Hello, dear reader! Is it sunshiny and warm where you are? I hope so. It’s a beautiful morning here in the American South, and after a little time in the garden, piddling and taking photos, and a big delicious breakfast, I’m ready to take on the day. Another month is upon us, and it’s time to set up my May TBR.

I told you recently about how my reading has declined in the past month, how I just can’t get myself to sit and read for any amount of time, how nothing is appealing to me. I went on another reading deprivation trip and enjoyed other things to shoo away the quarantine blues. As I predicted, some time away from my books energized me and gave me some much needed fuel to get excited about reading again!

As I plotted out this month’s blog content (get ready! Lots of good stuff coming your way!), I built up a little TBR and, gasp, actually started reading again! I felt more excited about this list, more energized to create content for the blog and bookstagram for them, and started to enjoy reading like I used to.

Sometimes, we need breaks from things, even (and especially) our passions.

So, here is what I’m tentatively planning to read this month!

The House of the Spirits by Isabelle Allende: I’ve had this one on my shelf for a while and since it’s set in Peru, now is the perfect time to check it off! I’ll be reading it for my Own Voices Global Reading Challenge. I’ve already started it and I’m enjoying it so far.

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Another that I’ve been meaning to get around to and will check off my global challenge! A little timely too, no?

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: I want to re-read this series to prepare for the May 19 release of the prequel book, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. I devoured these books in high school, and my first semester in college I took a course about them and Roman society. This will be the first time I’ve read them since I was 18. I’m going to read them differently: not for the story like the first time, or for literary and historical analysis like the second time, but specifically for the character of President Snow (who the new book is about) and the politics of the games themselves (i.e. how mentors and sponsors play into a tribute’s success or failure, how District 12 fits into the political realm, how the Capitol is portrayed, etc.). I’ve already started the first book and cried through the entire first chapter — ah, nostalgia and the power of a good book.

When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning: I’m reading this one in preparation for a future post. Stay tuned! Very interesting so far!

There you have it! I don’t usually publicize my TBR lists, mostly because I want to be able to be flexible, but this month, I want these books to anchor some content so they’re top priority. I’m sure other things will sneak in, but for now, this is the list!

What are you reading this month? Tell me in the comments!

Until next time, dear reader!

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