So Many Books, so Little Time in May 2021

When you want to read all the books…as well as realize it’s the fifth month of the year and you have barely made a dent in your physical TBR….

            I know I have time to finish the priority books. But what can I do when there are so many other books I want to read? I went back to the library for middle grade books, hoping it will help me get out of my book hangover from April. But I haven’t felt a strong desire to read these days….

My reading in May is already off to a great start.

Currently reading

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These first two books are carried over from last month. Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan is one of the library books I picked up. I have approximately 200 pages left and I plan to finish it this weekend. The other book I am currently reading, and not nearly as far into, is the audiobook for That Way Madness Lies. It is an anthology of short stories inspired by Shakespeare’s works edited by Dahlia Adler.

TBR Books

Frogkisser by Garth Nix

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If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth


The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare


These three books are the only middle grade novels I own. Frogkisser follows a young princess with the ability to break curses with a kiss that teams up with a group of other misfits to save her kingdom from her stepmother’s new husband. If I Ever Get Out of Here is a coming-of-age story about a Native American preteen putting up a façade to impress his new friend. The Witch of Blackbird Pond follows an orphan who is sent to live with her Puritan relatives and befriends an odd Quaker woman, but when their friendship is revealed, she is suddenly accused of witchcraft.

Shadow and Bone


Siege and Storm

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Ruin and Rising

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Six of Crows


Crooked Kingdom

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By Leigh Bardugo

Unlike everyone and their mother, I have not read any of Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha books. I had wanted to read it last month, then watch the show as soon as it came out. Obviously, that didn’t happen. I’m not watching the show until I’ve read the books, either.

Library Books

The Brave by James Bird


The Brave follows Collin, a young boy with a unique condition to count every letter spoken to him. Kicked out of yet another school, his dad sends him to his Ojibwe mother, whom he has never met, on her reservation in Minnesota. While there, he makes new friends and finds courage in overcoming his challenges.

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper


Out of My Mind is about a brilliant and impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy. Sick and tired of people thinking she’s mentally retarded because she struggles to talk, she discovers a new technology that will help her speak for the first time.

Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz with Renee Watson


Betty Before X is a historical middle grade inspired by the childhood of Malcolm X’s wife Betty and how she came to follow the Nation of Islam.

The Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair by Amy Mackechnie

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With her mother not quite present due to a mental health issue and her father consumed with finding answers, protagonist Gwyn distracts herself in her new town by investigating the disappearance of a local farmer. But as she digs deeper, she learns that sometimes, even when truly terrible things happen, no one is really at fault.

Mananaland by Pam Munoz Ryan


Max has grown up on the mythical stories of guardians protecting brave travelers told to him by his Buelo. The only story he does not know is what happened to his mother, who disappeared when he was a baby. When he uncovers a surprising family secret, Max sets out to find answers on his own.

Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela Rivera

Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls

Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls follows a young girl named Cece, who is fascinated by brujas and the spirits who haunt the local desert. When her older sister is kidnapped by a powerful entity, she risks the disapproval of her parents and the wrath of the local brujas to learn magic in order to save her sister.

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

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Five years ago, Coyote lost her mother and two sisters in a car crash. Since then, she and her dad have been living inside a school bus, travelling across the country. When she learns the park she buried a memory box with her mom and sisters is being demolished, she convinces her dad to go back to Washington state without telling him where they are really headed. And, along the way, they pick up a few new friends that provide them with a new perspective.

The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish

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Ethan was a normal kid until he was in an accident that killed his best friend Kacey. When his family moves from Boston to a small town in Georgia, he makes a new friend named Coralee. Coralee has a big personality, but she’s got big secrets that are catching up to her fast. And they’re putting her and Ethan in danger. 

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer

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Eleven-year-olds Bett and Avery are not exactly happy when they are sent to the same summer camp after their fathers start dating. Then, when their dads break-up, the girls team up to get them back together.

The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni

The Prison Healer (The Prison Healer, #1)

The Prison Healer is a new release young adult fantasy, instead of middle grade. It follows a young healer, Kiva, working in a prison camp. Then, when the rebel queen is brought to the camp, Kiva is charged with keeping her healthy in order to stand trial. After she receives a message from her family to keep the queen alive, Kiva goes in the queen’s place. If she succeeds, Kiva and the queen go free. But no one has ever survived the trials.

What are you hoping to read in May?

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