May Hopefuls

I have been thinking about not posting a May hopefuls post because I have a ton I would like to read this month and I know there is no way I would actually be able to read all these books but why not make the post and see how many I actually get too.

Funny enough I am getting ready to move in a few months so I keep telling myself that I need to start getting rid of books to make the move easier and to free up space. However, in the past two weeks I have either bought or been given over probably 15 books. I want to read every single book I have gotten in the past two weeks but I am a pretty slow reader and also a mood reader so the odds of me reading these books this month is actually slim to none.

Because I have already finished “I Kissed Shara Wheeler” by Casey McQuiston I won’t add it to this list but it was my number one book for this month and I knocked that out before I could get to this post. Make sure to check out that full review!

Hopefuls

Ok so these are my top three most anticipated reads for this month. “Book Lovers” by Emily Henry has been on my reading list for months! It came out on May 3rd and I meant to pre order it but forgot, but it is now here and I am hoping I get into it this month! I really loved Emily Henry’s othe rtwo books “Beach Read” and “People We Meet on Vacation” and I really loved them so I have high hopes for “Book Lovers”.

“The Change” by Kristen Miller and “Lessons in Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus are both from Book of the Month club and I have heard so many great reviews that I couldn’t imagine passing them up so they are extremally high on my list for this month! Also I really love their covers and we all know I am a sucker for a book with a cute cover!

I am not saying that these books are low on my list, I do still want to get to them this month but if I can’t get to them I know I will soon! “Darling Girl” by Liz Michalski is another Book of the Month pick and the main reason I picked it was because I needed a book for my main pick and this sounded the most like my style. It is a Peter Pan retailing which I think could be really fun and cute! “No More Bad Days” by Lindsey Whitaker and “Doctor Glass” by Louise Worthington are both books I have received from the authors for an honest review and both of them sound like really amazing psychological thrillers which I have been needing in my life! So I really hope to have these reviews up soon especially for the authors who so kindly sent them to me.

I am obsessed with the “HeartStopper” Series by Alice Oseman and I have only read the first two books so I know that i will be reading these last two as long as amazon delivers them this month like they say they will. Fingers crossed!

If you haven’t read this series please do! It is so cute and a fast read because they are graphic novels. After you read the first two you can watch the Netflix show and I promise it is worth it!

As I said above before I got into my hopefuls, I read “I Kissed Shara Wheeler” by Casey McQuiston already earlier this month. Casey McQuiston is my all time favorite author and I fell in love with her writing through her first two books “Red, White and Royal Blue” and “One Last Stop” with One Last Stop” being one of my all time favorite books! Well Now that her new book has came out I decided I would really love to reread these two books if I can find time in my busy reading schedule this month. I just think it would be fun to read all three of her books in celebration of the new release of “I Kissed Shara Wheeler”.


I have no clue if I will be able to read even half of these books this month but I think I have a pretty good list curated for this month. It would be a miracle if I don’t stray from this list due to mood reading but we will see. Wish me luck!


QOTD: Do you have an ambitious monthly TBR? Are any of these books on your TBR currently?

Most Anticipated May Book Releases

This is my first time ever writing about upcoming releases that I am excited for. I believe this is because I typically don’t pay attention to new releases because My TBR is already so big that I will probably not get to these books in the near future. However, May has quite a few books coming out from some of my favorite authors and I have already pre ordered a few! What books are you the most excited for this coming month? Did any of them make the list?

All Book Summaries came from goodreads, as I haven’t read the books quite yet. Also I am not affiliated with any of the below mentioned links such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, I just wanted to list the links if you were interested.


May Releases

“I Kissed Shara Wheeler” By Casey McQuiston

Release date: May 3rd, 2022

Chloe Green is so close to winning. After her moms moved her from SoCal to Alabama for high school, she’s spent the past four years dodging gossipy classmates and a puritanical administration at Willowgrove Christian Academy. The thing that’s kept her going: winning valedictorian. Her only rival: prom queen Shara Wheeler, the principal’s perfect progeny.

But a month before graduation, Shara kisses Chloe and vanishes.

“Book Lovers” By Emily Henry

Release Date: May 3rd, 2022

Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story.

