Looking forward to May

Usually, I’m the type of person who changes the calendar on days before the month ends, always eager for a new start. Nowadays, all the months look the same as I count down until my July due date. For May, I’m celebrating my mom’s birthday and the end of the homeschooling year. I’m also steadily trying to shrink my physical tbr (to be read) stack.

Surprisingly, I’ve read a ton of books last month. 21 books to be exact. My favorites were:

Lumberjanes Vols. 1-9 by Noelle Stevenson (comics)
A Child is Born by Lennart Nilsson (nonfiction)
The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex (middle grade)
Ms. Marvel Vol. 2: Generation Why by Willow G. Wilson (comics)

Now that May’s here, I scoured my tbr shelves and found the following books to tackle:


Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (for next week’s Socratic Salon discussion)
Where Women Are Kings by Christie Watson (fiction)
The Best American Essays 2011 by Edwidge Danticat (I started this collection years ago and never finished it.)
When The Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka (fiction)
The Voice of the River by Melanie Rae Thon (fiction)
For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu (fiction)
Economix: How Our Economy Works (And Doesn’t Work) by Michael Goodwin (graphic nonfiction)
Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (nonfiction)
The Interstellar Age: Inside the Forty-Year Voyager Mission by Jim Bell (nonfiction)
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (fiction)

Some of these reads are pretty heavy, but I’m hoping that I can get through them all by the end of the month. I’m already in the middle of Economix and Citizen and both are really good reads with post-its sticking out.

What are you looking forward to reading in May? Do you make a monthly tbr list?


20 thoughts on “Looking forward to May”

  1. Post it notes sticking out of the edge is what I’m going to miss by reading solely on a kindle. 😦 good luck with your reading.

  2. Awesome stack. I like how there’s a little bit of everything in it. You’ve reminded me that I need to read more nonfiction! But those dang comics keep calling my name….

    Oh and I just saw hat you have the Kim Fu in your stack. I quite enjoyed that one. A very different perspective!

  3. Hey me too! Me too a ton of books in April. Yay for us! Your May list looks amaaazing — Citizen was fantastic, as was Americanah, and I hear very good things about Christie Watson as well. I don’t have a May list, just a list of a couple of things I want to grab at the library when I go this weekend. We’ll see how it goes.

  4. Love your May stack. I’ve been telling myself I need to commit to less reads but I signed up for two readalongs and have 4 review books to read over the next couple of months. So much for best laid plans.

    1. I totally forgot about read-alongs! I signed up for the Little, Big one. Which ones did you sign up for?


      1. Athira and I are reading Flowers for Algernon! It’s short – actually, we found out that there are two versions so we are making Trish of Love Laughter Insanity to read the longer one. The short one is only 216 pages or so! (Just in case we can twist your arm to join us – I know you enjoy sampling the middle school fiction list; this is taught in many schools. Or was, not sure how much these days).

      2. You know what? I’ve been thinking about reading Flowers for Algernon. I’m going to see if I can get a copy of it fast to join you guys. 🙂

  5. I always change my calendar the night before the new month so that I wake up to a fresh, new page! My April reading was slow because I’m rereading Jonathan Strange. I passed the half-way mark yesterday though (400 pages down!) so hopefully I can get through the rest in the next week and get some more reading going in May! I have a couple of middle grade review books that look really fun and I want to get more OUaT challenge books read.
    I hope May is peaceful and productive for you! 🙂

  6. I would love to know what you think of Americanah. I loved her other books, but this one felt…pedantic. Maybe it was just me.

  7. Lumberjanes and Ms. Marvel, hooray! 😀 Such good reads.

    I usually don’t make a stack or a list for the upcoming month. I’ll have a very general idea of what I’d *like* to get to but it usually doesn’t happen, lol.

    Have a fantastic May!!

  8. The last trimester is a horrifying time of waiting. Yay for Best American Essays though! I love that series.

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