I finally updated my review copy spreadsheet with some of the books I’ve acquired and never put in from 2020. I’ve been great about updating as things happen in 2021 too. This is my process: when I get a book approval from Netgalley, I immediately send it to my Kindle and update Goodreads shelves (“ARC Kindle” and “owned Kindle” – I know it’s not the same to have a review copy as owning the book, but the “owned” shelf represents ALL of the books I have on my Kindle, so when I need a Kindle book to read I can just select the one shelf). I then go to my 2021 Books spreadsheet and add it in the Acquired tab. And finally, go to my Database of Review Copies spreadsheet and add it in there according to the pub date.
I did this the other day when I got four approvals within two days (woof) and realized I currently have TEN review copies to read that are May releases. I share my acquired books and review copies each month, but thought it would be fun to do a round-up of these books, why I’m excited, and when I think I’ll read them! Yes, part of the reason I’m posting this is to hold myself accountable to some kind of schedule to be on time with all of these. I have four publishing on the 4th, three on the 11th, one on the 18th, and two on the 25th, and technically three months to read them if I count May. Here are the books and my TBR plan!
It Had to be You by Georgia Clark // This book was pitched to me and I thought it sounded fun! I don’t remember much about it but I adore the cover, so surely it’ll be excellent. It’s fighting against three proven authors here so I’m not sure if I’ll read it right away.
Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson // I will probably read this sooner rather than later! I’m a huge Morgan Matson fan and am always eager to read her books. I have one backlist title waiting to be read because I’m hoarding it, but I gobble up the new releases ASAP.
Coming Home to Seashell Harbor by Miranda Liasson // I actually still have a book left to read in her previous series, but the siren song of a new small town companion series definitely got me here. Sorry not sorry.
10 Truths and a Dare by Ashley Elston // Another one I probably won’t wait long for! I adored its predecessor as an adorable family-driven Christmas book, so I’m kinda pumped this one takes place closer to graduation time… then I don’t have to wait until December to read it!
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry // I still haven’t read her YA books, but as someone who went into the expectation of “BEACH READ is not necessarily a romance, don’t view it like that” – I adored that book for what it was. I expect this one to be just as lovely.
Lucky Girl by Jamie Pacton // Another one pitched to me by email! I’m jazzed up for it though because books about inheritances or winning the lottery are my jam. I really enjoyed Pacton’s debut, so fingers crossed this hits the mark too.
Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler // I’ve loved all of Adler’s books so far and I really hope the trend continues! I think the cover is super cute and the premise of a love triangle is honestly speaking my language for some reason. I’m picky about them but don’t mind if they’re well-done.
The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren // Another rom-com from this duo on deck! I request every single one. They’ve been hit-or-miss but are always quick and fun reads for me no matter what. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the mood strikes for this one sooner rather than later…
The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley // Two more favorite authors for the final pub date of May. Colleen Oakley has become an auto-request author for me – her last two books were straight-up amazing, and I actually still have her debut to read! Her stories always have fascinating, unique concepts, and this one is no exception.
The Summer Cottage by Annie Rains // One of my absolute favorite author discoveries in the past few years. I was so sad to read the final book in the Sweetwater Springs series, but it had a lovely setup for this new series called Somerset Lake! I don’t want to delay on this one.
Random Monthly Review Copy TBR Generator
Alright, y’all – 10 May-pub books. 3 months. Plus, I currently have 8 other review copies to read between now and June (3 in March, 2 in April, and 2 in June). Here’s the plan for when I’ll read certain books. I used a random number generator (because I’m so cool and fun) to determine which books get read at a certain time.
March: 6 review copies
3 March releases, 2 May releases, 1 June release
- Float Plan
- Accidentally Engaged
- It’s Kind of a Cheesy Story
- Take Me Home Tonight
- The Summer Cottage
- Of Princes and Promises
April: 6 review copies
2 April releases, 4 May releases
- The Meet-Cute Project
- People We Meet on Vacation
- 10 Truths and a Dare
- The Soulmate Equation
- Lucky Girl
May: 6 review copies
5 May releases, 1 June release
- It Had to be You
- Coming Home to Seashell Harbor
- Cool for the Summer
- The Invisible Husband of Frick Island
- Instructions for Dancing