Sunday, June 10, 2018

Books Read in May

Wow, I'm actually catching up - writing my monthly summary on the 10th! Pretty amazing, considering how busy things have been here lately. It helps that I had fewer reviews to write for last month. Here is what I finished reading in May:

  • Deadzone (Horizon #2) by Jennifer Nielsen - middle-grade fiction on audio
  • The Possible World by Liese O'Halloran Schwarz (RI) - adult fiction (Shelf Awareness review)
  • Celebrations by Maya Angelou - poetry *
  • (I also read half of Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff but that was a Did Not Finish - you can read my thoughts at the link)

* Note that I actually read Celebrations back in April but forgot to count it then, since it was a book of poetry that I read a bit at a time.

So, counting the poetry from April, that gives me a total of 6 books finished, with a nice variety - one memoir, one book of poetry (first time you've ever seen that on this blog!), the rest a mix of adult and middle-grade fiction. I listened to three of my books, so it was a great month for audio! My favorite book of the month was probably The Great Alone, but The Possible World was a close second - I will post the link to my review as soon as it is published on Shelf Awareness.

Progress in 2018 Reading Challenges:
This is my favorite part of my monthly summary - updating my Reading Challenges, though I didn't make much progress this month. I read only 1 book from my own shelves (again) for my Mount TBR Reading Challenge, bringing my total-to-date to only 10. Since my annual goal this year is 36, I have a long way to go! For the Monthly Motif Reading Challenge, May was Book to Screen, a book made into a movie or TV show - that was a big fail for me, as the books I read were all fairly new. Nothing new for the Back to the Classics Challenge or the 2018 Badass Books Challenge and no new countries for my Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge. For my 2018 Literary Escapes Challenge, I added three new states - Alaska, Michigan, and Rhode Island. And the end of May marked the kick-off of my own Big Book Summer Challenge, so I will have some books to add to that one next month. There's still plenty of time to join the fun!
Finally, Bookish Bingo hosted by Chapter Break - not really a challenge per se, but a fun game that I play each month. I filled in 20 squares in May - a good month!

Spaces filled in:
Posted - free book, sports/bike ride, audio book, teacher
My Life with Bob - shelf love (TBR)
The Great Alone - new relationship, mother, military, recently released (2018), BBQ/cookout, favorite author
Deadzone - suspense, robot/AI, nerd/geek, in a series
The Possible World - reunion, gardening
Celebrations - library book, read a physical book

What was your favorite book read in May?    


  1. I didn't do the May Motif either as none of the book I chose have made it to the big or little screen.

  2. Great reading, and yay on 20 squares!

  3. I LOVED the Great Alone!! My Favorite book from May was Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer. A cute and perfect summer novel.

  4. The Great Alone is great title.

  5. Good reading month with variety. I think it was you who alerted me to The Great Alone as being a coming of age story which it is - so I was off to cross off another book off a challenge I am doing!

  6. I want to read The Great Alone but Hannah's books are such an emotional journey that I have to be in the right mood for it. What a great month!