I met nearly all my reading goals for April. I was a bit sluggish. I’m chocking it up to the fact that this whole pandemic thing is really sucking all my energy out of me. I have to keep myself occupied in so many ways to keep myself from going crazy. Reading helps, but only so much. It’s hard to lose myself in another world right now because I’m so preoccupied. Anyway, I hope to keep up my pace in May, at least, and post more, particularly my reviews.

Anyway, let’s see what I’ve got on my plate for May:

My Reading Goals

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge 2020

The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix: This book fulfills the “YA nonfiction book” prompt for this challenge. I was drawn to this book because in college I took a course on non-violent protest and Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a figure we studied. He’s a very interesting person and I am curious to read more about him. Plus, it’s helpful to my job to expand my knowledge of non-fiction written for teens.

Reading Women Challenge 2020

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa: This book counts for the “book set in Japan or by a Japanese Author” prompt for this challenge. I’ve seen this book on a lot of lists in the recent past and I like anything to do with cats, so I thought this one would be a fun book to read for this challenge! I love that it’s from a cat’s perspective. Already this year I’ve read a book from a chicken’s perspective and it was really interesting. We’ll see how this one is.

2020 Diversity Reading Challenge:

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa: Yes, I’m doubling up again! This book works well for the 2020 Diversity Reading Challenge’s monthly mini challenge prompt for May: poc: East Asian/Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander. In this case, Arikawa is Japanese.


A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell: This is kind of the perfect challenge because of this pandemic. I can’t get new books right now unless they’re electronic or ordered and purchased online. So, where should I turn to but my shelf? After all, I started this challenge so that I would actually read books I already have.

This book is one of them, an impulse buy at a grocery store. Yes, it was making the rounds recently because of the movie adaptation. This book is actually also on my Reading Women Challenge list, as a book-to-movie adaptation. I’m looking forward to finally reading this book so I can watch the movie. At least, I hope I like the book enough to want to watch the movie!

ARC of the Month

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones: I’ve been trying to expand my reading of literature by Native writers. When I saw this book pop up on NetGalley, I signed up for a copy. I don’t usually read horror stories, but my curiosity is strong with this one. Let’s hope I don’t get too scared!

My TBR Pick:

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone: This book has gotten such rave reviews! I am always intrigued by time travel. Sci-fi as a genre is always a genre I turn to when I need an escape. I also like that this is a short book, really a novella. It means that I won’t feel overwhelmed by reading it. I’m really looking forward to reading this one!

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee: I’ve been keeping up pretty well with this challenge! My goal is to read between 21-30 book towards this challenge and even with me picking out a specific book for myself each month, I end up reading a few others in addition. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book, and I have been really impressed by the “Rick Riordan Presents” series. I love reading about Korean culture and I’m excited to get a taste of Korean mythology mixed into this sci-fi story.

What books are you reading this month?

If you’ve read any books from my list, let me know what you think! Do you have any of these selections on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

It’s another month of reading dangerously and I hope I’m up to the challenge!

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