Every time I make a TBR, I always go off about how I can’t believe the year is going by so quickly, so I’ll skip that this time (even though mentally, I am in February).
Of course, May is AAPI Heritage Month, so I have a list of some hopefully great books by Asian authors that have been on my TBR for awhile. I also have some other books that I am just really excited to read now that I finally have time with school being finished (Thank God!).
So, let’s get into it!
There’s SOmething ABout Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
This book has been on my shelves for over a year, so it is definitely time to give it a try! I really enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi, although 10 Things I Hate About Pinky wasn’t my favorite, so I am curious to see what I think of this. This follows two main characters, Ashish and Sweetie. Ashish’s parents are very over-bearing, and after he is dumped yet again, insist he finds an Indian-American girl. Cue Sweetie, a star athlete at her school. Even though she is an amazing runner, her parents are always making her feel as if she’s lacking because she’s fat. I see hardly any plus-size representation in YA books, so I am very excited to see if I like this one!
American Panda by Gloria Chao
This book has also been on my shelves for over a year, so I think May would be a perfect time to pick it up! I read Rent a Boyfriend earlier this year, and though it was okay, but I have heard great things about this! This book follows Mei, who is a first year college student. Her traditional Taiwanese parents have very high expectations for her, including that she becomes a doctor, marries a Taiwanese man, and has a bunch of babies. However, little do they know that Mei hates her biology classes, and is starting to develop a crush on a white boy. I am very excited to read a story that follows a college student, because I feel like we don’t see much of that in YA!
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene GOo
I have yet to read a Maurene Goo book, and this is one that caught my eye awhile ago. The GoodReads synopsis doesn’t give much information, but I know this book follows Clara, who has made a foolish mistake and is punished by working in her dad’s food truck over the summer. I have heard really mixed things about this, but I put in a hold at my library a few weeks ago so I am excited to try it!
The Fallen Star by Graci Kim
This is an ARC I have been approved for that comes out on May 4th! This is the first book in a brand new middle grade series inspired by Korean mythology. This book follows Riley, who comes from a family of healing witches. After a horrible attempt at trying to defy tradition, Riley finds her sister in a life-threatening situation, and only she can save her. To do so, she has to find The Last Fallen Star. But how can she find it, when she doesn’t know what it is and doesn’t have her sister to guide her? I have really been wanting to read more middle grade this year, and this book just sounds like such a treat.
First Comes Like by Alisha Rai
This is the third (and final? I think?) book in the Modern Love series by Alisha Rai. I really liked The Right Swipe, but didn’t love Girl Gone Viral quite as much. I found the GoodReads synopsis to be a little confusing, but this follows beauty guru Jia, who is rising to fame through her YouTube channel and Instagram page. After a famous Bollywood actor slides into her DMs, she finds herself falling hard for a man she’s never even met. I am feeling hopeful for this one, because I loved Jia in Girl Gone Viral, so I am excited she gets to have her own book!
A Touch of Ruin by Scarlett St. Clair
TikTok made me read A Touch of Darkness a few months ago, and I really enjoyed it! So naturally, I had to put in a hold at my library for A Touch of Ruin next. The reviews for this aren’t as high as they were for the first one, but I love Greek mythology and the myth of Hades and Persephone is one of my favorite. If this is anything like book one, it will be fun, fast, and smutty.
Fable by Adrienne Young
I got this book as a Christmas present, and am so excited to finally dive into it! This book follows Fable, who is the daughter of the sea’s most powerful trader. Four years ago, her father abandoned her on a dangerous island with no food and no means of defense. Now, Fable dreams of one thing: getting off the island and taking revenge on her father. This sounds a little bit reminiscent of Daughter of the Pirate Queen, and I have really been in the mood for more adventure books lately. I am so excited to read this one!
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
This book has very mixed reviews, but the cover is so stunning that I really had no choice but to buy it. I believe this story follows two people: Zafira, who disguises herself as a man in order to feed her starving people, and Nasir, who is the Prince of Death and can’t show any compassion to the citizens of his kingdom. Both Zafira and Nasir are sent on the same mission: to find the artifact that will bring magic back to their land. I love romances where two people are trying to kill one another but fall in love instead, and this sounds like maybe this could happen in this?
I Love You SO Mochi by Sarah Kuhn
Am I picking this up merely because the cover is stunning? Yes, I definitely am. This book follows Kimi, who is an inspiring stylist. She loves to create bold outfits, even though her mother disapproves. After a horrible fight with her mother, Kimi seizes an opportunity to spend the summer with her grandparents in Japan. While she’s there, she learns more about her heritage, and falls for a cute medical student. I feel like this is a perfect spring read, and it is fairly short so I am assuming I’ll fly through it!
Is this TBR too ambitious for my own good? Yes, but that’s okay! Let me know what is on your May TBRs!