May lasted at least three months, but I doubt my reading reflects that. Let’s find out!

My goal for May:

I’d really like to start tackling the books I own. I’m going to set a goal of 4 books for May, including a short story collection.

What I read: (Link to my Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge)


Behind Closed Doors
BA Paris

3.5* (May 17)
Review
Today Will Be Different
Maria Semple
3* (May 24)
Review
Apartment Therapy: Complete and Happy Home
(Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, Janel Laban)
4* (May 24)
Review

Excuse(s) for Not Reading More: Again, I traveled at the beginning of the month. I abandoned two books. I’m also mostly through one and started on another.

Diversity? Sort of? Contemporary thriller, women’s fiction/humor, and a how-to guide.

Star Ratings: I base this on the flat stars Goodreads displays in list-view, not the quarter-star system I assign in my reviews.

  • 5 stars:  3 books
  • 4 stars:  1 books
  • 3 stars:  8 books
  • 2 stars:  1 books
  • 1 star: 0 books
  • 0 stars: 0 books
  • Abandoned: 5 books

Pages Read: (does not include abandoned books)

  • January – 849
  • February – 1122
  • March – 1268
  • April – 980
  • May – 915 (ugh, it gets worse and worse)

Reading Goals:

1. Read 40 books – I’m surprised to see I’m supposedly on-track with 16 books.

2. Decrease my TBR – As of May, I’m trying to be more ruthless about abandoning books that have been on my shelf for a long time and/or that don’t draw me in quickly when I pick them up.

  • Jan 1 – 88 physical19 Kindle
  • Feb 1 – 89 / 19
  • Mar 1 – 80/20 (I purged a LOT of books, but some were previously read and 3 were gifts)
  • Apr 6 – 85/22 (It was my birthday and I like to buy books as souvenirs)
  • May 1 – 86/21
  • June 4 – 81/22

June’s goal is 5 books. I’m already 69% and 29% through two books and I should have more quiet time than usual with my husband traveling two weeks this month.

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