December 4, 2015 • Cee • Discussion

too mch tbr december

Oh, books, you won’t let me rest in December, will you? Here’s another month of Too Much TBR! Here is another Too Much TBR: November edition!

For those who do not know, Too Much TBR is a way to help me see which books I really need to read and tackle them. Is it effective? Perhaps. It helps a lot seeing a visual of the books on my TBR pile.

Well, I think Too Much TBR will become a regular feature on the blog from now on. The upcoming months of reading won’t be very kind to me, but hey, I’m excited to read awesome new books!

Let’s discuss what I read last month, and what I’m reading this month!


In November, I had six priority reads I wanted to get through, and unfortunately, I only got half of it done. I think I’m in a reading rut. :\

I did read Da Vinci’s Tiger, Things I Can’t Explainand Until We Meet Againthe former two were okay, but nothing entirely memorable, and the latter one was so terribly cheesy. I’ve put A Madness So Discreet on indefinite hiatus. I keep wanting to read it, but my mood isn’t clicking with it, so I have to leave it for another time.

A priority read that I never got around to reading in October was Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente, and I finally got around to it in November. Oh my god, guys. That is seriously one of my favorite and top reads of 2015. I’m so blown away by the writing and the cleverness and the mystery. I’ve been trying to write a review on it for a week now, but I’m seriously in such a book hangover and I don’t know how to put into words the beauty of it. If a book makes me emotional just thinking about it, it’s a reallllllly good book. It makes me excited to read all of Catherynne’s works.


I have a bit more on my plate this month than I did the previous. Crossing my fingers I get through all of it before the holiday season distracts me!

  • I’ve heard a lot of good things about The Good Sister, and I want to see for myself what it’s all about. Plus, sisters! I love reading sibling-focused stories. They hold a big place in my heart.
  • It’s Christmas in a few weeks, and why not get in the mood by reading My True Love Gave To Me? I’ve been meaning to get this book since it came out last year, and I was absolutely thrilled when St. Martin’s Griffin offered this title. How can I pass on this book?
  • I started reading Bitch Planet last month, but haven’t gotten around to finishing it because I wasn’t really in the mood to devour it all in one sitting. It’s a comic that really makes you think and makes you angry (in a good way). It needs my undivided attention when I get the chance.
  • I’ve started This Raging Light, and I am loving the main character’s voice. The writing is so beautiful, and I can hear and feel all of Lucille’s emotions. Hoping it stays wonderful.
  • I need to get started on the 2016 books I have obtained from publishers.
    • I’m really hoping This Is Where It Ends packs a good punch because it can be good, but it can also be absolute terrible. (Hoping for the former.)
    • I don’t know what to expect from All The Birds in the Sky but magic realism! I’m a sucker for books like that! I’m hoping it’ll be a real winner!
    • I’ve heard excellent things about Shallow Graves, and I better not be a black sheep. (I have no time for bah bah nah.) I’m not much of a fan of Michael Grant’s writing, but Front Lines sounds amazing because genderbent WWII? Yes please.

If I get all my priority December reads finished (and hopefully reviewed), I may get into these ones. Maybe. Though, I don’t have to read them until January (so don’t be surprised when these show up on my January priority reads).

I finished Murder Is Bad Manners, but I want to reread and review it before the second book comes out. (I cannot wait! Eep!) Circus Mirandus is a non-priority read because it’s just one that I thought sounded fabulous (I’m a sucker for Big Fish + Peter Pan association). And yes, you see A Darker Shade of Magic, which I will most likely read in January. I was just throwing it out here in case I ever got in the mood.

Note: All these books here do not account for other books that may slip into my TBR list (because mood reading will probably happen) nor of the comics I will be reading. I’m sure I missed other books I want to read this month too, but since I can’t remember, it must not be priority, right? Let’s hope I make a dent in my TBR books for December!

How was your November? Tell me what’s on your December TBR list. Have you read any of the books on my lists? Or are you planning to read them? 


7 Responses to “TOO MUCH TBR · December 2015”

  1. Alexa S. says:

    I read a decent amount in November, which makes my heart happy! I’m hoping to get through a nice number in December as well, so that when I start the new year, my TBR isn’t as overwhelming. One book we both have on our TBRs is The Good Sister! I hope we both enjoy that one ;) Like you, I’m drawn to sibling reads, and that’s the reason I picked this one out!

  2. I read My True Love Gave To Me last Christmas and it really got me in the mood for the season! I wasn’t keen on some of the stories but I absolutely fell in love with most of them <3 Hope you love it :)

  3. This is actually such a good idea. I have SO many backlog books (either review copies or ones I’ve bought myself) and with getting more books for Christmas, I don’t know how my poor bookshelves are going to survive. I think I might make a priority list as well :D

    (I hope you like This is Where it Ends, too – I’ve been wanting to read that for so long!)

  4. Looks like you got a bunch of great reads to get through this month… Good Luck :)

  5. Wow, there are a lot of books on here, how are you going to find the time? I’m so glad you liked Radiance, that is a book which is on my radar, but it isn’t out until March here so I have time to make room for it on my shelf.

    U hope you enjoy My True Love Gave To Me, it will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit, I read it last year and just fell in love with all of those stories, my only complaint is there weren’t more! I am so excited for This Raging Light, as well, that book sounds fantastic, I definitely need to buy that one.

    I wish you luck with all your books, you may have the right idea about planning to read too many books rather than not enough, at least you won’t run out of books.

  6. Sarah J. says:

    I need to read some Valente! I’ve been recommended her books countless times and I’m so intrigued, but I just haven’t picked up any of her books yet. I’m looking forward to The Good Sister because I’ve just finished Instructions for the End of the World and while I wasn’t a huge fan of it, I loved Kain’s writing style. I enjoyed a lot of the stories in My True Love Gave to Me. My favorite story was the Laini Taylor one. I’m looking forward to reading all the rest on your TBR. Looking forward to your thoughts on them! Happy Reading!

  7. Stormy says:

    I love this idea! I’ve been curious about Radiance so to hear it get a glowing review–EEP! Makes me excited! I have not read a Catherynne M. Valente book, but I do own a ebook of Deathless, which sounds really good.
    I really hope you like Shallow Graves — it was a really surprising read for me, and I ended up liking it a whole lot. Also, I don’t think I realized you haven’t read A Darker Shade of Magic yet? It’s fantastic!

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