September & Becca’s Bookoplathon TBR (2020)

Blog post where I talk about all of the books I want to read in September 2020, or my September 2020 TBR. Two of the books on my TBR are The Girls by Emma Cline and We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu.

Hello there lovely reader! In today’s post I’ll be giving you my September TBR, or in other words, the books I want to read in September.

So I have quite a few book reviews I need to get up on my blog in September so I, for sure, need to read those books in September. And then I also have my monthly themed TBR post for which I need to read a couple of books. But for some reason I thought I still had some place left on my TBR to participate in Becca’s Bookoplathon, which is a readathon based on Monopoly. It’s a really fun concept so I just had to participate! And of course, as expected Lady Bookopoly was not nice for me, so now I have nine books on my TBR. I’m not saying that I can’t read nine books in a month, it’s just that uni is starting back up in the middle of September so my reading time will go downhill… Anyway, we’ll see how it goes!

So I wanted to start off with five rolls, because I had around six books on my TBR for September, so I wanted to have some place left to read those books in case I couldn’t get them on my TBR with Bookopoly. And then if I still have time left in September to read, I can just do an extra roll or two, more towards the end of the month.

I’ll now take you through all of the rolls I did for Bookoplathon and which books I ended up with!

My September TBR, or the books I want to read in September. My Bookoplathon TBR, hosted by Becca and the Books.

First roll: 4 + 6 -> TBR game

So for the first roll I ended up on TBR game and I picked Codie’s Book Corner’s TBR game ‘Wheel of TBR’ to play. I went to her last TBR video and copied the prompts that were on her wheel at the beginning of the video down onto an online wheel. I spun the wheel and ended on the prompt ‘classic’. And thus I ended up picking 1984 by George Orwell for this prompt and like that we have our first book for the month chosen.

Second roll: 6 + 3 -> Adult

Nine steps away from ‘TBR game’ we find the prompt ‘adult’. And that actually really worked in my favour, because I’m participating in the A Conjuring of readalongs, hosted by Sabine and Yasmin, and the September book is a Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. I know there is some ‘debate’ as to whether or not this is adult. Some people prefer to categorize this as YA. However, the main characters of this book are adults, so I’m seeing this as an adult book.

Third roll: 2 + 5 -> Fire on cover

Seven steps away from ‘Adult’ the prompt ‘Fire on the cover’ appears. Once again, a prompt that works in my favour, at this point I really thought Lady Bookopoly was going to be nice to me… So the book I picked for this prompt is Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez. That is one of the books I have to write a review for, so I was very glad that this book has fire toned colours on the cover.

Fourth roll: 4 + 4 -> Set in the future

And that fourth roll was the one where I had a mental breakdown and everything went wrong. Not only was it a double roll, which means you have to add an extra roll, I also ended up on the only prompt I really didn’t want to end up on. Hear me out okay, scifi and I don’t match. There’s only a couple very specific types of scifi I like to read and I have to be in the mood to read those. And I’m not in the mood to read those books at the moment. I also don’t really have a book on my entire TBR in which it is specifically mentioned that it is set in the future. So I decided to just let this prompt rest for a while (in other words ignore it) and carry on with my rolls. I’ll get back to this roll later on.

Extra roll: 3 + 1 -> Most recent purchase

Four steps after ‘Set in the future’ we end up on ‘Most recent purchase’. This roll, once again, didn’t work in my favour. My actual last purchase is my preorder of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab, but that book only comes out in October, so I can’t read it in September. My last purchase before Addie LaRue was also a preorder, but of Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. That book, however, comes out September 1st, so I can read it in September. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited to read this book, but I kind of wanted to save it for October/November since it has ghosts in it. But oh well, I’ll now have to read it in September. And it will be a buddy read with Lisa from Kindnessreads, so that’s a lot of fun!

Fifth roll: 1 + 6 -> Translated

At this point I was still ignoring prompt number four. And thus I ended up on the prompt ‘Translated’ for my sixth roll. The prompt is not an awful pick for me, since my mother tongue is Dutch so I read translated books from time to time. However, I didn’t have any translated books on my already set TBR. So I had to add another book to my September TBR. I ended up picking De Meisjes by Emma Cline (English title: The Girls).

And like that I had done all of my rolls, but I still couldn’t find a book I wanted to read for the prompt ‘Set in the future’, and thus I decided to skip that prompt. But the ‘punishment’ for skipping a prompt is that you first have to do a new roll (which is logical), however you have to pick two books for that prompt and you (naturally) have to read both. And like that I rolled one more time.

Sixth roll: 6 + 4 -> Poll pick

Ten steps away from ‘Translated’ I ended up on ‘Poll pick’. And because I had to pick two books for this prompt, I made two poll picks and uploaded those polls on my Instagram stories. At this point I still had three books left on my TBR that I need to read in September so I kept my fingers crossed two of those would get picked in the poll.

I did wanted to do the polls in a different way. So I decided to list the genres instead of titles of the books. My first poll was:

  1. YA mystery (We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu)
  2. YA hard hitting contemporary (Not Hungry by Kate Karyus Quinn)
  3. Middle Grade hard hitting contemporary (Other Words for Home by Jasmine Waga)

In this poll the YA hard hitting contemporary won and like that I had Not Hungry by Kate Karyus Quinn on my TBR. Luckily for me that is one of the books I needed to read in September.

Poll number two was:

  1. YA hard hitting contemporary (Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson)
  2. Poetry collection (Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer)
  3. Non-fiction – true crime (Children Who Kill by Carol Ann Davis)

And in that poll, once again, YA hard hitting contemporary won. Do you all want me to cry the entire month? This time, however, I was not lucky. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson was not yet on my TBR for September. So I had another extra book added to my TBR.

And that was my Bookopoly adventure. Now I still have two more books left I need to read in September, because I have to write a review for them. Those books are: We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu and Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer.

I can’t wait to read (most of) these books but I’m also a bit scared because there are nine books on my TBR… Wish me luck!

What will you be reading in September?

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