#KillYourTBR2016: September’s Reading Challenge

#KillYourTBR2016: September’s Reading Challenge


Summer is ending, and with it, our August reading challenge. But never fear–that means our September reading challenge is just around the corner. Check out how Bookish editors fared with the August challenge, and let us know how you did in the comments. Then, see below for details of the September challenge!

Kelly’s August Challenge

I’m a failure. To quote Buzz Lightyear, “Years of academy training wasted!” August hit me like a hurricane and I didn’t get around to any books on my August TBR list. But, some months are like this. Instead of moping, I’m looking forward what the books September has to offer.

Elizabeth’s August Challenge

Time to ‘fess up: I didn’t read either of my planned books this month. Luckily, my good friends Karl Ove and Elena aren’t going anywhere, and I’m still excited to read the next installment in each series. Sorry, readers! I’ll do better in September.

Check out our Friday Reads tag to keep up with what we’re reading right now.

The September challenge is to read the books with the least number of pages. We love a good doorstop as much as the next reader (maybe even a little more, if we’re being honest), but there’s something wonderful about shorter books, too. Sometimes, less is more. So grab those slim volumes off of your TBR shelf, and get reading with us!

Kelly’s September Challenge

I’m Thinking of Endings Things

It’s been a while since I’ve indulged in a thriller, and since Elizabeth named this one of the Best Mysteries & Thrillers of the summer, I figure I can’t go wrong with this slim volume about a couple trapped in a snowstorm.

The Ice Dragon

I’ve had this petite book on my shelves for two years. It’s a children’s book by George R.R. Martin set in same world as his A Song of Ice and Fire series. I know I’m going to adore it, and maybe it’ll help fill the Game of Thrones sized hole that the ending of season 6 left.

Beautiful Bitch

Shocking, I know, there is in fact a Christina Lauren book I haven’t read. In fact, there’s a whole series! While I’m all caught up on their Wild Seasons series, I’m woefully behind on reading their Beautiful Bastard collection. To prepare for the release of the final book, Beautiful, later this fall, I’m rereading Beautiful Bastard and then catching up on the rest of the books in this series that I’ve had on my TBR shelf for far too long (including this short novella).

Elizabeth’s September Challenge


I loved The Red Parts, so it only feels right that I’m picking up Jane. I love Maggie Nelson’s voice, and can’t wait to read another one of her books.


I’ve heard that Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov is hilarious and underappreciated relative to his other works. It’s also quite short–the perfect size for stashing in my purse when I’m running around. Win/win!

The Fun Parts

I have heard great things about this collection of short stories by Sam Lipsyte. I don’t read as many short stories as I would like, and this month seemed like the perfect time to tackle a new collection (even if it isn’t a super-strict interpretation of the challenge).

Elizabeth Rowe
Elizabeth is a graduate of Columbia University's MFA program in Nonfiction Writing. She is based in San Francisco and can frequently be found at Philz with her nose in a book. Her current obsession is the My Struggle series by Karl Ove Knausgaard, and she thoroughly embarrassed herself when she met him shortly after the release of volume four (and she has the photos to prove it).


  1. I will be reading “the hostage”, “private royals” and “bloody valentine” all by James Patterson.

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