January Prompts – a new way of tackling my TBR

I am notoriously bad at reading TBRs. I think making them is so much fun, but I never actually stick to them. I’m such a mood reader, and sticking to a rigid to-read list sucks the fun out of reading for me. However, I have noticed that I tend to read more when I’m challenged, or guided by prompts like I am during readathons. That’s why I decided to do ‘monthly prompts‘.

How does it work?

Simple. Every month, I choose around 3 or 4 prompts from the 2019 Popsugar reading list through a random number generator. I let it generate a number, look at the corresponding challenge, and go through my TBR (both physical and e-books). Then, I make a list op possible reads to fulfill the challenge. It doesn’t create a TBR that’s set in stone, but does challenge me to read certain books.

Let’s take a look at the 4 prompts for January.

Read a book with a two-word title

I have quite a few possibilities for this prompt on my existing TBR, and I haven’t even listed them all. I’ll probably choose one of these 4 for this challenge!

Train Man by Hitori Nakano
I’ve mentioned this quite a few times already since buying it in the fall of 2018, but I want to read it soon. This isn’t a book I want to have on my to-read shelf for years. I want to read a book from an author from every country in the world, and this is a Japanese novel. It sounds so adorable as well, even if it’s a bit ‘older’.

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey
I found this book in a secondhand bookstore, and was so pleased with myself! I actually have no idea what this is about. All I know is that it’s a science fiction novel/series.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
I’ve never watched nor read Jurassic Park. Cue horrified gasps… I know! I’m going to remedy that, however, by reading the book and watching the adaptation in 2019. Maybe in January, maybe later on. Who knows?

Down Station by Simon Morden
I bought this book at YALC 2018, mostly because of the cover. Relax, I’m kidding. The cover is the reason I picked it up off the table, but the synopsis is what sold me. This is about a group of people who are in a subway when the apocalypse starts, and escape through a service tunnel that leads to a different world.

Read a book about a family

It appears that I, once again, have multiple books on my to-read shelf that fit this prompt! That’s the upside of having quite a lot of books you haven’t read yet, I guess. I’ll pick one of these for this challenge!

No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished (Heartstrikers #3) by Rachel Aaron
Not a very traditional family, but a family nonetheless. The Heartstrikers series follows Julius and his family, the Heartstriker clan. They are Dragons, and Julius has always been an outcast because he is too nice. All he wants is to be left alone to do his own thing. Unfortunately, that’s not an acceptable path for a dragon.

The Dinner by Herman Koch
If I’m not mistaken, The Dinner follows two couples who are having dinner together at a restaurant. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son, and the guys have committed a horrifying act. That’s all I want to know before starting this one.

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
It’s been a while since I’ve read a Kristin Hannah book – the last one destroyed me. In this story, we follow two sisters and their mother who come together to tell a certain story one more time. It was their father’s dying wish for them to do so. I’m intrigued, and can’t wait to find out more.

read a book with an LGBTQ+ main character

Another prompt for which I have a few possibilities. This time, I don’t own any of these as a physical copy, but an ebook instead. Which ones will I choose from?

That Feeling When (#lovehim #1) by S.M. James
I’m not entirely sure what this is about, I do know it’s has an m/m romance. I think I prefer going into contemporaries not knowing much so I can discover the story by myself.

Chasing Nirvana by Ellyn Oaksmith
This novel is set in the 1990s, and centers around a f/f romance! I really need to read more books with women loving women, as there are sadly far too little of those books. It follows Fran, who is just trying to make it through high school. Her comfortable (and invisible) life ends when she is suddenly nominated for prom queen, and needs to convince Nirvana to perform at her prom. Which means? ROAD TRIP!

Solve for i by A.E. Dooland
Solve for i follows 28-year-old Gemma, who has just discovered she isn’t actually straight. How? By realizing she has fallen in love with her best friend, Sarah. That sounds so adorable, and probably super angsty, but I really want to read this! I think I’ll probably end up picking this one.

a book based on a true story

the tattooist of AuschwitzSurprisingly, I think I only have one book on my current TBR that fits this prompt. I have a lot of historical fiction, but I didn’t think those were specific enough to count as ‘based on a true story’. They are based on true events instead. This one, however, is based on an actual person’s life and experiences in Auschwitz!

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
As this is the only book on my TBR that fits this challenge, I guess I’ll have to read it in January! This follows a man who is a prisoner in Auschwitz-Birkenau, and can speak multiple languages. Because of this, he is put in charge of marking his fellow prisoners forever by tattooing their number into their arms.

I’m intrigued to see whether this type of TBR actually works for me. It’s not set in stone, which makes it easier for this mood reader. But it does challenge me and give me some guidance! I guess you’ll find out at the end of the month.
Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I pick?

12 thoughts on “January Prompts – a new way of tackling my TBR

  1. That’s funny that you need a challenge to motivate yourself to read more. I’m the same way with reading deadlines or even writing. I’m the opposite of procrastination. 😉

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  2. This is such a good idea! I’m attempting a TBR jar (well, it’s a tea cup) for my owned TBR this year and so far so good, but if I fall off the wagon I might have to try this!


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