May TBR (Plus Readathons!)

As of right now, I have 10 books I need to write reviews for, and you know what? I just don’t feel like it. It’s not that I don’t have time (I have so much time), or that this whole situation we’re in is keeping me from doing it in some way. It’s just that with all the time I have, I just want to read. I finally have more time to read for pleasure, and I don’t necessarily want to spend that time on a computer, writing reviews. So maybe there will be some mini-reviews. I’ve also been debating doing IGTV or YouTube videos where I talk about the books I’ve read. In all honesty, I have much more fun talking about books than I do writing about them. I don’t know. This is all kind of stream-of-consciousness. We’ll see.


I have so many plans for my reading in March, so I thought I would talk about them here in case any of them sound interesting to you, too! Now I just need to decide where to start…

First, I am still working on reading the Women’s Prize longlist for this year. The awarding of the Prize has been postponed to September, so I have plenty of time to finish. I have read four of the 16 books on the list, and I am almost done with another, so I basically have 10 more books to read on that list (not including Hilary Mantel’s latest book because I haven’t read the other two yet). I will be continuing with that.

Then, May is Asian Heritage Month, and Cindy of readswithcindy is hosting her second annual Asian Readathon, which is a month-long readathon in May that encourages people to read books with Asian characters and/or are written by Asian authors. You can watch her announcement video here, and you can find a wonderful Google doc here that provides loads of information including book recommendations. There is a list of challenges involved, but I’m not going to even attempt to work on the whole list.

In addition to all of that, I found out about the Tome Topple Readathon today, hosted by Adriana of perpetualpages, which takes place May 9 through May 22, and encourages people to finally pick up that 500+ page book they’ve been meaning to read. The only stipulation to joining this readathon is that you read a book that is at least 500 pages long. I can do that. I prefer longer books.

Then finally, Simon of Savidge Reads and Melanie Sykes held their Sykes & Savidge Book Club discussion for Girl, Woman, Other today and announced that their book club pick for May is The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley, so I will definitely be reading that.

With all of that said, here is the list of books that I would like to get to (at least in part) in May:

  • Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara
  • Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
  • Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie
  • A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
  • How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
  • The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
  • Girl by Edna O’ Brien
  • Hamnet by Maggie O’ Farrell
  • The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  • Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • The Dragon Republic by R.F. Quang
  • The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

And I think that’s it for now. At least two or three of those books fit both readathons AND were books that I had already planned on reading, so yay!

I know I won’t get to all of those books in May, but I’d like to get to the majority of them. Obviously I will be making sure to read the books that I chose for the readathons and that I want to read for the book club. I’m really looking forward to reading all of them eventually.

What’s on your May TBR? Have you read any of these? Will you be reading anything in particular for Asian Heritage Month? Let me know in the comments!

32 thoughts on “May TBR (Plus Readathons!)

  1. I am still worrying about my Summer reading list and struggling to buy books without resorting to certain online giants who shall remain nameless. Would welcome any recommendations. Interesting post. Thank you.

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    1. I’ve been having that issue, too. Thankfully, I work in Administration for a library and we have to go into work once a week to do administrative work, so I still have access to books. We don’t carry everything I’m looking for (or other people have it checked out), but it helps. Have you looked into independent bookstores that are shipping? For example, have you looked into ordering from Powell’s Books in Oregon? Or Half Price Books? There are a number of independent booksellers that will ship books.

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  2. As a writing teacher and aficionado, I urge you to reconsider writing about books instead of talking about them. I think writing engages more critical faculties and is more interesting. Also, selfishly, I don’t want to miss out on hearing your ideas about books (I will almost never listen to podcasts or watch videos, although my son and I are having an ongoing discussion about “video essays” and what you can do with them that you can’t do in writing–he gave some good examples–3– and I did watch them).
    I read The Dutch House and it was okay, not great. I reviewed it Sept. 2, 2019.