But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

“By The Book” By Jasmine Guillory

Release Date: May 3rd, 2022

Isabelle is completely lost. When she first began her career in publishing right out of college, she did not expect to be twenty-five, living at home, still an editorial assistant, and the only Black employee at her publishing house. Overworked and underpaid, constantly torn between speaking up or stifling herself, Izzy thinks there must be more to this publishing life. So when she overhears her boss complaining about a beastly high-profile author who has failed to deliver his long-awaited manuscript, Isabelle sees an opportunity to finally get the promotion she deserves.

All she has to do is go to the author’s Santa Barbara mansion and give him a quick pep talk or three. How hard could it be?

“Something Wilder” By Christina Lauren

Release date: May 17th, 2022

Growing up the daughter of notorious treasure hunter and absentee father Duke Wilder left Lily without much patience for the profession…or much money in the bank. But Lily is nothing if not resourceful, and now uses Duke’s coveted hand-drawn maps to guide tourists on fake treasure hunts through the red rock canyons of Utah. It pays the bills but doesn’t leave enough to fulfill her dream of buying back the beloved ranch her father sold years ago, and definitely not enough to deal with the sight of the man she once loved walking back into her life with a motley crew of friends ready to hit the trails. Frankly, Lily would like to take him out into the wilderness—and leave him there.

“My Summer Darlings” By May Cobb

Release Date: May 17th, 2022

Jen Hansen, Kittie Spears, and Cynthia Nichols have been friends since childhood. They are now approaching forty and their lives have changed, but their insular East Texas town has not. They stay sane by drinking wine in the afternoons, dishing about other women in the neighborhood, and bonding over the heartache of their own encroaching middle age and raising ungrateful teens.

Then Will Harding comes to town, moving into one of the neighborhood’s grandest homes. Mysterious and charming, he seems like the answer to each woman’s prayers. He’s a source of fascination for Jen, Kittie, and Cynthia, but none of them are ready for the way Will disrupts their lives.


Over all I am beyond excited to read these releases next month whenever I can actually get to them. There are also so many other books coming out in the next few months that all sound amazing! My TBR is about to grow exponentially!

QOTD: Did any of these books catch your eye? What books are you excited for in the next few months?

Top 10 TBR Challenge

For the month of March I took some of my most anticipated reads from my TBR and featured them on my Bookstagram. I am super excited to turn this into a blog post to share with even more people. To be honest this challenge was tough because I have over 100 physical books on my TBR and trying to narrow it down felt impossible! Lets see what made it on my list.

Top Ten TBR

Day One

I won this book in a giveaway a few months back and to be honest I had no clue how big this monster was! This book has so many pages and it is so intimidating sitting there on my shelf staring down at me.

I really want to read this one but the size alone just scares me, I feel like I will need to read this over a few months. I have also heard that the first half of the book is very confusing which worries me and makes me think it could end up as a DNF for me. However, I won’t know till I dive in!

Day Two

I bought this book the day it came out and it immediately went straight to my shelf. I have seen so many amazing reviews of this book but the big consensus is that it is an emotional rollercoaster! I just don’t know if my heart can handle an emotional read right now but when the day comes that I am in need of a good cry and heart tearing experience, this book will be their waiting for me.

Day Three

I read the first book in this series “Crave” back in December last year and instantly fell in love! I knew I had to get my hands on the rest of the series as soon as I could, and I did, my dad gave me the second and third book for Christmas and I would love to get to reading them but I am taking a small break from fantasy for a little bit so I can focus on the genres I know I love. I know this book will be in my near future it is just a matter of when.

Day Four

This is a book that I have had on my shelf for about a year and honestly I forget that it is there. I haven’t read a book by this author but I have heard some amazing things and so I really need to dive into this one as soon as I can find room for it in my busy reading schedule.

Day Five

I received this book from Book of the Month Club last year and It really intrigued me and sounded like a cute romantic book. I have a lot of romance books on my TBR but this is one that really sticks out to me. I also really like the cover, I would say that is what pulled me in at first.

