Books, General

May TBR

We’re already a third of the way through the year, the sun is finally starting to shine more regularly and the temperatures are warming up. It’s the perfect time to start thinking about sitting with a book in the park, or by the river, on an afternoon stroll. I just finished writing my wrap up post, and wasn’t too impressed at the amount I read, so I am aiming high with an ambitious May TBR that should be useful when it comes to writing a TBR for Bout of Books 22 (you should all sign up!). 

I’m still ticking off challenges for Around the Year in 52 Books and Book Riot Read Harder, and I haven’t finished all the books I started last month, so I’m taking this into account with my list:

The Tsar of Love and Techno Anthony Marra

I started this collection of short stories in March, and really enjoyed the first two instalment. Not only does it fit a BRIC challenge for Book Riot Read Harder, it is also a pretty great read so far. This should be a good book to fill the gaps between other stories I’m reading as it’s very different from other things I tend to pick. The short stories within the book make it very easy ti pick up and put down without losing your spot, but I need to remember to pick it up a little more often.

The Alchemist Paolo Coehlo

I am currently listening to this on audiobook and really feel like I will be able to finish it earlyish this month. I have been pleasantly surprised by it so far and can’t help feeling like it’s right at the point where things will happen.

Spellslinger Sebastian de Castel

I started reading this last month, but it didn’t completely capture me enough to sit down and read it super quick. I think I found it a little messy to pick up and put down, so when I get a bit of time, I am going to try and read a lot of it in one go.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone J K Rowling

I have been very ready to do a re-read for a while, and so I decided it was time. My illustrated editions have sat on my shelves untouched for too long, so I’ve finally start this and enjoy reading a few pages before bed.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J K Rowling

I know that I will finish the first book this month, so will be ready to dive into the second one when I get the chance. This is my favourite Harry Potter book, so I am looking forward to enjoying it in a new way. If the illustrations on the cover are anything to go by then this will be awesome!

Shadowblack Sebastian de Castel

I received this e-ARC from the publisher, and I was really excited to read it, but I didn’t finish the first in the series to be able to pick it up. It’s due for release this month, and I’d ideally like to read it before the release day.

Charmcaster Sebastian de Castel

I also received this e-ARC from the publisher, and I was really excited to read it, but I haven’t finished the first, or second, in the series to be able to pick it up. It’s due for release this month, and I’d ideally like to read it before the release day so I can review it prior to it going on the market.

Children of Blood and Bone Toni Adeyemi

I was going to start this in March, and then in April, but didn’t have the time to give over to just sitting down and bashing it out. I think it will take a little more concentration than I was able to give it, but I have less overtime, and lots of weekends to sit back and enjoy this finally.

The Horse and His Boy C S Lewis

I started this series last year and haven’t read any for a while. I am trying to right the wrong that was not reading these when I was younger. This is simply the next book in the series, and should be an easy read. I thought I would read this in April, but apparently not, so here it is again.

TwoSpells Mark Morisson

An author recently contacted me and asked me to review his book in return for an unbiased. I was pretty hooked by the synopsis, and think I’m going to give it a go. It has magic and aliens and sci-fi and magic and libraries and other dimensions, so I can’t really say no. I didn’t get round to reading it in April, so I’ve popped it on my list this month.

Always With Love Giovanna Fletcher

I read Gi’s first novel spontaneously in March because I was looking for a light read after the murderous acts committed by Patrick Bateman. It was so pleasant that I picked up the next in the series and know I won’t resist it for long.

The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter

So I have kind of wanted to read this for a little while, and then suddenly saw that it was narrated by Emilia Fox and Richard Armitage. They both have amazing voices to listen to so I couldn’t resist.


I know, this is not a short list, and once again is really quite eclectic. Well, I have a lot of free time as I have early shifts galore this month and lots of weekend days to enjoy. It is also Bout of Books 22, and as we know Bout of Books is my favourite readathon, so I will undoubtedly buck up my reading ideas around that time, so lots to choose from is a good idea. At least I think it is! If I read them all it will be quite a good reading month!

What are you currently reading?

What are you planning to read in May?

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