May Monthly TBR

April was actually a pretty good month! I’m happy with the number of books and comics I was able to read. It’s a miracle. May might get busier near the end of the month for me, but I’m hoping #BoutofBooks will offset that for me. In fact, I’ll stick this in here now and consider it my sign-up post:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

You’re joining in, right? You really should. Scientifically proven to be good for your health. (No, I don’t have a link to the proof for that, just take my word for it.)

On to the May pile!

  • imageHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – I’m trying to purge more books, and I didn’t want to put this in the “donate” pile until I get to read it. Time to re-focus on #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks!
  • 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino – Ditto above, and I know there’s a lot of love for this novel.
  • The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates – Reading his Black Panther run has me itching for more Coates writing.
  • What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi -I’m hit-or-miss with short story collections, but I have a feeling Oyeyemi’s writing style will be perfect for it.
  • Maestra by L.S. Hinton – This is being compared to 50 Shades of Gray, but there’s no romance or messy emotions. The girl apparently kills some of the guys that she has sexy sexy times with? I don’t know, but I’m very curious.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Yet another super popular novel that I really need to read or just get off my shelf.
  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande – I forgot I had this on Audible, so yeah. Diving in.
  • Grunt by Mary Roach – I was pretty excited to get approved for this one on NetGalley.

And there’s a few other e-books and galleys I’ll try to get to if I can, AND Joe Hill has a new novel coming out soon that I’m going to get my greedy little hands on… but leaving the list kind of short worked well for me last month, so I’ll stop here. What are you looking forward to this month?




  1. I love Bout of Books – can’t wait! I have been wanting to read The Night Circus forever. I hope it’s good. Can’t wait to see what you think of Maestra!


  2. Oh! I hope you like the Adichie! She’s such an amazing writer and I just wish there were more novels out there by her, which feels like a greedy thing to wish for when the stuff she has written is so so SO good. I just think in Half of a Yellow Sun she does a particularly amazing job of writing about the normalcy of life in Nigeria before the Biafran War, and it makes the onset of war so incredible painful and scary to write about. And it’s an impressive trick for a Western audience, because we’ve been so primed by this idea we have of Africa as a War Place that it can be hard to make that impact really felt.


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