Day Six

This is a book that has a New Years theme and with holidays I feel like I have to read the book around that time of the year. I tried to read it this year around New Years but I had just read a few romance books and felt burnt out so I had to put it down. Maybe I will get to it for 2023.

Day Seven

I found this book at a local goodwill for like three bucks, I couldn’t pass up an amazing deal like that! I had seen this book all over bookstagram so I knew for a deal I should grab it and give it a chance. However, I feel like I am not a big fantasy reader and that is why I keep pushing it back. It is a lot to commit to a full series! One day I will read this though!

Day Eight

I have actually read this book almost to the halfway mark and I put it down. I enjoyed what I was reading but during the time I was reading this book I just wasn’t in a place where a memoir was what I needed to read. I really love Gilmore Girls and she is one of my favorite parts of the show. This book really reads just like you are listening to her on TV which made this book really fun and engaging. My goal is to pick this up soon and finish the last half of the book.

Day Nine

When I first started my bookstagram I saw this all over the place so it got added to my TBR fairly quickly. I love the idea of a friend zone type book. I am so over Enemies to lovers so this sounds like a nice change of pace for me. The main reason why I haven’t read this book yet is because I have seen a few reviews that say the main character is a bit annoying so that has pushed this book back while I read other books. I am thinking this might be a good read for April, who knows!

Day Ten

This is one of the newest additions to my TBR from my Book of the Month subscription back in February. I have so many romance reads on my TBR but I feel like this is the front runner. This book sounds super cute and I am a real sucker for an LGBTQ read. I am so excited to dive into this one as soon as I possibly can!

Recap

This month has been a crazy month! I only read three books this month but made so many posts on my bookstagram and basically neglected my blog. I love this blog so much but when I don’t have a book to review I feel like I don’t have content. I also have been super busy with work and life so my time to write my blogs is few and far between. But I have some great content Ideas coming soon! I hope you all are looking forward to checking out my next blog posts. I love you all and I am very thankful for all my supporters!


QOTD: What is your most anticipated read?

Valentine’s Buddy Read with Bai.books (AKA Me)

Love is in the air!

I have decided for the month of February and maybe the months to follow I would like to host a buddy read! This month is based on romance reads due to the Valentine’s day Holiday. I was originally only going to pick one book for this because hosting two chats can be intimidating. However, I decided to host two this month because I have been dying to read both of these books!

The Books

“The Unhoneymooners” By Christina Lauren

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.

4.01 Average rating on GoodReads

“Weather Girl” By Rachel Lynn Solomon

Ari Abrams has always been fascinated by the weather, and she loves almost everything about her job as a TV meteorologist. Her boss, legendary Seattle weatherwoman Torrance Hale, is too distracted by her tempestuous relationship with her ex-husband, the station’s news director, to give Ari the mentorship she wants. Ari, who runs on sunshine and optimism, is at her wits’ end. The only person who seems to understand how she feels is sweet but reserved sports reporter Russell Barringer.

In the aftermath of a disastrous holiday party, Ari and Russell decide to team up to solve their bosses’ relationship issues. Between secret gifts and double dates, they start nudging their bosses back together. But their well-meaning meddling backfires when the real chemistry builds between Ari and Russell.

Working closely with Russell means allowing him to get to know parts of herself that Ari keeps hidden from everyone. Will he be able to embrace her dark clouds as well as her clear skies?

3.97 Average rating on GoodReads


Reading Schedules


If you are wanting to join in on one or even both of these buddy reads please head over to my Instagram and comment on my buddy read post! I will then get you added to the chats for that particular book.

The group chats will be held on a designated night that we all vote upon in the group chat. We will then be able to discuss the book and talk about reading schedules. As I get the updated information I will update this blog post.

I am so excited to be hosting these buddy reads and I hope you are all excited to join!

October Spooky TBR

October is finally here! Fall is upon us along with pumpkin spice, black cats and haunted houses! I love the month of October so much! I love doing all the spooky activities, in fact I worked for a haunted house for a season and that was probably one of my favorite short lived jobs I have had. There was also a small family owned corn maze down by my childhood home I would go to two or three times a year!

This is my year to read some good spooky books or at least Halloween themed books. Last year around this time I think I only read one, maybe two books, that would have gotten me in the spooky mood but this year I have a lot planned! I am taking this very seriously!

