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May Stats Fever! And Sunday Post #9

May has been such a good reading month for me! I read 13 books and that’s probably the most I’ve read in a month this year. So happy! Finally feel like I’m catching up on my reading goals! (although my stats still say I’m behind…) I have also acquired 23 books this month, which might also be pushing my record of the year. Fortunately, a lot of those were review copies I’ve already ploughed through.

So let’s get down to the stats! I’m linking up with the usual crew for the Sunday meme at Kimba’s book blog, to make this a Sunday post as well.

Although I’ve done really well in May, it seems I’m still behind on… all of my goals. I’ve mostly been focusing on new ARCs cause I’ve been approved for unexpectedly many, that’s why! But I’m happy with my results regardless.

~ On The Blog In May~

I’ve posted 12 times in May, and finally ended up falling into a 3-post-per-week schedule, where I post two posts during the week and one Sunday recap post. Really happy about this, because this has been my goal for quite a while now! Here are my review and discussion posts, in case you missed something you might want to read! I’m not including the Sunday posts.




~ May Book Haul ~

Like I mentioned before, I got a whopping 23 books this month! Good luck with that TBR, girl. Let’s start with…

Books I bought

The Flight of the Silvers (Silvers #1) Running the Rift The Housekeeper and the Professor 

The Flight of the Silvers is a dystopian semi-YA sounding story about people with special powers, transported into a different world. Running The Rift is a literary title about a Rwandan, going to run for the Olympics. The Housekeeper And The Professor is about human relationships and it has a lot of great reviews. Until I Say Goodbye is the memoir of a woman who found out she had ALS and wanted to live her last year to the fullest.

The Great Apocalypse (Sparlock of the Multiverse, #1) The Library at Mount Char Fingersmith

The Great Apocalypse is a story with Biblical, Judaist and mythological themes, which I’m always into. Library At Mount Char sounds like a visceral story about mythologies and weirdness as well. While Fingersmith is a sort of Oliver Twist-y story from the genius of Sarah Waters.

Books I got for review

Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom: A Novel of Retropolis The Boy Who Loved Too Much: A True Story of Pathological Friendliness Miss Confederation: The Diary of Mercy Anne Coles All Day: A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids at Rikers Island, New York's Most Notorious Jail

Slaves Of The Switchboard Of Doom is a wonderful book! Don’t judge it by its cover (personally, I don’t like it much…) It’s about a world kind of like Futurama, except the technology is all… so retro. A retro future! It’s also fast paced and funny. Strongly recommended! The Boy Who Loved Too Much is a non-fiction title about people with Williams syndrome, a very rare genetic condition that makes them trust and love everyone, so they have quite a hard time living with… the rest of us cold pricks. Miss Confederation is said to be the actual diaries of a woman in the forming times of Canada. Very exciting! All Day is also a non-fiction title about one woman’s experiences while teaching incarcerated teens waiting for their sentence. Lots of great non-fiction topics I got this month!

Felix Yz Get Well Soon M: Maxwell Knight, MI5's Greatest Spymaster Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country

You will be seeing a review of Felix Yz on the blog on June 27th, it’s a very diverse and lovely children’s book. I have already reviewed Get Well Soonhere on Goodreads , but I do not recommend it, it wasn’t very good. M is also non-fiction about an actual British spy, very well known (Maxwell Knight). Things To Do When You’re Goth In The Country is a dark, serious but quite quirky set of short stories that addresses the problems of the American province.

When the English Fall The Finding of Martha Lost Down the Up Staircase: Three Generations of a Harlem Family

When The English Fall is a wonderful book about an essentially pacifist society at times of great peril (the Amish) and the tough choices we sometimes have to make to remain who we are. I will be posting a review in July. The Finding of Martha Lost is a naive magical realism book about an orphan girl which I have reviewed here. Down The Up Staircase is about three generations growing up in Harlem, a true story that I’m greatly interested in.

Born Aware: Stories & Insights from Those Spiritually Aware Since Birth You May Already Be a Winner Hack-Proof Your Life Now! The New Cybersecurity Rules: Protect your email, computers, and bank accounts from hacks, malware, and identity theft

Born Aware is about people who were born spiritually aware, or aware of their surroundings. It’s a good book for those interested in the topic, and I’ll be posting a review sometime in June or July. You May Already Be A Winner is a children’s book (although bordering on YA, in my opinion) about growing up in unfortunate circumstances, when you’re parents are in a mess and you’re nearly an adult at age 13. Will be posting a review in July as well. Hack-Proof Your Life Now! is a practical title that I downloaded just for my own information. Although, I have to say, it’s mostly useful only if you’re American.

Freebie books

Blooming (Blooming #1) Daisy and the Pirates (Daisy Tannenbaum #1) Sometimes I'm So Smart I Almost Feel Like a Real Person

These three I got as freebies, some of them might still be free. The author of Sometimes I’m So Smart I Almost Feel Like A Real Person is still looking for reviewers, so if you care for books like The Rosie Projectcontact Graham on his personal blog and ask for a review copy.

~ General Happy News! ~

Oof! That’s it for May! How are your reading goals? Share your monthly recap posts with me too!

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

84 thoughts on “May Stats Fever! And Sunday Post #9

    1. Thanks! I usually don’t take my stats down cause I feel like I’m cheating 😀 although I probably won’t reach mine either xD

  1. Thirteen books in one month is impressive. I am very jealous 🙂

    Your reads also look very good and very interesting.

    The Boy Who Loved Too Much looks particularly intriguing. I had never heard of Williams syndrome before. It seems so unusual. It also has the potential to be terribly harmful for the person who suffers from it.
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    1. Thanks! Yeah, all of that is what interested me about that book. Yeah, ironically, Williams people get more isolated because of their friendliness rather than being included more. It’s rather sad.

