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May 2015 TBR

Hello everyone! I can’t believe April is already over! This month flew by so fast! Here you will find all of the books that I plan to read in May of 2015! I definitely did not listen to my planned TBR for the month of April so we’ll see how well I stick to this plan in the near future! Alright, let’s get into it!

Ready Player One

Author: Ernest Cline

Publisher: Broadway Books

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy

Release Date: June 5th 2012 (first published January 1st 2011)

Page Count: 372

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780307887443

Goodreads Synopsis: It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them. For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig. And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle. Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape. A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?

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Girl, Interrupted (TBR Jar Pick of the Month)

Author: Susanna Kaysen

Publisher: Turtle Bay Books

Genre: Non Fiction, Memoir, Psychology

Release Date: May 18th 1993

Page Count: 168

Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 9780679423669

Goodreads Synopsis: When reality got “too dense” for 18-year-old Susanna Kaysen, she was hospitalized. It was 1967, and reality was too dense for many people. But few who are labeled mad and locked up for refusing to stick to an agreed-upon reality possess Kaysen’s lucidity in sorting out a maelstrom of contrary perceptions. Her observations about hospital life are deftly rendered; often darkly funny. Her clarity about the complex province of brain and mind, of neuro-chemical activity and something more, make this book of brief essays an exquisite challenge to conventional thinking about what is normal and what is deviant.

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In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World

Author: Joey Graceffa

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada

Genre: Non Fiction, Memoir

Release Date: May 19th 2015

Page Count: 240

Format: Paperback ARC gifted by publisher

ISBN: 9781476794303

Goodreads Synopsis: A confessional, uplifting memoir from the beloved YouTube personality. It’s not where you begin that matters. It’s where you end up. Twenty-three year old Joey Graceffa has captured the hearts of millions of teens and young adults through his playful, sweet, and inspirational YouTube presence (not to mention his sparkling eyes and perfect hair). Yet, Joey wasn’t always comfortable in his skin, and in this candid memoir, he thoughtfully looks back on his journey from pain to pride, self-doubt to self-acceptance. To his fans, Joey is that best friend who always captures the brighter side of life but also isn’t afraid to get real. In the pages of his first book, he opens up about his years of struggling with family hardships and troubles at school, with cruel bullying and the sting of rejection. He tells of first loves and losses, embarrassing moments and surprising discoveries, loneliness, laughter, and life-changing forks in the road, showing us the incalculable value of finally finding and following your true passion in this world. Funny, warm-hearted, and inspiring, Joey Graceffa’s story is a welcome reminder that it’s not where you begin that matters, but where you end up.

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Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: The Apocalypse Suite

Author: Gerard Way & Gabriel Bá

Publisher: Dark Horse Books

Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Release Date: July 22nd 2008 (first published January 1st 2007)

Page Count: 184

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781593079789

Goodreads Synopsis: In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born to women who’d previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, “To save the world.” These seven children form the Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers. Their first adventure at the age of ten pits them against an erratic and deadly Eiffel Tower, piloted by the fearsome zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel. Nearly a decade later, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again.

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Umbrella Academy, Vol. 2: Dallas

Author: Gerard Way & Gabriel Bá

Publisher: Dark Horse Books

Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Release Date:  October 13th 2009

Page Count: 184

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781595823458

Goodreads Synopsis: The team is despondent following the near apocalypse created by one of their own and the death of their beloved mentor Pogo. So it’s a great time for another catastrophic event to rouse the team into action. Trouble is—each member of the team is distracted by some very real problems of their own. The White Violin is bedridden due to an unfortunate blow to the head. Rumor has lost her voice—the source of her power. Spaceboy has eaten himself into a near-catatonic state, while Number Five dives into some shady dealings at the dog track and the Kraken starts looking at his littlest brother as the key to unraveling a mysterious series of massacres…all leading to a blood-drenched face-off with maniacal assassins, and a plot to kill JFK!

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Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies

Author: Alastair Bonnett

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Genre: Non Fiction, Travel, Geography

Release Date: July 8th 2014 (first published April 3rd 2014)

Page Count: 288

Format: eBook

ISBN: 9780544101609

Goodreads Synopsis: A beautiful tour of the world’s hidden geographies–from disappearing islands to forbidden deserts–and a stunning testament to how mysterious the world remains today.

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And there you have it! These are all of the books that I plan to read in the month of May! We will soon find out if I stick to this plan or not! As always, thank you for reading!


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