Spooky TBR Hopefuls

“The Shinning” by Stephen King is very high on my TBR ever since I read “Pet Semetary” a few months back. It was kind of funny because I ordered this book last weekend through amazon so I could start immediately and the day it arrived someone invited me to join their buddy read for the book, what great timing!. I have seen the movie recently actually and I really enjoyed it but have heard mix reviews about the book strangely but I am still very excited to dive into this book this spooky season.

“The Ex Hex” by Erin Sterling has been everywhere on my bookstagram! Well book of the month club decided to have this book as on of their main picks so of course I had to add it into my box! So I will now have a cute romance Halloween read along with a horror book, it feels like a good balance.

“The Chestnut Man” by Soren Sveistrup has been on my wish list for far too long and this month through book of the month club I finally gave myself a good enough excuse to spend some extra money and grab this as an add on! Now that it has a TV series on Netflix I really need to read this so I don’t get any spoilers.

“The Last Thing He Told Me” by Laura Dave was another book I got from Book of the month club recently. I feel like this thriller will get me into the spooky season spirit! I really love thrillers so how could I go wrong?

Conclusion

This month I only have four books on my TBR hopeful list because “The Shinning” has like a million pages and I know I am a slow reader. So I hope I can read all of these this month but like usual, I can’t make any promises.

I am also still trying to finish “Maybe You Should Talk To Someone” by Lori Gottlieb. I am reading it very slowly because I am trying to take every word in and learn from the book. I hope to finish it this month but I am in no rush.

Stay tuned for my Bookstaversary coming up on October 8th, next Friday! I am having a huge giveaway that I am so excited for! I am giving away signed copies of some of my favorite books! You will not want to miss out on this!

You all should join Book Of The Month Club if you haven’t already. They have so many good books especially good ones for the spooky season! Down below is my link to get your first book for super cheap! Check it out!

September Hopefuls

This month my genres are going to be all over the place! From Self Help to Fantasy I am going to cover it all, well kind of. There are more than five genres in the world but all five of my books I would say touch different genres and ideas from each other and so I am very excited to get started with this months picks!

My Line Up

Romance

Self Help

Poetry

Fantasy

Historical Fiction

Like I said all these books are very different than one another and I think that adds to all the fun! Two of these books are part of buddy reads which I still haven’t decided if I fully enjoy or not, but I am really trying! The other three books are ones I need to tackle so I can say that I have read them, they have been on my shelf for quite sometime.

I haven’t really read a poetry book before so when my new work friend recommended me “I Would Leave Me Too” by Halsey I honestly was kind of skeptical. I am not the best at understanding poetry and I am afraid I will just make a fool of myself trying to interpret the meaning behind the words. However, you will never know unless you try!

I am trying to read through all the Harry Potter books this coming year, one each month. This is part of a buddy read so it helps me to stay motivated to get it read. Also my boyfriends family are having a Harry Potter themed Halloween party so I should probably start finding a character I resonate with. Any help with this is very much appreciated!

“The Intellect” is an Indy book published by a seventeen year old! Yes, you read that correctly! I am so excited that she asked me to represent her book and to try and spread the word about her new romance novel. I am about halfway through the book and I am in love! If you would like to check out her book I will add a link so you can get your own copy.

“You Should Talk to Someone” has been catching my eye for months! I just keep putting it off because I’m not really a non-fiction self help kind of girl but honestly after the month I have had lately I could use some guidance in life. This will most likely be apart of a buddy read as well this month, maybe the other people in this group can help me get my life together!

Last but not least is “The Rose Code”, historical fiction is also out of my comfort zone but I mean who can turn down this gorgeous cover? I have also read so many wonderful reviews on this book and now that the hype has started to slow down I think now could be the perfect time to dive into this book.


Last month was crazy but this month might be worse. I am trying to balance a new job while also taking care of a three week old kitten and honestly I am sleep deprived! I haven’t really picked up a book in over a week and that is kind of depressing, but reading four books last month was a win for me! Now my goal is to keep that up with my busy schedule! Wish me luck!

If you are interested in reading one of these books with me lets do it!