Usually, I have no luck with TBRs, but in May I did surprisingly well! I read all the books except one, so I am quite proud of myself. I created a post of books I want to read in the summer here, so hopefully I can knock a few of those out! I also have a bunch of ARCs to read this month.
I also want to mention that I began a page where I made a list of diverse reading recommendations. I have really been trying to focus on reading at least 50% own voices novels this year, so if you have a similar goal or just want to diversify your reading in general, hopefully you can use the list as a resource! You can find it here.
Anyways, onto the TBR!
A Chorus Rises by Bethany C. Morrow
This is an ARC I received that comes out June 1st! I will admit, I didn’t realize this was the companion novel to A Song Below Water until after I was approved. I wasn’t the hugest fan of that book, and don’t even remember if I finished it or not. Either way, I at least want to give this one a fair shot, because the concept sounds really cool and the cover is stunning!
My Contrary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
This is one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and I am so excited for it! This is set in the same world as My Lady Jane, which I loved. I have learned a lot about Mary, Queen of Scots throughout my college classes and so I am excited to see how these authors take her tragic story and turn it into a fun, magical story!
Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury
This is an urban fantasy that sounds super dark, but also very interesting. This follows Voya, who has grown up in a family of witches. As a teenager, every witch must complete their calling in order to be considered a true witch. However, Voya is horrified to discover that her calling is to kill her first love. This is a very interesting premise so I hope I get to this in June!
All That Glitters by Gita Trelease
I read All That Glitters when it first came out in 2019, and really enjoyed it! Now, the sequel has just come out and I really need a refresh before I attempt to read it. This is a fantastical historical fiction novel that takes place during The French Revolution. I am interested to see if this book holds up for me, and if I like it as much as I did the first time I read it.
I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest
This is the same author who wrote Now That I’ve Found You, I YA contemporary that I adored! This is a road trip novel following Chloe, whose passion is to dance. However, her mother forbids her from applying to the dance conservatory of her dreams, and Chloe decides to take matters into her own hands. The nearest audition is 200 miles away, and Chloe decides to make the trip with her annoying next door neighbor without telling her mom.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
If I finally decide to pick this book up next month, it will be my first V.E. Schwab book ever! I don’t really know what this is about, and don’t really want to. But I have heard great things about this author (obviously), and so I am excited to give her books a try.
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
This book has been on a few TBRs before, but I really want to get to it this summer! This follows Deka, who has been anticipating the village blood ceremony her whole life. The color of her blood will determine whether or not she gets to truly become apart of the village. However, when she sees her blood is gold (the color of impurity), she knows she will have to suffer the consequences or leave the only life she’s ever known.
Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
I absolutely loved Daughter of the Pirate King when I read it earlier this year, so I am highly anticipating this sequel! This duology follows Alosa, who is on a mission to find a map for her father that will lead them to a legendary hidden treasure. The first book was action packed and had a romance that had me swooning, so I expect nothing less from book 2!
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
I loved this book when I read it in 2019, so I think that it is time for a re-read! This book follows Olive, whose sister has won an all-expenses paid honeymoon to Hawaii. After getting food poisoning from the buffet at her wedding, Olive’s sister says she has to go on her honeymoon. The catch? She’ll have to spend the week with the best man, Ethan, AKA her nemesis. This is such a cute enemies to lovers romance, and also has the “only one bed trope” so obviously it’s a lot of fun.
I doubt I’ll get to all these books in June, but I think it’ll be fun to try! Let me know what you are planning on reading in June!