Ashley C. Darling

June 2019 TBR [& May Wrap-Up]

In my TBR post earlier this month, I set a pretty low goal of reading 3 books. I *did* reach that goal, but I didn’t read all the books I set out to read.

So for May 2019, here’s my TBR:

Amelia Westlake Was Never Here by Erin Gough
You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman
Story Genius by Lisa Cron

The books I finished were the fiction books: Amelia Westlake Was Never Here & You Asked for Perfect.

I also read Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough. I literally read this in a day. Not only was the writing lyrical and lush (a novel in verse!), I was floored by the fact that this was historical fiction AND a debut novel. Like, what? I read the author’s note at the end–yes, she is a playwright as well–so I felt a little better about it, but still. Talk about feeling intimidated.

Amelia Westlake Was Never Here was a lovely f/f contemporary novel that tackles social injustice in the form of teacher abuse. It was the book I needed as a teen, and I really hope that teen girls now enjoy it. It was super cute!

You Asked for Perfect was similarly good. It was a m/m contemporary, and dealt with the pressures placed on students (usually by themselves, but sometimes their parents/teachers/peers) to be academically and socially perfect. While I wasn’t the valedictorian in my school (nor did I want to be!), I still connected with Ariel’s struggle to balance academics, a social life, and extracurricular activities (volunteering, Church, etc.).

The other books I read in May, though partially, are Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand and Story Genius by Lisa Cron. My goal is the finish those this month and read a couple more.

Though I hope to read more than these, here’s my official June TBR:

What books did you read in May? What books should I add to my June (or July) list? Let me know!