May TBR: Asian Readathon, Comfort Reads and TBR Goals

Hello readers!

May is here! We’re so close to Summer now – unfortunately the weather in my town did NOT get the memo and the temperature dropped 10 degrees plus we have rain for two weeks nonstop. Bleeerg. At least for reading this kind of weather is very nice, I guess? Anyway! For May I will be setting a few goals; in April I kind of went with my mood and also read a lot of books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist but now that I have only 1 book from the shortlist to read until the winner is announced in July, I feel very comfortable shifting that one book to my June or even July goals and focusing on other goals for May.

First, I will be joining the Asian Readathon!

It took me a while to come up with a TBR because I really struggled to find a non-fiction I would like to read (I have very few non-fiction books on my TBR and I’m awfully picky), and the one I did pick is a Japanese book, which means I could not pick another Japanese book which I had been saving specifically for this readathon, but that’s okay. I will just pick it up when I feel like it.

For challenges 2, 3 and 5 (book written by an Asian author, book featuring an Asian protagonist, book by an Asian author in your favorite genre, book written by an Asian author that’s not US-centric) I will read The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey, which is a cozy mystery set in India (I love this series so much) and whose author is British but she’s of Indian descent. For challenges 1 and 4 (book written by an Asian author, nonfiction book by an Asian author) I chose Joy at Work by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein (I did not realize he was co-author when I chose this book but I will still count it…), a book about decluttering your workspace and finding joy by the famous Japanese author and some American guy I never heard of. I’m aiming pretty low with two books for this readathon, although I might pick up more books as I go.

So this is the modest TBR I’ve decided for this month!

  • Joy at Work by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein (already started in April)
  • The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Masse
  • The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (already started in April)
  • A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
  • The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

I actually already finished The Metamorphosis and really enjoyed it. It was such a quick read and for now I’m two for two with Kafka’s books, as I also really enjoyed The Trial. Guess I am a Kafka stan.

I’ve also been craving my comfort genres, namely thrillers, cozy mysteries and fantasy books, so I was glad that I had a great excuse to pick up The Satapur Moonstone for Asian Readathon and added also The House in the Cerulean Sea and The Closed and Common Orbit for maximum comfort value. Finally, The Ones We’re Meant to Find may also count for the Asian Readathon, but I added it for my May TBR because I have it as an eARC and I want to work on those a bit this month.

My TBR goal this month is to get it to 140 books. I’m at 148 right now so it’s not a wild goal, but it’s REALLY hard not to add books all the time so… it’s more of a challenge than it sounds.

And that’s all I have planned for May! I had a pretty good reading month in April and I’m hoping to find new favorites in May as well.

5 thoughts on “May TBR: Asian Readathon, Comfort Reads and TBR Goals

  1. Ooh, a great list! I’ll be curious for your thoughts on Joy at Work- my mom loves Marie Kondo’s books so I’ve been thinking about getting that one for her, but she works from a home office so I’m not sure she’d get as much out of it. And the Satapur Moonstone cover looks so pretty! I also really liked The Metamorphosis. Hope you’ll have a great reading monthl! 🙂

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    • I think Joy at Work is definitely a good book if your mom is looking for something to inspire her to get organized (I liked listening to it while organizing my own office or working on boring documents), but otherwise I’m a bit disappointed. I may be misreading the book’s intentions but it seems to me that no amount of organization can make one truly love their job unless you’re one of the lucky few who actually work with something they’re passionate about.

      But I really think for the right audience this will be a great book. I’m just a bit cynical, I suppose.

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      • Ah, thanks for the info! Sorry to hear that the ‘joy’ aspect felt a bit off for you, but my mom is definitely in it for the organization tips so I think she will still like the read based on what you’ve said about it. Maybe the book is meant to help you love your space at work, moreso than the work itself? Or at least, *should* be aimed more in that direction, perhaps? It does seem kind of odd and presumptuous to posit organization as a blanket solution for feeling more positively about a job. A bit of criticism and cynicism is well deserved if it’s trying to do that, I think.


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