All The Books I Can Read

1 girl….2 many books!

May Reading Wrap Up

on June 1, 2020

Total Books Read: 20
Fiction: 17
Non-Fiction: 3
Library Books: 9
Books On My TBR List: 4
Books in a Series: 8
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 12
Male/Female Authors: 2/18
Kindle Books: 11
Books I Owned or Bought: 4
Favourite Book(s): Hidden Victims by LynDee Walker & Something To Talk About by Rachael Johns
Least Favourite Books: Jacinda Ardern by Michelle Duff
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 9

May followed in April’s footsteps for pretty much everything. My kids “learned from home” for the entire month, although it’s been announced that they will both return to school next week, on June 9th. I’m in two minds about them going back. I’m happy for it to happen, because I think there’s probably only so far they can progress at home in this way, doing the tasks they are set in each day without interacting with their teacher and their fellow students. They are happy to return, so that’s good. Their school is large, so it will run four separate timetables to prevent a lot of students (there’s about 2000) pouring in and out of the gates at once, plus parents etc. Thankfully both of mine have the same beginning and end times. They’ll start and finish a little later than normal.

I ventured out a few times to run errands and was surprised by the sheer volume of people out and about – and how much I didn’t like it. I had to go to a local shopping centre to get something my kids needed for school and it was incredibly crowded, despite only department stores, supermarkets and take away food places being open. No one was respectful of your personal space either – normally shopping is something I enjoy but honestly? I couldn’t wait to get out of there. And get home.

In terms of reading, I read 20 books in May, which was down a bit on the two previous months but considering one of those books was Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, which took me a long time by my standards, I still feel I got a lot done! I also struggled at times with my mood – I knew what I wanted to read, finding it was a different story. I found that I had little desire for anything that felt too heavy or with a depressing subject matter, particularly in the second half of the month. I began borrowing a lot of books from my local library electronically so that I could read the lighter, contemporary romance-style books that I was really craving. And you can see that my library count is much higher than in recent months.

Challenge check in!

Australian Women Writers Challenge: 34/50

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 6/12 {technically complete, upgraded the challenge to the top level and trying for all 12}

Reading Women Challenge: 11/26

Progress made in all challenges this month!

Here’s my June TBR pile:

The six lying horizontally are books received by review from the publisher. I am part of a blog tour for Sticks And Stones and my review will be up on the 6th of June. Quite a few of the other books look like they fit the bill of the sort of books that I’ve been wanting to read lately.

The two on the side upright are the 2 books I purchased for myself in May. After finishing Wolf Hall, I had to pick up the next book in the trilogy. I was going to buy both of them, but the third book, The Mirror And The Light was a ginormous hardback which did not match either of my others. The two I have don’t match anyway, because one is large format and one is small. I’m going to have to either wait for the third to be released in paperback (which means waiting) or suck it up and buy it as a hardback I guess. #readerproblems I also bought The Year The Maps Changed by Danielle Binks. Danielle is also a book blogger (these days she wears many hats: agent, book blogger, author, editor, youth fiction advocate) that I have known almost since I began my own book blogging journey. I’m looking forward to reading her book – and also hoping that my older son might read it too.

The weather is starting to change here….this week is going to feel well and truly like winter. I’m not a cold-weather person but I have to admit, if we are to keep staying inside, then winter is probably a good time to do it. It’s good reading weather.

I hope you all had a great May. Next time I do one of these, the dumpster fire that is 2020 will be half over!


4 responses to “May Reading Wrap Up

  1. Sue Legg says:

    Keep on blogging. I love your honest & informative reviews which give ideas on what I might like & those tombs I stay clear of. Like yourself it’s not a month for getting bogged down….I too was search for light, bright, cheerful, easy to read novels. And I’m also loathing going shopping as folk seem to have lost the rule book. Hope you love Alice. I was wrapped & now waiting for the next release from this author. I really can’t comprehend how you pack so many books into a month. Both admirable & astonishing & I thought I was good but nowhere near your goal. And I have no kids, just a dog! Summer here in the northern hemisphere with long stretches into the evening so great for reading. Thanks again & enjoy.

  2. This post just reminded me it was June! Off to do my monthly reflection. 😄
    I so hear you about the matching covers. My Wolf Hall and Bringing Up the Bodies match (🙌) but I haven’t bought the third yet because it won’t!

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