May Reading Goals & Challenge Updates

I actually finished all 3 titles on my TBR for April. That has to be a first! This month I am adding only 2 titles *snickers*. Yes, you read that correctly. Two. I am opting to tackle a rather large book that has been on my radar for too long. And believe it or not, I am told it is a bit of a love story.



At just under 1000 pages, I am sure I will work in a few of my ARCs and eGalleys while tackling this one.

By Haruki Murakami
Publisher: Vintage


A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.

As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.

A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s — 1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.

My You Choose, I Read Selection

28096541The Nowhere Girls
By Amy Reed
Publisher: Simon Pulse


Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.

Who are the Nowhere Girls?

They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:

Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.

Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.

Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.

When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.

Told in alternating perspectives, this groundbreaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.

2018 PopSugar Challenge Updates

Total Completed: 27
In Progress: 0
Remaining (If I go for Advanced): 23

Recently Finished Challenge Reads:
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan – Review to follow.
The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus – Review to follow.
Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier – Review to follow.



Review this week.

I discovered this book through La La in the Library. You can read her Goodreads review here. I immediately knew I had to request a copy!

Do you have any upcoming titles for May that you are anticipating? Maybe you have a favorite from April that you could recommend. Have you read my either title from my upcoming TBR? Drop me a line!

Happy Reading,

Danielle ❤

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46 thoughts on “May Reading Goals & Challenge Updates

  1. I haven’t picked up 1Q84 yet. The super long novels always make me hesitate lol it’s a commitment. I’m sure I’ll read it one day, though. Look forward to your review. Have you read any of his work before?

    I hope you enjoy your You Choose, I read choice!

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    1. Yes, I’ve read a few of his books, His writing is both mundane (everyday life details) and surreal. If you like 1Q84 you could try After Dark next time you decide to read him. Bonus: it’s much shorter! 🙂

      Maybe the next time I take an international flight, I’ll pick it up. LOL

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    1. This is my first. I have read a lot of reviews of his work and talked to others about it. I am hopeful it will be ideal for me. Not sure about the graphic scenes, but I generally tolerate them okay. Several factors can determine that though of course. So I will be curious to see. Have you read other books by the author?

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  2. 1Q84 sounds really good! I have it on my list as well. Wanted to read it for the reading challenge, but it’s super long, so i need to time it when i actually have plenty of time to read and not just 1-2 hours a day.

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  3. Finally, someone I know and trust that’s reading 1Q84! (My apologies to anyone else I know and trust that’s read it and I’m oblivious; I want your reviews too!) The page count for this one definitely intimidates me but I’m so excited to hear what you think of it 🙂 And I’m also curious about the Nowhere Girls, so I’m glad that’s what you went with for the new-old feature. For May I think I’m most excited to read My Plain Jane, The Essex Serpent, and Sawkill Girls. Hoping I can put together a good mix of review copies and backlist titles as the month goes on 🙂

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    1. Oh your line up sounds great! I have My Plain Jane and The Essex Serpent in my pile of must reads! Haha, the page count on 1Q84 will push my limits. I am wishing I had an ebook copy as it is more like trying to handle a doorstopper when wanting to read in bed 😉 So it will be slow going.


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