December TBR | New TBR Game?

Good afternoon, friends! Welcome to the third post in a row this week?! Maybe I should give Blogmas a try... I've got a good streak going here. Today I'd like to introduce you to my December TBR. I know, TBRs are NOT common for me at all. However, I have a new and exciting TBR game that I'm trying to make a reality here. My very patient fiance, Jack, has agreed to join up with me twice a month. Once to choose the majority of my TBR, and again to participate in the consequences of his decisions. Mwuhahaha! I shall call it the TBR Drinking Game! ...until I come up with something wittier.

The Rules

  1. Jack chooses 6 books from my never-ending TBR shelf for me to read during the coming month.

  2. He can choose with absolutely no restrictions and cannot receive aid from me.

  3. If he chooses a book within a series, I must read all of the unread books prior to the selected book within that month. Consequences apply to these books as well.

  4. I cannot DNF without consequences. In other words, a DNF is the same as an unread book.

  5. Unfinished books have the same status as DNF'd or unread books.

  6. I may add other books to the TBR as I please, but they will not replace nor add to the chosen books with consequences.

  7. The consequences? At the end of the month, every book from the TBR that I read results in Jack taking a shot. Every book I fail to read results in my taking a shot.

  8. Enjoy a night of competitive bookish drinking (responsibly)*

*Type of shot is to be determined each month, as a high volume of books on the TBR could mean an unsafe amount of alcohol coursing through our veins. Don't worry, I'm a safe hooman.

December TBR Choices

Choice #1 | James Bond: The Man With the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming

Honestly, I'm not even mad. I completely expected this to be his first choice. This choice does rope in additional books, as The Man With the Golden Gun is the last book in Fleming's Bond novels. This then adds three additional books to the mix: You Only Live Twice, Octopussy, and The James Bond Dossier. Thankfully, these books are very short. They typically clock in below 200 pages. I'm not at all concerned here. Be prepared to drink up, sweetie.

Jack's reasoning: I won't let us continue on with our watch of the Bond movies until I get caught up on my reading the novels. By choosing the last book in the series, we both win. I get to read the novels before watching the movies, and he no longer has to wait on me to read the books.

Choices #2 and #3 | The Poppy War and The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

Okay, this one is a little bit cruel. Though I am desperate to pick up The Poppy War, I don't like to marathon series at the best of times. Instead of savoring the series, I'm forced to read 2/3rds of it in one month. It's not a huge deal though, as I am very excited to read these books.

Jack's reasoning: Apparently, there were four streams of thought here. One was to make Karo happy, as she just sent these books my way. Second, he chose them because they were reasonably large books, and the man really wants to win this competition. Third, he wanted to be sort of nice, so he used two of his picks, rather than just picking The Dragon Republic, thus making me read both by default. (Thanks!) Fourth, he knew I was genuinely excited to read these, and wanted me to have an enjoyable reading month. awww, shucks. I'll take it!

Choice #4 | Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Yes! As mentioned in yesterday's book haul, I picked this book up almost as soon as Karo recommended it to me. I'm incredibly excited to pick it up so soon after purchase! Though he is a chunkster, I have a feeling I will fly through this one.

Jack's reasoning: He knew I was excited to read it, and simply couldn't bring himself to separate us. Us being the book and I, of course.

Choice #5 | Scott Pilgrim Volume 2 by Bryan Lee O'Malley

This volume is a bind-up containing volumes 3 and 4 of the Scott Pilgrim series. I read volume 1 last month, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I'm very excited to pick up the next one so soon. I've had a huge hankering to pick up comics lately.

Jack's reasoning: He saw how much I enjoyed the first volume last month, and decided to throw me a bone. Besides, it'll be a reprieve from the monster he chose next.

Choice #6 | Plato: The Trial and Death of Socrates

Jokes on Jack, I love the Socratic method! I don't know if I will manage to finish this guy before the month ends, but I will likely enjoy every bit I do manage to read. Honestly, I forgot that I had a couple of these on my shelf.

Jack's reasoning: He just wanted to be mean.


Total books In TBR: 9

Pages to read: 2,880

Average book length: 320

Pages per day to succeed: 93

Because I Hate Myself...

I will be adding four additional books to my TBR for the month. Note: these additions will not be a part of the game.

  • Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

  • Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography by Victoria Price

  • 1984 by George Orwell

  • To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

Whew... I am quite aware of how ambitious this TBR is. However, cheers to a new month and winter recess from school! Wish me luck!

Happy reading!