It’s entirely possible I’m biting off more than I can chew this month. The reading list I’ve come up with isn’t long or overambitious, but I also have finals this month (which I’m actually happy about because I hate this stupid class and turning in my final project means it’s over), I will be working a lot, I’m trying to finish a novel (it’s not going well), and I need to start thinking about my thesis (kill me now). On the other hand, I might just dive into a pile of books and never come out. Either way, here are the books I’m hoping to read in the month of May:
1. Seige & Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I really enjoyed the first book in the Grisha trilogy, Shadow & Bone, when I read it a few months ago, and I’ve decided, since I own all the books, I want to finish them while the story is still somewhat fresh in my mind.
2. The Archived by Victoria Schwab. After the enormous cliffhanger at the end of A Gathering of Shadows, I have been going through V. E. Schwab withdrawals. I think it’s time I start this series, since I’ve had this book for a while (you may have seen it on my November reading list last year).
3. The Lost World by Michael Crichton. I read Jurassic Park a little over a year ago, and really enjoyed it. I haven’t picked up the sequel yet, but it’s been calling my name from the giant pile of books next to my desk.
4. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. I have only ever read a few of Whitman’s poems. But I still feel a bit of a connection with him because we share a birthday. So I thought it would be fun to read this book, which has been on my TBR for years, on our birthday – May 31.
This month’s theme for the Reading New England Challenge is a book that takes place in Vermont. So I will be reading:
5. The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I have heard such great things about this book – at least two of you have told me I need to read it – so I am definitely excited about finally getting to it!
I am also planning on reading this month’s book for Our Shared Shelf (and hopefully getting through the March pick, which I haven’t finished yet). May’s book is:
6. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson. This book is a memoir about the author’s relationship with famous artist Harry Dodge, who is fluidly gendered. I like that this month’s pick goes beyond feminism a bit and explores LGBTQIA through a feminist lens.
And, finally, my TBR jar pick of the month is: a book from Oprah’s book club. For the second month in a row, this book actually falls into one of the categories for one of the multiple challenges I’m doing, so yay! I was originally going to read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, but we’ve all seen how overambitious I am when it comes to reading. So, instead, I will be reading:
7. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez. I have actually never read anything by Márquez, and he seems like one of those authors everyone should try at least once. I’m looking forward to reading this one. It also won the Nobel Prize, so I have pretty high expectations.
I also want to really make an effort this month to finish most of the bigger books I’m currently yin the middle of: War and Peace, The Fellowship of the Ring, A Little Life, and A Brief History of Time. I had a really great reading month in April, so I’m hoping to continue that streak.
What’s on your May TBR?