Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Yesterday I wrapped up my April TBR.  Even though I didn't meet my reading goal, and even took a left turn from it, I did find the exercise to be a beneficial one. I am a competitive person by nature, so anything that can encourage me to do more than I normally would is a good thing.  I still have some headway to make on my Good Reads 50 Book Challenge so a May TBR is most certainly in order.

(1) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad and (2) The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith-- I started but didn't get a chance to complete either book last month.  The stress of impending exams for my students and some writing heavy tasks for myself put me off of my game and I wasn't able to power through the texts.  I'm not a quitter so I would like to complete both books this month.

(3) The Secret History by Donna Tartt-- I have long tried to read this book, but have always been thwarted by the novel's enduring popularity . . . and the fact that there is only one copy in my county's library system.  The library book struggle is real. I received a copy of the book as a birthday present in March and I'm going to dive into it this month.

(4) Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg-- I started reading this book last month and I want to complete it.  I have been thinking of making some career changes in the next few years, but I need a kick in the butt to help me develop the courage to [eventually] make the leap.  Hopefully Sandberg can get me pumped up for a professional change.

(5) The Little Friend by Donna Tartt-- I am having a Tartt moment right now.  Not that kind of tart, get your mind out of the gutter.  I started reading this book last week and I like it a lot.  It's a slower read, but I am use to reading literary fiction and the book reminds me of Flannery O'Connor. 

What books are on your May TBR?  Have you read any of the books on mine?

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