Book hauls, Sunday post

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!

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Savanah | Off-Color Literature

I’m so excited for you that you’re getting closer to your goals! I’m behind on mine, too, and mine aren’t as lofty as yours!

And I’m still dying of happiness for you and your signed book!

Maureen Bakker
3 years ago

Wow.. 13 books in one month is pretty damn good. Looks like you’ve got some great new books too! Awesome!
And you definitely got a great sister. Love the autograph!!
Have a great week and happy reading!

Di @ Book Reviews by Di

Well done on the huge reading stats! I ended up just decreasing my goal as catching up isn’t really an option for me with this year being so hectic!

I hope that June is just as successful for you!

Di @ Book Reviews by Di

Ha ha. Oh dear. Now I feel bad. 😉

3 years ago

Oh so great you got a signed copy! And yeay for 13 books. That is a great amount! I love how you show the progress of your goals by the way with the bars like that. 🙂

Brian Joseph
3 years ago

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.

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

An autographed copy of Radium Girls! Congrats! I am wanting to read this book.

Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

3 years ago

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. 🙂

Debbie Haupt
3 years ago

Thanks for sharing your great May stats!!

Debbie Haupt
3 years ago

thanks for sharing looks like you had a Great May!

Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous)

Congrats on catching up on your reading goals. It seems like there’s never enough time to read all the books that keep coming out. Good luck!

Jackie Nolan
3 years ago

I’m stopping by to say hello from the #getsocial17 blog hop! It’s nice to meet you.

Trish @ Between My Lines

You can creeping on those goals so I hope your June is just as successful. And you got lots of lovely books, I really love the diverse range of non fiction books that you have ahead of you. Enjoy!

Cori - Reading in Pajamas

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.

Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews
Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews
3 years ago

13 books is amazing!! I used to read that amount every month but this year, I’ve barely read. I’ve been focusing on living my life pretty much.
I’ve never heard of the books you featured so I’ll have to check some of them out. And congrats on your goals!!!

Literary Feline (Wendy)

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!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

What a great sister you have! Signed and everything! Wow!

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

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.

Cait @ Paper Fury
3 years ago

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. 😉

Emmeline Annie
3 years ago

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 😉

Angela @ Angel's Guilty Pleasures

Stopping by for the #getsocial17 event.

Bambi Unbridled
3 years ago

Good job working toward your goals. I like the way you are tracking them.

Stopping by for the #getsocial2017 blog hop.

Nathan (@reviewbarn)
3 years ago

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.

Jen Twimom
3 years ago

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!

3 years ago

Wohoo on that many books 😀 That is great

Geybie's Book Blog
Geybie's Book Blog
3 years ago

Wow, you seem to have had a great month in May. I hope you have another awesome month in June. Enjoy these books and happy reading! Anyway, you did great with all the challenge and goals. Don’t worry about the stats.

Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

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!

3 years ago

My reading is going great. I would like my review writing to be better but I’ll settle for no reading slump for now. lol

Great job on meeting your reading goals!


For What It’s Worth

LilyElement Book Reviews

You rocked May on the books you read!! 🙂

3 years ago

It looks to me like you’re honestly doing super well with your challenges! I’m super behind, haha. All of these books look interesting; hope you enjoy them! #getsocial17

Joelle Rider
3 years ago

Popping in from the get social event.Happy Reading! Joelle from Angels with Attitude Book Reviews.

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

Good luck in meeting your goals. #getsocial17

Dani Eide
3 years ago

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

Barb (boxermommyreads)

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

Nadene @Totally Addicted to Reading
Nadene @Totally Addicted to Reading
3 years ago

13 books awesome. #getsocial17
Totally Addicted to Reading

herding cats & burning soup

That’s wonderful! What a great reading month. Ppff on being behind. Still plenty of time to rock those goals 🙂 Happy reading this week!

Felicia GeekyBlogger (@thegeekyblogger)

You really did have a great month 🙂 I didn’t have a great reading month but I am in prime reading season for me (as I don’t like the heat and stay inside a lot)

Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads

Wow, 13 books, that’s a great reading month! And I love your stats btw, really love this visual representation of goals 😉

Ed Hoornaert
3 years ago

Thirteen books in a month is a lot! I wish I were one of those people who could read so quickly. GetSocial17

Ann Lorz
3 years ago

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

May @ Forever and Everly

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!

Mama Vicky
Mama Vicky
3 years ago

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

Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium
Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium
3 years ago

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