Holy crap, how it is already August? I moved back to America ELEVEN MONTHS AGO and I honestly have no idea what’s going on here, still.

What I do know is that I’ve amassed and imported an astonishing number of books that I intend to read. I haven’t made a big deal of it, but this year so far I’ve made a point of sticking to the backlist(with the exception of the new TJ Young book). I’m always trying to balance book blogging in a way that doesn’t encourage or pretend consumption over enjoyment, and for me, focusing on books I want to read whether or not they’re hot and new is how I do that.

Even so, the list of books I want to read is much, much, longer than the list of books I’ve read. Since this is the bookish Internet, I have a sneaky feeling that you might be in the same boat, so here’s our August challenge–let’s try and beat back some of our #tbr overgrowth. This month, try to read one or two books that have been lurking in the shadows next to your promises to read them next.

Personally, I’m going to venture off of the backlist for the first time this year and read some of the new books I’ve managed to pick up recently. This means the second installment in Rebecca Roanhorse’s pre-Columbian fantasy trilogy, Fevered Star. It also means I’m finally going to read Hanya Yanagihara’s latest, To Paradise. What I’m most excited about, however, is getting my eyeballs locked on the rest of Alex Jenning’s debut novel The Ballad of Perilous Graves, which is currently burning up in the fantasy world and I cannot wait to get into for myself.

How about you, fellow readers? What are you hoping to get off your #tbr and out of its misery this month? Let me know in the comments.

(As always, thanks for reading, beautiful people. This is the obligatory reminder that if you click and purchase anything from a link here, we’ll earn a commission as part of the Bookshop affiliate program and use it to buy more books. Peace!)

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