May Monthly TBR

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Jenn created Monthly TBR to show up the books you hope to get to within the upcoming month, and I love it. Feel free to visit her blog and join in! You know you wanna.

Good morning ya’ll!! It’s May! I can actually hear lawn being mowed and birds chirping. It’s wonderful.

So, let’s take a look at how I did in April, shall we?

Oh yeaaaa.

Oh yeaaaa.

Not too shabby! I read a total of 13 books in April. Out of the ones above, I never got around to A Mercy or A State of Wonder, and I DNF-ed The Marriage Plot. But then I read some books not featured above, including Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, My Beloved Brontosaurus, The Song of Achilles, and Holes. So basically, I am STILL kicking 2013’s ass when it comes to reading.

Now let’s take a gander at my May pile! It’s kind of large, because I know that the Bout of Books readathon is coming up! ALSO, this pile is unique in that there are NO library books in it! These are all books that I own. I really need to work on reading some of the books I already own, and I realized last month that the majority of my TBR piles seemed to be books from the library.

May Monthly TBR

From the top…

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Witchy by Heather Blake – This is the third book in a cozy mystery series I like.
  • The Telling by Ursula K. le Guin – Some sci-fi/fantasy by a really great author.
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding – A book I’ve been meaning to read, and is on my Classics Club list.
  • Romeo & Juliet by Shakespeare – This is (of course) the No Fear, easy-to-read edition. Also counts for my Classics Club list, although I don’t think it’s listed on there at the moment… I never intended to read two Shakespeare plays, somehow.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. RowlingReadalong! I actually don’t know if we’re finishing it in May or not, but I’m assuming we are.
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling – Also for the readalong, of course.
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba – Non-fiction about a boy in Africa who builds a windmill.
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – Been meaning to read this classic dystopia for AGES.
  • Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami – Fiction, honestly don’t remember when or why I bought this, so figured I should check it out.
  • The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester – More non-fiction, about the Oxford English Dictionary.
  • The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly – Yet more fiction I own that I should get around to reading.
  • Space Chronicles by Neil DeGrasse Tyson – More non-fiction, and this is probably the book that I’m MOST excited to read out of this whole pile.
  • The Case for Mars by Robert Zubrin – Non-fiction about why we should attempt to colonize Mars, and how to go about doing it.
  • Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea’s Family, Friends, and Other Victims – Some comedy to keep things light.

 That is FOURTEEN books. I must be crazy. Plus, even though these are all from my own shelves, I do have 3 books waiting for me on hold at the library that I want to try to fit in as well… apparently I plan on not doing anything but reading this month.

So, what are you guys hoping to read in May? Come tell me! Obviously I need more book recommendations…




  1. Some nice books there and good job in April! 😀 I have a HUGE pile next to me “tbr asap”, but in no particular order. You’d be better off checking my Goodreads page because I’m sure it must be at least 20 strong, maybe more when you add the Kindle. However, I’ve chosen to read other stuff if I need to because these are mostly all review books except I think 2 which are for book club reads. Yup. And I’m SO thankful or library has a wishlist function on the website to stop me reserving everything I come across because no way would I have time for them this month! xD


    1. Thanks 🙂

      In reality, I have HUNDREDS of books that could go in my to-read pile, lol. But it’s fun to just pick a random few every month and aim to get those read. I’m trying to read more of the unread books I have at home so that I can be getting rid of the ones that I don’t like, and therefore make room for new books 🙂


  2. Good luck with your pile 😉 You did a great job in April! I hope you like Lord of the Flies, I haven’t read that in forever.

    You need book recommendations like you need another hole in your head…as my grandma would say 😉


  3. That is an ambitious May TBR pile with lots of kick ass titles. You did such a good job with your April pile that I’m sure you’ll kick May’s ass as well!

    Also randomly I was thinking about R&J on my way to work this morning. As a love story I’m very eye-rolly about it, but it has some great lines


    1. Thanks, Ima try.

      I know that from what I’ve heard of R&J, it sounds a bit ridiculous… two kids, insta-love, and they kill themselves to be together? That’s such an emo story that I would normally not be interested, but you know… it’s a classic! So I gotta.


  4. Ooooo! You are a machine, lady! That is such an impressive April list!
    I’m super excited now too because two of your TBR reads are on mine as well! Though.. I almost never adhere to my TBR :(. Brave New World and The Book of Lost Things are on mine.
    Can’t wait to see what you think of them!


  5. In May I plan to finish reading The Great Gatsby off my Classics Club list and some more fantasy for Once Upon a Time VII. You are a reading machine I couldn’t imagine trying to read 14 books in one month. Good luck and happy reading 🙂


  6. Yay for Shakespeare, Chelsea Handler, HP and Brave New World! Some of my faves. I’ve heard great things about The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind but I’ve never read it.
    I’m interested in what you’ll think of Lord of the Flies. I read it in high school and it’s one of my top dislikes.I hope you enjoy it more than I did. You have a great list!


  7. I absolutely LOVED the Professor & the Madman. It was the nerdiest, most awesome nonfiction I read last year. I mean, you have to be a complete dork to read a book about the OED in the first place, but I am, and I’m so okay with that. & it was fascinating.

    *I don’t mean to insinuate that you’re a dork unless you WANT to be a dork, in which case carry on. Fantastically cool people can read books about the OED too. In fact, I would argue that ONLY fantastically cool people would do so.


  8. I had such odd experience with “Brave New World”, when you say you had problems getting into it I can totally see why. Not that it’s bad(ly written), it’s just very… differently written and there are elements that make you go *roll eyes* and *hmmmmmm* at the same time. But I think if you don’t try to take it *too* seriously it’s intriguing and enjoyable read 🙂


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