May Wrap-Up and June Goals

Can you believe May is over? I am shocked, honestly. Wasn’t it February, like, yesterday? This year is moving along so fast for me, and I don’t know how to feel about it. Anyway, I wanted to give a quick update on what this month was like for me, and what I hope June holds!

what i read

In May, I read a total of 10 books this month, which is a little lower than I would have liked, but considering the beginning of the month was a little crazy, it’s not too bad. Here’s what I got to:

  1. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
  2. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
  3. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
  4. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
  5. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  6. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
  7. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  8. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
  9. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  10. Where’d You Go, Bernadetteby Maria Semple

Of the bunch, Illuminae and Flame in the Mist were probably my favorites, while Undead Girl Gang was probably my least favorite. I mostly followed my May TBR, with the exception of the fact that I never did get Circe, BUT I’ve ordered it and it’s on its way, so that will get taken care of later this summer. I even picked up a non-fiction book in Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, which surprised me a bit. I’m also about halfway done with Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette, so I will have that finished shortly.

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So instead of going to Barnes and Noble at the end of last week and dropping $60 on a handful of books, I decided to run to my local used bookstore. I ended up spending nearly 2 hours there and bought 9 books, although there were another 5 I very nearly bought. 9 books for $22 is infinitely better than 4 for $60, no matter how much I wanted the ones I almost got at full price. Here’s what I picked up:

  1. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
  2. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
    • So I’ve already read both of these but didn’t own physical copies. I saw them together on the shelf, said, “screw it, they’re only $3 each,” and bought them. Once I get War Storm, I’ll have completed the series and can take pretty gradient pictures with the covers.
  3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    • Ok, so I own this book already, but I have the one with the movie cover (ironically, it’s from the same bookstore) because I was desperate for a copy. This is a hardcover with the original cover design, and I just love this book and want like every edition ever, okay?
  4. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  5. Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson
    • Clearly, I was on a Bill Bryson kick (I thought about buying 2 more as well). Bryson is probably my favorite non-fiction/memoir/travel writers (not that I read that many, but still). I highly recommend The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way.
  6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
    • I’m not a huge contemporary reader, especially romance, but one of my favorite bookstagrammers has said this is her favorite fluffy contemporary romance, so I figured I’d give it a shot.
  7. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
    • Some of my closest friends from school kept talking about this book and how amazing it was, so of course I had to pick it up.
  8. The Secret History by Donna Tart
    • This is another “bookstagram made me do it.” Another of my favorites posts a ton about this book and how much she loves it, so here we are.
  9. Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox
    • This one hits really close to home. I’m a distance swimmer and am also doing my first serious open-water swim in two weeks, so maybe I should read this beforehand and see if she has any tips.

I also ordered Circe and The Song of Achilles off of AbeBooks because I wanted very specific editions, so those should be here sometime next week if I’m lucky.

favorite posts

I tried to really engage with the blogging community this month since I’m still pretty new here. Instead of aimlessly scrolling through social media (excluding bookstagram), I would pull up WordPress and read as many of your lovely posts as I could! Here were some of my favorites (most of these are from later in the month because that’s when I really started making an effort to regularly read posts):

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Unlike last month, I am not giving myself a set TBR. Rather, I have a jar with slips of paper in it with the names of books I have in my TBR stack. When I finish a book, I’m going to choose one at random (that’s how I decided to read Illuminae and A Walk in the Woods this month). I could read any of these books this month (plus Circe, because that should be here next week and will be added to the stack):


There is one exception: I am determined to get my hands on War Storm by Victoria Aveyard and read it this month. I just really want to see what happens in the conclusion to the Red Queen series, especially because I’ve been with it since pretty much the beginning. I’ve also accidentally spoiled something major for myself (through no one’s fault but my own), and I really want to see what exactly happens to reach that point.

I really want to read more than 10 books this month. I am about to get busier so it may not be possible, but I’m going to try my darnedest. I am also hoping to have the opportunity to go to either Stephanie Garber’s Legendary event or Sabaa Tahir’s A Reaper at the Gates event, both in DC, but my schedule might get in the way of both. I’m still going to try, though (please cross your fingers for me).

Also: did you see that 11 book haul? Did you also see that massive (literal) TBR pile? Put two and two together and you get a book buying ban! Yes, for the first time, I am prohibiting myself from buying new books. I need to make a significant dent in the books I have before I feel like I can get any more. Two exceptions: first, as I’ve already said, War Storm. Second, if I do end up at one of the release events, I will buy the book so that I can get it signed. I need to get my s**t together a bit before I can add any more physical books to my collection.

So that’s what I was up to in May, and what I hope to do in June!

What did you read in May? What are you looking forward to in June?

Keep reading,

Francesca M. Healy (1)

12 thoughts on “May Wrap-Up and June Goals

  1. Thank you so much for including my post, I’m glad it gave you some shelf-spiration (it’s a real thing now, you totally invented it).
    I also read Undead Girl Gang in May, and like you, it really wasn’t my cup of tea. My review just went up on my blog but, I rated it pretty low too. I think I would’ve enjoyed it a few years ago, but it’s just not what I enjoy reading nowadays.

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  2. Oh my goodness look at all those beautiful books!! ❤

    I loved the Flame in the Mist too & I'm super excited for the sequel to come out next week. That one is pretty high on my June TBR. I have read all the Red Queen books except the last one (which I do own, but it's just sitting there… ahhh). If you get to yours first, I'm excited to see if you like it.

    Good luck & happy reading!!

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