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Before we start, I’m going to say how I did with my May TBR. I had 10 books on this very ambitious tbr considering I was in a slump. I didn’t complete the stack of books, but I’m still happy that I read 6 of them (I’ll be uploading a wrap up some time this week). I’m currently about 70% through The Dark Days Deceit by Alison Goodman, so I’m going to roll it over and hopefully finish it in the first couple of days of June.
It’s that time again, and this month I’ve chosen to play along with Ry’s Reading Corner’s Jenga TBR game. You can check out their video here ♥
Jenga is a fun game, and I liked the idea of each block having a prompt written on it. I was also in a Jenga mood, because I really like watching when The Swoon get’s kdrama actors to play it haha~
a book with pictures
Persepolis: The Story of Childhood; Marjane Satrapi
I don’t really have a lot of novels with illustrations – I truly wish this wasn’t mostly reserved for children’s books. Therefore, the only option I have are graphic novels and manga. I decided to go with Persepolis, which is illustrated by the author and translated by Mattias Ripa.
Persepolis is a memoir in the form of graphic novel, in which tells Marjane Satrapi’s tells the story of her childhood in Iran. It explores the private and public displays of daily life. “Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq.” – Goodreads
Murder Most Unladylike; Robin Stevens
I sent a picture of a stack of books to my sister for last month’s tbr, so I just decided to resend it to her – she may be my big sister, but she’s also my friend, I’m taking it! 😂
The one she picked was Murder Most Unladylike, a children’s book about two young girls at boarding school in the 1930’s who set up a detective agency. Their first big case comes in the form of a murder, but as the body disappears, they must also prove that it even happened.
I’m really looking forward to reading these, they sound fun and I’ve only heard good things about this series.
green on the cover
Stalking Jack the Ripper; Kerri Maniscalco
This is a book I didn’t think I would get round to, especially as I sometimes find it awkward when people use this part of history in their works of fiction. However, I’ve heard so many good things about it, so thought I would give it a go. To me the cover looks green, but I can also see it as being blue… I’m still using it for this prompt though 😂
17yr old Audrey Rose Wadsworth is a lord’s daughter and between her social engagements and against society’s expectations, she studies forensic medicine in her uncle’s laboratory. Her latest work pulls her into the dangerous investigation of a serial killer on the prowl.
blue on the cover
Mythos; Stephen Fry
I really like learning about Greek myths, and I’ve been meaning to read Stephen Fry’s novels. I found it in a charity shop and the cover is the pretty blue one.
In this book Stephen Fry retells a selection of myths in a modern storytelling style and offers commentary to make them more accessible and relevant to now.
random colour generator – ORANGE
The Princess Diaries; Meg Cabot
I have wanted to read these books since I was a child and saw them in a scholastic book fair catalogue. Sadly, we could never afford them and I’ve kind of fallen out of needing to read them. That was until I saw a couple at a charity shop and felt like it would be fun to get them. The random colour generator chose orange and on the cover I have Fat Louie is a ginger cat.
Mia Thermopolis is a freshman in high school when her life gets turned upside down. The first shock is that her mum is dating her algebra teacher (do American’s just have a class for algebra?) and the second comes from her dad telling Mia that she is a princess. Trying to keep this huge secret, Mia must try to keep her friendships, traverse the drama of school and learn how to be a royal.
random letter generator – H
Hollow Earth; John & Carole E. Barrowman
This has been on a tbr before, but I never completed it and since it’s the only book with a word that starts with ‘H’ on my shelves I have to finally read it.
12yr old twins Matt and Emily have the power of imagination, literally. The pair are able to bring art to life and enter paintings, which is an ability highly sought after by a secret agency bent on getting access to the world of Hollow Earth and the demons within it. The twins are forced to run from the agency to Scotland, where they hope their grandfather can help.
Pet; Akwaeke Emezi
I was unsure if this book is ‘middle grade’ as it’s shelved in both this and YA on Goodreads. I then looked at Waterstones and it’s categorised as ‘Children and Teen’s’, so I’m using it to fulfil this prompt. I’ve heard that Pet has some heavy topics, mostly laid out through metaphor and great diversity.
Jam, a Black transgender girl, lives in a city where all the children are taught that there are no monsters anymore. However, Jam learns the truth when she meets Pet, a horned creature that crawls out of a painting. Pet is on the hunt for a monster, while Jam must protect her best friend and try to save the world despite all the adults being in denial.
Have you read any of these books? Are any on your tbr’s? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!
I hope you’re having a lovely day and staying safe ♥