TBR & Goals

This Leaves To May: TBR

So… as you’ll see in the wrap-up I’ll post in a few days, April as a reading month wasn’t as good as May, but I still managed to read something, and I managed to not discard the TBR entirely.

How Did April Go?

I wrote a TBR of nine books:

  • Love From A to Z by S.K. Aliread, ★★★★¾ (review)
  • The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azadread, ★★★★ (review)
  • A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole – DNF, no rating (short GR review)
  • A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Coleread, ★★★ (RTC on this blog)
  • Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – still to read
  • The Afterward by E.K. Johnston – still to read
  • Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose ClarkeDNF, no rating (short GR review)
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugoread★★★★★ (RTC on this blog)
  • A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White – still to read

As you can see, I ended up reading only four books and DNFed two. Considering that I didn’t read that much and that my plans had to change during the month, this went well.

When I say “my plans had to change”, I mean that I was approved for two of my most anticipated releases of the year this month, Wilder Girls by Rory Power (which I decided I had to read immediately) and Hexarchate Stories by Yoon Ha Lee (which I will read soon, but I started rereading the series immediately).

Anyway: I did get to all the ARCs I listed and to the Siege and Storm reread, I have only a May ARC left and I’m not behind, so everything is fine.

My Priorities

This month’s priority is the Machineries of Empire reread. I’m currently rereading Ninefox Gambit and I want to get through all the series in May. I’m doing this because I haven’t reread it in over a year, it’s my favorite series, and because I physically can’t wait for Glass Cannon, the sequel novella (sequella?) in Hexarchate Stories.

This is also where my favorite series ends and I don’t want it to but at some point it had to. It’s fine. Yoon Ha Lee is writing another novel. Everything will be fine (or so I like to tell myself).

Non-Hexarchate Priorities

The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta – I didn’t care that much about Echo After Echo and I found the premise of The Brilliant Death an inherently bad idea as an Italian person, but I’m going to give Amy Rose Capetta another chance because I believe in giving chances to queer creators writing queer stories, and so I will be reading this witchy sapphic story this month. This will also help me determine whether I want to read Once & Future or not.

All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil – I’m still not sure what this is about but I’ve heard great things, I have an ARC, it’s diverse (bisexual latinx main character!), and it has a gorgeous cover. It’s not out until June but I believe in avoiding the chance to procrastinate too much.

The Afterward by E.K. Johnston – the one I wanted the most to get to from my April TBR so it got moved to May. Getting to the other two books (and The Devouring Gray! And some of this month’s new releases like With the Fire on High!) on that list would be really nice too but I’m not sure it’s going to happen.

The “Maybe, Possibly” Ones

Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear – I find the premise itself of this book so fascinating that I can’t not try it, and I’ve been wanting to try something by Elizabeth Bear for a while, so this could be a good place to start from. Also, gays in space!

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – I’m not sure this will happen because I will already be busy with another reread this month, but I’m really proud of how my reviews of The Grisha are turning out to be and I want to post them here too (which I won’t do until I read this), so who knows?

Furyborn by Claire Legrand – finally? Finally. I’m going to read a Claire Legrand novel. I hope I like it? It should be relevant to my villain-love interests, I’ve been told.

Have you read or are you anticipating any of these?

8 thoughts on “This Leaves To May: TBR

  1. I really want to read Ninefox Gambit, I’m a bit bummed I didn’t take the opportunity to request it as an ARC when it came out but I’m looking forward to reading it (at some point) nonetheless. Just got to find some of that time…

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    1. When it was an ARC, I didn’t even know it existed – I was 16, I barely knew about netgalley, and I also thought I hated sci-fi, so.
      Anyway, I hope you like it if you end up reading it!

      “Just got to find some of that time…” -> same. There are so many books that, while they aren’t exactly priorities, are still interesting to me and I’d like to read/reread them, but… when?

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  2. Looking forward to your thoughts on Furyborn. I’ve put it off because of the mixed reviews and then she wrote Sawkill Girls and that sounded more my thing. I haven’t read it yet, but it is on its way too me. I also need to get to All of Us With Wings sooner rather than later. Hope you have a lovely May!

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    1. Mixed reviews are also the main reasons I haven’t read it yet – but it does follow some fantasy elements I usually enjoy, so maybe I’ll be on the “this is actually good” side.
      And I hope you have a lovely May too!


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