May Reading List

It’s May! Which means we’re a third of the way through 2019. And it’s almost time for summer reading. And by summer reading, I mean sitting in front of the AC with a giant glass of iced tea (and not going outside). it felt a little strange making a reading list that doesn’t include Shakespeare, because I’ve been doing it for so long. But I recently finished all of Shakespeare’s plays, and it feels so nice to have a break. Especially since there are a couple big books on my list this month.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. I’ve been meaning to read this for a while, and was planning on getting to it this year. So when it was announced as the Our Shared Shelf bookclub pick for May/June, it felt like the perfect time to finally read it.

Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin. I really enjoyed Melanie Benjamin’s The Girls in the Picture when I read it a few months ago. So when I got the opportunity to read her newest novel (out later this month), I jumped on it. I’m really looking forward to this one, especially since the synopsis sounds a bit like A Gentleman in Moscow, which I loved.

The Tyrannosaur Chronicles by David Hone. This month wouldn’t be complete without a science book, and I’m in the mood for some more dinosaurs. You probably already know that I developed a bit of an obsession with tyrannosaurs after reading The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs earlier this year (the babies were fluffy!), and I definitely want to read more.

Last month, I asked you to choose the next fantasy book I read, since I have so many of them on my TBR (and I’m indecisive). And the winner is:

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. I will admit, this book is a bit intimidating. But I’m feeling brave after making it through most of The Pillars of the Earth (I’ll finish it later this week), and loving it. Plus, this one has dragons (and hopefully less violence).


I’m hoping to read more than just these four books in May. But I want to be more realistic, because I have no idea how long it’s going to take me to get through The Priory of the Orange Tree. I have a good feeling about May. It’s going to be a good month.

What are you planning on reading in May? Also, do you like being able to vote on books for my TBR? Should I make it a monthly feature? Let me know!

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5 thoughts on “May Reading List

  1. I really hope you enjoy Priory of the Orange Tree! I’ll be honest, I found the first couple of hundred pages overwhelming and more of a struggle as I had to get used to the world and all the characters but once I hit my stride with that, the pace picked up and it didn’t take long to read at all. Happy reading!

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