I can’t believe it’s May already!!! The Winter semester is finally done and I’m only teaching one class over the summer, so, in theory, I’ll have more time to read–especially since I’ve officially finished my Masters! This means I will also have more time to focus on the blog after being scattered in posting in the latter half of March and April.
That being said, I have a very large TBR (again) and I’m hoping I get to all of them and more (I don’t know how that’ll happen, but weirder things have happened). I have a good 25 books on my TBR, but I will only highlight the ones I will be prioritizing. I have a few that I have to read for group reads, some that ARCs I have to read for tours, and just some others to throw in the mix. I’m participating in a couple of readathons too (TBR and Beyond Book Club Middle Grade Mayhem – Magical Journey and Asian Readathon), so I’ll highlight those as well. All that out of the way, let’s take a look at the books I hope to read in May.
These books are on the list because I have buddy/group reads for them that are being hosted on TBR and Beyond Book Club on Facebook.
Lore by Alexandra Bracken I got in a Fairyloot box, I believe a couple of months ago. Although we’re having a middle grade reads only reading challenge, we wanted to make sure we offered a YA buddy read–that being typically what our group reads are. I love anything involving Greek Mythology so I’m sure I’ll love Lore.
Amari and the Night Brothers by BB Alston has been all over BookTube, Bookstagram, and Facebook, so of course I had to buy my own copy! This gorgeous book is another one of our group reads. I started it yesterday and I’m loving it already!
This last one is a buddy read. Eva Evergreen: Semi Magical Witch by Julie Abe has the most adorable cover! Reminds me of KiKi’s Delivery Service. This is another one that’s been all over BookTube, Bookstagram, and Facebook. I’m really excited for this one!
ARCs I’m Prioritizing
Most of these I’m reading because they are part of a tour, either hosted by the publisher or TBR and Beyond Tours.
How to Become a Planet by Nicole Melleby Tour is being hosted by the publisher. I’ve reviewed arcs of Nicole’s other two titles: Hurricane Season & In the Role of Brie Hutchens… They always have LGBTQIA+ and mental health rep in their books, which I’m always looking for. Both books I’ve read by them were highly rated (5 & 4 star respectively) so I have high hopes for this one. You can expect my post on May 29th.
The Firebird Song by Arnee Flores Tour is being hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. This is Arnee’s debut and I’m excited to read it. This also fits in the Asian Readathon–see below. I’m lucky enough to have Arnee doing a guest post for me, but I’m also hoping to get it reviewed for then too. I tried a chapter last week and it really sucked me in! This will pop up on May 18th.
The last arc I think I’ll have time for–may not be able to get ahead this month– is Off the Record by Camryn Garrett. This tour is hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I read Camryn’s debut book, Full Disclosure, and really enjoyed it. This sounds like it will be a hard hitting, Own Voices book, with LGBTQIA+ rep. This review will show up on May 23rd.
I have a lot of books I’m reading in order to fit prompts in either Middle Grade Mayhem or Asian Readathon. So first lets take a look at the prompts.
TBR and Beyond Middle Grade Mayhem
Mod Fav: Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston
Debut: Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
Published before 2021: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
Fantasy: The Firebird Song by Arnée Flores
Asian Author: Girl Giant and the Monkey King by Van Hoang
Graphic Novel: Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
Fav Colour: How to Become a Planet by Nicole Melleby
Group Read: Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe
Spooky: The In-Between by Rebecca K. S. Ansari
3 word title: The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao
Friendship: Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone
Mystery: The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable
Asian Readathon is Hosted by @readwithcindy, this event is a month-long readathon dedicated to reading books featuring Asian protagonists and/or written by Asian authors. Cindy challenges us to read a different Asian ethnicity (character or author) for each reading prompt. You are allowed to double up, but I wanted to read as many books written by Asian authors as possible. I have more books to pick from in my TBR that are Asian authors, so I do have a little wiggle room for which books go where, but this was the general plan.
Asian Author: Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan (Pakistani)
Asian Character: Girl Giant and the Monkey King by Van Hoang (Vietnamese)
Fav Genre: The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao (Chinese)
Nonfiction: nothing picked (leaning towards Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi – Iranian)
Not US-Centric: Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe (Japanese)
That’s a look at my TBR for May. It’s packed! I didn’t even talk about my continuation of the Outlander series–fingers crossed that I can get to it!
Have you read any of these? What did you think? Do you plan on reading any of them? Let me know in the comments below.