May Reading List

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 PeaceThe Fellowship of the RingA 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?

14 thoughts on “May Reading List

  1. Oh my God YES! The Secret History is so good! Donna Tartt owns my soul.
    Also looking forward to your thoughts on Leaves of Grass. 🙂

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  2. Good luck with finals and all that school stuff! When I was in the home stretch of my dissertation I found myself reading so much more than normal – I think I chose that ‘dive into a pile of books and never come out’ strategy of procrastinating!

    The Secret History is really rather wonderful, I love that book, and I should probably give it a re-read sometime soon so thank you for choosing it for your TBR and reminding me of that fact, haha. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of it since I know some people have a hard time with it – but, of course, I hope you’re on the ‘enjoyed it’ side.

    On a slightly different tone, Siege and Storm is a great sequel (in my opinion!); it builds so wonderfully on the first book and there’s some new people introduced who are brilliant. Definitely a good idea to read it soon-ish though, when the story is still fresh. I practically marathoned the trilogy and I’m really glad I did because I probably would have forgotten something otherwise.

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    1. I just noticed that I never got the notification for this comment! Glad to hear The Secret History and Seige & Storm are so good! I need to pick them up soon.

      And my procrastination strategy is definitely similar! Haha.

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  3. I read One Hundred Years by Marquez and really liked it and so I’ve been intrigued by his other novels for some time. I can’t wait to see how like Cholera. Good luck this month!

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      1. Haha yes you should give it a read. The main character, Locke, was based on the character Locke from final fantasy 6, so I’m definitely looking forward to reading that novel. 😀

        It’ll be nice to talk to people about the novel as well. That or at least read up on other people’s opinions on the novel. 😀

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  4. I need to pick up Siege and Storm soon as well. I really enjoyed the first book and am a huge fan of Six of Crows, so it might be time to finish this series. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is an author I’d really like to read. I own One Hundred Years of Solitude, but haven’t found the time to pick it up yet. Hope you get a chance to pick up all the books on your list!
    You’re officially invited to join the Comment Challenge!

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    1. Thanks! I bought Six of Crows when it came out (I couldn’t resist the black pages hahaha), but I want to finish the Grisha trilogy first. (Hopefully before Crooked Kingdom comes out.)

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  5. I just read Jurassic Park for the first time a few weeks ago. SO MUCH LIVED IT. I hop you like The Lost World. (Also, I love your theme here.) 🙂

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