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    1. I totally agree with about reading vs. watching. I was just kind of thinking out loud. I mean, it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a couple of years, and I still haven’t done it, so…yeah. Hahaha! Thank you for the link to your review!

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      1. Wow. I don’t usually like to openly disagree with my online friends, but I think you should totally do book vlogs or podcasts if that sounds fun to you! I think having out-loud conversations or musings involves just as much critical thinking as writing essays. There’s nothing intellectually inferior about a podcast or a vlog (some of the ones I’ve listened to — even the goofiest ones — have involved a ton of preparation and thought and editing), and in any case, I tend to bristle at the suggestion that book bloggers need to follow certain standards (other than basic respect for one another) for their thoughts to be considered worth one’s time.

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        1. Oh, I totally agree with you! I’m not sure anyone was saying that videos or podcasts are intellectually inferior. I think the idea was that we use different parts of our brain for both, and some people tend to absorb what they read better than something they watch or listen to. Honestly, that is true for me. I’m very sorry if I offended you! 💜

          I also agree with your statement about book bloggers being expected to follow certain standards. We don’t need no stinkin’ standards. For sure.

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          1. I definitely absorb reading better than listening. Nevertheless I try to get at least one audiobook per month mixed into my reading.
            Generally: personal preference!

            Slightly different topic, there is also a very tedious discussion going on about the merrit of audiobooks and if they can even be considered reading or books at all.

            My book reviews are very definitely stream of consciousness. I try to stick to covering all the bases, aka world building, characters, etc., but it‘s supposed to be fun. Anything else would feel too much like work… 🙂

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          2. I get very upset with the discussion of whether or not audiobooks should be considered reading. Of course they should be considered reading. My mother has been legally blind since I was a little kid, and she has been listening to audiobooks almost exclusively for probably 20 years. I would LOVE for someone to tell my mother that she hasn’t “read” a book for 20 years. Heh. Oh, to be a fly on the wall for THAT conversation. 😂

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          3. And that fact — legally blind people listening to audiobooks — negates any other argument, case closed!
            Even so, on Goodreads there are some very heated arguments about it. Some of them turn outright nasty. I don‘t get it. I also read a lot of comics — similar heated arguments! And I don‘t know how many weird looks I have received in RL, when mentioning that I love to read SF. I immediately get stuck into the „Weird“ drawer… Reading snobbery, one of the big mysteries.

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          4. Oh, it wasn’t your comment I was referring to! I was bristling a bit at Jeanne’s statement that you should write *instead of* vlogging, because the latter doesn’t use as many critical thinking skills. I felt like jumping in and defending your idea.

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  3. Mini-reviews or IGTV sounds good. I am not much of a Youtuber, that never really appealed tom me. Maybe it‘s an age thing?

    I have not read any of your picks… I am currently reading Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter, a paranormal romance/mystery with a vampire (I think, not quite clear yet). Sounds very UF, which I do not read very much anymore. This one seems to be quite good though. Quarantine Brain agrees. And I am looking forward to Network Effect by Martha Wells, which should hit my inbox on Tuesday, I think…?

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  4. What a wonderful list of books you’ve got going for May! I am still not back to my full reading speed/schedule, in part because my college-age daughter is now at home and she distracts me (in a good way).

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    1. My college-age daughter is home, but still doing classes, so she’s been very busy. Once she’s done with classes (next week), she is also an avid reader, so I foresee a lot of quiet reading days in my house. 😊


  5. It looks like you’ll have a great reading month ahead! I look forward to your thoughts on the Women’s Prize books. I’ve never actually tried talking about books but I can see how it would appeal—sometimes writing reviews is just so HARD. Happy reading! 🙂

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  6. Ooh, what a great list for May! I have made no lists or plans for May, despite promising myself I was going to select a group of books from my TBR shelf to try and tackle this month. Instead I have requested a new ARC from Netgalley and continued my reread of the Amelia Peabody series. So, responsible choices by me. 😛

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