September Reading Plans… a (sort of) Emojiathon TBR??

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Hello friends! I’m really behind on my Goodreads Goal, so I’m going to focus on reading some of the shorter books in my collection for September.  I have loads of ebooks that are novella length, so I’m hoping to breeze through several of those this month, as well as some of the many shorter audiobooks I have. I listen to audiobooks on 2x speed, so anything that’s 6ish hours or less, I can read in one afternoon during my commute home and then while walking my dog later.

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I think I’ve maaaybe completed 3-4 books all summer long, which is ridiculous because I’m a teacher and had the better part of the past three months off work.  Adding in long road trips for vacations and my recent obsession with the The Walking Dead: Our World mobile game, I really have no excuse for not at the very least listening to some audiobooks! I really don’t know what I spent my entire summer doing, but it was not reading 😕.   I’m not officially participating in Emojiathon, but I’m going to be using the challenges to help me choose my TBR, because I think a huge factor in my nonexistent reading lately is that I’m so overwhelmed by how many books I have that I end up reading nothing (thanks ADHD!).  I usually avoid choosing a set TBR because I’m such a mood reader, but I think it’s the only thing at this point that’s going to hold me accountable and force me to read!

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Emojiathon takes place all month long, and the goal is to complete as many of the challenges as possible. There’s a bingo board to help you out, but that’s optional. Obviously I’ve already missed an entire week of the readathon, so I’m not sure how much I’ll realistically be able to finish.  I’ll be happy if I complete 5 books, which is more than I read all summer long.  I’m going to pick out a book for each challenge, and I might continue working through the entire bingo board until I’ve completed everything (except the host picks).  I’ll see how I feel at the end of the month, and figure out if I want to continue or not then.

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Single Malt by Layla Reyne

I’m not 100% sure if this counts, but it’s the only thing close that I have on my Kindle.
I have Nemesis by Brendan Reichs in my audiobook library, so that’s another option.

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The Distance from Me to You by Marina Gessner

I’m not set on this choice, so if you have recommendations for shorter books/novellas that would work for this challenge, I’d love to hear them!

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What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera & Becky Albertalli

There’s no chance that this won’t be a 5 star read. Adam is my favorite author, and I love Becky’s writing too. This one has been at the top of my TBR for awhile, but I haven’t picked it up yet because Adam’s books are always so emotionally draining, and I just haven’t been in the right mindset for that. But, I need to read the ARC before it’s published, so it’s going to get read soon!

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Off the Ice by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn

I love Avon Gale’s other hockey series, Scoring Chances, and read the entire series in a week. So It’s kind of unbelievable that I haven’t read this one yet!

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Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality by Rhett McLaughlin & Link Neal

I’ve been borrowing this book from my mom for almost a year now, so I need to finally finish it so I can give it back to her.

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What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera & Becky Albertalli

Doubling up on this challenge.

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Beautiful Bastards by Christina Lauren

People in my book club will not shut up about this book. It has pretty lukewarm ratings among my GR friends, so I haven’t been motivated to read it.  If I DNF it, I’ll just pick up another book that the The Heaving Bosoms Podcast Geriatric Friendship Cult gals recommend.

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Capsized by Julie Cannon

Based on the title, I assume most of this doesn’t actually take place on a boat, but it totally counts!

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Defying Convention by Cecil Wilde 

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Wow, why haven’t I read this yet?? I just got back from Comic Con last week, so this is perfect timing to pick it up.

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The Threefold Cord by Julie Bozza

How can a book remind me of a favorite song if I haven’t read it yet🤔? By the synopsis and reviews, this sounds like a very soft, sweet book, so I’m pairing it with Pull Me In by The Graduate.

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I’m keeping this open for a mood read.

second chance

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Wild by Hannah Moskowitz

The only book by Hannah I’ve read was Gena/Finn, and I disliked it, but I own several of her other solo books, so I want to give those a chance. It wasn’t the writing I disliked, just the way the story unfolded.

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Learning Curves by Ceillie Simkiss

I don’t know much about this other than that it has ownvoices ace rep. There is also a lesbian Puerto Rican MC, and I think there is anxiety rep too.

24 hours

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Fence #9 by C.S. Pacat

I NEVER read comics until a bind-up volume releases, but I’m so obsessed with this one that I’ve been reading it issue by issue.

audiobook

Several of the books on this list are audiobooks, so I’ll either count those towards this challenge or pick up an extra one from my audiobook library.

winter

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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

social justice

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White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

I have several audiobooks about this topic, so I have a few choices if I decide not to read this one.

diverse

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Marriage of Unconvenience by Chelsea M. Cameron

I love the fake marriage trope! The majority of the books on this list feature marginalized reps, so I could really count almost any of them for this challenge.

scary

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Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

I’m already more than 50% through the audiobook, and I’m LOVING it so far!

radio silence

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Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

This is one of my favorite books! I doubt I’ll be rereading it soon though unless I pick up the audiobook.

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If The Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman

Set in the Philippines, this book follows a fat, Filipinx ownvoices MC and is another fake relationship trope, which I live for. And the cover is so stinking cute!

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I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall

This does sound good, but I don’t own it at the moment. I’ve added it to my TBR for later.

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What are you reading this month? Are you participating in Emojiathon? 

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