So you may or may not know that I tried to create a STRUCTURED TBR for this month. This is the first time I’ve ever done this, and I’m notoriously bad at following TBR’s so I was a bit unsure on how this would go.
I was pleasantly surprised with the results! I think this method prevented me reading as MUCH as I usually do, but I don’t mind. I wanted to focus on reading more widely, not reading more. And this worked. So I would definitely try this method again.
So if you remember, I chose out six categories and challenged myself to read a book in each one (ARC, mystery, adult, owned, TBR shortlist, next in series) So lets breakdown how following this structure worked
➵ MYSTERY: GONE GIRL or GENUINE FRAUD
This is the only prompt I failed. Although I started Genuine Fraud, I didn’t read much of it and I didn’t even try Gone Girl. I am a bit disappointed because this is one of the categories I invented this whole thing for. But oh well. I am going to try incorporate one of these books into my Marvel-A-Thon June TBR
➵ ARC’S: DREAD NATION or ACE OF SHADES
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody: (🌈🌞✔) ★★★★☆ ➵ I read this for the ARC prompt and I’m so glad I did because I loved it. This is a fantasy following a gang leader called Levi (who’s also black and bisexual) and a girl called Enne who enlists his help to search for her mother. I really enjoyed this, the setting was amazing and it had some great character work. Plus it was super fun to read.
➵ ADULT: VICIOUS or IF WE WERE VILLAINS
Vicious by V.E Schwab: (✔) ★★★★☆ ➵ This has been on my TBR for a really long time, so I’m so happy I finally read it. This is a really twisted story about two boys who gain superpowers and then promptly dedicate their lives to ending eachother. I really liked this, but for some reason there’s always something missing for me with Schwab books that means I can’t quote give them 5 stars.
➵ NEXT IN SERIES: SEA OF MONSTERS or THE END
Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan: (🌞✔) ★★★★★ ➵ I’ve been meaning to continue this series for a very long time and I’m so happy I finally did. This was excellent and I liked it so much more than book one. The audiobook is also amazing. Put me straight on the hype train.
The Titans Curse by Rick Riordan: (🌞) ★★★★☆ ➵ So I went off the TBR and read this next. I couldn’t help it the PJO bug got to me. Since this is still a next in a series though, it’s not so bad. I really liked this edition too, maybe not as much as Sea of Monsters though.
➵ SHORTLIST: ELIZA & HER MONSTERS or CIRCE
Eliza & Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia: (🌸✔) ★★★★☆ ➵ I’ve really wanted to read this for a long time. I love any book involving creative stuff and internet culture. This is about a girl who secretly writes a webcomic who meets the writer of popular fanfic for her webcomic. It was really cute and quick to read and reminded me of Radio Silence which is one of my favourite books. I just think the end lost some of the tightness of the beginning. But it was really great.
➵ OWNED: BREATH or BIG LITTLE LIES
Breath by Tim Winton: (♿✔) ★☆☆☆☆ ➵ So I enjoyed this book for the first three quarters. It wasn’t my favourite ever, but it was a sweet book about two best friends learning to surf and the writing was nice. And then some shit I can’t condone happened at 75% and I immediately hated it. tw for underage sex/relationship and sexual asphyxiation
➵ RANDOM: ICE MASSACRE or THE FIFTH SEASON
So technically I didn’t complete this one either, but I am currently reading The Fifth Season (25% through) so I didn’t completely fail either. The Fifth Season is really good so far and I’m hoping to finish it in June
➵ BOOKS NOT ON MY MAY TBR
So one major reason I didn’t read as much from the structured TBR as I would have liked is that I finished a whole bunch of books I was in the middle of. Which I feel GREAT about because it’s nice to have a more cleared up currently reading shelf.
This was my Currently Reading as of May 1st and now it’s down to ONE BOOK (The Fifth Season) and yes, it feels fucking amazing.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde: (🌈) ★★★★★ ➵ The fact I finished this COUNTS as a classic read for that category don’t @ me. Anyway I LOVED this. Oscar Wilde is hilarious and the prose and wit in this is amazing. This is one of the most entertaining and readable classics I’ve ever read.
The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk: (🌈🌞🌸) ★★★☆☆ ➵ I didn’t love some of the representation in this, hence my lower rating, but I still did enjoy it. I listened on audiobook and all the narrators are amazing. This is a book about grief following three characters who are all connected through a band called Unravelling Lovely.
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli: (🌈🌞🌸) ★★★☆☆ ➵ This book was a massive letdown for me, unfortunately. I still liked it, but I had quite a few issues and didn’t feel as invested in it as I did with Upside and especually Simon Vs. I just wasn’t a fan of where Becky Albtertalli took the story, but the epilogue was beyond adorable so there’s that.
Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray: (🌈🌞🌸♿) ★★★★★ ➵ Easily my favourite book of the month. I am OBSESSED with this series, it’s absolutely incredible. I mean the roaring 20’s, supernatural threats, teens with superpowers and a large cast? Literally everything I live for in one book. This series just gets more complex but this instalment raised the stakes by one thousand percent.
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling: ★★★★★ ➵ Okay. I admit I wasn’t currently reading this. But I have an excuse for reading it. I am OBSESSED with the Harry Potter app that got released and it put me in a big mood to read Harry Potter so I DID. And I read the illustrated version and it’s beautiful and great!
- Books read: 12
- Genres: contemporary (5), classics (1), fantasy (4), science fiction (1), historical fiction (1)
- Age range: young adult (6), adult (3), middle grade (3)
- Page count: 4147 (HOLY SHIT)
- Average rating: 4 stars!
So that’s my entire May Wrap-Up. This one is a long one, and I actually didn’t even realise how much I had read this month until right now? I’m very pleased and very proud. Obviously I’m doing Marvel-A-Thon in June so my TBR is entirely dedicated to that, but I’m gonna bring back this structured TBR in July because holy shit it works.
What books did everyone else read in May?
until next time!