January TBR 2020

Hello, Lovelies!

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2020 guys! How were your festive holidays? I hope you all had a great one!

As I had mentioned in my previous Blog Update that I wanted to change how I wanted to do the Monthly TBR lists but I never really explained how I was going to do it. So, this post is going to be an explanation of how the list is going to work and if you also want to plan your TBR List just like this then you are more than welcome to copy and paste the rules. Just make sure you tag me in it.

Now, the reason why I wanted to do it like this is because I realised that I am an emotional reader and I pick up books based on what I am feeling that day. However, I want to read more books from genres that I don’t normally go for. So to give myself the element of choice whilst having enough structure so that I can keep track of what genres I’m reading, I came up with this system.

This way I don’t have to stick to a list of books that I was supposed to read that month and completely disregard the list because I’m not feeling those particular books when it comes to reading them.


So here are the rules of this TBR system:

  1. Pick from a list of genres that you are interested in. You can pick from 3-5 genres. These are the genres that you will be reading from that month. They MUST be chosen at random.
  2. Once you have picked your genres, make a list of books for each genre. You can choose whatever books that you want in the list and you can choose how many you want.
  3. You MUST read at least ONE book from each genres.
  4. Please tag Jaz @ LaBelleBibliophile 💕💕💕

Chosen Genres For This Month

  • Historical Fiction
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Mystery
  • Contemporary

TBR List


  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Descendants of the Crane by Joan He
  • The Priory of the Orange by Samantha Shannon
  • Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  • Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
  • A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  • Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
  • The Secret Witch by Chandelle LaVaun
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • The Guinevere Deception by Kirsten White 
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Science Fiction

  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • Wool by Hug Howey
  • Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Aime Kaufman
  • Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  • Vicious by V.E Schwab
  • Illuminae by Jay Kristoff
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Deep by Rivers Solomon
  • Supernova by Marissa Meyer
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Children of Tim by Adrian Tchaikovcsky
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor
  • The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Replay by Ken Grimwood
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
  • The Wayward Pines Trilogy by Blake Crouch
  • Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Historical Fiction

  • The Tattooist of Ausehwitz by Heather Morris
  • The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
  • Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Memoires of a Geshia by Arthur Golden
  • Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith
  • The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff
  • The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  • The Great Alone by Kirstin Hannah
  • The Bear are the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco


  • Sadie by Courtney Summers
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • Angel & Demons by Dan Brown
  • A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
  • One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  • We are Liars by E. Lockhart
  • Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Diviners by Libby Bray


  • My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  • The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Wonder by R.J Palacio
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Now, you’re probably looking at this list thinking that you have to list this many books for each genre. You don’t. This is just me being extra af and wanting to have as much choice as I can. You can put as much or as little as you want. That’s the great thing about this system is that it is really up to you.

I hope this helps those who are emotional readers like me but still want to broaden their reading scope by exploring different genres whilst having a slight structure as to what to read that month.

How do you pick your books for your Monthly TBR? Do you pick your books based on what you’re feeling? Or do you need a specified list in order to make yourself read that book?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below


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