Moody May — No TBR?!

April 27, 2018

Hello, lovelies! I know I usually wait until the first of the month to post my TBR, but May is a special case because, well… I’m not creating one! I know, I’ll wait for you all to overcome your shock…

Seriously, though, my friend Kathy @ Books and Munches has created an awesome challenge for us this month: Moody May! The idea is to avoid creating a TBR at all, and to only read the books that the mood genuinely strikes you for.

Since I’m not allowed to make a TBR, she suggested that I direct you guys to my full owned TBR post here (being updated weekly), as well as creating a full list of my unread ARCs! I’m not going to include any backlist ARCs, just future releases.

Here is my request for you guys…

Pick one ARC from this list and one (non-ARC) TBR title from the full TBR list that you think I should read in Moody May, and let me know in the comments, please!

May Releases:

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Song of Blood & Stone — L. Penelope
The Queen Underneath — Stacey Filak
The Summer Children — Dot Hutchison
Anger is a Gift — Mark Oshiro
From Twinkle, With Love — Sandhya Menon
LIFEL1K3 — Jay Kristoff

June Releases:


City of Bastards — Andrew Shvarts
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings — Ellen Oh

July Releases:


Contagion — Erin Bowman

August Releases:


Scream Site — Justina Ireland
Fresh Ink — Lamar Giles
Our Stories, Our Voices — Amy Reed
To Be Honest — Maggie Ann Martin
Toil & Trouble — Tess Sharpe & Jessica Spotswood

September Releases:


Escaping From Houdini — Kerri Maniscalco
Nightingale — Amy Lukavics

October Releases:


Damsel — Elana K. Arnold
What If It’s Us — Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
Sawkill Girls — Claire Legrand

November Releases:


Girls of Paper and Fire — Natasha Ngan


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  • Reply Danielle @ Life of a Literary Nerd April 27, 2018 at 11:27 am

    ARC: Nyxia (sci-fi)
    Non-ARC: The Diviners (historical paranormal)
    Both were on my year-end favorites last year!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 6:58 pm

      I seriously can’t believe I haven’t read Nyxia yet – but I feel like I should ASAP with the sequel coming out, right? Haha! The Diviners also sounds super good – amazing suggestions! ♥ Thank you, love!

  • Reply Aislynn d'Merricksson April 27, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Song of Blood & Stone

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm

      Thank you! ♥ Have you read HEX yet? I’m wondering if it’s as creepy as I hope it is!

  • Reply alexcanread April 27, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    I already know you’re reading Lifel1k3! So I’mma say Anger is a Gift for your ARC and for non-ARC IN OTHER LANDS.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 7:01 pm

      I sure am! ♥ I’m hoping to finish it by the next few days. Thank you for the recs! (I don’t know if I told you already, but In Other Lands is sitting on my “top TBR” shelf right now on my bookcase so that I KNOW I can’t forget it!)

  • Reply Tammy April 27, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    This is a great idea! If I didn’t have so many ARCs to read in May, I would try this. My picks are LIFEL1k3 ARC and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown backlist! Have fun:-)

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 7:01 pm

      Thank you, Tammy! I totally *should* focus on ARCs in May, too, but… c’est la vie, lol! Hopefully I’ll still manage to get the important ones in on time! Thank you so much for your recommendations! ♥

  • Reply Flavia April 27, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Oooooh I think you and I should host a readalong together for Crooked Kingdom! Yes yes? 😀 <3

    • Reply Flavia April 27, 2018 at 1:05 pm

      Buuuuut since I can’t actually do that in May (just realized LOL silly me) I recommend My Best Friend’s Exorcism!

      • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 7:02 pm

        Ahhh no haha! That would have been so cool! I guess it works out okay that you aren’t able to, though, because I’m buddy reading it with a friend and we just started it yesterday! I love it already ♥ And thank you!

        • Reply Flavia April 30, 2018 at 12:31 pm

          Haha yup that saved me from crying alone in a corner! JK hahaha <3 I might host a readalong in June…but I tend to be busy in the summers so maybe nooooot LOL

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries May 2, 2018 at 1:22 am

            Haha! Well if you do, I won’t reread it THAT soon but I will 100% join in the conversations! ♥

  • Reply pinotandpages247 April 27, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    I was thinking of doing no TBR for May!!

  • Reply anna April 27, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    anger is a gift & nyxia! i mean i havent read either but maybe we can motivate each other lmao

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 7:04 pm

      Bahaha yesss! Okay so if I read either (or both) of these, I’m totally going to be like, “Anna! You gotta read it too!” ♥ lmao! Thank you for the recs!

