Monthly TBR | May 2020 Reading Plans and Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge

Hello, fellow readers! Today’s post is something I don’t typically write because I am such a mood reader. However, I am participating in two reading challenges in my book club, and it does require a little bit of TBR planning. I thought it would be fun to share my Tic-Tac-Toe board here and show what I am hoping to read for each prompt.

Bingo & Tic-Tac-Toe TBR Challenge, May 1-28

The first reading challenge I am participating in is the Bingo & Tic-Tac-Toe TBR Challenge with the We Be Book’n book club on Facebook. I chose to create a tic-tac-toe board because even though I will still be working from home in May, I doubt I read more than 9 books. I will receive one entry into the giveaway for every tic-tac-toe I complete and two bonus entries if I complete my board. I built my board around ARCs I need to read and backlist titles I’ve been putting off because I think I’m going to love them, so I’m “saving them” for later.


1. A book that costs less than $5
Since so many of my books are from BookOutlet, publishers, the library, and swaps, the possibilities for this prompt are endless! But I am hoping to read my ARC copy of Beach Read by for this space.

2. A book set in another country
I think The Guest List by Lucy Foley is set in another country. If not, I’m sure I can find something else on my TBR to fit this prompt.

3. A book randomly picked from a TBR jar
I added some of my most anticipated books to my TBR cart downstairs and I’ll be randomly picking from those for this prompt.

4. A book with orange or yellow on the cover
I chose this prompt for The Dilemma by B.A. Paris, but I could also use this prompt for Beach Read and then pick something else for prompt 1.

5. Audiobook
I strategically placed the audiobook prompt in this space because I am almost guaranteed to finish an audiobook this month! We will talk about that more in a minute.

6. A book by a new to you author
I have several ARCs and books from authors I’ve never read before, so this should be an easy one. I am hoping to read an ARC for this prompt though.

7. A favorite booktuber’s 2019 top read
So I have two possibilities for this prompt: Middlegame by Seanan McGuire or Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson. Middlegame was a favorite book from Kayla at booksandlala and Never Have I Ever was a favorite from Jacqueline at webebookn. Gabby at gabbyreads is also a favorite, but I have already read four of her favorites from 2019.

8. A book on your TBR since last summer
I am hoping to read An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green, but if I’m not in the mood for that, there are plenty of books on my TBR to choose from.

9. A 2020 Chick Lit, Contemporary, or Romance book
I chose this prompt for my ARC of Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis.

Listen Up Audiobook Readathon, May 1-16

This readathon is all about the audiobooks! There are 8 prompts for this readathon, but you don’t have to go by the prompts. Obviously I am already planning to read an audiobook for my tic-tac-toe board, but my audiobook TBR will depend on what I can get from the library since I have my Scribd account on hold for the moment.


A full cast audiobook (More than 4 narrators)
An audiobook with your favorite narrator
An audiobook narrated by the author
An audiobook that’s been in your “to read/listen” list for more than a year
A humorous audiobook
An audiobook you already own but haven’t listened to yet
A classic book you didn’t read in school
A New York Times best seller audiobook

I have four Audible books I own but haven’t listened to: Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant; The Stranger Inside by Laura Benedict; The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling; and Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (also a classic book I didn’t read in school). Three of those books would also fit my tic-tac-toe board.

So I know this is not a set TBR, but these are just my reading plans for May. I don’t normally participate in readathons or reading challenges, but these were so flexible as far as the prompts and I could use some motivation to read more right now! I haven’t been taking full advantage of the extra time at home. What are your reading plans for May? What books would you recommend I read for these challenges?

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