If you’re anything like me, a new month means a whole world of new books to read! A planned TBR (to-be-read list) kind of stresses me out and who needs that. Instead, I thought I’d share with you some books that I would love to read this month, but with no pressure associate with them.
Most Anticipated Title
First things first, Us Against You by Fredrik Backman comes out Tuesday, June 5th and I preordered myself a copy — Us Against You is the sequel to Beartown – second in a trilogy – and I couldn’t be more excited. I also am planning to meet the author in the end of the month, so this is a must read! (So much for no pressure..)
A Planned Buddy Read
First in order, though, will be The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas. Jamie from @jamiereadsbooks offered to buddy read it with me, and after enjoying my first buddy read for The Great Alone, so I’m excited to try this strategy again.
The Unread Shelf Project
As always, I’ll be participating in The Unread Shelf Challenge – The Challenge for June is to read a book about travel! I’ve had the idea in my head for a while that I would read Modern Lovers by Emma Straub in June. However, when I looked up the description of the book, it sounds like its about people who all live close to each other in Brooklyn. So I’ll either choose this book because it’s the one I’ve been saving to read while traveling, or I’ll follow the prompt and pick up A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson! I love his travel writing. Whichever makes me more excited when it comes time to choose!
Right now I have two unfinished books that I’d like to finish next month – The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner and The Mirage Factory by Gary Krist. The Mars Room is a novel about a woman who grew up in San Francisco and through a series of difficult life circumstances and poor choices, ended up with two life sentences. The Mirage Factory is a great history of Los Angeles set between 1900 and 1920, following three pioneers who helped shape the city in to what it is today!
And a friend recently lent me two books and I’d like to read one of them next month! I think my first choice will be Ghosted by Rosie Walsh which is a thriller coming out in late July!
In terms of audiobooks – both of my Unread Shelf Project (potential) picks and one of my unfinished books, The Mars Room, are both on Scribd so that will definitely help me make it through those! (Thank God for Scribd)
Oh and my wish came true!! I wished that Calypso by David Sedaris would be a BOTM selection in May but it turns out it’s a BOTM selection for June! So of course, that was my choice this month. If you want to join (and receive a copy of Calypso or any other the other great choices), use my referral link for a free book!
Here’s to June!