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May ’20 TBR

Good morning bookworms!

How are we already a third of the way through the year? I feel like 2020 has taken about 39 seconds, but also 6 years. I have aged 13 years since being at home. All. The. TIME.

However, I can’t shouldn’t complain too much, because I know I am fortunate to still have a job – I think I would just like to take a few days off from said job and lie on the couch and read a book. Or make my new home office feel like my library/study again. Which, you know, might make me want to read and/or blog again…

Anyway… you’ll get a more detailed wrap-up in the actual wrap-up… but I’d like to pat myself on the back, because I read THREE of the books on my TBR in April. Which, considering I read … ONE in March, is quite an achievement!!

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So, what will I be reading in May? WHO KNOWS?!

What am I going to maybe, consider thinking about, perhaps read? Umm, these books?! (Yes, I am dreadful at this… why do I continue to torture myself?!)

The Switch – Beth O’Leary

The SwitchThis is a review book that I had sent to me by Hachette Australia (who I love because they send me such good books), and I can’t wait to get to this. I’ve been eyeing it off since it arrived, but it didn’t fit any of my O.W.L. prompts, so it had to wait…

This is a cute adult contemporary book about a girl who decides she needs a change in her life, and so switches homes with her grandmother. The granddaughter takes the countryside home and maybe falls in love with a local. And the grandmother takes London and the online dating scene by storm!!

The Dark Tide – Alicia Jasinska

The Dark Tide

This one is another review book sent to me by Penguin Random House (who I also love – I’ve been reading so many cute queer YA contemporaries from them lately!).

This one is a dark YA fantasy with queer characters, from a debut Aussie author, and I am here for it!! There’s a cursed village and an evil queen and sacrificial lambs!! I haven’t been reading a lot of fantasy lately, but I think this one will get me out of my slump.

Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight

Yup, it’s time for this one to go back on my TBR… I am falling very far behind in the Shadowhunter world, and if I try and read one per month, I should almost be caught up by this time next year (but will probably be behind again by then because of new books…) Do you need me to tell you anything about this series? Likely not. All I really know about it is it’s the first book in The Dark Artifices and there are Blackthorns and forbidden love.

Well Met – Jen DeLuca

Well Met

Yes, my copy of this one finally arrived (it’s still not out in Aus and I had to order it from overseas), and now I want to read it very badly. Why? Because you all scream about it. Like, a lot.

This one is an enemies to lovers adult romance – set at a renaissance faire. Yep. NERDY CUTENESS OVERLOAD. How will I contain myself?! Spoiler, I probably won’t.

Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm

So, I gotta be honest. I tried to pick this up again in April, but it turns out, I remember nothing of the 40-odd pages I had already read, so I will be re-starting it. As you may be aware, this is the second book in the Grishaverse series, and I am struggling to read them… (I loved the Six of Crows duology, don’t at me.)

I really need to read this before the tv series starts though – although who even knows when we’ll get in in Aus…

Don’t Read the Comments – Eric Smith

Don't Read the Comments

I’ve had this one for a little while… but, after I logged it on my spreadsheet, I put it on my bookshelf – never to be seen again. Except, because I’m still catching up on blog-hopping, I’ve started seeing reviews for it around.

It’s about two teens who play video games (one is a minor gaming celebrity) and how they deal with challenges when a doxxing campaign by a nasty group starts interfering with their real lives.

From Lukov with Love – Mariana Zapata

From Lukov With Love

Yup, sometimes I just need to throw in a good romance. And what better way than to shove in an enemies to lovers, filled with angst and hatred?! And Zapata is the queen of that. (I absolutely adored The Wall of Winnipeg and Me.)

This is about an Olympian hopeful figure skater, and the chance she needs, with the guy she hates. *squeees in glee!!*

Aurora Rising – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Aurora Rising

I know, I know. It’s basically a sin that I haven’t read this yet… especially since Aurora Burning is already out in Australia… I just… haven’t had time yet?! (But also everyone on #bookstagram is screaming about cliffhangers, and you all know I can’t handle those…)

So, in case you were raised by wolves who live under a rock in the middle of nowhere, this is the first book in the latest sci-fi trilogy by killer duo Amie and Jay, and I’m sure this book will be filled with explosions, disasters, witty banter, real like space facts, and obscure references that only they (and a handful of others) get.

