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My July TBR (a first!)

Despite having almost three months (yikes!) off from work, I'm still behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge Goal for the year. Seeing as we're almost halfway through 2020, and I've been consistently (and shamefully) five books behind where I need to be to finish, I decided its time to get a little more intentional about my reading.

So I've decided to do a monthly TBR to (hopefully) encourage some good reading habits and, ultimately, get my goal of sixty five books in by the end of the year.

This will be interesting because, historically, I'm a mood reader and that mood is as shifting as the sand in the Sahara. The thought of creating a TBR feels a little daunting, almost like an assignment of sorts, and who enjoys those? So even though I'm going to give it a solid try, it may be abandoned. But to give myself a tiny bit of flexibility, I decided to leave a few slots empty to fill in with whatever mood reads I feel like diving into. Hopefully that will give me a continued sense of freedom.

July's goal will be to read six books, and hopefully get myself on the right side of my goal by the end of the year. Here are my plans:

March: Book One - John Lewis
March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

I've been wanting to read this since I heard about it, and I finally ordered it from Bookshop! Very excited about this one, and it's a perfect accompaniment to everything that's happening right now. How far we've come, and how far we yet have to go...

Such a Fun Age - Kiley Reid
A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.

I've found that listening to audio books at work helps the day go faster, and it's seriously fantastic to be able to read while I'm doing other things. I've heard good things about this one and the premise sounded interesting, so I decided to pick it up through

Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula LeGuin
Ged was the greatest sorcerer in Earthsea, but in his youth he was the reckless Sparrowhawk. In his hunger for power and knowledge, he tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tumultuous tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance.

My exposure to LeGuin is sadly limited to the Lathe of Heaven, even though I'm a huge SF fan and have several books of hers sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read. I'm excited to jump into the Earthsea series, and it will hopefully encourage me to pull out the other LeGuin novels I have.

Power - Linda Hogan
When sixteen-year-old Omishto, a member of the Taiga Tribe, witnesses her Aunt Ama kill a panther-an animal considered to be a sacred ancestor of the Taiga people-she is suddenly torn between her loyalties to her Westernized mother, who wants her to reject the ways of the tribe, and to Ama and her traditional people, for whom the killing of the panther takes on grave importance.

This was the next selection for book club. It's not a book I've ever heard of, which makes me even more excited to read it!

2 Free Slots
Self-explanatory, but two slots this month will be dedicated to my mood reads. Knowing me and my tastes, there will probably be some SF in at least one of these slots, particularly since the rest of my selections this month are pretty light on the SF side of things.

Hopefully doing this will get me back on schedule, but will also allow me to still feel a little spontaneous with my reading. I'll check back in at the end of the month with my normal list of favorite reads. 

Do you do TBRs, or do you like to choose your reads as you go along? What books do you plan to check out this month?