My May has been going super well so far & I have some really exciting things going on this week – I finished my clinical internship last week for my masters program, I just started a full-time job this week (!!), & have my graduation ceremonies for my masters and undergrad degree from 2020 on Friday. With all the new changes and celebrations happening this month, my reading life has been put a little on hold, but I’m hoping to dedicate some serious time to reading on weekends. As always, while I plan on reading more than the books outlined here, I wanted to share my top 5 must-read books for May, including 3 review copies on my to-review list for June. I won’t go into too many details on a few of the books below, since I’ve mentioned at least two of them in some recent blog posts
Anna K: Away (Anna K #2) by Jenny Lee – Anna K: Away is one of my current reads. I’ve been not-so patiently waiting for this sequel since last summer when I read Anna K. The sequel picks up during the summer of book #1’s conclusion, with Anna starting off in South Korea to hide away while her friends & fellow socialites pick up the pieces of their owns scandals & drama. If you love escapist reads, I cannot recommend this series enough.
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry – If we get some nice sunny weather this weekend, I am committing to sitting outside & devouring Emily Henry’s People We Meet On Vacation. I’ve had my Book of the Month copy of this contemporary romance following two best friends, Poppy & Alex, whose relationship has been rocky for the past 2 years until Poppy convinces Alex to go on one last vacation with each other. Like Beach Read, this one screams perfect beach or poolside read.
Blame it on my wish for the public library to open soon and dream of being able to put ALL the books on hold, but my TBR has been getting even bigger during stay-at-home. I feel like I do have it under control or am at least finding a balance, since I’m reading everything that haven’t yet read on my bookshelves and broke out the iPad to read some e-books. Listed below are the most recent books I’ve added to my TBR.
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix – I’ve been in the mood lately to mix up my contemporary reading game, which includes a supernatural thriller that follows a Southern women’s book club convinced that their new neighbor is a vampire. The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires found my way on to my TBR because its Bad on Paper’s May book club pick. I’m not sure if I’ll read it before the end of May, but I’d love to read it this summer.
The Guest List by Lucy Foley – The Guest List was an April Book of the Month pick – it seemed like everyone I follow on Instagram chose this or Beach Read (which is the book I ultimately went with). This thriller is set at a wedding off the coast of Ireland, where a wedding guest turns up dead.
The Idea of You by Robinne Lee – Blame this TBR choice on Bad on Paper too – can you tell I’ve been listening to so many of their episodes on my daily walks? The Idea of You is one of their go-to recommendations, but I’ve seen it hyped up in many other bookish circles. It’s often described as One Direction fan fiction, following a thirty-nine year old mother who begins a relationship with a member of a popular boy band.
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren – My Favorite Half-Night Stand is one of the two adult standalone Christina Lauren books I have left to read! The other is Dating You / Hating You – I’ll probably pick that up or Beautiful Bastard before their next 2020 release. Not important, I sort’ve wish My Favorite Half-Night Stand got a cover re-design to match the rest of their beautiful rom-com covers.
Today marks not only the beginning of the a new month, but the final two days of my junior year! While I am freaking out that this is my last summer before finishing my undergraduate degree, I am also happily freaking out over all of upcoming free and non–school related time, which means more reading time!
There are so many 2019 releases and other books I am so excited to finally get to this month. I’m more than likely going to read more books than what’s listed below- I may or may not need a fantasy to break up all the contemporary. Although I still pick up books based on my mood, I am definitely a growing TBR maker. There are just so many books I want to (lovingly) tackle on my TBR during this final spring month and summer.
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I feel sort’ve guilty that I haven’t yet read Daisy Jones and the Six because everyone and their mother has been freaking out about it. Because of all the hype and my county library’s lengthy holds list for this title, I figured I’d have to wait to treat myself to reading it at the end of the semester.
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (ARC)
Red, White and Royal Blue was a possibility read on my April TBR. While I do read during the school semester, I particularly want to to be in the mindset (i.e. not be worrying about papers and presentations) to fully enjoy this one because everyone has been loving it so so much!
The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston
Since I read Ashley’s Poston’s Geekerella in May of 2017, I figured I’d read the companion novel during the same month! I was really enchanted with Geekerella, so I’m hoping I have similar feels with The Princess and the Fangirl.