Monthly TBR: May

            I can’t believe that it’s already May! We’re a third of the way through 2021, which feels crazy. I know I’ve been falling off posting during April, but as I watch spring bloom around me, I’m becoming inspired once again. It’s time to pull myself out of the wintery gloom that tries its best to follow me.

So, here’s my list of books to read this month, starting with the books that I didn’t finish last month:

Fable by Adrienne Young–Fantasy (already finished on May 1st!)

Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente–Science Fiction

Cold Falling White by G. S. Prendergast–Science Fiction

The Electric Kingdom by David Arnold–Dystopian

The Deal of a Lifetime and other stories by Fredrik Backman–Short Stories

The Mermaid by Christina Henry–Fairy Tale Retelling

Normal by Graeme Cameron–Thriller

The Life Below by Alexandra Monir–Science Fiction

The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson–Contemporary Fiction

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody–Novel Writing Companion

Fairest by Marissa Meyer–Science Fiction/Fairy Tale Retelling

Winter by Marissa Meyer–Science Fiction/Fairy Tale Retelling

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman (Ezeekat’s Book Club pick for May!)–Science Fiction/Fantasy

These reads are all so exciting. I picked books in different genres so that it’s easier to switch back and forth and keep myself reading. Though I didn’t stray from my TBR last month, but I could only read six and a half of the ten books I chose. I finished that half book on May 1st, so Fable is already on my ‘done’ pile!

            May is Short Story Month according to the Internet, so I’ve decided to write at least one short story this month and share it with all of you! I’ve also chosen a short story collection to read: The Deal of a Lifetime and other stories by Fredrik Backman. The working title for the short story I’ve chosen to write is “The Lies of Death”.

            I know April was National Poetry month here in Canada, but this is the month that I’ll be starting my Writing Poetry series here on the blog. Join me to learn how to write my five favourite forms of poems. I’m not a teacher, but my professors during university have taught me how to do this and I believe that it’s fun to share some tips and tricks that you won’t find in other places on the Internet. This month we’re starting with Haiku and Sonnet to keep it familiar, but the one I’m truly excited for is the Sestina (I think it’s scheduled for June).

            I’m going to finish character building and plot outlining by the end of May to keep on track with my goal of finishing this novel by the end of 2021. It’s difficult when every time I look at it, more work gets added to the to do list. But I’m getting there.

            That’s the end of my update for the beginning of May. I hope you find some inspiration during Short Story month to write something as well! Thank you for tuning in! As always, I’ll see you on Tuesday for another post!


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