May 2020 tbr (Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month + New Releases) & Life Update

Hi everyone! I hope you all are doing well and staying safe! I have been in an unexpected hiatus for the last two weeks and I thought I would give you a little life update about why that happened before getting into the books I’m hoping to read in May.

Unfortunately, my grandfather passed away at the beginning of april (it was unrelated to what’s been going on in the world) and that, on top of the lockdown and all the stress because of current events, proved to be too much and I had to step away for a while. There’s also a more lighthearted reason, I started to watch The Office for the first time a week ago and I’m already on season 6, it has absolutely consumed my life and because of that, it took me even longer to come back. But now I’m ready and excited to talk about books again!


Most of the books on my tbr for May are written by Asian authors because it’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I also included some new releases that are coming out in May and that I’m really excited for!

As always, I have a list below with the goals and challenges that I want to keep track of in 2020 and I chose an emoji that represents each one. Next to each of the books on my tbr, I’ll put the emoji of the goal or challenge that that book is going to help me fullfil.

  • Read 20 fantasy books in 2020 (🔮)
  • Read 35 books by Latinx authors in 2020 (🔥)
  • Keep reading diverse books: by Asian authors (☁️), by black authors (🌞), other #ownvoices rep (🌈)
  • Read 50 books by the #StartOnYourShelfathon challenge (⭐)
  • Read the 20 books on my tbr for the #StartOnYourShelfathon challenge (💫)
  • Read a book from a genre that’s not fantasy or romance (🦄)

Without further ado, here’s my May tbr:

🔮☁️⭐The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang: I have been meaning to read this and lately I have been hearing people whose recommendations I trust talk about how much they love it, so I’m finally picking it up.

🔮☁️ Jade City by Fonda Lee: one of my friends loves this book and while I wasn’t that interested when I first heard about this, her excitement made me really want to read it

☁️⭐🦄 Want by Cindy Pon: I have been meaning to read this for SO LONG and it’s finally time

☁️⭐💫🦄China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan: I need to continue with this series and what better time!

☁️⭐🦄Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng: I really liked Ng’s other book Little Fires Everywhere and I have heard this one is even better, so I’m excited to give it a chance.

☁️A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai: I want to read more romance books by Asian authors and this seems like a great place to start.

The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler: This is a romance set in Alaska and it gives me The Simple Wild vibes and I loved that book, so I’m excited to see if I enjoy this one. (Release date: May 5th 2020)

Beach Read by Emily Henry: this has a great premise and it seems like everyone who got an arc loved it, so I have high expectations. (Release date: May 19th 2020)

🔥 🦄🌞Clap When you Land by Elizabeth Acevedo: I love Acevedo’s other books and I have heard nothing but great things about this one, so I’m excited to read it. (Release date: May 5th 2020)

🔥🦄 Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez: the first book in this duology is my favorite middle grade of all times, so I can’t wait to see how the story ends. (Release date: May 5th 2020)

What are your reading plans for May? If you want to buddy read any of the books on my tbr, let me know in the comments!

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27 thoughts on “May 2020 tbr (Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month + New Releases) & Life Update

  1. I offer my deepest sympathies to you and your loved ones for your loss. I’ve been following your blog for a bit, and I believe that you are a strong person. Life is definitely chaotic, but I believe you can make it. Warmest regards to you.

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  2. I’m on season 7 of The Office and it hasn’t officially been two weeks since I started. It has definitely taken over my life as well 🥴
    I adored Want! I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🥰

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  3. I’m so sorry about your loss. I’m glad you found joy in the Office ❤

    I did not know it was Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May! I have Poppy War and Jade City on my kindle! I will be reading those next month as well! I'm excited! I hope you enjoy them! I still need to read Crazy Rich Asians! I hope to get around to it sometime soon. Happy Reading!

    Amber @ Escape Life in the Pages

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  4. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m so glad that you’re enjoying The Office (I love it). The only book from the Crazy Rich Asians series that I haven’t read is Rich People Problems. I hope you enjoy China Rich Girlfriend!

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  5. My condolences go out to you and your family. I am so sorry you had to go through such a stressful month but I hope that you are able to make it through at least one book on your TBR, only if it makes you feel better. Have a great day 🙂

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