May/June TBR + Mood Reading

Hello everyone, and welcome back!

So one reason out of many why I would make a terrible BookTuber: I cannot have a TBR post at the beginning of the month then a wrap-up at the end of the month where I set out the books I’ll read and then read all (or most) of them. That’s not because of my reading pace, although for sure it’s been slower lately than I’d like it to be.

It’s just because I am a total mood reader. If I tell myself exactly what I have to read next, it starts to feel like a chore and I’ll never get to it. But if I let myself pick anything out of the 80+ books I already have to read (or sometimes let myself pick up one I don’t), then I can sometimes even read books back-to-back in a day.

So I still have a bunch of books I haven’t gotten to on my March TBR and in my spring TBR (I’ve actually only managed to read 10 Things I Can See From Here and A Court of Wings and Ruin). But I’m going to make another TBR list here anyway, because there are always new books coming up on my radar, and it’s fun to talk about them! (And hey, I’m extra interested in them right now, so maybe I’ll even read most of them soon.)

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist

This is a Mulan retelling coming out soon, so I’m not sure I need to give any further reason for why I want to read it. But for the record, I also want to check it out as part of my second chances series. I wasn’t too hot on The Wrath & The Dawn, so I’m hoping this one will bring me around on the author!

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty

So I’m still catching up on the fairy tale retelling trend that seems to be ongoing in YA (and happily spreading into less popular fairy tales and other such things). In any case, Cruel Beauty is another Beauty and the Beast retelling, and it’s gotten some good reviews, so I thought I’d catch up and check it out!

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Eliza and Her Monsters

This one’s coming out at the end of this month and I’m looking forward to continuing on with this contemporary romance in fandom trend (this one is about a webcomic creator and a fanfiction writer). I’m especially intrigued because this one promises to include some of the materials (the webcomic, fan forum posts, and fanfic) in the book, and I love both getting glimpses of fictional worlds within fiction and when novels include different forms.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything

This one has a lot of dogs on the cover and sounds like a fun summer read, so yeah, my reasons for wanting to read it are pretty shallow. But also a lot of people enjoy Morgan Matson’s contemporary romances, so I’d like to give one a try!

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars

It has probably become obvious lately how much of a sci-fi kick I’m on, and after Defy the Stars, I’m feeling like sci-fi romance can definitely impress me, so I decided to pick this one up. Also, I’m really interested in reading something by both of these authors; I still haven’t gotten around to Illuminae, which I really should, and there’s a lot of buzz right now around Hunted.

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

All the Rage

I’ve also been talking a lot lately about how much I dislike sexual assault as a casual plot point in YA books, and I did vow to try to pick up more books that are explicitly about dealing with the consequences of sexual assault. I’ve read a lot of reviews that indicate that Courtney Summers really deals with this subject well, so I’m looking forward to checking out one of her novels.

What are you looking forward to reading over the next month? Do you read different types of books during different seasons? Let me know down in the comments, and I’ll talk to you again Friday!

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