Monthly TBR / May 2015

So I thought I would change up my first post of the month to see how I like it, and instead of announcing only the 2 books each month that I planned to review in full, I would share all of the books I (tentatively) have on my TBR (to-be-read) for the month.  I feel like this will make it easier to not only keep myself more accountable regarding my reading, but then I could do a couple complete reviews a month and a couple posts where I review a couple books at a time.  We'll see how this works out, but I like the idea, and I think it'll be fun.

Note that only one of these is from the library, which obviously does not fill my monthly quota for the Snagged @ the Library Reading Challenge I'm participating in this year, so there will likely be another book or two from the library I'll read.  Also, I'm a little bit ahead on my goal for that challenge, so I might not read three this month.  We'll see.  Now let's get to the books.

First on my list is a book I actually read last month, but I want to review it in full this month, and that's how it made it on this list.  That book is Persuasion by Jane Austen and you guys.  This book was so amazing.  As you might know if you've been around here long, I've never been a massive Jane Austen fan.  I liked Emma more than Pride & Prejudice, but I still didn't love it.  But I loved Persuasion.  It was so good.  I want to do a complete review of it, so I won't say anymore, but I loved it a lot!

The only book I have from the library so far this month is The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King, which is the first in the Mary Russell series.  I'm about 50 or so pages in and I'm really enjoying it.  I love that series so much.  And this cover!  I'm totally buying my own copy. 

The next book I want to read in May is The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  This is a nonfiction book about Teddy Roosevelt and Howard Taft and I'm already about 200 pages in, and as I'm currently in a wanna-read-all-the-nonfiction mood, I decided this would be the month I finish it.  If I read anything this month, I want this one to be it.  This book isn't the easiest read, but I absolutely love historical nonfiction, and I can't wait to dive back in.

And then I want to read the 2nd volume of the Complete Sherlock Holmes by the one and only Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  There is simply nothing better than the original Sherlock – he's my favorite – and I want to finish this one up so I can do a post all about Sherlock Holmes.  This book's around 600 pages, I believe, but it's divided up into short stories, and I'm already probably 100 pages in or so.  I want to curl up with this during a rainy Saturday afternoon with a cup of tea.  Ideally, that is.

The final book on my May TBR is from my April book haul and it's a little unusual for me – it's a retelling, and I've never read a retelling – but I've heard great things about it, and Alexander McCall Smith's writing style is an absolutely perfect match for Jane's Emma.  I've barely started it, and I already tell I'll be a fan.  I'm planning on reviewing this in full if I finish it, so look out for that.

And those are the books I plan to read this month!  A little (read: very) ambitious for me, but since I've started all of these (and finished one), I think I should be able to do it.  Thanks for reading and I'll be back later this week!  xo, Ella

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