I’ve decided to do something a little different with my reading plans in May. I’ve just come off of April where I completed two different readathons, during which I read some books which have been sitting on my TBR for a rather long time. It felt really good to check those off of my list, so I decided to dedicate May to knocking some of the books I have been putting off, off my list. However, I decided I am going to focus a little bit on fantasy books in particular.
I made a list of books I’m planning on reading, but I kept it fairly conservative compared to last month so despite the fact that I have set certain guidelines (fantasy I have been putting off) I still have some wiggle room for mood reading because sometimes I just need to follow where my heart wants to go. While I made my list, I asked my followers on my bookstagram account (check it out at ashleyreadstoomuch), and I asked a couple of friends for some options they have been wanting me to read. Some were more helpful than others; Kari suggested a specific title, while my friend Tara said I should read everything. Contrary to popular belief, I cannot read everything in a month. Man, do I wish I could though! That would make it easier to defeat my extended TBR.
Let’s get into what I’m planning on reading fantasy wise:
The Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
This was Kari’s pick. It’s not really one I’ve been putting off seeing as I only hauled it last month, but I’m still really excited. Kari said that I will like it, and I definitely trust her. She’s got good taste and she seems to understand what I like to read. The plot sounds really interesting so I can’t wait to see what happens.
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
This was Tara’s pick from when I first hauled the book and hadn’t yet decided what my plan was. I couldn’t read everything like she asked, so I just figured I would focus on one she had previously told me to prioritize. I am definitely excited for this one, because the premise seems really cool. You don’t encounter very many murder mystery fantasy books so I can’t wait to see what happens. After I read it, I might just have to go pick up the candles that Tara made based on the book from her etsy shop.
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
There was so much hype about Sky in the Deep when it first came out and I was really excited about it to. However, as per the usual the hype scared me off and I haven’t yet gotten around to it. Now is the time and so I will be reading this. It looks like it should be a quick and easy read.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Here we have the choice from my followers! Two different people who follow me on bookstragram suggested that I read this one, and since it was sitting on my shelf just waiting for me to pick it up, it was an obvious choice to add to the list. Technically, it was the first book I added to my TBR for May. I have heard such good things about this series, and I’m really hoping it lives up to the hype for me.
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Here’s another series starter that I’ve heard a lot of good things about. I’ve also heard some mixed things. I want to figure out what my thoughts on it are, so I’m hoping to be able to get to reading it this month and finally form my own opinion.
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Here’s my last set fantasy read on my list. Again, this book was all over bookstagram when it came out and I bought it because of the hype. I really wanted to read it, but instead I let it sit on my shelf. Again, now’s the time to try and get to it. I can’t wait to read this retelling.
That’s where I am at with the fantasy reads, though I have a couple of non-fantasy ones that I’m hoping to get to:
Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
I am about halfway through this book, so I’m hoping to finish it up before the end of the month. The sooner the better if I’m being totally honest. We’ll see how it goes though.
1 play out of my complete works of Shakespeare
I slacked last month when I was completing my readathons, and didn’t read a Shakespearean play. I read two other plays but not one by Shakespeare. I need to keep on going with my resolution!
So what are you going to read in May? What should I bump to the top of my list? Let me know in the comments below.