July TBR | 2020

Yikes! I haven’t done a TBR since April. To be honest… Besides the two books I read in the second half of June I haven’t read since April, so that makes a lot of sense. You may have also noticed that I’ve rebranded! This blog is officially called Ghost Shark Reads, and I’ve resurrected the instagram account back from the dead to bring it back as @ghostsharkreads.

I mentioned last week that I had read two shorter books, This is How You Lose the Time War and Upright Women Wanted to kickstart myself back into reading, and it’s definitely helping. I have very lofty plans for my TBR this month, and part of that has to do with participating in The Reading Rush, the book club pick for The Literally Dead Book Club as well as going through the July prompts for the Discord channel I’m a part of: Books and Tea!

I’ll break this down into four parts:

Literally Dead Book Club Pick
This is a club run by Books and Lala on YouTube, which can be found at their Goodreads. I’ve read several of their picks this year, and included both their June and July pick on this TBR

  • June The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  • JulyZone One by Colson Whitehead

The Reading Rush
This readathon is run by Ariel Bissett and Raeleen Lemay and can be found at their website. It runs from July 20th – 26th, and I’m really excited about the prompts this year!

  • Read a book that matches your birthstone – Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
  • Read a book that starts with the word “The”The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix or The Glass-Blowers by Daphne du Maurier
  • Read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seenV for Vendetta by Alan Moore
  • Read the first book you touch*
  • Read a book completely outside your house*
  • Read a book in a genre you’ve always wanted to read more ofThe Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett or Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  • Read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you liveV for Vendetta by Alan Moore or The Glass-Blowers by Daphne du Maurier

For the fourth and fifth prompt I’ll decide those during that week by randomly touching one of them to pick which I read for that prompt, and reading one at work during the week! I was good about picking multiple for each prompt so I can mix and match and have multiple count for the same prompt if need be.

Books and Tea Readathon Prompts
This server does a readathon once a month, and it’s my first month on there! Here are my picks for the prompts, I’m happy that I was able to double them up with some of the prompts above for The Reading Rush.

  • Read a book featuring the French Revolution (or set in France)The Glass-Blowers by Daphne du Maurier
  • Read your latest book you’ve bought/borrowedA Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green
  • Read that one book you’ve been putting offV for Vendetta by Alan Moore
  • Read a previous Books and Tea readalong bookA Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • Finish a bookMexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia (though this could count for any of the others if I don’t get to this one)

General TBR
These are the books that don’t fit into any of the prompts for either readathon, but that I had a desire to read this month:

  • Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan
  • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
  • Monster, She Wrote edited by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson

This is a hefty list, but to be honest, at the time of writing this I’ve already read several of these (you’ll have to wait to see which ones!). As a reminder, I’ll be returning to my standard format: tags and miscellaneous posts on Mondays, and reviews on Fridays. This list is also fully subject to change, and I don’t expect to get to all of these this month (though it would be fun if I did!) Don’t forget to check out the clubs, channels, and people linked, and I’ll see you on Friday for my next review!

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