A Clash of Kings, Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

Where did April go? Am I the only one who seems to have missed it? Judging from the list I got read this month, maybe I was too busy reading to notice April blazing past. In either case, May is here with its new list to read and I can’t wait to get started! Check out what I read this past month and what I plan to read in May below!


April 2017 TBR List:
  1. The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien (finish)
  2. Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami (finish)
  3. The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  5. The Fire This Time, Jesmyn Ward
  6. The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling


The Two Towers leather book


Actual April 2017 Reads:
  1. Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami (finish)
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  3. Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur
  4. The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling
  5. The Fire This Time, Jesmyn Ward
  6. Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson
  7. The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien (finish)
  8. Selected Sonnets of William Shakespeare
  9. A Clash of Kings, George R.R. Martin (in part)


Monthly Favorites

This was such an amazing month of reading. I burned through a lot of material very quickly and really enjoyed every moment of it. Pretty much everything I read was strong, powerful and had a lot to say. I visited old favorites, I tried some completely new things, but if there was one thing to stand out in my reading this month it was The Fire This Time. Inspired by James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, it is a collection of stories, essays and poems from several contemporary voices on what being black means for them today. I can’t recommend this collection enough. It is heartbreaking, eye-opening and yet hopeful.

April is National Poetry Month and so I made an effort to get more poetry into my literary diet than I am used to. I loved it! One of my reading goals for 2017 is to read more poetry. It’s so easy to forget about, but so rewarding. I finally got to see what all the Milk and Honey fuss was about. I am really grateful to this book. It’s an amazing collection of poetry in four parts, each with a theme. But it has caught on with so many people! Poetry is often forgotten or thought of as difficult to read, but it’s so encouraging to see people really embracing Milk and Honey en masse, particularly younger readers. Kaur’s work is raw, but accessible. Her themes include femininity, abuse, love, heartbreak, healing and power. I read through the entire book in about an hour to get a feel for what’s there (so much!), but I can’t wait to take my time in going back through and really digesting the words.


milk and honey by rupi kaur


Another literary discovery I made this month is a podcast called Harry Potter and the Sacred Text. You can read more about it at this previous post and also find out more about what a sacred text is and what it might mean to treat other books as sacred texts. I highly recommend checking it out as it’s really opened up some new ways of thinking about and studying literature for me!


May 2017 TBR List:
  1. A Clash of Kings, George R.R. Martin (finish)
  2. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. 1984, George Orwell
  4. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. Quidditch Through the Ages, J.K. Rowling
  6. White Trash, Nancy Isenberg (in part)
  7. Shrill, Lindy West
  8. Othello, William Shakespeare
  9. The Home Place, J. Drew Lanham


I’m really looking forward to reading The Silmarillion again in May! My Tolkien Tribe and I are reading it together for SilMAYrillion. Why not join us? Whether you’ve read it before or not, you’re more than welcome to jump in! Follow along on your own or find us on Instagram using #SilMAYrillion.


The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien


I heard about The Home Place through someone on Instagram whose reviews I really love and respect. The passages from the book that were shared there drew me in immediately and I can’t wait to immerse myself in more of the same when I read it in May.

I also encourage you to join in on Instagram or Facebook with my one-week bookish challenge starting May 1. May’s theme is ADVENTURE! Check it out.


What are you reading in May? Did you have any favorites from April?





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