May 2016 TBR

Okay, so I’ve never done a TBR type post before, but I’ve seen a bunch of people do it and I think planning might help with keeping me on track for my reading goals. Hopefully I’ll get the hang of it sooner or later, but for now, I’m gonna list the books I definitely plan on reading this month with basic details. I won’t list the books I’m on the fence about ’cause I’d like to leave a little wiggle room!

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling

TITLE: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows
SERIES: Harry Potter #7
AUTHOR: J K Rowling
NARRATOR: Jim Dale
PUBLICATION DATE: July 21, 2007
PUBLISHER: Arthur A. Levine Books
LENGTH: 21 hours 36 minutes
FORMAT: Audiobook
SOURCE: Purchased

Reason: I’ve been listening to this audiobook with my husband and I’ve been dragging my feet because I’ve gotten to the part where people are going to start dying off and I’M NOT PREPARED. But I need to finish this book and complete the series. I have a Harry Potter tattoo for fuck’s sake, I need to be able to honestly say I’ve read the full series.

Summary from GoodReads:

Harry is waiting in Privet Drive. The Order of the Phoenix is coming to escort him safely away without Voldemort and his supporters knowing – if they can. But what will Harry do then? How can he fulfil the momentous and seemingly impossible task that Professor Dumbledore has left him?

This Is My Brain On Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer

TITLE: This Is My Brain On Boys
AUTHOR: Sarah Strohmeyer
PUBLICATION DATE: March 10, 2016
PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray
LENGTH: 352 pages
FORMAT: eARC
SOURCE: Review copy via Edelweiss

Reason: I’ve got an eARC and even though I really doubt my ability to get a review up in the release week, I should at least have it READ in that time frame. Beyond that, this is sounds like a cutesy contemporary YA that I’ll love. Despite the fact that I didn’t love The Secrets Of Lily Graves, I want to give Sarah another shot.

Summary from GoodReads:

Addie Emerson doesn’t believe in love, at least for herself. A straightlaced, brilliant girl, she’s more interested in getting an A than falling in love. But Addie is determined to prove the science of love—because Addie Emerson does believe in science.

Science tells her that “love” is nothing more than the brain’s state under the influence of certain chemicals. And by artificially stimulating those chemicals, the brain can totally be tricked into falling in love. So Addie decides to apply that knowledge—and make her classmates fall in love—to win the coveted Athenian Award for Science in her elite private school. One way to speed up the process—adrenaline—she’ll put her classmates in dangerous, high-risk situations . . . and research the fallout.

But a mysterious new guy keeps messing with her plans. And she kind of can’t stop thinking about his gorgeous brown eyes. With backstabbing competitors—including her former lab partner, the preppy, wealthier-than-thou Dex—and more than one pair of star-crossed lovers—can Addie manage to salvage her experiment and win the Athenian? And what happens if she does the unthinkable—and falls in love?

With Malice by Eileen Cook

TITLE: With Malice
AUTHOR: Eileen Cook
PUBLICATION DATE: June 7, 2016
PUBLISHER: HMH Books for Young Readers
LENGTH: 320 pages
FORMAT: eARC
SOURCE: Review copy via Edelweiss

Reason: One of my many goals this year is to get better at reading the eARC’s before their release date. I used to be very good at that and somewhere along the way, I fell off the wagon. This comes out next month and I want to be prepared for that. Beyond that, I loved Eileen’s previous novel, Remember and I really enjoyed Getting Revenge On Lauren Wood, so I’m sure this will be great too!

Summary from GoodReads:

A read about a teenage girl who wakes up in a hospital bed and cannot remember the last six weeks of her life, including the accident that killed her best friend–only what if the accident wasn’t an accident?

Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last 6 weeks should be. She comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident while on a school trip in Italy three days previous but was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

TITLE: The Unexpected Everything
AUTHOR: Morgan Matson
NARRATOR: Bailey Carr
PUBLICATION DATE: May 3, 2016
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
LENGTH: 16 hours 43 minutes
FORMAT: Audiobook
SOURCE: Review copy via Audible

Reason: Cutesy contemporary YA is what I’ve really want itching to read since I’ve burnt myself out on contemporary romances and New Adults. Also, everyone seems to love Morgan Matson, but I wasn’t overly impressed with Second Chance Summer. This is my attempt to give her a second chance.

Summary from GoodReads:

Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

TITLE: My Lady Jane
AUTHOR: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows
PUBLICATION DATE: June 7, 2016
PUBLISHER: HarperTeen
LENGTH: 512 pages
FORMAT: eARC
SOURCE: Review copy via Edelweiss

Reason: This sounds hilarious and I’m always on the look out for more hilarity.

Summary from GoodReads:

For fans of The Princess Bride comes the comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey.

Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger—and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.

Vicarious by Paula Stokes

TITLE: Vicarious
SERIES: Vicarious #1
AUTHOR: Paula stokes
PUBLICATION DATE: August 16, 2016
PUBLISHER: Tor Teen
LENGTH: 336 Pages
FORMAT: eARC
SOURCE: Author
Reason: Ummmm….because Paula is awesome? I love all of Paula’s previous work. Seriously, Girl Against The Universe is amazing and I’m not sure other contemporary YA’s will ever measure up. I’ve also been a bit of a reading funk and I’m hoping a dose of Paula will help with that.

Summary from GoodReads:

Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have always been inseparable. Together, the two of them survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States.

Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose’s ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it’s bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities at the city’s hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you, for a price.

When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter won’t rest until she finds her sister’s killer. But when the clues she uncovers conflict with the neural recordings her sister made, Winter isn’t sure what to believe. To find out what happened to Rose, she’ll have to untangle what’s real from what only seems real, risking her life in the process.

That’s it! I hope to read more books than just these six books, but these are the ones I’m for sure about in the month of May! What are you planning on reading this month? Let me know in the comments!

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