Thursday, June 18, 2020

Books Read in May

Purple irises in bloom
It took me a while to catch up on reviews, but looking back, May was a great reading month! Here's what I finished last month:
  • Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett (MA/ME) - adult fiction
  • Bent Heavens by Daniel Krauss (IA) - teen/YA fiction on audio
  • Lakewood by Megan Giddings (MI) - adult fiction on audio

I finished seven books in total in May, and it was an all fiction month! Between the pandemic and not feeling well most of the time, I needed to just escape into fictional worlds during my reading time. These represented quite a variety of different kinds of novels, though, from family drama to thriller to sci fi to nature classic. I read two teen/YA novels, one for middle-graders, and the rest were adult fiction. And I listened to two of my books on audio. For pure pleasure, my favorite book read last month was The Last One by Alexandra Oliva, a fast-paced thriller about a reality survival show gone wrong--pure escapism, just what I needed!

Progress in 2020 Reading Challenges:
You can see all of the reading challenges I am participating in and full lists of the books read for each at the challenges link. I have some fun ones going this year! Here's how May stacked up:

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2020 - I read 5 books from my own shelves last month! The pandemic has been great for reducing my TBR shelves.  
2020 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge - May was Author Introduction, so Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos fits (first book I've read by the author), plus bonus points as it's been on my shelf for about 8 years!
Back to the Classics 2020 - I read a classic, bringing my grand total for 2020 to ... two! I read The Call of the Wild by Jack London (published in 1903) and counted it in the challenge as "A classic with nature in the title."
PopSugar Reading Challenge - this is a unique one! I fit five of my seven books into categories in May, filling in 31 categories so far this year--it's getting more challenging with fewer categories left but still a lot of fun:
  1. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed - Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
  2. A book featuring one of the deadly sins - Bent Heavens by Daniel Krauss (wrath)
  3. A book by a WOC -  Lakewood by Megan Giddings 
  4. A book published the month of your birthday (July) - The Last One by Alexandra Oliva
  5. A book with a great first line - Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos
2020 Nonfiction Reader's Challenge - No nonfiction in May.
2020 Diversity Reading Challenge - Three of my books were diverse, though none fit this month's category (East Asian/Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander).
Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge - No new countries last month - the only book that took place outside the U.S. was (partly) The Call of the Wild, but I already had Canada listed.
2020 Literary Escapes Challenge - I added four new states: Maine, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Alaska.
I also kicked off my own annual challenge, 2020 Big Book Summer Challenge.
And finally, Bookish Bingo hosted by Chapter Break - not really a challenge per se, but a fun game that I play each month! Stop by to print out this month's Bingo card and play along. In May, I filled 19 spaces on my bingo card:

Spaces Filled:
Imagine Me Gone - independent publisher, more than 1 POV
Bent Heavens - More than one person on cover, audiobook, sci fi
Lakewood - free book, mother, book club read, new release
The Last One - Orange on the cover, thriller/suspense
Out of Reach - not in a series, contemporary
The Call of the Wild - squad/team, made into a movie, read a physical book
The Way to Stay in Destiny - overcoming adversity, shelf love
Free Space

What was your favorite book read in May?


  1. I have started seeing Lakewood around and it looks really good. I love that we're both tackling our TBR shelf challenge during the pandemic!

    1. Lakewood definitely has some themes that are relevant for our times!

      Yes, the pandemic's been great for my TBR shelves :)