1 August 30, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    I hope you have a great reading month!

  • Reply Melanie (TBR and Beyond) August 30, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    Wow, goals! Also, Bex picked out a great TBR for you – that is just a cool idea! I keep forgetting about Summer Sons – I’m going to add it to my wishlist right now lol

    Good luck!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 3, 2021 at 4:10 pm

      Thank you! Bex is awesome and picked out sooo many good titles that I can’t wait to read them all. 😀 And I’m super excited for Summer Sons! ♥

  • Reply passmethatbook August 30, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    Excellent tbr! I’ve been meaning to try to make my own tbr jar but just haven’t had the time. Good luck with your challenge and I look forward to seeing your results! 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 3, 2021 at 4:11 pm

      Thank you! Good luck with your jar when you do get the chance. 😀 I always have a good time with them!

  • Reply Tammy August 30, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Summer Sons is one of my priorities this month too! And I love your TBR jar. I see a few I’ve read and loved😁

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 3, 2021 at 4:11 pm

      Awesome! I hope we both love it. 🙂 And that’s awesome, I love knowing I have so many amazing books ahead of me in this little jar! 😀

  • Reply Kaya @ afictionalbookworm August 30, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    vespertine sounds amazing! i hope you enjoy all of these!💜

  • Reply ladymxdnight August 31, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    ” A true crime compendium of 40 of the most dangerous women in history…” UM FIRST OF ALL. That sounds AWESOME. Added to my TBR.

    Happy reading in september! xo

  • Reply Caro @ bookcheshirecat September 1, 2021 at 11:31 am

    Good luck with your TBR! I’m also very excited for Vespertine, I have been wanting to read another Margaret Rogerson book, as I loved her two previous books 🥰

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 3, 2021 at 4:12 pm

      Thank you so much! Her last 2 books were so good, weren’t they? I have a really good feeling about this one, too! 🥰

  • Reply frayedbooks September 1, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Good luck with your goal of 30 books in 30 days! That’s a fantastic goal YOU CAN DO IT!!! I keep seeing Summer Sons around and its intriguing….might have to add to my TBR!

    And here’s my TBR for September~ https://frayedbooks.wordpress.com/2021/09/01/tbr-september-2021/

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 3, 2021 at 4:17 pm

      Thank you so much!! 😀 I hope your faith in me is right haha, so far so good but it’s only Day 3! 😂

      • Reply frayedbooks September 5, 2021 at 9:16 am

        YOU CAN DO ITTTTT!!! 🎉🎉🎉

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