Goodreads is finally functioning a little more, so I can do this the easier way, yay!
May was An Experience, oh boy. I mentioned in my April Wrap Up that I was about 3,600 pages behind for my page goal. That…that was a lot of pages to be behind by. By the end of May, to get back on track, I needed my total page count for the year so far to be at least 12,500.
So how did I do? Well, my total pages for this year was 13,282 at the end of May 31st! Ho-ly craaaap that was a lot of pages read in May!
In May, I read 17 titles and finally (finally!) finished The Lord of the Rings! It took me about 2.5-3 months to read Fellowship and maybe the first chapter or so of Two Towers, but once I sat down and really started the rest of the book, I blew through it within the week, I think. I loved it, and I am so happy to finally be able to say I’ve read it haha.
Now, on to the rest of what I read:
From last book of the month to first book of the month…
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck– 3-3.5/5 stars
- The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge– 3/5 stars
- The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur– 4.5/5 stars
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins– 1.5/5 stars
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien– 4.5/5 stars (-0.5 star because I didn’t really start loving it until after Fellowship )
- The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs– 3.5-4/5 stars
- The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo– 5/5 stars
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion– 3-3.5/5 stars
- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine– 4/5 stars
- Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel– 1.5/5 stars
- Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour– 4-ish/5 stars
- The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw– 3.75/5 stars?
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee– 5/5 stars
- The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan– 4-4.5/5 stars
- The House of Hades by Rick Riordan– 3.75-4/5 stars
- The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan– 5/5 stars
- The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan– 5/5 stars
- The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan– 5/5 stars
I pretty much did nothing but read every possible moment last month because I was determined to catch up while I was really feeling the urge to read. (That’s also why my blogging didn’t really happen last month, oops.)
I won’t get into my year-long reading challenges this time, but I’ll be doing a mid-year review/wrap-up at the end of June and include what I’ve read for the Pop Sugar and Book Riot’s Read Harder challenges.
I was so close to getting every square this time around, ugh.
Here’s what I read:
- Ocean Theme: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- Mythology: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
- Part of a Series: Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (review)
- Pink Cover: Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy by Hallie Lieberman (review)
- Made Into a Movie: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
- White Cover: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace (review)
- Spring Release: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (review)
- New-to-You Author: It’s All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett (review)
- Retelling: Snow White and the Seven Keys to Doomsday by Justin Richards
- Unlikeable Main Character: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
- Thriller: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- Free Space: The Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine
- Intersectional Diversity: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (Disabled/POC/LGBTQ+ character)
- Animal On Cover: She Who Destroys the Light: Fairy Tales Gone Wrong by Shahida Arabi (review) (A wolf)
- Aussie Author: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
- 2018 Debut: DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker (review)
- Epistolary: Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
- Family: Funhome: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
- Witches: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
- Flowers On Cover: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
- Set in Another Country: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Australia…I think)
- LGBT+: Everthing Leads to You by Dahlia Adler (F/F relationship)
- Multi POV: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
- Second Chance: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (I counted this because I gave it a second chance after trying to read it as a kid and not liking it. I still didn’t really like it )
And that’s a wrap, whew.
May, and spring in general, was kind of eventful. A lot has gone on in my personal life, and not much of it was good But at least I’m back on track with my reading goals, I guess. (Well, at least my page count goal, if nothing else.) And I’ve managed to actually do pretty well so far with my reading resolutions for this year. But I think I’ve done enough updating and wrapping up for one post, so I’ll talk more about that in the mid-year update around the end of June/beginning of July.