August TBR Strategy

I find these monthly TBR strategies really helpful.  I’m the kind of person who instantly rebels against any kind of restriction for my reading, so I tend to use them more like guidelines than strict rules.  My digital and physical TBR piles are absolutely staggering right now.


I really hope this doesn’t fall on me


I was doing sort of alright for physical books until this weekend, when YALC happened.  If you have seen my towering pile of YALC swag, you’ll completely understand.  On top of that, I only managed to read one digital ARC last month and the virtual pile just keeps growing and growing.  I know that I really need to buckle down and catch up on ARC reading this month.  So when I discovered ARC August, I knew that it was the perfect event at the perfect time!

ARC August is hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat and is in its fifth year.  The rules are as follows:

  • Any Advanced Reading Copy counts as part of this reading challenge; your backlist books count
  • No blog necessary to participate, but you’ll need to include some form of social media as part of your sign up
  • Use the #ARCAugust on social media to check-in


I’ve had a think and gone through my NetGalley spreadsheet (yes, I have one of those).  Here is my official ARC TBR for the month:

  • There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins (physical)
  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody (physical)
  • Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid (digital)
  • The Scandal by Fredrik Backman (digital)
  • Nyxia by Scott Reintgen (digital)
  • Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir (digital)
  • Central Station by Lavie Tidhar (digital)
  • Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley (digital)
  • Shattered Minds by Laura Lam (digital)
  • The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King (digital)
  • Dare to Fall by Estelle Maskame (digital)
  • Lucky Ghost by Matthew Blakstad (digital)
  • Charlotte Says by Alex Bell (physical)
  • Satellite by Nick Lake (digital)



That’s a LOT of books, yes.  As I said above, I’m not good at sticking to strict TBR’s, so these are more like my options for the month.  I am aiming to read at least six of these in August because I know I’ll stray back over to my physical books.

Edit: I was just approved for Nick Lake’s Satellite, so I’ve added that one on too.

Overall, I’d like to read ten books in total.  I have a huge list of physical books that I’m hoping to read too, but here are a couple of highlights:

  • The Graces by Laure Eve
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
  • One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
  • Wing Jones by Katherine Webber


What a month this will be!  It’s probably time to cancel my World of Warcraft subscription.


Is anyone else participating in ARC August?  What does your TBR pile look like?  Let me know!

12 thoughts on “August TBR Strategy

  1. That’s a whole lot of books and ARC’s you got going, haha!
    My physical TBR is through the roof. It’s literally three of my bookcase-shelves of which two are double-stacked. It’s horrifying and wonderful to see at the same time.. :’)

    Joining ARC August as well! Even though I hadn’t heard of it until a week ago and had already read most of my ARC’s in July.. But I have three more ARC’s to go – if none of my other requests get approved that is – so I’ll still have some to read for this challenge.
    And I’m joining in the Make Me Read It Read-a-thon, so there’s that as well, haha.

    Funny how we have some books in common on or TBR though.
    Shadow and Bone, The Raven Boys [I think, can’t see the whole title there, haha], Daughter of the Burning City, One of Us is Lying and Illuminae are waiting for me as well!

    Anyway, have fun reading tons! [Because it’ll probably be tons..]

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    1. So many books! I’m feeling ambitious, let’s see how many of them I actually manage to read!

      My physical book library would be a lot bigger if I hadn’t made two huge moves over the past few years. Fortunately, that means my former local libraries are incredibly happy! I’m restarting (and refusing to give up any more books), but it means I’m totally jealous of your bookshelves 🙂

      I have SO many ARC’s to read! I much prefer physical books and will often have to force myself to read off my Kindle. I’m trying to get better about it, but we’ll seei f that actually happens 😀

      Obviously we both have excellent taste. Most of those are brand new purchases for me, I’m hoping to not buy anything new for a long while so I can actually get to them (although I know I’ll need to buy the next two as soon as I read Shadow and Bone).

      I can’t wait to see how your ARC August goes!

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      1. Setting yourself a challenge can be fun! Especially reading challenges, haha.

        Oh my, that sucks! I really couldn’t say goodbye to any of my books – except for the ones that aren’t in English. I’m replacing them all with English versions, haha. I’ve moved once, last October, and every single book went with me. Not leaving one behind. Next time I’ll be moving, same thing! I’d probably go back and steal them if I donated them anyways, haha.

        I completely get that! I love my physical books, holding them [and smelling them, doh]. I don’t mind my Kindle that much, but still. Physical books are the best and most fun to read.

        Obviously! Haha, same with me. I’ve been meaning to buy them for a long time and just went all out during July. I immediately bought all three Shadow and Bone-books [oops], because I knew I’d hate myself if I didn’t. – Let’s add that I knew I was going to get a book ban and decided to enjoy it while I still could.. –

        Same! Wondering how much you’ll be able to tick off from your huge list, haha!

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  2. I’m jumping into ARCAugust, though I’ve never done ARCs before! I just figured out how to request books on NetGalley, and have my first ARC book to read!
    Daughter of the Burning City looks so interesting, looking forward to reading your review!

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    1. That’s so exciting!! Don’t do what I did when I started and request everything under the sun. My review rating is so incredibly low because of it! I’m looking forward to seeing what you read 🙂

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