Setting out and sticking to a TBR worked pretty well in April, so I’m going to take another stab at it this month. I’m feeling ambitious and am aiming for ten books for May, including no fewer than seven for the Read Harder challenge. Without further ado…

  1. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky. My fourth and final month with this book for my classics book club. Can’t say I won’t be sad to see it finished. It’s been a bit of a slog.
  2. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson. Listening to this one on audio right now, and, at least in some parts, it’s been laugh out loud funny.
  3. The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante. I’ve been diagnosed with a severe case of Ferrante fever. I’ve opted for exposure therapy. Wish me luck!
  4. Lady Susan by Jane Austen. For the “Read a book that was adapted into a movie” task of the Read Harder challenge. I haven’t this Austen, and Love & Friendship is coming out this month! I’m super curious to see Whit Stillman’s take on Austen.
  5. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. For the “Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel” task. Also, for the “You should be ashamed that you haven’t read any Octavia Butler” challenge.
  6. Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton. For the “Read a book about religion” task.
  7. Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. For the “Read a middle grade novel” task.
  8. March, Book One by John Lewis. For the “Read a book about politics” task.
  9. Sorceror to the Crown by Zen Cho. For the “Read a book by an author from Southeast Asia” task.
  10. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley. For the “Read a food memoir” task.

Happy reading everyone!


  1. Wow, such a great TBR list! I hope you enjoy Octavia Butler, she’s amazing.
    I’m so intrigued by Ferrante– first I didn’t think it sounded like something I’d enjoy, but I keep hearing such great things that I feel like I should give the first book a try.


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