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So… that’s a pretty good list. It’s got a nice spread of fantasy and contemporary, with one romance and one sci-fi for good measure. It’s also got some review books, some new releases, and a few backlist books on it. We’ve got standalones, series starters and mid-points. I’ve even got a nice mix of new (to me) authors, fave authors and debut authors!! AND #LoveOzYA books to boot!! The only thing I’m missing is a re-read… but Siege and Storm kind of counts?!

I’ll be honest, I think this might be the best TBR I’ve ever written.

Let’s see if I can stick to it… ?

What books are you reading in May?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo


  • Sabrina @ Wordy and Whimsical

    Ooh I need to read Lady Midnight and Siege and Storm too – I actually read the latter a few years ago, but I can’t remember any of it and like you’ve said, I need to finish the Grisha trilogy before the tv show comes out! I’m hoping it will come out at the same time in Australia as internationally, because it’s a Netflix original. If it doesn’t, I will be very sad.
    I haven’t heard of The Dark Tide before, but it sounds awesome and what a bonus that it is by an Australian author – I really need to read more of those.
    Good luck reading in May! 🙂

    • meeghan

      Thanks Sabrina!! I think the Dark Tide comes out in… June?! And I’ve heard one great review already, so I have my fingers crossed it’s good!!
      I totally forgot the Grishaverse was a Netflix original!! Yes, hopefully it will all be out at the same time!!

  • evelynreads1

    I hope you have a great reading month! I’m so excited to read The switch!
    The dark artifices is my favourite shadowhunter series, in case that gives you some motivation :p
    I can imagine not wanting to read/blog from your library if it is now also counting as your office..


    • meeghan

      Thanks Evelyn!! Oh, gosh. The Switch was so good!!
      I was told from a friend that I need to read Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy before I start Lady Midnight, so it’s back on the TBR for now, but I’m thinking I might make June an entire Shadowhunter month?! I have so many to catch up on, and might even need a reread of the Mortal Instruments first (because it’s been years and I can barely remember what happened?!!)
      I’m trying to stick to particular hours only for work so the study doesn’t constantly feel like work, but I still haven’t been blogging as much as I used to because of that. I’m currently responding to messages from my laptop in the loungeroom for a change of scenery!!

      • evelynreads1

        Good to hear!
        I didn’t like those tales haha, but I’m generally not a fan of short story collections! Then you will have so many books to get through ahah, if you’re trying to go for them all!

        • meeghan

          Well, last time I read TMI, I read the whole series in a week, so I’m hoping I can smash them again (probs won’t need to reread TID because I remember it well) and then Tales, TDA, Ghosts, Red Scrolls, and then I will leave Chain until the rest of that trilogy comes out!!

    • meeghan

      I’m sure I will… I tend to love Amie and Jay’s books, especially the first and second ones in the series…
      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!!

    • meeghan

      It’s the cliffhanger everyone screams about that’s keeping me from reading it!! I didn’t start Illuminae until 2 months before Obsidio came out!! ?

    • meeghan

      OMG Giuls!! I LOVED Camp!! I read it in March. It was so cute, but still managed to break my heart!! I hope you’re enjoying it x

    • meeghan

      Thank you!! I’m almost done with Aurora Rising (although I will likely hold off on Aurora Burning after seeing everyone screaming at Amie and Jay!!). I’m looking forward to another Mariana Zapata as well!! ?

  • Mere

    I just finished the Air Awakens series…late last night…because I wanted to know what happened next! I’m thinking Crave might be my next read. I’m in the mood for paranormal or vampires.

    • meeghan

      Ooooh!! I have Air Awakens on my Book Dep wishlist!! How was it? There’s like 6 books in the series, right?

      • Mere

        Soooo I really enjoyed the first two, 3 or 4 were fine but 5 was pretty good! Theres 5 in that one. I like her writing so I will definitely be reading other series by her (but not air awakens vortex series…I read spoilers and I was like naaaah)

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