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Stacking the Shelves: May

Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading RealityStacking the Shelves is a regular feature where I share everything I’ve added to my TBR list in the past month. Each month I look at the books I’ve discovered and tell you what they’re about, where I found them, why I want to read them, what their shelf status is, how high of a priority they are, and finally what my rating prediction is.

A handful of new additions in May, including one I’m really excited about!

Whoever You Are, Honey by Olivia Gatwood

What: Mitty and Theo move to Santa Cruz and are baffled by their perfect neighbours. Mitty’s crush on the woman, Lena, sprials into an obsession with the idea that she’s not even real.
Where: A recent newsletter from The Bookseller’s announced Windwill’s acquisition of the book’s UK rights.
Why: I adore Olivia Gatwood’s poetry more than anything so I can’t wait to see what magic she spins with her fiction. The press release says it explores “the myth of female perfection and what it means to be constructed under the male gaze in the wake of advancing technology.” Excuse me, I need to go scream.
Status: Released in 2022 (!!!!!!)
Priority: High, high, high!
Prediction: 5 stars.

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett

What: The true story of the quest to catch a book thief and an exploration of the rare books world.
Where: Katie recommends this if you loved Tiger King.
Why: I loved Tiger King and I obviously love books. But I also took an online course in art and antiquities trafficking recently and found it really interesting, so this investigation into rare book smuggling sounds right up my street.
Status: To buy.
Priority: Medium.
Prediction: 4 stars.

Summerwater by Sarah Moss

What: On a dreary summer’s day in a Scottish holiday park, tensions rise amongst twelve of the park’s visitors.
Where: Laura’s list of 20 Books of Summer.
Why: I actually didn’t know anything about this until I looked it up just now. As soon as I saw ‘Sarah Moss’ it went immediately on my TBR. I loved Ghost Wall so I can’t wait for this.
Status: Released 20 August.
Priority: High.
Prediction: 4 stars.

#VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE by Nicole Byer

What: I think the subtitle sums this one up: The Fat Girl’s Guide to Being #Brave and Not a Dejected, Melancholy, Down-in-the-Dumps Weeping Fat Girl in a Bikini.
Where: Nicole has been plugging this on her podcast, Why Won’t You Date Me?, for weeks.
Why: I love Nicole Byer, I think she’s so funny. I’ve read some reviews and it’s not some kind of deep self-help guide – Nicole literally says it’s an excuse to show off her fabulous bikini collection – so I’m not expecting revelatory writing but it looks heaps of fun.
Status: To buy.
Priority: Low.
Prediction: 4 stars.

I’ll Be The One by Lyla Lee

What: Skye Shin is determined to be the first plus-size K-pop star, but what she doesn’t see coming is the hugely critical music industry and an even bigger crush on her competition.
Where: Chavi included this in her June Book Releases post.
Why: YA rom-com is not at all what I would usually read, but fat queer rep in the k-pop world got my attention. It just looks fun and I think I need more fun reads in my life!
Status: Released 16 June.
Priority: Medium.
Prediction: 4 stars.

Do you have any of these on your TBR?
Or have you read any already?

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