Bookish Item| May TBR

How is it time to talk about the books I want to read in May?!? I really feel like I was just talking about April. Even though April didn’t got completely as planned there are some books I want to read next month. I’ve been mood reading more lately, so this could change, but I hope to read most of these. Keep on reading for my May TBR!

Group Reads

Firekeeper’s Daughter – Angeline Boulley

Firekeeper’s Daughter only released last month, but I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this story. You wouldn’t say so by looking at this cover, but this is a thriller. This book is almost 500 pages and I’m really hoping this is a book I just can’t put down.

Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

I read Red Queen in 2016, but just haven’t continued with the series yet. I saw someone on bookstagram hosting a read of this series, so I thought it would be the perfect time to give it another go. It’s been so long that I really do need to read this one all over again! Hopefully I’ll finally continue reading after my re-read.

Aresenic and Adobo – Mia P. Manansala

Arsenic and Adobo is a book I’ve been seeing all over bookstagram. It seems to be a book people are loving and after reading the synopsis I know it will be one I’ll love as well. I’ve been wanting to read more cozy mysteries and what a better time to start then next month with a group read of Arsenic and Adobo!

The Crown of Gilded Bones – Jennifer L. Armentrout

At the moment I’m almost done with A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire. I’ll either start this one right away and be done at the beginning of May or wait a little later in the month to start reading. The first reviews of The Crown of Gilded Bones are positive and I’m excited to continue with this series.


Buddy Reads

I only have two buddy reads scheduled for May, but knowing me I’ll end up with more, haha.

House of Hollow – Krystal Sutherland

House of Hollow is another book I see everywhere lately. This book has gotten so much praise that I really want to try it! It seems spooky and that’s something I’ve been craving for in a book lately. There has been a lot of hype, so I’m hoping my expectations aren’t too high.

End of Days – Susan Ee

At the moment I just started World After (the second book in this trilogy). I have to say it’s a lot darker than I expected, but it just works for this book. I’m reading with a friend and we’ll be taking a little break before continuing, so End of Days is on my list for May.


Book Tours

As you can see, I’m pretty booked again this month, haha.

Sunkissed – Kasie West

Kasie West is an author that writes contemporary books that I enjoy. Sunkissed is her next release and it seems like a book I need between the heavier fantasy books I plan on reading in May.

The Ones We’re Meant to Find – Joan He

I’ve been curious about The Ones We’re Meant to Find since the cover reveal. It’s definitely unique and stunning. This is a sci-fi that seems like it’s going to be quite the ride.

The Last Shadow Warrior – Sam Subity

On top of participating in the book tour for The Last Shadow Warrior, I also plan on using this one for one of the prompts for middle grade May (you’ll read more about that in this post). I haven’t read many books with Vikings and I have to say I’m intrigued.

Lucky Girl – Jamie Pacton

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again I’m loving all of the illustrated covers! The main character wins the lottery, but there may be a few bumps in the road. I have a feeling this one will have some funny moments!

The Other Side of Perfect – Mariko Turk

The Other Side of Perfect is an emotionally driven contemporary. Sounds like the perfect book for me. The dancing world isn’t an easy one and if a dancer injures herself it gets even harder. I’m really curious to see how this one plays out.

Made in Korea – Sarah Suk

Made in Korea sounds like a contemporary I’m going to love. The main characters butt heads while running competing Korean beauty businesses at school. I have a feeling there are going to be some funny moments and that this book will leave a smile on my face.

Off the Record – Camryn Garrett

Off the Record is one of the more serious books on my TBR this month. This is a testament to the #MeToo movement. I have a feeling this is going to be an emotional read, but one that needs to be read.

The Edge of Strange Hollow – Gabrielle K. Byrne

I have a feeling that The Edge of Strange Hollow will be a magical adventure. And again, I really wish all books got the amazing covers middle grade books get.

Things to do Before the End of the World – Emily Barr

I’ve been loving thrillers lately and Things to do Before the End of the World is one! Can you imagine finding out the world will end in 9 months? What do you do with the time you have left? This is going to be quite the ride.


Middle Grade May

Every year TBR and Beyond hosts a middle grade event on Facebook. This year isn’t any different and there are a list of prompts to get through and earn points for you team. These are the ones on my TBR. I don’t know if I’ll get to all of them, but I want to read as many as possible!

Fearless – Mandy Gonzalez

Someone mentioned Fearless in a book group I’m in and I knew I needed to read it. I love books that take place in a theater and in Fearless a ghost is haunting it. Our main characters must find a way to break the curse before opening night.

From the Desk of Zoe Washington – Janae Marks

I’m apparently really liking mysteries lately and I’ve had From the Desk of Zoe Washington bookmarked on my audiobook app. So middle grade May is the perfect time to give it a go. The main character is going to try and figure out if the father she never met really committed the crime he’s in prison for.

Furthermore – Tahereh Mafi

I got the sequel to Furthermore in a bookbox way too long ago and still haven’t had the chance to pick it up. This sounds like a magical read!

The School for Good and Evil – Soman Chainani

Isabelle loved this series and I actually bought the first book two years ago for middle grade May. I think that makes it safe to say I really need to read it now. I love books that take place at schools. Add magic and I’m sold!

Thirteens  – Kate Alice Marshall

It’s terrible, but I actually totally forgot about me e-arc for Thirteens. This is a horror and takes place around Halloween. It definitely sounds spooky! A perfect Halloween read that I’ll definitely re-read around that time if I end up loving it.

The Accidental Apprentice – Amanda Foody

I actually got a couple chapters in with this one, but once again was easily distracted. So I’ll start again in May and finish it this time. I enjoyed what I read, so I’m excited to actually know how it all plays out.

Dead Voices – Katherine Arden

Small Spaces is one of my favorite middle grade books and I’m shocked I haven’t read Dead Voices yet. I’m really hoping that this one is just as spooky as the first one. The third book, Dark Waters, releases later this year, so I want to be ready!

The Tea Dragon Society – Katie O’Neill

The Tea Dragon Society is a book I’ve seen all over the place and think I’ll love. I know for sure this will be a quick read with only 72 pages. I’m hoping it’s just as good as I’m expecting.

Tilly and the Bookwanderers – Anna James

I would love to be able to go book wandering. Wouldn’t it be amazing to jump into the pages of the books you love?!? Tilly and the Bookwanderers is another book I’ve had unread on my shelf way too long! I’ve heard so many positive things.

Winterhouse – Ben Guterson

Winterhouse is another book that I did give a go awhile ago, but again I got distracted. I loved what I had read, so I’m starting over and determined to finish this one this time around. It’s a mystery and the puzzles so far have been cute.

Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch – Julie Abe

If I’m honest I’m totally reading this one because of the amazing cover, haha. It helps that a few people I know have read it and said it’s fun. Our main character has to earn the rank of novice witch or she’ll lose her magic. I have a feeling I’m going to love this one!


As you can see I’m definitely being ambitious in May. It helps that middle grade books are fairly quick reads! Have you read any of the books on my TBR? Let me know what you thought if you have. What books are you planning on reading next month? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!

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