May TBR (2020)

My goal this month is to pass the halfway mark of my 100 book challenge for 2020. I am at 43 books as I write this, with 4 more to finish for April, so I should make it!

I usually have graphic novels on this list, but the libraries are currently closed, so I can’t get my hands on any right now. I will be looking online for some though, so there may be some in my Wrap-Up for the month.

I will also read some books for school, but I won’t be adding those here. They will be in my Reading Wrap-Up if you are interested.

With that, here are the books I plan to read in May:

[All book covers are from Goodreads.]

Crier’s War by Nina Varela

This book was originally on my O.W.L.s TBR for last month, but I ended up running out of time and switching this book for a faster read. It’s not that I didn’t want to read it or make the time; it’s that I didn’t want to rush through it just to complete the challenge, which is why it is first on this TBR. I do want to read this very soon, but I don’t want to rush through it.

This is a political fantasy with (what seems to me) a few SciFi elements. I have heard this story is very empowering, the politics are the center of the story, and there is queer representation among relatable characters. We love that for us!

I am pretty excited for this read, and I do plan to read it physically. So stay tuned!

Let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought of it.

Royal Assassin (The Farseer Trilogy #2) by Robin Hobb

Royal Assassin (The Farseer Trilogy #2) by Robin Hobb

As I will mention in my April Reading Wrap-Up, I have been listening to this audiobook on and off for the last month, but with O.W.L.s going on I didn’t get very far. I am only about 20% into the audiobook, but I am really enjoying it.

I have to say, I am a bit disappointed that this book has some triggering parts that weren’t in the first book of the trilogy. I hope this isn’t a recurring theme, because I love this series.

I do plan to prioritize this book for my listen of the month. Cross your fingers that I finally finish it…

Incendiary (Hollow Crown #1) by Zoraida Córdova 

This book is a guess I have for a subscription box that I signed up for, which was for April, but was delayed due to the pandemic.

The theme for the box is “memories” and mentions a book “set in a world inspired by Inquisition-era Spain, where magic is feared and rebels are trying to overthrow the crown. This tale of revenge, love and magic had us hooked from page one and we are still reeling from the twist at the end.”

This was the book that I landed on, and I have to say the description matches perfectly. I hope this box gets here soon so that I can get started ASAP, but if not then this book may get pushed to June.

Wow, I have a good amount of political fantasies I want to read this month… hopefully I dive into that mood head first.

bone criersBone Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace #1) by Kathryn Purdie

This is my guess for a book coming in a different subscription box, which they described as “an addictive fantasy all about a group of women and girls who use the power of the moon to help the souls of the dead pass over. It’s filled with fierce female friendship, forbidden romance, interesting magic and more.”

This book is a magical fantasy about a group of women who ferry the spirits of the dead to what is essentially heaven or hell, but when the main character is interrupted by a vengeful man during a rite of passage, which means killing the one she is destined to love, their destinies are entwined. The rite was started, so now they have to break their bond and finish the rite before it is too late.

This book was in my Anticipated Books for 2020, so obviously I had heard about it before this subscription box, and I am excited to read it next month. Again, I hope it comes in time to read it in May.

Have you ever signed up for a bookish subscription box?
Which one is your favorite?

The Golden Orchard by Flora Ahn (Author), Kathleen Choe (Narrator)

This children’s SciFi/Fantasy (about time travel and memories through food) seems super cute. I got this as an Audible Original, and it is less than 6 hours long, which is about 220 pages (I am estimating based on another kids book that actually lists page count).

It seems like a cute and quick listen for when I finish Royal Assassin or need a light break from it. The reviews for this book are pretty good and mention the inclusion of Korean dishes, which sounds great. I love food, as you do as a person who eats, so I am hoping this will be great.

I am a bit worried this book will make me hungry though. We will see…

Do you have Audible?

What is your favorite Audible Original or Audiobook in general?

*I am not sponsored by Audible, just curious!*

These are the books that I want to read this month, but what I really want to know is: what YOU are reading this month.

Please share your TBR and current reads in the comments!

Don’t forget to check out my O.W.L. Reading Wrap-Up Next Monday
and my April Wrap-Up following Monday after that!

-Knight of Cups ❤

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