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!
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:
- Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
- Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
- Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
- The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
- Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
- Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
- A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
- 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.
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:
- Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
- 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.
- 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?
- A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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):
- Kay at Hammock of Books wrote an awesome review of Six of Crows listing the 6 reasons why she loves it, and I am 100% inclined to agree on every word of what she wrote. It’s so amazing, go read it now (the book and the post!)
- Marie at Drizzle and Hurricane Books made a list of 10 books she doesn’t talk about enough but loves, and she successfully added 10 books to my TBR that I hadn’t heard of! I am always trying to find books that aren’t as popular since I’m always sucked into the hole of what’s popular, so I loved this!
- Ellyn at allonsythornraxx wrote about the different ways you can sort and style your bookshelf, and it gave me some major shelf-spiration (is that a thing? If it’s not, I’m making it a thing). If only I had more space and money to execute some of these.
- I had an awesome time reading about what Jo at Book Lovers Blog listens to while she writes. She has an awesome taste in music, but maybe I’m biased because it’s similar to mine.
- Destiny at Howling Libraries wrote an epic review of Nevernight that perfectly articulates everything I love about it and why you should go read it ASAP.
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?