Summer reading plans

Hello, friends and book lovers! I hope all is well.

As you are reading this, I am driving across the country in a uHaul to move home from school. The important thing about this is that I’m done school! I start work at the end of June, so I have a few weeks to just chill, find an apartment, and hopefully relax and read!

So today, I thought I’d talk a bit about my summer reading plans! This is not so much a TBR, and more a general plan to reach some of my reading goals and hopefully read more of my 2021 TBR. So let’s get into it!

General plans

I had four general reading goals for this year:

  • Read one graphic novel
  • Read one translated book
  • Read at least 15 books on my physical TBR
  • Read at least four non-fiction books

I’ve already read one translated book (I’ve actually read a couple!) and more than four non-fiction books, so those goals are going well!

Where I’m definitely slacking is reading my physical TBR, so this is my main goal for May and June. I’ve decided for May, I’m not going to read any books from my library unless I had already previously delayed them. With my library, if I put a book on hold and receive it, I can choose to further delay receiving it, which is super helpful for planning reading. So any ebooks that I had previously delayed, I can read. The rest of the books should be physical books (which hopefully shouldn’t be too hard as I have a ton of physical books I’m really excited to read). Any books that were previously put on hold will be delayed until later.

For June, I’m going to try to not put any more ebooks on hold at the library. I can read whichever holds on ebooks are released, whether new or delayed. But, I’m not going to put any more on hold unless the wait time is more than eight weeks. The rest of the books should be physical books.

In terms of reading a graphic novel, I have some exciting news about that, which will hopefully be announced soon! I won’t say much, but I will say that I will definitely be reading graphic novels in June and I’m very excited to do so.

I’ll be working the rest of the summer, as well as working on passing the bar course, so I’m not sure how much reading I’ll be able to do. I am hoping to read at least a couple of books per month, and listen to a couple of audiobooks (although based on the apartments my boyfriend and I have looked at, my commute will be less than ten minutes so we’ll see how much audiobook listening I do).

The books

These are all either books on my 2021 TBR that I haven’t read yet, books I have on hold at the library currently, and other physical books I own that I want to read. Obviously this list is VERY long, and I am definitely not hoping to read all of these. This is not a TBR but more an idea for myself of what to read.

  • The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz: I bought this a few months ago and still haven’t read it, so I definitely want to get to it ASAP. This was also the book picked by the spin in the Booktube Spin Round 2, so I’m very excited to read it.
  • Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? by Lorrie Moore: this was on my 2020 TBR and I never got to it, so hopefully I can read it soon!
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien: everyone has amazing things to say about this book, and it sounds right up my alley.
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yangihara: ditto here. I got this for Christmas, and am super excited to read this.
  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor: I’ve been meaning to read, and tried to read, this book for like three years now and keep forgetting. I really want to, so hopefully I’ll actually get to it ASAP.
  • From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle: I might actually try to listen to this on the aforementioned current road trip, so we’ll see. I have it on hold at the library, and am crossing my fingers it will be released for the road trip.
  • Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers: I got this for my birthday thanks to my lovely boyfriend, and am SO EXCITED to read it.
  • She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard: I’m also so stoked for this one, and am considering buying it as well because it’s just so pretty.
  • The Project by Courtney Summers: I also bought this a few weeks ago and haven’t read it yet even though it sounds like everything I’m looking for. Hopefully soon.
  • Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly: I’m pretty sure I recommended my library buy this, which is why it’s on hold. I’ve always struggled with expressing anger, and this book is about female anger, so hopefully I enjoy it.
  • Haben by Haben Girma: this book is about a deafblind woman who went to Harvard Law School, and it sounds really interesting. I’m always trying to read more disabled authors, so hopefully I can get to this ASAP.
  • Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown: I’ve had this on my TBR for AGES and keep either delaying my hold or losing my spot.
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Reneé Adhieh: I picked this one randomly using some readathon prompt, and never read it for the readathon (I never did the readathon lol) because the hold on the library was so long. But it’s almost my turn!
  • If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha: I’ve had this book on hold since JANUARY, so I might make an exception to my May rule for this. I’ve wanted to read it for so long.
  • When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole: this is a thriller about gentrification, which I absolutely need to read.
  • Influence by Sara Shepard: I recommended my library buy this one, so I was put on the hold list. It sounds like a fun, kind of silly, quick read, which we all need every once in a while.
  • Circe by Madeline Miller: my best friend got me this for my birthday, and I want to read it ASAP so we can talk about it.
  • Disability Visibility edited by Alice Wong: the same best friend also got me this, which is the most thoughtful gift because she read my blog and saw I wanted to read it. So hopefully I will read it soon.
  • How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones: I also have this on hold at the library, and will hopefully be reading it as May’s buzzwordathon pick.
  • Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender: I bought this ebook a while ago, and it works for June’s buzzwordathon prompt, so I might read it then!
  • Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I bought this physical book a while ago and still haven’t read it, but it also works for June’s buzzwordathon prompt, so I may read this instead.
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki: I got this for Christmas, and will hopefully be reading this for the exciting announcement happening in June.
  • The Fire Never Goes Out by Noelle Stevenson: my best friend got me this last year as a late Christmas/late birthday/sorry about your mom dying gift, and I really want to read it soon. Hopefully for the June announcement!
  • Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim: I bought this last year after loving Spin the Dawn and want to read it ASAP! I am the worst about reading sequels, but hopefully I will get to this one.
  • Check, Please! Sticks and Scones by Ngozi Ukazu: I also bought this last year in the same book order, and will also hopefully be reading for the exciting announcement thing.

So there are some of my reading plans for the next few months! Hopefully I can read some of these books and won’t completely forget about this post lol.

But what are you planning on reading over the summer (or winter, depending on where you live)? Do you have any goals you want to achieve? Have you read any of these books? Which should I prioritize? Let me know!

Ally xx

9 thoughts on “Summer reading plans

  1. I have been failing at reading the books I pick for my TBR lately (I’m still recovering from 2020 turning me into a 100% mood reader) so right now I’m just aiming to finish the books I start without starting too many new ones at the same time… 😉

    It sounds like you have a great May/June reading plan! I hope you get time to read in among everything else going on.

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    1. Honestly same! I keep picking up several books at a time and not finishing any of them. I just recently finished a book I had been reading SINCE LAST JUNE. So hopefully we can both get better at that 😅

      And thank you!


  2. So many exciting books on your list, but my roommate just started “a little life” and is gushing over it, with me just standing there wanting to read it with her, but also having to study for exams. I will have to wait until summer as well, hahhha.

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