May TBR!

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Happy May everyone! They say that April showers bring May flowers, and while the flowers are blooming somewhere in the world, here in Miami it is horrifyingly hot and I am not excited for July and August weather, which are the hottest months of the year. I might just look like a burnt steak by the end of summer if I make it

One thing that excites me about spring and summer is the freedom of no school! I just wrapped up my first year at college and I'm excited to be able to read freely without the thought of having to cram for an exam lingering over my shoulder. 

Without further ado, I present my May TBR (to be read if you're not familiar with the acronym)

The Circle by Dave Eggers: This is an adult dystopian novel that was released last year to rave reviews. It's set in our century and the dangers of technology and the companies that surveillance us through it. To put it simply, the premise is: What if Google was evil?

Great by Sara Benincasa: I love retellings of classic stories, when they're done right anyway and a lot of retellings are based on fairy tales, but Great is a modern retelling of The Great Gatsby (!) People either love, hate or are indifferent to the 1920s classic but I absolutely love it and I'm super excited for this one. 

The Program by Suzanne Young: This is one that has sat on my shelf for a while now and it's another dystopian where suicide rates among teenagers is astronomically high. There's a lot of mixed reviews for this book and I'm suspicious of whether I will like this, but I've been surprised at the books I initially thought I wouldn't like so I am going in with an open mind.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 by by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill (Illustrator): I'm in the process of writing my first graphic novel (yup, you read that right) and as someone who is used to using description to create a vivid portrait of the world that the story is set in, graphic novels are a similar but different animal. As a writer, I am constantly a student and always learning and aiming to improve, not only as a person, but as an artist, so the story that I am trying to bring to life is told in the best way possible. I have read a few comics and graphic novels here and there, but I am trying to fully engross myself in the genre so I can learn and read great stories, of course. This is a classic by Alan Moore and involves famous literary characters coming together and fighting crime. How could you not want to read this? It sounds amazing!

What are your planned reads for this month? Have you read any of the mentioned books above and what did you think about them? Let me know below!

- Amanda Leon


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