Hello hello. I can’t believe I’m writing another one of these! This year seems to be spinning by. Whether it’s because I’ve been so ill and I’ve been sleeping so much, or whether it’s because the world is slowly opening back up after Covid, I’m not sure, but it feels like I was only writing my April TBR a few days ago. My monthly wrap up will be coming soon, it’s been an interesting month, and I’m looking forward to reflecting on it!
I’ve got a few blog tours early on in the month, and then I’m hoping to catch up on some of my NetGalley reads (you can see my latest NetGalley TBR here), along with a reading some of those books that are on my shelves. Finally! Oops.
Witches Steeped In Gold
I’m joining in with some of the other Hot Ket Ambassadors with a readalong for this stunning magical debut. With rival witches vying for power in this book full of Jamacian folklore and myths as a base for a story that is ready to pull on your blood as much as your heartstrings. I’ve made a start on it here in April, but I’m counting it in May as that’s when I’ll be reading the most of it, and when I’ll be finishing it.
War and Peace
Yes, I know, and yes, I’m scared.
Some of us from TWR Gang have decided we’re going to try and attack the classics, and where better to start than with one of the most intimidating classics out there? My book arrived last week, and I shared the sheer size of it on Instagram. Honestly, it took so many photos to get one that wasn’t shaking because of the weight! We’ve broken it down to weekly reading, and we’re starting in May to finish at the end of June. So we’ll see how that goes.
I’m reading this for a blog tour that I’m scheduled in for week two, so I’ll be reading it in the first week. Here’s the synopsis from NetGalley:
Avery has always used music as an escape. But after her best friend betrays her, even her perfectly curated playlists can’t help her forget what happened. To make matters worse, her parents have dragged her and her social-media-obsessed sister to a remote family camp for two months of “fun.” Just when Avery is ready to give up on the summer altogether, she meets Brooks–mysterious, frustratingly charming Brooks–who just happens to be on staff–which means he’s off-limits.
What starts as a disaster turns into. . . something else. As the outside world falls away, Avery embarks on a journey of self-discovery. And when Brooks offers her the chance of a lifetime, she must figure out how far is she willing to go to find out what she wants and who she wants to be.
Fan favorite Kasie West is back with another unforgettable summer romance that reminds us falling in love is full of wonder, heartache, and–most of all–surprises.
Siege and Storm
I recently read Shadow and Bone and I’m planning on reading the second book in the trilogy next month. I haven’t decided whether I’m going to watch the TV series ahead of finishing reading them yet; normally my strict rule is books before film always, but it does look so good….
City of Heavenly Fire
Next on the reading list with Ellie and Fiona for our Shadowhunter Saturdays is City of Heavenly Fire. This is the sixth and final book in the Mortal Instruments section to the Shadowhunters collections, so I’m intrigued to see how it concludes before we move onto another group of characters again. I’m really feeling that buzz of apprehension that comes with a concluding book, and we’ll just see where that goes!
Goddess of the North
I requested this book on NetGalley without checking the date of release (blind problems!) and found out after I’d been approved that it’s actually been out for the best part of a year. I’ve used an Audible credit to buy it as an audiobook and it will be one of my planned audiobooks for the month, which I do read a lot of; they’re great for when I’m feeling ill or am unable to read a physical book, and the narrator on this book in particular is great.
The Last Girl
Scream meets Gossip Girl with a dash of One of Us is Lying!
When it comes to horror movies, the rules are clear:
– Avoid abandoned buildings, warehouses, and cabins at all times.
– Stay together: don’t split up, not even just to “check something out.…
– If there’s a murderer on the loose, do NOT make out with anyone …
New girl Rachel Chavez turns to horror movies for comfort, preferring them to the bored rich kids of her fancy New York High School. But then Rachel is recruited by the Mary Shelley Club, a mysterious student club that sets up terrifying Fear Tests; elaborate pranks inspired by urban legends and horror movies.
But when a sinister masked figure appears, Rachel realises that her past has caught up with her. It’s time for the ultimate prank to play out …
So that’s my plan for May initially. Things might change slightly and I’m hoping I can add in a few more books if my plans allow, but fingers crossed that aside from the three readalongs I’m doing, I can move some more books in.