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12 / 30 books. 40% done!

2024 Literary Escapes Challenge

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28 / 51 states. 55% done!

2024 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

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23 / 50 books. 46% done!

2024 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

23 / 50 books. 46% done!

Booklist Queen's 2024 Reading Challenge

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48 / 50 books. 96% done!

2024 52 Club Reading Challenge

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40 / 52 books. 77% done!

2024 Build Your Library Reading Challenge

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27 / 40 books. 68% done!

2024 Pioneer Book Reading Challenge

15 / 40 books. 38% done!

2024 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge

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10 / 25 books. 40% done!

2024 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge

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12 / 26.2 miles. 46% done!

Mount TBR Reading Challenge

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26 / 100 books. 26% done!

2024 Pick Your Poison Reading Challenge

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64 / 104 books. 62% done!

Around the Year in 52 Books Reading Challenge

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43 / 52 books. 83% done!

Disney Animated Movies Reading Challenge

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69 / 165 books. 42% done!
Thursday, May 09, 2024

The Bookish Books Reading Challenge: May Book Ideas and Link-Up for Reviews (April/May)

Hey, Bookish Books RC participants! Long time no see. I've had a busy Spring so far and I'm behind on pretty much everything there is to be behind on. I'm trying to catch up, so today's post will cover April and May. 

I've only read one bookish book since I last did one of these posts. Yikes! I'm hoping to read 30+ bookish books to achieve the "Livin' in the Library" level; looks like I need to seriously step up my game since I've only read ten so far this year. 

Back in March, I read this lovely middle-grade novel, which I absolutely adored:

Dust by Dusti Bowling is about Avalyn, a girl with severe asthma whose parents move her to a small Arizona town in the mountains so that she can breathe more easily. Everything is hunky dory until a new boy moves to town. Adam is a loner who doesn't seem to want anything to do with anyone. Avalyn feels sorry for him, especially when he becomes a target for bullies, and makes efforts to get to know him. As she slowly cracks through some of his armor, she begins to notice how difficult it is to breathe around him. It's like his emotions stir up dust, which spreads into Avalyn's compromised lungs, clogging her airway. That kind of thing isn't possible, is it? If she figures out what's wrong with Adam, will the strange weather changes go away? Or will her prying cause more problems for her health and the already troubled boy?

Bowling is a local author. I've read most of her books and enjoyed them all. This one is a little darker than her others, but it's still a poignant, moving novel. It's heartbreaking, yet hopeful. I loved it. It's not overtly bookish, but Avalyn and Adam both like superhero comic books and their friend, Nan, is always talking about a book series she loves. Since I'm so far behind on this challenge, I'm basically counting anything that has books in it as "bookish." LOL

Am I planning to read any bookish books in May? That's a great question! I definitely should. This one just came on my radar and it sounds fun:

Dead to Rights by Jasmine Webb is the first book in a new cozy mystery series about a woman who inherits a home and bookshop in Cornwall. She's thrilled to leave behind the chaos of New York City for the calm, quiet seashore...until she realizes that claiming her inheritance will mean living with an elderly woman whom she's never met, dealing with a dead body on her doorstep, and possibly going to prison for life! Forget bookselling and strolls along the beach. Suddenly, she's Nancy Drew? What even is happening right now? Sounds like a fun (if very familiar) premise and the start to an entertaining series.

This one also looks appealing:

Why We Read: On Bookworms, Libraries, and Just One More Page Before Lights Out by Shannon Reed is a collection of essays about reading that encourages us to read mostly for pleasure—a philosophy I happily espouse!

What bookish books have you been reading lately? Which do you plan to read next?

If you are participating in the 2024 Bookish Books Reading Challenge, please use the widget below to link-up your April and May reviews. If you're not signed up for the challenge yet, what are you waiting for? Click here to join the party.

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