Thursday, May 31, 2018

May in Review

My Reading

# of books read: 15
Best(s): So many! It was a great month for good books.  These are all my five star books, but there were several four stars as well.

  • Best amazing, super-British adult fiction about a damaged, isolated woman and her path towards finding her people : Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine 
  • Best MG novel in Verse that is also a prequel to one of the greatest novels in verse and that happens to be historical fiction from my youth: Rebound 
  • Best MG novel set in the early 70s with a birdwatching main character that goes far darker than most MG novels do and also doesn't have a pat ending, yet still is somehow beautiful and full of hope: Nest 
  • Best swoony YA Historical Fiction with tons of humor and an apparently shallow narrator who develops as a person over time : A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
  • Best YA contemporary with snarky bi narrator and beloved familiar characters: Leah on the Offbeat

Challenges progress:

  • Library Love--added eleven
  • Beat the Backlist--added nine, which means I actually read four 2018 releases, wow!
  • Popsugar--only added one, so I'm at 22/52. I'll need to start reading books on purpose to meet the qualifications.

Bookish Events and Happenings

My daughter has suddenly gotten into thrillers. We listened to an audiobook of Girl, Stolen together, which was fun. She's also reading creepier stuff though, Wattpadd authors writing about girls getting kidnapped for nasty purposes. She has one on audiobook and has listened to it twice, and has two other books she talked me into buying for her. So we've been sitting together in the evening reading our own books. This is kind of an exciting development for me. She read for two and a half hours the other night!

On the Blog


I even posted for one Top Ten Tuesday, sharing ten books I read and was made miserable by. Granted, I haven't posted since, but yes, I'm still here.


I went to a writing retreat at the beach at the beginning of the month, and actually did quite a bit of writing. Again, I haven't done a thing since, but it was still a great experience. 

 I worked on a summer TBR. We'll see how much I check off, how much I don't get to, and how much I read that isn't on this list at all.

I helped my sister with her moving sale and with hauling a bunch of stuff around town. Her landlord is selling the house she's lived in for four years, so she's scrambling to get her stuff moved out and find a new place. In the meantime, she's going to live with us, and we're calling her our live-in gardener.

I am totally counting down the days until summer break. I have a lot of work to do in the summer as well, but the pace is totally different when the students aren't here. Hope things are sunny where you are, and the strawberries are sweet!

My monthly summaries are always linked to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up on Feed Your Fiction Addiction, along with many other terrific blogs' monthly reflections.  Nicole usually puts together a fun scavenger hunt giveaway too, so go check it out!


  1. I love your photos! All of your 5-star books are on my TBR list. I guess that’s a good sign. Let me know if you want to review Dear Martin together. I haven’t read it yet, but I should hopefully have time this month. April and May were awful for me, but I’m hoping that June will be less hectic. Have a great month!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Let's! It looks fairly short too, so we should both be able to get through it in June.

  2. I also read Eleanor Oliphant in May and LOVED it!!!!! Gentleman's Guide was also a winner for me - I can't wait for the sequel! I also make a summer to-read list, and mine is so different than yours, but yours has so many books I want to read as well. How does one possibly keep up on all the amazing books out there? You definitely need to read wishtree - it was one of my favorites of 2017! Happy summer!

    1. I'm sure your list would also be full of books I want to get to. It's a great problem to have, that of so many great books to choose from.

  3. Glad you'll get a little more time to breathe during the summer! Lots of the books on your summer TBR are on mine too!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  4. The Gentleman's Guide was one of my favorites of last year.
    The beach writing retreat sounds pretty amazing.

  5. That's a lot of books, congrats on a good month :) oh man, I'd love to go on a beach retreat. We went a little while ago, but it was too cold to, you know, do beach things. So we just walked around.

    Your TBR page spread looks amazing!!

  6. I've only read one of your 5 best (Kwame's book) but will definitely add them to my TBR list. Loved your Summer reading journal page - great idea.

  7. You are an awesome sister, and a live in gardner is a great thing. Your bullet journal is so beautiful. I have not such skills, but admire them greatly. I saw a few on your list that are on my BIG TBR. I hope to do more backlist/library books in the second half of the year.

  8. Your writing retreat looks like bliss from those pics - glad it actually got you writing too :-)

  9. That's awesome you found so many 5 star books! And that you read 15 in one month. Aww I love that you and your daughter listened to an audiobook together and sit together while reading! The retreat sounds cool too :-)

  10. The list of possible summer reads looks excellent. I wish I could plan ahead. No, I'm too spontaneous.

  11. Your journal is amazing and I find it comforting to look at. I always read Kwame Alexander's books--he is one of my favorites. I read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda finally and now want to read anything by Becky.


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