Welcome to my May Hopefuls! I have quite a few this month, because let’s face it with this quarantine I’m not doing too much else. Setting a large goal of eight books, I’ve got a bit of everything from manga to middle grade and audiobooks to adult historical fiction. So let’s dive right in.
Spy x Family Vol 1.
By: Tatsuya Endo
Book in a Nutshell: An action-packed comedy about a fake family that includes a spy, an assassin and a telepath!
Why I’m Interested: This is the only manga I have on my list and it is one that I got early access to through Netgalley via Viz Media. This manga looks really funny and I think I’m going to enjoy it. It’s also been awhile since I’ve read a manga and I want to get back into it again, therefore I added it to my May hopefuls. Hopefully this one will be high action to keep me engaged and giggling throughout it all. I have high expectations, but I haven’t heard anyone talking about it so I don’t know how it will turn out.
The Magic Misfits
By: Neal Patrick Harris
Book in a Nutshell: Six Magic Misfits will discover adventure, friendship, and their own self-worth in this delightful series.
Why I’m Interested: I have been quite into middle grade books lately, as the few I’ve read recently have been very enjoyable. Somehow I ended up with both the audiobook and the physical copy of this book. I’m not quite sure which one I am going to read, or I might read/listen to both. This is quite possible since the book is relatively short as is the audiobook. I would do separate reviews for each version and it would be interesting to compare how immersed I got in each. The magic is a big draw for me with this story as is the crew of various characters. If it is half as funny as Neil Patrick Harris is in real life then I am in for a treat!
The Stone of Sorrow
By: Brooke Carter
Book in a Nutshell: With a fallen Valkyrie by her side, and a gorgeous half-elf Runa is not quite sure she can trust, Runa must travel to the site of an ancient runecasting competition to try to win back a magical gem.
Why I’m Interested: I received an ARC copy of this book I believe from the publisher or the author. I have always been interested in fantasy and magic, but I’ve also recently become more interested in the niche fantasy of runes. The only other series that I’ve read that kind of incorporates runes is The Books of Pellinor Series. So I was very excited to get this in the mail and immediately added it to my May hopefuls. Including valkyries and elves on top of all that? I’m so ready to dive right in to this book!
The Black Swan of Paris
By: Karen Robards
Book in a Nutshell: A world at war. A beautiful young star. A mission no one expected.
Why I’m Interested: This is another ARC that I got in the mail from the publisher. Since I’ve been stuck in a bit of a YA rut; not that there’s anything wrong with that, I just want to expand out a bit further. Hence the addition of this adult romantic historical fiction. The last WWII book I read was the Pale Horseman which was years ago now. So, I think it is time to add a new one into the mix. This seems like a possibly sad but family oriented novel with kickass women in France supporting the Allies and two sisters saving their mother. I am very much looking forward to reading this one. My review will go up on the date of release here.
My Summer of Love and Misfortune
By: Lindsay Wong
Book in a Nutshell: A Chinese-American teen who is thrust into the decadent world of Beijing high society when she is sent away to spend the summer in China.
Why I’m Interested: And yet another ARC I received from the publisher via Netgalley. For a few months earlier this year I was obsessed with Chinese webnovels. I doubt this book will have as much useless (but funny) drama as the webnovels, but regardless if this is anything like them then I am going to love it. I liked Crazy Rich Asians (I’ve only seen the movie) and this is being compared to that so I have high expectations. Seeing as it comes out next month I knew I had to add it to my May hopefuls.
Undone, Untold and Unmade (Lynburn Legacy Series)
By: Sarah Rees Brennan
Series in a Nutshell: A modern, magical twist on the Gothic romance and girl-detective genres. Kami is in love with someone she’s never met—a boy she’s talked to in her head since she was born. The boy she thought was imaginary is real, and now she has to solve a murder.
Why I’m Interested: I read the first book in this series a long time ago and I remember liking it. I managed to pick up the other two books in the trilogy throughout the years but never got around to finishing up the series. I am making it my dedicated series of the month (I am planning to finish at least 12 series this year). I remember being upset with how the first book ended, so I’m sure that will only spur me on to read the other two books as well.
What are your May hopefuls?! How many books are you attempting? Are any of these on the list?