A tentative summer (=post-exams) TBR


Hello! Today I’m sharing a rare TBR post. Basically the only time I make a TBR for myself beyond saying “I will read this one (1) book next” is in summer, usually after the exam period (so… what normal people would call an August TBR).

This is just something fun I hope to stick to because it’s stuff I really want to read (+ my eARCs, which I’m also looking forward to checking out!), but I won’t be too mad if I don’t get to actually read everything that’s on here. I also know I’m probably going to read other things that are not in this TBR but that’s okay, I only get to relax one month a year and I should read what I’m in the mood for at any given moment!

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Chinese novels that twitter recommended to me

📗 Guardian by priest — you know you’ve been reading too many Chinese novels when you see one has 106 chapters and you think “oh, so a short one!” GHDSGHSDLFHS. This is an m/m romance between a ghost king and the bisexual guardian of the relationship with the underworld (?) and that’s kind of all I need to know? There’s also a show that looks really good (of course they had to censor it…) but I want to read the original novel before I get into that.
📗 My Wandering Spirit Lady by Qing Jun Mo Xiao — I don’t know much about this other than it’s by the same author of FGEP, a lesbian, and that it has lesbians. My plan in life is to read everything by her actually and I only have this one on this TBR because it was the one I was thinking about while drafting this post, but depending on things I might choose to follow her currently ongoing novel or read another one of her complete ones instead, who knows!
📗 You’ve Got Mail: A Cautionary Tale by Hei Dan Bai — I haven’t seen anyone of my mutuals talk about this actually but I found it while reading something else and it sounds juicy, it’s pitched as ancient China grindr and it promises to be hilarious?? The novel is complete but the translation is ongoing so I should actually wait until everything is translated but who knows if I can control myself.

Other novels & rereads

📕 The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons (+ possibly its sequels??) — a lot of my friends love this series and it’s one of 2-3 epic fantasy series that I want to try to read while I have more time (basically I’ve been postponing reading this for months because I can’t read such a long book + its sequels during my semester). If I like it I will have to make time to also binge the rest of the series so a lot of the rest of my TBR depends on whether or not I’ll have to read two more massive books on top of this one!
📕 The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (reread) — I planned to reread this last summer and didn’t so I hope to do it this year (I wanted to BR with two friends so hopefully they still want to??)
📕 Tian Guan Ci Fu by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu (reread) — I started this reread in January but because it’s such an emotional experience for me I had to avoid continuing it during the first weeks of lockdown and later because I was too busy with uni, and more simply put it’s one of my two-three all-time favorite books, so even (or especially?) upon reread it deserves my full attention!
📕 Mo Dao Zu Shi by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu (reread) — August will be my overall MDZS anniversary (started with donghua, then manhua, then novel then CQL) so it’s only right that I reread the novel (it will be my third time) around the same time I first started it! Ideally I will read this after finishing TGCF because I can’t do two massive rereads of favorite novels at the same time, so I hope to finish TGCF before August 24th (which is my official mdzs novel anniversary)


📙 Glorious Day by Skye Kilaen
📙 The Falcon’s Heart by Diana Green
📙 Depart, Depart! by Sim Kern
📙 Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn

📙 The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
📙 The Lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis
📙 Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee


So that’s it for my August/September TBR! Have you read any of these? Do you have a TBR for the rest of summer?

P.S.: it’s my birthday in a couple of weeks so I thought for the next few posts I’ll share the link to my Ko-fi so that you can choose to support me since making an e-book wishlist across different countries doesn’t seem possible, no pressure though!

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22 thoughts on “A tentative summer (=post-exams) TBR

  1. Omg wanna buddy reread guardian?! 👀👀
    I just started it but was thinking of stopping til I finish the show so I don’t mix them up/ when the show hurts me the book will be there to set it right!

    Also yissss the Ruin of Kings!! (Then we can induct you into the group chat!!)

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    1. yes!! i don’t know exactly when i’ll start it bc i want to give priority to tgcf and mdzs but i’ll let you know once i’m in italy and can actually Read dshlkhfs

      ahhhh yes i can’t wait to be part of the cool kids fhsdkfh

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  2. I’ve watched the Guardian drama adaptation and although I haven’t read its novel yet, from what I know, there’re some changes in the story. I don’t know how much they changed it but the drama one is more like sci-fi.

    Also, you’re rereading MDZS?! That’s so COOL! I plan to watch The Untamed Special Edition. And oh, read FGEP 😉

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    1. i’m super excited to watch guardian but i’ll keep it for after i’ve read the novel, i can’t wait!

      ohhh the untamed special edition was good ♥ and FGEP, yes!!!! ♥♥♥ i hope you enjoy it!!

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      1. Happy reading then! Hope you enjoy the novel (and the drama too!) 😊 Looking forward to your thoughts on it once you’re done.

        Thank youuu 💜💜

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  3. I’m currently reading TGCF, its taking me pure ages cos I keep getting distracted. I’m at the part where it’s talking about Xie Lian’s first ascent and I think its costheres a lot of world building I’m like WHEWWWW but excited to get to the more romantic parts, and then when I’m done that I’m gonna read FGEP

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    1. ohh i didn’t know you were reading TGCF!!! trust me it is so good if you allow it to swoop you in, yeah it’s a little worldbuild-y at the beginning but if you have patience you will get so much out of it ♥ OH AND FGEP TOO HELL YEAH LESBIANS ♥♥♥

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      1. Yeah I’m gradually making my way through it hahaha I think mdzs was easier to get through because I saw cql first so I could imagine the people involved whereas this I’m like WHO IS THIS 😂

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        1. FDHSLKHSD yeah i totally get it! i watched mdzs donghua first because i knew it would help to have a visual in my head when i got into the novel and it made things so much easier! but tgcf was on my timeline all the time anyway so i already knew how the main characters looked and i was invested and determined to love it fdhsklfhskl


  4. Ooh Guardian and You’ve Got Mail look really good 👀 AND YES YOU’RE GONNA READ THE RUIN OF KINGS! that’s one of my favourite books (and series) ever !! And I’m also rereading TGCF now that it’s on kindle 😭

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    1. Ahhh I hope I’ll like it 🥺🥺 so I can join you cool kids who have read it dkdhdk

      Laura ahhhh you really saved me with the mobi eheh I’m gonna read it at the beach without worrying about my phone’s battery….bless u

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