May has been hectic for me with my exams and having to go to Paris to take them in person and so I haven’t been able to read as much as I wanted to! Now that this is over, I am very excited to catch up on all of the books I’ve been meaning to read. So many books that I am dying to read are coming out by the end of this month and in June and I don’t want to be burdened by the books that have been sitting on my TBR for months. I’m also trying to stop impulsively buying books and actually reading them once I receive them, so I’m trying to lower my physical TBR.
I stumbled upon the #DoTheThingAthon hosted by Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction which is perfect because it is the extra motivation I needed to get through the books I’ve been meaning to read! I have a few ARCS and books that have been on my TBR for a few months and I’m happy to finally get to them.
This readathon doesn’t have specific prompts but rather just “doing the thing!” and reaching your own personal goals for the year. The Readathon takes place from May 24th-30th and there are going to be many reading sprints throughout the week! I am so excited to be reading with so many people!
My TBR or rather “hopefuls” for the readathon:
The Dragon and The Queen (The Raven and the Dove #3) by Kaitlyn Davis. I received an ARC for the first book and loved it so so so much!! I am thankful to still be receiving ARCs of this series. This is such an incredible story and I am very excited to get back into this universe. Release Date: June 21st 2021.
Lying with Lions by Annabel Fielding. The author kindly contacted me and asked me if I wanted to receive an ARC in exchange of an honest review. This book mixes historical fiction with a sapphic story. I can't wait! Release Date: June 21st 2021.
Merging the Driftby Tom Bray. The author contacted me back in February but I still haven't read it so I think it's time for me to finish this!
Books that have been sitting on my TBR for months
Empire of storms by Sarah J. Maas. We should have a drinking game for how often this book appears on my reading lists and yet I still haven't read it. I've been "reading" this since November. I just want to get it over with. The worst part is that I am loving this book? I don't know why I stopped.
Charming As a Verb by Ben Philippe. This was a birthday present (back in February) by my lovely friend Rae @Rae's Reads and Reviews ! I think May is also Haitian Heritage Month and I really want to read this book in honour of that since the author is Haitian.
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. I am a huge fan of the Grishaverse as some of you know and seeing the TV show has finally convinced me to pick up this book which has been sitting on my shelves since 2019!
Normal People by Sally Rooney. This was also gifted to me by my cousin. I saw that the show has had amazing reviews and I cannot wait to read this one!
The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He. This book caught my eye because of the cover and the synopsis and I cannot wait to read this one! It came out on May 4th!
Here’s the video were Ashleigh talks about the readathon and she created a Twitter account with all the playlists and everything linked to the readathon!
What are some books which have bee, sititng on your TBR forever? Let me know in the comments!
February is my favourite month of the year because it’s my birthday month (February 13th) and also because everyone tries to read more diverse books and it makes me really happy!
I had a good reading month in January even if I didn’t read as much as I had hoped; I feel in a little bit of a slump and I started watching a lot of TV instead of reading but by the end of the month I found my mojo again and I’m actually very excited for all of the books I plan on reading this month
Finale by Stephanie Garber ★★★★ I started the year by finishing Finale, the last book in the Caraval series. I think the series wrapped-up nicely and I really liked to see all of the character's arc coming to an end. I preferred the second book but still a nice ending to an enjoyable series! The author announced a few months ago that she would release a book on Jacks and i really loved it so I'm excited for that!
The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen ★★★★ I really enjoyed this book! It had been recommended to me on Instagram and it was so unique and captivating! You can see my full review here.
Fable by Adrienne Young ★★★★ I didn't like this book as much as I had hoped but it remained an enjoyable book nonetheless. I really like the ship's crew and their whole dynamic but I especially loved Fable who was an inspiring and resilient strong character. I can't wait to read the second book and see how it all ends.
The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn ★★★★★ My favourite book of the month! I wrote a full review where I gushed about this here. Basically this book contains a lot of my favourite trope and made me believe in love.
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★★I buddy read this book with a friend and it was such a nice experience! It was fun, action-packed and full of feels and steamy moments! I'm going to upload my review soon!
Paper Princess by Erin Watt. No rating. Call this book the "reading slump slayer"; It is so problematic, unrealistic and trashy BUT it is so addicting and I couldn't put it down. I read this in a day. I didn't expect this to be a series and I might pick up the next book when I have my next reading slump.
This month’s “hopefuls”
I know that realistically I won’t read all of these but I’m going to try my best!
Do I really need to talk about this show?? I loved the diverse cast, all of the tropes and the quality of the cast and crew. I might upload a post dedicated to the series and what to read after binge-watching the TV show.
Nicola Coughlan is a real star and particularly stood out to me in Bridgerton and people recommended the Derry Girls and it was HILARIOUS. The episodes only watch 20 minutes and tell the story od girls from Londenderry in Ireland in the 90s and it was such a good time; can’t wait for season 3!
This is my sister’s favourite show, with reason and I’m into season 3 and it’s phenomenal. The whole series is magnificient.
Listen. I love love love these characters to death. I am waiting for my own personal Nick Miller. The last seasons were so wholesome and warmed my heart, I wish I could see the series again. And I almost cried with laughter too. Such a great show.
Books coming out this month I’m excited about
There are so many great releases this month! I also received an ARC in December for my Dearest Josephine by Caroline George and I highly recommend it to all of you! And of course A Court of Silver Flames! Any new SJM book is an event in and of itself! There are so many great diverse and books written by BIPOC coming out but these are the ones I’m the most interested about.
What have you been up to last month and what are your plans for this month?
I thought that if I posted next week’s TBR here, I would hold myself accountable and feel ashamed that I didn’t fulfill my promises. So this post is basically me trying to force myself to read.
I have been reading Empire of Storms, Finale and Opposition for weeks now and I’m hoping to finally finish them this week! I’m halfway through Empire of Storms and I love the book so far but I haven’t been able to pick up a physical books for a while now. I hope I’ll manage to do that next week! I’m reading the audiobook of Finale and I have 4h7mn left! My reading pace is 1.8x though, so I might finish it sooner than that. Can’t wait to see how everything ends.I’m 70% done with Opposition and I might finish reading it tonight or tomorrow morning so I’m quite hopeful. I was a little disappointed with the beginning of the story but I’m really enjoying the latter part of the story.
When (if) I manage to pick up a physical book, I would love to start reading The Poppy War!
I want to read Faking Under the Mistletoe before Christmas to put me in the Christmas mood. I have been watching Christmas movies (I watched Love Actually again today!) and I realized that I like Christmas related stuff. Better late than never?
What are you hoping to read next week? Let me know in the comments!
Daisy Jones and the Six is one of my all-time favorite books. It crushed me. It’s the only book I reread this year, so when I heard there was a readathon inspired by the book, I couldn’t miss the opportunity. I also thought that it would help me in my challenge to read 10 days in three weeks!