June TBR

Who has two thumbs and has never read The Hunger Games series?

This gal!

I do (and don’t) know why I haven’t read it yet. The first book came out the same year that the last book of the Twilight series came out, and the Hype Monster was real. In my circle, the same people who were raving about the Twilight series were also raving about The Hunger Games, and it turned me off a bit. Now, don’t get me wrong: I read the entire Twilight series and I *did not* think they were terrible. They were super readable (my husband and I read them all in the span of a week and a half), and while I didn’t *love* them, I didn’t dislike them at all. But there was something about diving into *another* YA fantasy series that EVERYONE was raving about that I wasn’t down for. I was a little afraid of the Hype Monster. So I decided to wait a while…and I kind of forgot all about them.

So I never read them.

A couple of weeks ago, I was catching up on my YouTube subscriptions, and Leena Norms had vlogged about how she reread The Hunger Games series. It made me realize that I’d never gotten around to reading them, and it was high time for me to do so. (And Leena’s thoughts and interpretations are great, so if you’re interested, go watch the video.)

I’ll be done with my undergraduate degree on June 4th (can I get an “AMEN”?!), and I’ll have the summer off before I start my master’s degree work, so I am finally going to read the series. I’ll be reading it as a buddy-read with sj, a friend from work, and an online friend, and I’m really looking forward to it. And of course, we’ll be reading the new one, too.

THEN…I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Stephenie Meyer is writing yet another Twilight book. Am I going to read it when it comes out? Yep. Are sj and I going to reread the first four books leading up to that? We sure are. Hahaha! I’m particularly looking forward to rereading them with sj. Should be a lot of fun. I’m not entirely sure this reread will happen in June, but that’s what I’m planning for.

The next Sykes & Savidge Book Club book is Graceland by Bethan Roberts, which sounds really interesting even though I’m not a fan of Elvis, so I’ll be reading that at some point before the end of June.

I’ll also be reading Longbourn by Jo Baker for Lauren’s Patreon book club. I’ve been meaning to read it for a while, and this is giving me a reason to put it at the top of my TBR list.

I’m still working on the Women’s Prize longlist, so I’m hoping to get to one or two of those in June, too.

This is an ambitious list, to say the least, but some of these will be very quick reads, so I’m pretty confident I will get through all the buddy reads, at least.

Have you made reading plans for June, or are you just going with the flow?

May Reading Wrap-Up

I know it’s not the end of the month yet, but I don’t think I’ll be starting or finishing anything between now and June 4. It’s the end of the semester for me, and I’m too busy writing papers and doing other school work. I’m still reading The Path of Daggers (Robert Jordan) for my bedtime book, and there is a *chance* that I’ll finish that before the 31st, but other than that, I’m not starting anything new for the rest of the month.

I read (or finished) nine books in June, and all but one fit into the following categories…

Asian Readathon (May 1-31)

  • How We Disappeared, by Jing-Jing Lee (★★★★)
  • The Dragon Republic, by R.F. Kuang (also read for Tome Topple) (★★★★)
  • Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng (★★★★)

Tome Topple (May 9-22)

  • Lethal White, by Robert Galbraith (★★★★)

Sykes & Savidge Book Club

  • The Hunting Party, by Lucy Foley (★★★)

Lauren’s Patreon book club

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows (★★★★)

Women’s Prize Longlist

  • Actress, by Anne Enright (★★★)
  • Red at the Bone, by Jacqueline Woodson (★★★★★)

I also read Dopesick (Beth Macy) for my Drugs & Human Behavior class, which is what one of my final papers will be based on.

There were other books I wanted to get to, but May turned out to be busier than I expected with work and school. I’m still happy with how much I read and *what* I read, so I’m calling May a good month. I’m looking forward to having the summer off from school so I can just read for pleasure outside of work. That’ll be so nice. I’M SO CLOSE.

How did your reading go for the month of May? What was your favorite book of the month?

Bout of Books Wrap-Up

Another Bout of Books is…in the books. Heh. I did pretty well! Here are my readathon stats by day…

Day 1: 343 pages read

  • Finished The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang (also read for Tome Topple and Asian Readathon)
  • Started Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (also reading for Tome Topple)
  • Read more of The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan (#8 in the Wheel of Time series)

Day 2: 240 pages read

  • Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
  • The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan

Day 3: 101 pages read

  • Still reading Lethal White and The Path of Daggers

Day 4: 151 pages read

  • Lethal White and The Path of Daggers

Day 5: 12 pages read

  • Had to go in to work, and the kid wouldn’t stop talking when I got home
  • Read more of my bedtime book, The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan

Day 6: 186 pages read

  • Finished reading Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
  • Read more of The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan

Day 7: 117 pages read

  • Started Dopesick by Beth Macy (for my Drugs and Human Behavior class)
  • The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan

All in all, not a bad outcome aside from Friday. I read two books for Tome Topple, and one of those was for my #20for20books challenge. I didn’t participate in any of the mini-challenges or anything…I just wanted to read. I mainly stayed off social media, too, which is a major part of Bout of Books, but again, i just wanted to read.

If you participated, how did you do?

Bout of Books Readathon, May 2020

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are daily challenges, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional. For Bout of Books 28 information and updates, visit the Bout of Books blog.

Another readathon to participate in, and it’s a week long!

I fully plan to participate in this, although I probably won’t be doing any of the daily challenges. I’m just going to read (which is what I’ve been doing already every week, so…).

I’m going to continue reading the books I listed in my May TBR and Library Book Haul posts, but I also need to read a book for my Drugs and Human Behavior class (Dopesick by Beth Macy), so I’ll most likely be reading that next week, too.

Are you joining the Bout of Books readathon? Will you have a TBR pile chosen ahead of time?

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.

ANYWAY.

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!