My TBR for the Next Few Months

Sunday, 10 May 2020

I used to do monthly TBR's in which at the beginning of the month, I would set myself a list of books I would read over the course of the next four weeks and quite honestly, it really didn't work out well for me. I found I never stuck to them because I fancied reading something else, or I set myself too many books to read and I just didn't have time to read them. It was almost becoming a bit of a slog to read and it almost felt like a bit of a chore. Now that I've scrapped monthly TBR lists, I'm enjoying reading so much more because HELLO no pressure.

Having said that, there are a few books that are high priority that I want to get through sooner rather than later. This isn't so much a traditional TBR, more so just a select few books which have caught my attention lately that I kinda fancy giving a go - without the added pressure of a deadline.

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
The story follows Vanessa, a now 30-something woman who had a love affair with her teacher, Jacob Strane, when she was only 15 years old. Vanessa never thought of their relationship as predatory, but now that Strane is in the limelight after being accused of sexual abuse by a former student, Vanessa is forced to rethink her relationship with the man who consistently told her she was his sole mate - did he really love her, or was she brainwashed by him into being groomed, too?

This is actually my current read as I'm typing this, but I'm only 50 pages in, so it still counts, doesn't it? This is the debut novel from the author and I've heard this book is both gripping and dark and slightly uncomfortable. It sounds like tense stuff, but all the reviews are amazing and I think it will be a hard-hitting, powerful read.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston
When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. But Alex doesn't get along with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond, and when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, the U.S. & British relations take a turn for the worse. Heads of family, state and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all?

This book was everywhere a couple of years ago and I missed out on the hype, but I really want to pick this up sooner rather than later. It sounds like it's full of drama and a bit of a stretch in terms of a realistic storyline, but hey, who doesn't love a bit of extra fluff in a romance novel, right?

Bear Town by Fredrik Backman
Beartown is a small town in a large Swedish forest. For most of the year it is under a thick blanket of snow, experiencing the kind of cold and dark that brings people closer together - or pulls them apart. Its isolation means that Beartown has been slowly shrinking with each passing year. But now the town is on the verge of an astonishing revival. Everyone can feel the excitement. A bright new future is just around the corner. Until the day it is all put in jeopardy by a single, brutal act. It divides the town into those who think it should be hushed up and forgotten, and those who'll risk the future to see justice done. At last, it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear. With the town's future at stake, no one can stand by or stay silent. Everyone is on one side or the other. Which side would you be on?

I read A Man Called Ove by Backman a few months ago and absolutely fell in love with both the story and Backman's writing style, and I've been itching to pick up another one of his books ever since. I've heard this is one of the more intense novels from Backman, but that makes me even more excited to pick it up and see what all the fuss is about!

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split. Nobody ever knew why. Until now. They were lovers and friends and brothers and rivals. They couldn't believe their luck, until it ran out. This is their story of the early days and the wild nights, but everyone remembers the truth differently. The only thing they all know for sure is that from the moment Daisy Jones walked barefoot, on to the stage at the Whisky, the band were irrevocably changed. Making music is never just about the music. And sometimes it can be hard to tell where the sound stops and the feelings begin.

Just like Bear Town, this is a book that I've been meaning to pick up because I fell in love with another book by the same author. I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo a few months ago and it fast became one of my all time favorite books and I've been desperate to pick up another one of her novels ever since. The reviews of Daisy Jones & the Six have come in thick and fast, and if it's anything like Evelyn Hugo, we're onto a winner.

Have you read any of these books? I'd love to hear your thoughts!


  1. Beartown and Daisy Jones are fantastic! I've heard great things about all the other books you're planning on reading too. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on these!

    1. I'm excited for all of them! I've heard great things about Daisy Jones especially!

  2. I totally feel what you mean with monthly TBRs. I go back and forth with them - I currently create them pretty consistently for my upcoming ARCs, Popsugar Reading Challenge, and any readathons. But I kinda purposefully don't publish them to my blog anymore because I think that would be too much pressure? I don't know.

    My Dark Vanessa is absolutely a soon-to-read for me. I've been wanting it since before it's release and I just got my audio hold ♥

    1. I completely get what you mean. It's almost like I rebel against myself. As soon as I tell myself 'right, this is what we will be reading this month', it's like my brain suddenly goes NOPE. I have now read My Dark Vanessa and I think I'm still recovering from it!