2020 May TBR

Though I haven’t had the best track record of reading the books off of my TBRs, especially as of late, I still hope to read all of the follow books. While it’s true that I’ve been finding it harder than usual to get into a book with everything going around right now, I’m hoping to push through it and read these (hopefully fantastic) books.

I also hope to read some books for the 2020 Asia Readathon. I’ll be making another post in the next couple of days around the books I plan to read for this and highly recommend joining if you’re interested. This Readathon is to inspire people to read more books by Asian Authors and runs throughout all of May.

**For anyone who’s discovered my TBR system for the first time, I’ve organized the books on my TBR by Physical Books, AudioBooks, and eBooks. Oh, and Library books, too. **


Total books: 6

  1. On The Come Up by Angie Thomas (Goodreads)
  2. Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton (Heart of Thorns, Book 1)
  3. The Bad Mother’s Detox by Suzy K Quinn (The Bad Mother Series, Book 2)
  4. Fire Study by Maria V Snyder (Poison Study, Book 3; The Chronicles of Ixia, Book 3)
  5. Sea Glass by Maria V Snyder (Glass, Book 2; The Chronicles of Ixia, Book 5)
  6. Stain by A. G. Howard (Goodreads)



On The Come Up by Angie Thomas: All Bri wants to be is one of the greatest rappers of all time but she’ll settle for making it out of her neighbourhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri knows she’s got huge shoes to fill. Now that her mother’s unexpectedly lost her job, Bri’s struggles in life have gotten that much harder. Music no longer becomes a fantasy – it’s something Bri must succeed at in order to help provide for her family.

Physical books sure haven’t been my thing lately…. But here’s hoping that with the spring sun and nicer weather I’ll actually get the motivation to sit outside with my dog and read some. Sunny and warm days in April were few and far between where I’m living, so I’m counting on nicer spring weather to get me through more physical books. This one being the first.

Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton: 17 year old Mia Rose has pledge her life to hunting Gwyrach, the same demons that killed her mother. When her dad pledges her marriage to the prince, she’s forbidden from taking up her knife again. She instead finds herself being forced into silk gowns. After the wedding goes horribly wrong does she realize she has the same magic that she’s sworn to destroy.

While I managed to pick this book up last month from my apartment, I didn’t really pick it up. It sat there, right by where I’ve been working from my parents house, staring me into submission. So here’s hoping that I can sit out in the sun with the book and dive back into this world.

The Bad Mother’s Detox by Suzy K Quinn: Juliette had a baby with a man who certainly isn’t ready to be a father. After he left her at the alter, Juliette is determined to put Nick behind her – not only for herself, but also for their daughter Daisy. She might need her father in her life, but Juliette doesn’t need to let him control hers. Trying to cut Nick out of her life and make things work with Alex doesn’t sound easy… but Juilette is willing to try if it means finally finding her own happiness.

I still plan on reading this book so that I can put out a series review on it, but I keep finding myself drawn to other reads. I’ve made a little bit of progress on this read since I first picked it up, but I’m hoping to finish reading it sometime thing month. Hopefully that’ll allow me to post the series review this month as well.

Fire Study by Maria V Snyder: The world is growing uncomfortable with the knowledge that Yelena’s a Soulfinder. Already her unusual powers and her past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena’s fate, she received a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a mysterious sorcerer she’s defeated before.

I got partway through Fire Study in April and look forward to finishing it again this month. This’ll probably be my fifth time getting through this story and I’m loving every second of it. Getting to jump between the physical copy of the book and the AudioBook version is a great way to keep my attention to the story (since I seem to have an even worse attention than usual).

Sea Glass by Maria V Snyder: Opal’s glass messengers are more sought after than ever. Once used solely by the Councillors and magicians, other powerful factions are now vying for control and control of the messengers means control over Sitia. Unfortunately for Opal, that also means having control over her. On top of this, Opal’s goal of proving blood magic is still being used is being met with resistance. When everyone she respects and trusts doubts her, Opal begins to doubt herself. She needs to decide who to believe, who to trust, and who actually has control.

While I’ve finished Storm Glass already, I’m waiting to finish Fire Study before picking up this read. As much as I enjoyed jumping back into the world with Storm Glass, I felt as if there were a few things I was forgetting by not rereading the first three books in the Poison Study series first. So, once I’ve finished my read through of Fire Study, I look forward to picking up Sea Glass.

Stain by A.G. Howard: Lyra, a princess incapable of speech or sound, finds herself cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt. Saved by a witch who steals her memories and raises her in an enchanted forest, Lyra is disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, the prince of thorns and night is dying. The only way for him to break the curse is to marry the princess of daylight as she is his true equal. But while Lyra is finding her way back to her identity, an impostor princess appears to steal her prince and crown. To win back her kingdom, save the prince, and make peace with the land of night, Lyra must be loud enough to be heard without a voice and strong enough to pass a series of tests.

I’ll be honest here, I picked up this book seeing “A.G. Howard” as the author and didn’t give the purchase a second thought. I’ve yet to be let down by any of her works and I look forward to picking this one up. As they’re all an inspired retelling of classic tales – so far I’ve read Alice in Wonderland and Phantom of the Opera, both being amazing and worth rereads – I can’t wait to pick up this read. Princess and the Pea, here I come!



I’m hoping that with nice weather and an easy way to soak up some fresh air by sitting in the backyard I’ll be able to get a lot more reading done this month. While the backyard doesn’t get me far from home, it still allows me to be outside in a safe way. If you’ve got a backyard or a balcony you can sit in/on, I highly recommend trying it out. Not only does fresh air help me to read, but it’s a great way to change the scenery and shake off any claustrophobia from being stuck inside all the time.

Heading into another month of quarantine, how’s everyone doing? I hope that you’re all staying safe and finding ways to keep yourself occupied – even if you’re not able to get a lot of reading done like me.


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