      • Reply anna April 30, 2018 at 3:09 am

        pls do!!!! ?? & happy reading!

  • Reply RedRocketPanda April 27, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Ohhhh that’s so hard. You have so many amazing ARCs at the moment! I think ARCwise I’dbe tempted to say either the Song of Blood and Bone or Anger is a Gift. But then I know you also love the Stalking Jack the Ripper series sooooo….
    Non-ARCs: The Bone Witch or Exit West would be great for Asian-Pacific Heritage Month,

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 7:06 pm

      Haha thank you! I have a spreadsheet to keep up with everyone’s recommendations so I’m just putting your name down for all of the above. ;P Haha!

  • Reply meltotheany April 27, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    I vote for Lifel1k3 and Fresh Ink get my vote. ?

    • Reply meltotheany April 27, 2018 at 5:04 pm

      Being able to type in 2018? Can’t relate.

      • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 7:07 pm

        Bahaha it’s been two days and I still had a giggle again when I read these! ♥ Thanks, boo! I can’t wait for our buddy read of Fresh Ink!

  • Reply Amanda @ Literary Weaponry April 27, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    City of Bastards
    Roar by Cora Carmack (fell in love with this book wen I read it last fall)

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you, Amanda! I loved Royal Bastards so I really do need to read the sequel ASAP, especially since it’s an ARC. And Roar sounds so good so I’m really happy you loved it!

  • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches April 28, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Ohmygod. To Be Honest and What If It’s Us. <3
    And you have to finish Children of Blood and Bone at some point!
    Like. I hope you get yourself in the mood for those ones.
    You HAVE to be in the mood for those. :')

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      Finishing COBAB is totally non-negotiable, so listen here, mood, you better get your shit together for some high fantasy ASAP! Lmao… seriously though, these are all amazing recs, so thank you! ♥

      • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches April 30, 2018 at 5:40 am

        Recs, recs.. It’s the books I’d pick up right now if I had them myself, haha. 😛

  • Reply Norrie April 28, 2018 at 7:06 am

    The Summer Children! ?
    Moody May is literally story of my life… one challenge I won’t fail ?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 7:10 pm

      Thank you for the rec! ♥ BAHAHA I love it!! I used to never do TBR lists until last spring/summer, so I’m kind of hoping that this goes well enough that it helps me stop depending on them and go back to mood reading more often!

  • Reply Sue @ Crushingcinders April 28, 2018 at 7:23 am

    Non ARC: Doerr, Anthony – All the Light We Cannot See – I loved it!
    ARC: Song of Blood & Stone — L. Penelope
    Happy reading!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 7:10 pm

      Both of those sound sooo good (and heavy!) – thank you so much for the recommendations, Sue! Happy reading to you, too! ♥

  • Reply Cassie Winters April 28, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Toil and Trouble
    The Selection by Kiera Cass
    Can’t wait to see what mood strikes you during this month!

  • Reply Madison April 29, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    ARC: Life Lik3
    TBR: hmmm so hard to choose! Autoboyography
    Good luck!!

  • Reply Kayla April 29, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    one of my most anticipated 2018 releases

  • Reply Taasia @ librapaintspages April 29, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    ARC: What If It’s Us
    Non-ARC: Definitely Lady Midnight – it’s so so good!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 11:39 pm

      Thank you! I’m actually working my way through all of Cassie’s books right now and loving them!

  • Reply Ellyn April 30, 2018 at 8:26 am

    I really want you to read Escaping From Houdini but I also really want to know your thoughts on Lifeik3! For a physical book, you should read Leah On The Offbeat because it’s a new release and I’d also be pretty interested to know your opinions on it too!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries May 2, 2018 at 1:08 am

      I noted all of your recommendations on my sheet, so thank you! ♥ I actually did start Lifel1k3 and LOVE it so far – I’m about 30% in!

  • Reply EIise @thebookishactress April 30, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    It has to be Girls Made of Paper and Fire [although that Escaping from Houdini arc… damn.]

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries May 2, 2018 at 1:29 am

      I just marked you down for both in my recommendation sheet, heh. Thank you, love! ♥ They both sound so good that I legit am having a hard time deciding which one to read first!

  • Reply Laura Beth May 1, 2018 at 11:47 am

    The Summer of Children
    A Study in Charlotte

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