I think I’ve finally smashed the concept of a TBR list – every month, I throw a pile of books together, normally 10 or 11 books high and then I get distracted by other books and only read 3 or 4 of them. This month, for my May TBR, I’ve decided to be sensible (unlike with my February TBR) and only choose 5 books that I have on my mind at the moment for the month – naturally, this may still be an epic failure but each of these books has attracted my attention in one way or another.
The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf
This is a book I’ve already started reading – I started it in April and got distracted by another book. I’ve since discovered the Scribd has the audiobook version of this book, so I’m actually listening as I type this. The story focuses on a young girl, Suraya, who inherits a ghostly companion who she names Pink – whilst at first, Pink is the best friend she can possibly ask for, she quickly realises that Pink has a dark side that she never could have predicted and she’s going to have to do a LOT to ensure that she doesn’t get completely consumed by Pinks darkness. Set in Malaysia, this story focuses on friendship, bullying, mother-daughter friendships and being the best version of yourself. I am really excited to finish reading this – the reviews I’ve read have all been so positive and I love the writing style, from what I’ve read so far.
Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart
A book a pre-ordered at the start of the year was Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart – and my goodness, am I glad I did. This book’s cover is absolutely gorgeous – and the story sounds amazing too. Two witches, sworn enemies for their entire lives, have to power up and form an alliance to take down what has become their common enemy. Another chunky monkey, this is one I’ll definitely be reading this month.
The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington
The book that I’ve been looking forward to for the longest (because I bought it the least recently) but also have been least inclined to pick up is The Shadow of What Was Last by James Islington. My hesitation comes not from not wanting to read the book – I desperately want to read this story and have done for a while now – but it’s just so darn chunky! The first volume alone is around 700 pages – I’ll get there, eventually, hopefully, this month! I don’t know a lot (or anything) about this book but it was recommended by a good number of people so I’m excited to give it a go completely blind!
The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith
The Library of the Unwritten was a book recommended to me by my cousin – I don’t know all too much about it, but I value her recommendations so I’m quite excited to see how this one puts itself across. One of my goals for 2021 is to read more books set in Malta or her sister island and apparently, part of this book is set there or at least features Malta – so I’ll see how this fits into the story. It’s not the longest of books so I’m hoping its a quick and easy read for the month of May.
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
Another one of the books that I preordered at the start of the year, full of anticipation was Ariadne by Jennifer Saint. Whilst I’ve read a good few books centred on the Greek myths, I’ve never read anything about Ariadne before so this one immediately jumped out at me – initial reviews that I’ve seen have been VERY positive and I’m really excited to see how this story unravels. I am a massive fan of Madeline Millar and Natalie Haynes so I’m hoping that Jennifer Saint’s contribution to this historical fiction genre is just as good as theirs.