  2. Nice numbers! May was actually a bit of a dud for me reading- wise, but blog- wise it wasn’t bad. I’m hoping to rebound and read a little more in June. Running the Rift looks great, and Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom- I need to get that! I love the whole retro future/ Futurama thing. 🙂
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  3. Hi, I’m stopping by tic check out our blog and introduce myself as part of the #getsocial event. I loved how you lay out your goals. I keep a list of monthly books but don’t really keep track the way I should.

  4. You had an awesome May! I love your graphs. 🙂 Three posts a week seems to work for me as well, although sometimes I only manage two. I’m going to be taking a break from Sunday Posts, except for once a month for the summer, I think. It’s going to be a busy season.

    I’m drooling over your book haul! So many great sounding books. I hope you enjoy them, Evelina. Thank you for sharing! Have a great week!
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    1. Thanks 🙂 yeah, 2-3 is understandable. I feel like if I had more, it would be quantity over quality and they wouldn’t be very good, probably. Aw, taking a break from Sunday posts? That’s too bad. I think I’m addicted to them 😀

  5. I’m glad you had such a great reading month! And that you got a signed copy of radium girls! By the way, I’m loving the new color scheme for your blog. I’ve always wanted to include brown in my blog design somehow but never could figure it out. It always just looked like black lol.

    1. Haha, yeah, I was going for tea and coffee, I guess 😀 although brown is kind of a boring color I still feel? But somehow it’s kind of neutral as well. Thanks 🙂

  6. Congrats on your reading goals and being happy with them!! *cheers for you* And 13 books is entirely fabulous. WELL DONE. I’ve gotten through a lot of books recently because of having not much internet time. So my TBR is probably going to thank me at least haaha. And yesss for the Library at Mount Char! I really want to read that one because, well, libraries. 😉
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  7. Nice wrapup!! Looks like you had a busy month of reading 🙂 I’m aiming for that this month, let’s see how we go! And nice job on those stats ehe! Love the way they’re formatted 🙂
    You May Already Be A Winner looks really good, did you like it? I’m hoping to maaaayyyybeeee add that to the tbr 😉

    1. Yes, I did like it 🙂 wasn’t like… brilliant, but it was certainly a good book. I would recommend it for someone who likes teen reads/YA 🙂

  8. Library of Mt Char is one of the coolest debutes I every got to early read. Along with City of Stairs and Ancillary Justice it was a book that I read and thought ‘I just read something that is going to blow up.’ It is so unique and awesome.
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    1. You got to early read it! That’s always such a treat, I’m glad. I think for me it was The Radium Girls. But that’s non-fiction, so it’s kind of different?

  9. Hi, new to the blog. Stopping by as part of #getsocial17

    I really like how you keep track of your goals. Instead of just a bar for “done” and the rest “not done,” you have that intermediate stat. I’m forever trying to keep the number of books read, but not written the review, as low as possible. But sometimes it gets out of hand!

    1. Hi, nice to meet you! Yes, exactly, that’s why I included that stat! There are always going to be books ‘in the limbo’, so why not count them, right?

  10. What a fantastic reading month! You may be behind on the goals but progress is still progress and those ARCs do seem to come in all at once. That’s so cool about Radium Girls! I haven’t read it yet but it’s high on my TBR. You definitely have a fantastic sister. Have a great week!

  11. It’s so great when we hit our goals for the month! I was happy ready 8 books so hearing you crow about 13 knocks my socks off! #getsocial17

    1. Haha, I feel the same about this other girl who said she read 17 😀 sorry! 😀 I hope you can read 13 next month..? Haha 😀

  12. I read The Library at Mount Char last year and it still sticks with me. I also want to read Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom and for some reason, the cover doesn’t even bother me. Sounds like you had an awesome May. I think the month flew by and I only managed 9 books which I am still happy with overall. Nice to meet you and your blog 🙂 #Getsocial17

    1. Oh yes, you should totally read that, it was great, just finished it and I’m going to write a review now 🙂 you would enjoy it, it’s sure!
      Nice to meet you too! 🙂

    1. I don’t know why, but yes! Summer IS the prime reading season 🙂 we don’t do ACs here, so it’s just as hot in as out, so that’s not it.. But I find I have more energy to read when the sun is always bright and up 🙂

    1. I love it too! You can make these yourself at 🙂 I learned about this service in my previous job. A really great site 🙂

    1. Haha, trust me, I have friends who read faster than that 😀 I know someone who reads 250 a year! How does that even happen, right??

  13. What a great feature! It’s so easy to feel like you can’t ever read fast enough. Great goals! Visiting from Romancing the Readers Blog for #GetSocial17

  14. Omg congrats on reading thirteen books!!! THAT IS SO. AWESOME. And wow, getting 23 more books??? Girl you’re on FIRE, and I hope you have time to read them all! My May was pretty good — I read nine books, but a lot of them were on my TBR so I’m happy with that! Good luck with all your reading goals!

  15. My daughter and I have a duel every year to see who can read the most books. So far I’m at 30; she’s at 18, but bound and determined to catch up! I hope you meet all of your reading goals this year. Best of luck. #getsocial17
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  16. wow great unique books here s usual! I had never heard of Williams syndrome! I love that I always learn new things here on your blog 🙂 and YES! I’m sure I’m going to love All day! Thanks for the recommendation you little pretty “I-read-13-books-and-posted-12-times” beast <3 xoxo
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    1. Thanks 🙂 haha xD well, it was a good month xD I was half-off work xD I bet it’s not going to be as easy soon xD
      And the review for The Boy Who Loved Too Much is coming up on Friday 🙂

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