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!

May 2019 TBR


Everyone has a TBR, right? A pile of books to be read, one that grows ever larger depending on the day.

I want to post a monthly TBR of books I hope to read, not only fiction, but also craft books & non-fiction (I’m working on expanding my horizons!). I can usually read about 2 books per month, but I want to push my boundaries and read 2 fiction books and 1 non-fiction (craft or otherwise) in May. Wish me luck!

So for May 2019, here’s my TBR:

I’m going to start out pretty slow on this; I actually *want* to complete this TBR list this month. In fact, I’ve already finished Amelia Westlake & have started on You Asked for Perfect. If I manage to read more than these two fiction books this month, I’ll consider it icing on the cake!

I’ve read about half of Story Genius, but I’m going to start from the beginning and really dive deep into it.

What books are you reading this month? Have you read any great books recently? Let me know in the comments!