May was an interesting month – I picked up a lot of books just for the pleasure of reading, without worrying about reviewing them or posting about them and it’s made my reading a lot more enjoyable. I have been reading a lot of books I’ve owned for a long time, and some were unexpectedly amazing reads (The Metamorphosis!) and some were big fails (The Narrow Road to the Deep North… sigh), but now I have a lot more space on my TBR shelf, which is perfect timing because I plan to get new books in June!
Books that were on my May TBR:
- Joy at Work by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein (3 stars)
- The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Masse (5 stars)
- The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey (5 stars)
- The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (4 stars)
- The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (already started in April) (4 stars)
- A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers (3 stars)
- The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He – DNF
Books I picked up this month although they were not on my planned TBR:
- The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson (5 stars)
- Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura (3 stars)
- Infinite Country by Patricia Engel (4 stars)
- Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson (4 stars)
- Milk Blood Heat by Dantiel W. Moniz (4 stars)
- The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan – DNF
- Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors by Matt Parker (4 stars)
- Everyone in This Room Will Someday be Dead by Emily R. Austin (5 stars)
- Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon (3 stars)
- The Strangled Queen by Maurice Druon, Humphrey Hare (4 stars)
- Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory (currently reading)
Some highlights about my reads:
- I ended up not reading any Brazilian books this month – but that’s alright, I have plans for June.
- I read a lot of fantasy books – seems like my craving for the genre is not quite over yet. I’m also in the mood for thrillers. Funnily enough, after reading The Strangled Queen I got on the mood for historical fiction, so I picked up a Philippa Gregory book that was not even on my TBR but was on my shelf for the longest time, and I’m actually really enjoying it. Reading Philippa Gregory always makes me think of vacation for some reason (I think I read The Other Boleyn Girl during a Summer vacation), so although this is probably not going to be my favorite by her, it’s still such fun to read!
- I wrote no reviews this month – except for some one-paragraph reviews for the ARCs I received, but I’ve been trying out not publishing so many reviews on my blog and this resulted in enjoying more what I read, and even blogging, too, since I have to get more creative with what to post (although I do miss how easy it is to schedule posts when I have a one or two reviews every week! Now I have to use my creativity and my brain cells are often too tired to be inventive).