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 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 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 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!
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 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 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.
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 Project, contact Graham on his personal blog and ask for a review copy.
~ General Happy News! ~
I have the best sister in the world! @ncapke1 – I live half a world away from Chicago, and she still got me a #SIGNED copy of The #radiumgirls!!! After how big a thing it was for my #blog (interview and all), having a real, signed physical copy is something unbelievable!!! I love you, Nora – you are the best sister anyone could ever have!!! P.S. I can’t use proper emoji and my pics are weird cause my phone broke! Old phone! LOL #notsomuch #katemoore #radiumgirl #theradiumgirls #radium #radiation #bookstagram #booksofinsta #books #book #signedcopy #nonfiction #lifechanging #newbooks #backhaul #bookmail #bookmailisthebestmail #sisterlove
Oof! That’s it for May! How are your reading goals? Share your monthly recap posts with me too!
I’m Evelina and I blog about books that made an impression on me. I love middle grade, women’s, scifi and some literary too.