I didn’t do a TBR in May because I had disappointed myself the previous month by not achieving all of the TBR challenge prompts I was supposed to do. I didn’t do that in May either. I technically read books that applied to all the prompts but I didn’t read all of the books I had planned for the prompts. However, I still kind of wanted to do this post because I like talking about the books that I’m going to read. So I will do so below the cut. However, I want to emphasize that I don’t plan on reading all of these, but I know I will get to a fair few of them.
I’m going to break this up into a couple of categories. The first are going to be the books I’m reading for the TBR Tackle Challenge, and the prompts that they go with.
- Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas – Colourful Cover
- The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed – Contemporary
- White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Paperback
- Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor by Kathryn Lasky – Name in the Title
- We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia – LGBTQIA+ Rep
A few of the books for the challenge are newer purchases of mine, and I’m really excited to get to read them. I love the idea behind Lost in the Never Woods, as it sounds really intriguing. I’m also super excited to try out Jennifer L. Armentrout for the first time. I also look forward to the continuation of the series in We Unleash the Merciless Storm. It’ll be interesting to get Carmen’s perspective. Elizabeth I is a reread for me, but it’s the next in my Royal Diaries read through. I’ve had Nowhere Girls on my shelf for ages and I’m excited to finally read it.
I also have some eARCs that I would really like to get to this month. I went on a bit of a requesting spree from NetGalley in their graphic novels section and I’m excited to read the ones I requested.
- The Minamata Story by Sean Michael Wilson – published June 15th
- The Secret Garden by Mariah Marsden, Hanna Luechtefeld – published June 15th
- Resistance by Val McDermid – published June 15th
- My Contrary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows – published June 21st
- Savage the Wild by Max Bemis – published July 13th
- The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould – published August 3rd
- Astra by Cedar Bowers – published June 1st
Every time I get close to 100% on NetGalley I do this thing where I go crazy and request a bunch of books. I definitely did that this time, and while I have slight regrets, most of them are graphic novels so they shouldn’t take me too long to read.
As a personal challenge to myself, I’m trying to read the previous month’s OwlCrate each month. I failed to do so last month and it and this month’s didn’t seem to fit into any prompts for my TBR challenge. However, I’m still hoping I’ll find the time to read them:
- Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart
- The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He
I’m especially excited to read The Ones We’re Meant to Find because the cover is so pretty. I will say that I do enjoy the idea of the plot as well, but the cover is stunning. I’m also really interested in Witches Steeped in Gold but I find it’s heft intimidating.
I also have some audiobooks currently signed out from the library that I’m pretty certain I’ll get to.
- The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
- Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
- Tex by S.E. Hinton
As I have read The Outsiders approximately three times this year, I’m trying to branch out and read more by S.E. Hinton, which is what has drawn me to Tex. I’m part way into Punching the Air and am really enjoying it so far. I also started The Halloween Tree but have set it down for a bit because I wasn’t feeling it at the time.
Then I am subscribed to the Audiobook Sync summer audiobook releases. They put out two audiobooks each week from May to August. I haven’t downloaded all of the ones they’ve put out but I have several I want to get to.
- Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud
- Alive by Scott Sigler
- What Makes Us by Rafi Mittlefehldt
- Trell by Dick Lehr
- Descendent of the Crane by Joan He
- They Went Left by Monica Hesse
- Illegal by Francisco X. Stork
This list is only going to get longer to be honest, but I’m intrigued by the ones I do have downloaded. I haven’t kept all of them this year because I’m being pickier about them than I usually am. If I’m not interested, there’s no point in picking them up.
Finally, I have some books that I started that I would like to finish soon. I sometimes tend to get distracted by other things and pick up something new rather than not finishing. It’s very rare that I DNF something.
- A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
- The Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs
- All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
- Shakespeare’s Sonnets by William Shakespeare
- The Suffering by Rin Chupeco
I’m really excited to read all of these, but have set them down for various reasons. I put down ACOMAF because it’s an audiobook and I had library holds come in. I accidentally returned The Conference of the Birds to the library and have to wait for my hold to come in again to finish it. All the Crooked Saints was started on my computer and I will eventually get back to it. When it comes to the sonnets, I got into the longer poems and I lost some of my motivations. Finally, I have The Suffering on my Kobo and I had to read some of my NetGalley eARCs and so it got set to the side.
And that’s everything that I have plans to hopefully pick up in June. I’m definitely excited about all of them. What are your reading plans?